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Haas, Edward C Harford, Ray Eugene Hillmann (Dassel), Mary
Haase, C. Earl Harman (Sass), Esther L Hilty, Gene M
Hackler (Wiswell), Mabel Harman, Loyd H Himberg (Blecha), Rosie
Hackler, David M Harmon (Randall), Lottie Davis Himberg, Glenn Henry
Hager, Lloyd Marlin 'Shorty' Harmon, Roy Himberg, John Henry
Haigler, Jacob Russel Harper (Borden), Bertha Hines (Rosser), Anne Elizabeth
Haines (Ellis), Helen Joan Harper (Hatch), Bessie Jane Hines (Sipe), Keturah Ellen
Haines (Howard), Janet Helen Harper (Smith), Idabelle Hines, Leon Clifford 'Bill'
Haines (Miller), Della Inez Harper (Stoutsenberger), Ruth Ann Hines, Leon Llewellyn
Haines (Osborn), Viola Marie Harper (Tyler), Elizabeth Hines, Lloyd Lewis
Haines, Glen Joseph Harper (Wilkens), Nina Marie Hink, Donald Burton
Haines, Irvin Leroy Harper, C. Wayne Hink, Edward Adolph
Haines, Job Henry Harper, Elizabeth Tyler Hinkle, Kelly Louise
Haines, John W Harper, Elmer Clarence Hitch, Charley
Haines, Rolly R Harper, George W Hitch, Rosa Henrietta
Haining (Snoke), Ella V Harper, Glenn Hixon (Stock), Florence
Haining, Velda Harper, John Marvin Hixon, Guy H
Haley (Stamm), Marie Alma Harper, John Samuel 'J.S.' Hjelte (Hines), Eunice
Haley, Joseph Raymond Harper, Leo O Hobbs (Skiles), Barbara
Hall (Hinrichsen), Lucile M Harper, Lester D Hocknell, George
Hall (Kimple), Mabel Olive Harper, Lewis Henry Hofer (Bunning), Alice Viola
Hall, Harold H Harper, Ralph Hofer (Holmes), Terry Jo
Hall, Ida Mae Harper,George W Hofer (O'Leary), Catherine Alice 'Alice'
Hall, John Willis Harper-Resler (Maranville), Goldie M.  Hofer (Stute), Hazel Sybil
Hall, Loyd Wilbur Harris (O'Donnell), Lorena M Hofer, David Harvey
Hall, Roy William Harrison (Bartak), Barbara Jean Hofer, Harry
Hall, Roy William 'Bill' Harrison (Lester), Emma Clovice Hofer, Harvey Christian
Hallagin (Stevens), Lula Mae Harrison (Maris), Anna C Hofer, Johan Christian
Hallagin, Debbie Sue Harrison (Miles), Edna Belle Hofer, John
Hallagin, Elmer Lee Harrison (Ticknor), Lucile E Hoff, Andres Christian
Haller. Paul Mark Harrison (Yost), Bertha Rebecca Hoff, Hans Anderson
Ham (Bond), Mayme Harrison, Elmer E Hoffler (Wood), Doralee
Ham (Cooley), Laura F Harrison, Fred Ellsworth Hoffman (Andres), Rosa May
Ham (Dixon), Edna Latham Harrison, James Edward Hoffman (Clark), Maude Ardella
Ham (Foster), Nellie Josephine Harrison, Milton Irving 'Sarge' Hoffman (Foster), Karen LeAnn
Ham (Frank), Hazel Mae Harrison, Robert Francis Hoffman (Herring), Ruth Alice
Ham (Hardwick), Edna Fern Harrison, William John Hoffman, Carl Steven
Ham (Mann), Thelma Ann Harshaw, Charles B Hoffman, Lyle Edwin
Ham (Mann), Vella Laverne Hartman (Carlock), Mildred Hoffman, Lynn Robert
Ham (Roberts), Jennie May Hartman (Ewing), Florence Hamilton Hogsett (Hansen), Twila Faye
Ham (Vrbas), Frances Marie Hartman, Eric C HoIliman, Chester
Ham, Byron Oliver Hartman, Leo George Holbert (David), Burnetta June
Ham, Clifford Robert Hartman, Ruby R Holbert, Donald
Ham, Donald D Hartsock, Vern Holden (Dean), Vada E
Ham, Doris Marie Hartzer (Cross), Inez I Holl, George
Ham, Earl D. 'Vic' Hartzer (Jorgensen), Louise Josephine Hollenbaugh, Marvin Earl
Ham, Eugene Frederick Hartzer, Willis Waldean Hollenberger (Carpenter), E. Mildred
Ham, Helen Mayme Harvey (Kalb), Mary Ann Elizabeth Hollenberger, George
Ham, John E Harvey (Kirkpatrick), Zoe Marietta Holliman (Case), Ruby Magdalena
Ham, Joseph Calvin Harvey, Frank Arnold Holliman, Cecil Raymond
Ham, Joseph Dale Harvey, James Russell 'Jim' Holloway, Delbert Joe
Ham, Joseph O Harvey, Melissa Kaye Holt (Edwards), Samantha Ellen
Ham, Joseph Oscar Haskell (Thomas), Eunice Lydia Hoover (Allen), Margaret Ann
Ham, Lawrence Roy Haskell, George Austin, Jr Hoover (Byers), Phyllis
Ham, Leon Foster Hatch (Pettit), Edna Alice Hoover (Powell), Bertha
Ham, Lyle Cecil Hatch (Wilkens), Louisa M Hoover, Wade Russell
Ham, Marjorie Naomi Hatch, Virgil Roy Hoover, William A. 'Bill'
Ham, Paul Edgar Hatheway (McGaughey), Helen Hoover, Wyoma Elaine
Ham, Ray A Hatheway, William P. 'Bill' Hopkins (Blanke), Sara M
Ham, Ray O Hauser, Dale Jena Hopkins (Specker), Florence
Ham, Stanley A Hauser, George David Horan (Williams), Loretta Jeanette
Ham, Vaughn Earl Havel, Travis John Horn (Holmes), Mary Ellen
Ham, Wayne Oliver Havlik (Carrell), Rose Neoma Lenoa Horn (Stute), Mary Edwards
Hamann (Flemming), Alma Hawkins, Wendy Ann Horn, Infant
Hamburg, George, Sr Hawkinson (Strickler), Adda Louise Horn, Lester Arden
Hamburg, John C Hawkinson, Andrew Horn, Matthew E
Hamilton (Coleman), Katie Lee Hawkinson, Loren Thomas Horn, Thomas R
Hamilton (Davis), Maude Lucille Hawks (Osborn), Lolo Horner (Kollmorgen), Barbara Jo
Hamilton (Parks),Margaret Adeline Hawks, Earl P Horner, Neal E
Hamilton, Harry Parks Hawks, Manford M Horner, Robert Lee
Hamilton, Howard Logan 'Snap' Hawks, Manley Dallas Horton, Bill C
Hamilton, Lee Thomas Hayes, Dale Glenn Horvath (Moses), Ellen M
Hamilton, William Clemence 'Judge' Hayne (Samler), Anita Hosea (Gay), Wyna
Hampton (Mathews), Elio Edna Hayward, Gerald Layne 'Jiggs' Hosick, Clinton B
Hampton, Mrs. Henry Hazelwood (Wolles), Esther O Hosick, H. Howard
Hampton, Wilford Eugene Hazlett (Gooder), Elsie M Hoskins, Wayne
Hampton, Willard Hazlett, Arthur Eugene Howard (Beeson), Ida Leora
Hanes (Nunn) Rook, Pearle D Headrick (Lucas), Jennie Elsie 'Jean' Howard (Boehning), Helen Cora
Hanes, Carl Douglas Headrick, John Fay Howard (Brynoff), Selma Christina
Hanes, Elmer Earl Headrick, Paul Robert Howard (Cannon), Abbie
Hanes, George M Heater (Schulze), Mary Nellie Howard (Carter), Violet Luella
Hanes, George Marvin Heater, George Phillip Howard (Edwards), Maude Emmaline
Hanes, Henry Heater, Percie Edwin Howard (Frenzen), Emma Rose
Hanes, Henry Tommy Heater, Stewart E Howard (Gerdes), Leta Lena
Hanes, John Arnold Heater, William Albert Howard (Lathrop), Lillie Dell
Hanlin, Terrence James 'TJ' Heaton, Albert R. 'Rusty' Howard (Moreland), Elsie Irene
Hannah (Campbell), Margaret Elizabeth Heberlee (Erdmann), Mildred 'Millie' Howard (Shelley), Margaret Pauline
Hannah, Richard Lynn 'Dick' Hedges (Lytle), Hattie May Howard (Stute), Karolyn Dora
Hansen (Edwards), Mabel J Hedke (Blue), Elsie Howard, Alva Guy
Hansen (Fagan), Mavis Joleen Heilers (Brown), Dorothy Elaine Howard, Alvin
Hansen (Jetter), Bernice F Heisterkarnp (Ketler), Velma Mae Howard, Bly Hardy
Hansen (Little), Mabel N Helm (Wiley), Barbara D.wpod Howard, Charlie Everett
Hansen (Miller), Velma Mabel Helms (Trembly), Jennie Howard, Fred
Hansen (Stamm), Luella A Hemming, John Fredrick Howard, Glen Larue
Hansen (Taber) Patricia Jo Anne Henderson (Little), Leta Bernice Howard, Harley Douglass
Hansen, Albert George Henderson, Jack Lee Howard, John Fredrick
Hansen, Albert J Hendrickson (DeHart), Rosella Ernestine Howard, Johnnie Edward
Hansen, Eugene Albert 'Gene' Hendrickson, Malvin Dean Howard, Leta L
Hansen, Larry R. Hendrix (Howard), Eva Endora Howard, Merrell Lazerth
Hansen, Lyle E Hendrix (Schillinger), Alice Lorine Howard, Thomas Duncan
Hansen, Marvin Merle 'M.M.' Hendrix (Seittz), Bessie Jean Howard, True
Hansen, Robert Hendrix (Talmon), Ella Ottillie Howard, Virgil Wayne
Hansen, Thomas John Hendrix, Harry A. 'Dick' Howe (Gunderman), Blanche Arlene
Hansen, Wilfred Marvin Hendrix, Harry 'Dick' Howk (Morehouse), Helen Grace
Hanshaw (Lovell), Gladys P Hendrix, Jack H Howk, Clarence Raymond
Hanshaw, Arthur Alvin Hendrix, Jack, Betty, & Sally Howk, Merle Raymond
Hanshaw, William A Hendrix, Lyle Joseph Howsden, Loyd D.
Hanson (Baker), Leota Lucille  Hendrix, Paul Henry Hoyt (Keim), Wyona Darlene
Hanson (Bowen), Cleda B Hendrix, Richard Harry 'Rick' Hubbard, Charles Deroy
Hanson (Lammel), LaVera L. Wright Hendrix, Roy Michael Hudson (Jensen), Marie Jensena
Hanson, Clark M Henkel (Hallenberger), Anna Hudson (Norman), Lylas Elaine
Hanson, Fred E Henkel, John Leebrick Hudson (Wood), Mildred E
Hanson, Sam Henkel, John Sr Hudson, Byron B
Hanson, William C Henry, Paul Edward Hudson, Delmer D
Harder (Damrow), Erma L. Herren (Fiechter), Maude Marie Hudson, Donald B
Harder (Honstein), Emma Herrick, Arthur Lee Hudson, Donald B., DVM
Harder (McKenzie), Delores 'Dee' Herring (Hilsinger), Esther Muriel Hudson, Jesse D
Harder, Albert G Herring (Hunton), Mora Hunton Hudson, Lucile
Harder, George John Herring, George B. 'Ted' Hudson, Lylas E
Hardwick (Castor), Rachel Ann Herring, Thomas Ray Hudson, Nicholas Byron
Hardwick (Crook), Norma Ilene Hertlein, John F Hudson, Randy Allen
Hardwick (Dorsey), Margaret Elizabeth Hester (Kimberling), Minnie Belle Huey, Grace L
Hardwick (Goode), Nancy Laurette Hester (Shrum), Etta Katherine Hughes, Almer R
Hardwick (Merklin), Cathern Medora Hester (Strobridge), Carrie Bell Hughes, Herbert J
Hardwick (Morrison), Mayme E Hester, Alonzo Henry Hulbert, Delos
Hardwick (Pickrel), Izetta P Hester, Charles Albert Hull, Nathaniel H
Hardwick (Quimby), Myrtle Rowena Hester, Charles Alvin Humphrey (Dixon), Mildred Francis
Hardwick, Eldon Eugene Hester, Donald 'Don' Humphrey (Ensley), Blanche
Hardwick, Francis Leon Hester, Elmer E Humphrey, Boyd L
Hardwick, John Douglas
Hardwick, John Nicholson
Hester, Sarah Ann Humphrey, Curt Eric
Hardwick, Marcus Mills 'Mark' Heuermann (Mabon), Catherine M Humphrey, Dick D
Hardwick, Percy Roy Heuermann, William Walter Humphrey, Donald W
Hardwick, Reece W Heye, Edward H Humphreys (Artist), Clara
Hardwick, Ricky Lee Heye, Henry Frederick Humphreys (Blakslee), Ruth Elizabeth
Hardwick, Robert Wayne 'Bob' Heyman (Talmon), Anna Susanna Bertha Humphreys (Lemon), Dorothy Leta
Hardwick, Thomas Dale Hickman (Kauffman), Gladys Humphreys (Lemon), Opal
Hardwick, Thomas Mandeville Hickman, Albert LeRoy Humphreys, Bernard F
Hardwick, Thomas Merle 'Pete' Hickman, Charles Jefferson Humphreys, Charles Loren
Hardwick, Wade Donald Hicks, Hiram Humphreys, Gaylin
Hardwick, Waldo Potter Hiergesell (Dicke), Doris Dicke Humphreys, Lyle Albert
Hardwick, Wilford George Higgins, Curtis Donald Humphreys, Ora M
Hardwick, William Pinkney Higgins, Merle C Humphreys, Thomas
Hardy (Henderson), Lola Almira Higgins, Milton A Humphreys, William Kermit
Hardy, Delbert Lynn Higgins, Milton R. 'Whacker' Hunkins (Losey), Minnie Irene
Hardy, Frank Kenneth Higgins, Paul Hunt, Elry L
Hardy, George Gregory Hightower (Stafford) Margaret Elizabeth Hunt, James Richard
Hardy, Joseph Clyde Higley (Cain), Lillie Eileen Hunter (Ritchie), Edith Viola
Hardy, Ronald Kent Higley (Reynolds), Maude R Hunter (Schwartz), Caroline Rose
Harford (Boyd), Melba LuVena Hildibrand (Hamilton), Nettie Florence Huser, Fred Jacob
Harford (Clegg), Lorna Virginia Hildibrand, Charles M Hussey, Steven M
Harford (Hacker), Margaret Ann Hill (Davis), Daisy M Huston (Abraham), Helen Christine
Harford, Don Everett Hill (Todd), Jewell Hutchinson (Carr), Nora Lee
Harford, Gail Dean Hill, William A Huxman (Glasco), Connie Jean
Harford, Harry Hillman (Zorn), Betty Jean

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April? 1982?

Edward C. Haas

EDWARD C. HAAS BEAVER CITY — Edward C. Haas of Beaver City died Wednesday at Fritzer Memorial Hospital in Oxford at the age of 72 years.

He was born Nov. 28, 1908 it Beaver City and was a lifelong resident of Furnas County. He attended Beaver City schools and farmed all of his life north of Beaver City. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II and a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife Irma; two sons, Gary of Keedysville, Md.. and James of Omaha; one daughter, Mrs Douglas (Shirley) Cozak of Wilber; two brothers, Earl of Beaver City and Donald of Lincoln; two sisters, Emma Wentling of Beaver City and Minnie May of Portland, Ore and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Beave City with the Rev. A. J. Ives officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery with military honors at graveside and Hopping-Haase-Wenbur Funeral Home in charge arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1950

Mabel (Wiswell) Hackler

Mrs. Mabel Hackler was born June 4, 1872 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wiswell, Alexandria, Nebr. She died January 28, 1950, at Brookes General Hospital, San Antonio, Texas, of coronary thrombosis, having been sick in the hospital 12 days.

She was united in marriage David M. Hackler March 19, 1891 at Hebron, Nebr., and remained in marriage 58 years and 9 months. To this union four children were born.

They lived a short time in Fairbury, Nebr., then moved to Reynolds, Nebr., in 1893. In 1897 the Hackler family moved back to Springview, Nebr. After a stay of ten years in Springview they moved to Benkelman, Nebr., in 1908. The family remained in Benkelman until 1930. In 1930 they sold their farm in Kansas and the family moved to Oregon where they remained until 1932. Then they moved to San Antonio, Tex., where they resided at the time of Mrs. Hackler's death.

Mrs. Mabel Hackler was united with her Lord in Christian baptism at Springview, Nebr., in 1905. She remained in the Baptist church during her life time. While living in San Antonio she attended a nearby Presbyterian church.

There remains behind her husband, David M. Hackler, San Antonio, Tex., two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Menge, Benkelman, Nebr., and Mrs. Calvin Maranville, San Antonio, Texas. A son, Robert M. Hackler preceded her in death in 1941 in San Antonio, Texas. An infant daughter, Leta, preceded her in death at Springview, Nebr.

There also remains five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. Hackler was the last of her family, eight brothers and sisters, her father and mother having preceded her in death.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1950

David M. Hackler

David M. Hackler, long-time Dundy county resident, passed away at his home in San Antonio, Texas, on September 8th. Mr. Hackler, who was 86, suffered a light stroke a few days previously, sank into a coma and never regained consciousness. His wife preceded him in death just seven months ago.

After living in Dundy county for 22 years, Mr. and Mrs. Hackler and son Bob left Benkelman in 1930 to spend a year in Oregon. In 1931 they returned to Denver where they lived for a year before moving to San Antonio in 1932. Their son Bob passed away there in 1941 from a heart attack and since that time they made their home with their son-in-law and daughter, Captain and Mrs. C. C. Maranville.

Among the relatives from a distance attending the funeral which was held at San Antonio on Wednesday, September 13th, were his other daughter, Mrs. Marie Menge of Benkelman and son Rev. and Mrs. George Menge.

Mr. David M. Hackler was born July 6, 1864 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. James Hackler, Nebraska City, Nebraska. He died September 8, 1950 at his home, 808 Cliff Ave., San Antonio, Texas, of the infirmities of old age, having been sick in bed one week.

He was united in marriage to Mable Wiswell, March 19, 1891 at Hebron, Nebraska, and remained in marriage 58 years and 9 months. To this union four children were born.

They lived a short time in Fairbury, Nebraska, then moved to Reynolds, Nebraska, in 1893. In 1897 the Hackler family moved to Springview, Nebraska. After a stay of ten years in Springview they moved to Benkelman, Nebr., in 1908. The family remained in Benkelman until 1930. In 1930 they sold their farm in Kansas and the family moved to Oregon where they remained until 1932. Then they moved to San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. David Hackler was united with his Lord in Christian baptism at Springview, Nebraska, in 1905. He remained in the Baptist church during his lifetime. He was a kind and loving father during his lifetime.

Mrs. Hackler preceded her husband in death January 28, 1950, in San Antonio. There remains behind two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Menge, Benkelman, Nebraska, and Mrs. Calvin Maranville, San Antonio, Texas. A son, Robert M. Hackler, preceded him in death in 1941 at San Antonio, Texas. An infant daughter, Leta, preceded him in death at Springview. Nebr. There also remains five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mr. Hackler was the last of his family, four brothers. and his father and mother having preceded him in death.

The funeral was held in San Antonio, Texas at Porter & Loring Funeral Home Wednesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul Tisdel and assisted by Rev, George Menge, a grandson, both ministers of the Church of Christ. He was laid to rest at Sunset cemetery beside his wife.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2002

Lloyd Marlin "Shorty" Hager

IMPERIAL– Lloyd Marlin "Shorty" Hager was born Feb. 24, 1918, on a farm near Lush-ton, Neb., to Claude C. and Clara Belle (VanVleet) Hager.

At the age of three, Shorty moved with his family to Hitchcock County, Neb., where he attended the Dyke country school until the eighth grade. Shorty assisted his folks in farming and as he got older became a farmhand working in Hitchcock and Dundy counties.

Shorty married Bonnie Jane Loop on Aug. 31, 1940, in Oberlin, Kan., and soon enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was in the European Theater during World War II and was discharged at Hitchcock, Texas, on Sept. 25, 1945.

Taking advantage of the GI Bill, Shorty and Bonnie traveled to Denver, Colo., where he learned the trade of meat cutting and processing.

Shorty and Bonnie then returned to the Trenton, Neb., area where they began Hager Square Deal Meats and Processing in 1955. It was at this time that Bonnie also started Hager's Beauty Shop in her home. Shorty closed the processing plant in 1972 with the thoughts of retiring but found he wasn't ready and gained employment with the Dayco Company of McCook, Neb. Shorty worked in McCook for 11 years, retiring for good in 1983. Bonnie continued her beauty shop until 1998, when the couple made their home in Imperial, Neb.

Shorty passed away Monday morning, May 27, 2002, at his home in Imperial. He was 84 years of age.

Shorty had many hobbies including fishing and woodworking. He enjoyed working with different procured meats and entering these meats in contests. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans Post 354188 of McCook, the American Legion Post 357 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10561, both of Trenton.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Imperial; a daughter, Betty (Mrs. Gerald) Jessee, of Benkelman, Neb.; three grandchildren: Katie Jo and Julie Jessee of Benkelman and Melissa (Mrs. Tony) Cochran of Imperial; two great-grandchildren: Bonnie and Cody Cochran of Imperial; a sister, Kela Hinkle, of Lexington, Neb., and a brother, Del Hager, and friend, Pat, of Rio Rancho, N.M.

A graveside inurnment service for Shorty Hager was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the Trenton Cemetery in Trenton with Pastor Keith Wellman officiating. Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial was in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 9, 1949

Jacob Russel Haigler

By John W. Haigler

Jacob Russel Haigler, third son of Eli Haigler and Elizabeth Ann (Hinkle) Taylor, was born in Franklin county, Missouri, February 7, 1836 and died September 29, 1905 at his ranch near Young Gila county Arizona

Jake, as he was commonly called. never married. He was seven years old when his father died and fifteen when his mother died. His education was of a common school. After his father died the family moved to Holt county, Missouri, in 1843 where his mother entered a homestead in section 12, township 60, range 39 and 40. After his mother died in 1851 Jake, his brother John W. and sister Mary went back. to Franklin county, Missouri, and made their home with an uncle, Isaac Hinkle.

When the war broke out in 1861 he left Missouri and in company with several others went to the gold fields of California. From Missouri he went to New York., There they took a ship for Panama. Here they crossed the isthmus with pack mules, took ship again on the Pacific ocean and landed at San Francisco, California. From there he went to the gold fields of Sacramento. Here he prospected for awhile, then circled in to Nevada. From there he went to Idaho where he engaged in the sheep business and remained during the early seventies. He then came back to Missouri, (Holt county) for Christmas of 1875(4?) After spending the winter in Holt and Franklin counties, Missouri, during the spring of 1876(5?) he, with friends from Missouri, went to western

Nebsaska and Colorado and in June of 1874(5?) he located his ranch in what is now Dandy county, Nebraska, and built his dugout on the hog back between the North Fork of the Republican river and the Arickaree.

He was widely known as a cowman and his ranch was headquarters for round-up parties of cattlemen from Texas to Montana. From letters of C. L. Ray, Jake was the most hospitable cowman on the river. His ranch was open to both grangers and cowmen. He was a man who had a big heart and a very pleasant personality. He had friends by the score. As Jimmy Morris said, Jake Haigler was the highest type of man. He was all honor and his word was as good as gold, as brave a heart as a lion. In 1881-'82 the Burlington railroad extended their use to Denver. passing through his ranch near his house and named the station in honor of his name.

Among the men who worked for Jake was the distinguished Irish cook, Billie Welch, who was widely known for his Irish Jokes and wit. Jake's foreman was William Goslin. There were two other men I know of, Jake Webster and Dick Burns. I understand Jake built the first hotel at Benkelman and put Billie Welch in charge of it. Later he was interested in a store at Benkelman with James Morris. The fall of 1883 he sold his ranch and visited one year in Missouri. In 1886 he again engaged In the cattle business in Arizona near Payson and Temple. The firm name was Ming, Haigler and Kensel.

From 1886 to 1903 Jake made several trips back to Missouri to visit his only brother. His ranch house was the scene of many battles with the Indians when old Geronimo was on the warpath down in Arizona. One time the Indians took several hundred head of his cattle. After killing what they wanted to eat, Jake and his men got the rest back. One time some of his cowboys were killed by the Indians but never at any time did they harm Jake Haigler.

His tragic death as taken from the Silver Belt paper published at Globe Arizona, states the following:

"Jake R. Haigler, of Pleasant Valley, near Young, Arizona, was thrown from a mule he was riding on September 26 or 27, 1905. He had gone to fix a water gap up the creek a short distance from his home. He had been warned to be careful about this mule, as she was tricky. W. J. Young had told him that morning before he left not to ride that mule. After Young left Jake saddled up the mule and went to fix the water gap. Mr. Young was away that night and Jake did not return. His going and coming was not unusual, for he would often go to some of his neighbors. The mule came in the next morning without the rider.

The alarm was put out and a party composed of W. G. Young and others started looking for him. He was found near the water gap. Near this place stood a leaning tree, where a cattle trail passed. The supposition is that when passing under this tree Jake leaned over to one side and the mule jumped. He being old and quite feeble, it is thought when the mule jumped that Jake fell off and his foot hung in the stirrup. The mule probably kicked him and in going around, his head struck a sharp-edged rock, which had matted blood and grey hair on it. When they found him he had crawled to the water edge of the creek to get a drink. He was unconscious when found.

After taking him home a physician was sent for—some sixty miles. He rallied for a short time but passed away soon after. Death came September 29, 1905. He was buried where he always said he wanted to be buried, on top of a little hill near the Mongollon mountain, overlooking his ranch and his last home. He had many friends in Pheonix, Tempe, Clifton, Globe and Holdbrock, Arizona. His ranch was located on a creek near a large spring in Gila county. Arizona, 125 miles from Holdbrock, the nearest railroad station in a mountainous country."

The writer, a nephew. was called by wire when Jake was first hurt but it being a long way there, Mr. Haigler had died and was buried before I arrived. So this is the ending of Jacob R. Haigler for whom the town of Haigler, Nebraska, was named after.

--Transcribed by Bill Hardwick  

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1979

Helen Joan (Ellis) Haines

Helen Joan (Ellis) Haines, daughter of Daniel Wesley and Cynthia Caroline (Burgett) Ellis, was born May 18, 1934 in Dundy County, NE and quietly slipped from this life and entered into her eternal reward Sept. 26, 1979 at the Presbyterian Medical Center, Denver, CO at the age of 45 years, 4 months and 8 days.

Helen grew up in Dundy County where she lived her entire life, attending District 66 country school and Benkelman High School. On July 28, 1951, she was united in marriage to Hubert Merle Haines, also a Dundy County native, and to this union three children were born: Linda Joan, Daniel Eugene, and Kenneth D.

Helen's life was full, fulfilling, and a great blessing to all she touched. She was brought to a saving knowledge of her Lord Jesus Christ at the approximate age of 12 and she was an associate member of the Pleasant Valley Friends Church as a young person and later, on Oct. 10, 1963, became an active member and at the time of her passing was a member of the Benkelman Friends Church which she served so faithfully.

Her heart and life revolved around Christ and the church. She taught young children in Sunday School for 26 years and left her mark upon many a child's life. She was a faithful president of the Town and Country Missionary society for 15 years and at the present time was serving as vice-president of the Friends Women of the Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting. She also was serving as church treasurer and as an assistant Sunday School teacher. Helen greatly enjoyed singing second soprano with the "Singing Friends" a special Gospel singing group.

Along with being active in her church, she was active in 4-H for many years. Helen worked at the Dundy County Hospital for ten years and at the Hester Memorial tome for three years and for the past three years helped with the Red Cross Bloodmobile.

Along with this she was a special grandmother to her six grandchildren whom she loved and cherished.

After spending her entire life on the farm, on April 22, 1979, Helen and Hubert purchased and moved into a lovely home in Benkelman where Helen enjoyed being close to all of her many activities. She was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother, giving herself unselfishly to making her family happy and secure.

Helen is survived by her parents, Daniel and Cynthia Ellis of Benkelman, her husband Hubert of Benkelman, her three children: Linda Joan of Gering, NE; Daniel and wife Mary, Kenneth and wife Francie all of Benkelman; two sisters: Cynthia and husband Randy Baney of Benkelman, Jean and husband Jim Kier of Parks, NE, one brother, Robert Ellis and wife Marion of Benkelman and six grandchildren: Bill, Krystal, Heather, Amy, Robbie and Danny Gene along with a host of other relatives and friends who will greatly miss her love, her smile and her thoughtfulness which are now adorning her heavenly home.

Services were held at the United Methodist Church, Benkelman, with Rev. Bob Sanders and Rev. Joe Hodges officiating. Organist was Mary Baney and she accompanied “The Singing Friends” in their offering of "Amazing Grace" and "Because He Lives."

Bearers were Wilfred Hansen, Nason Wilson, Bob Graham, Bob Brackin, Don Osborn and Keith Wood. Interment was at the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Jones' Funeral Home of Benkelman, NE.




Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2000

Janet Helen (Howard) Haines

Janet Helen Haines died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb. She was 73 years old.

She was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Chase County, Neb., to Alva G. and Helen C. (Boening) Howard. She attended school in Max, Neb. On June 1, 1941, she was confirmed as a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman.

On April 5, 1945, Janet married John W. Haines. They have two children: Stanley William and Alice Marie.

Helen enjoyed life in the South Fork area of northwest Kansas. There she and John raised their children. In 1960 they moved to the Haines farm north of Benkel'man. She worked for 19 years as a nurse aide at the Hester Home giving much loving attention to the residents. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very important to her. She never missed church and made sure the children made it to Sunday school and also school, no matter what the weather or road conditions were.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Thomas Howard, and a sister, Margaret Jean Blecha.

Those surviving her include her husband, John; their son, Stan, and wife, DeVonna, of Benkelman; their daughter, Alice Haines, also of Benkelman; two sisters: Joyce and husband, Arden Ham, of Benkelman and Dora and husband, Phillip Albert, of Brush, Colo.; a brother, George Howard, of Las Vegas, Nev.; five granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at th Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery, with arrangements by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1977

Della Inez (Miller) Haines

Della Inez (Miller) Haines was born to Ralph and Frona (Weeks) Miller at Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Jan. 17, 1903 and passed from this life at the Hester Memorial Home at Benkelman, Nebr. on Nov. 28 at the age of 74 years. She was married to Glen J. Haines on Aug. 30, 1922 at Wayne, Nebr. To this union was born two sons and one daughter; Gerald L. Haines of Lincoln, Nebr.; Della Mae Koppinger of Benkelman and Robert J. Haines, deceased.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Glen, one son Gerald and wife Jackie, one daughter, Della Mae and husband Hoppy, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Ralph and wife Opal Miller of Wayne, Nebr., Louis and Jessie Miller of Norfolk, Nebr. and one sister, Grace and her husband, Carl Meliick of Wayne, Nebr. and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Robert, two sisters, Myrtle and Opal and one brother, Lloyd.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1988

Viola Marie (Osborn) Haines

Viola Marie Osborn Haines of 555 N.W. Seventh Street, Cedaredge, Colorado, died Sunday, January 17, 1988, at St. Mary's Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 72.

Mrs. Haines was a homemaker.

She was born April 17, 1915, to Orian and Agnes Sahlin Osborn at Benkelman, Nebraska, where she spent her childhood and attended schools.

She married Irwin L. Haines on February 14, 1937, in Stratton, Nebraska. Mr. Haines survives.

The couple moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, in 1939. In 1981 they retired in Cedaredge.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Carla.

Other survivors include two daughters: Sharon LeFavour of Meridian, Idaho, and Margaret Serfoss of Penrose, Colorado; a son, Maurice of Cedaredge; three sisters: Elsie Stephenson of Fairmont, Nebraska, Fay Lutz of Benkelman, and Ilene Erdman of Haigler, Nebraska; four brothers, Don, Dale and Bill Osborn, all of Benkelman, and Orlando Osborn of Chadron, Nebraska; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services were held Wednesday, January 20, 1988, at 2 p.m. at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Jim Kinnington officiating. Burial followed in the Orchard Mesa Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1989

Glen Joseph Haines

Glen Joseph Haines was born to Joseph and Bertha Haines on August 28, 1904, in Glenwood, Iowa. He died on July 12, 1989, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska.

Glen worked as a city superintendent in several cities beginning in Laurel, Nebraska, and retiring in Hill City, Kansas, 38 years later. At that time, he moved to Stratton, Nebraska.

He was married to Della Ines Miller in 1921 and to this union were born three children, Gerald Haines and Della Mae Koppinger, both of Benkelman, and a son, Bob, who preceded Glen in death.

His wife, Della, passed away in 1977 after a marriage that lasted for 56 years. In 1980, Glen was married to Nellie Allen. The couple resided in Arvada, Colorado, until her death in 1987 when Glen moved to Benkelman.

Glen leaves to mourn his children, Gerald and Della Mae; brothers, Ernest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jim of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Edwin of Redding, California; a sister, Clara Glahn of Clarence, Missouri; grandchildren, Jeff Haines of Jackson, Tennessee, Vicki Haines of Lincoln, Nebraska, Justin Haines of Seward, Nebraska, Susan Shineman of Littleton, Colorado, Sandy Moberly of Osborne, Kansas, and Bill Koppinger of Virginia Beach, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Julie Stephenson, of Akron, Colorado, Kirt Shineman of Preston Park, Pennsylvania, Garth Shineman of Littleton, Colorado, James Moberly of Salina, Kansas, John Moberly of West Point, New York, and Glenda and Austin Koppinger of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and great-great-grandchildren, Kaycle and Brandon Moberly of Salina, Kansas, and Colton Stephenson of Akron, Colorado.

Graveside services were held Saturday, July 15, 1989, at 10:30 a.m. at the Benkelman Cemetery with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating.

Soloist Richard Bartholomew sang "Going Home" and "How Great Thou Art" with the congregation singing "Blest Be The Tie."

Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1993

Irvin Leroy Haines

CEDAREDGE, Colo.– Irvin Leroy Haines of Cedaredge, Colorado, died of natural causes Tuesday, September 7, 1993, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colorado, at the age of 79.

He was born June 26, 1914, to Rolly Roy and Maude Viola (Sauer) Haines in Benkelman, Nebraska, where he spent his childhood.

He married Viola Marie Osborne on February 14, 1937, in Stratton, Nebraska. She died in 1988.

Irvin was a self-employed farmer in the Grand Junction, Colorado, area. He was a resident of Cedaredge for the past 11 years.

He attended the First Baptist Church of Cedaredge and enjoyed traveling, especially to the northwestern United States.

Preceding him in death were a brother, three sisters and a daughter.

Survivors include a son, Maurice, of Cedaredge; two daughters, Sharon LaFavour of Meridian, Idaho, and Margaret Serfoss of Penrose, Colorado; four brothers, John and Hubert, both of Benkelman, Marvin of Burns, Oregon, and Roy "Rolly" of Caldwell, Idaho; three sisters, Mary Mahathey of Bakersfield, California, Elva Ahlmeyer of Wilsonville, Nebraska, and Esther Schrader of Benkelman; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 10 1993, in Orchard Mesa Cemeter in Grand Junction with the Rev. Darrell Buhler officiating.




Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1950

Job Henry Haines

Funeral services of the late J. H. Haines were held at Pleasant Valley Friends church near Benkelman, Nebraska, at two o'clock, Friday, February 10, 1950.

Elders 0. D. Pendelton and Don W. Duffin of McCook, Nebraska, Latter Day Saints church officiating, assisted by Rev. Joe Hodges.

Singers were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mathews of McCook, Wilbur Case of Stratton, Nebraska, and Mrs. Ernestine Hendrickson of Benkelman.

Pallbearers were A. J. Hansen, Frank Little, Eugene Hansen, Tom Humphreys, Marvin Hansen and Cecil Williams.

Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Job Henry Haines, son of William and Mary Haines, was born at Liberty Mills, Wabash county, Indiana, on April 4, 1885 and passed away at the home of his brother Rolly Haines, February 7, 1950, at the age of 64 years, 10 months and 3 days.

He came with his parents to Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of one year. He lived in Dundy county until 1910 when he filed on a homestead in Yuma county, Colorado, where he met and marred Anna May Colver, January 9, 1911.

They left the homestead in 1913 and located at Casper, Wyoming, where he held the position of engineer for the Burlington railroad until 1919, when, because of ill health, he moved back to Dundy county where he farmed two years. He then decided to locate in California where he lived ten years. He moved to Oregon, but during the last war he worked in the shipyards at Richmond, California, later moving back to Oregon. Four years ago he located at Weiser, Idaho, where their home is at the present time.

On January 9, 1949 in his home he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour. He was baptized March 6, 1949 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Weiser, Idaho.

He became ill September 10, 1949. He doctored with local doctors to no avail until October 24, when he sought the advice of doctors at Latter Day Saints hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. On November 15, he was released to visit his brother Rolly Haines at Benkelman, pending his return to the hospital at Salt Lake City for more treatments in January, 1950. On January 21, 1950, he returned to his brother's home near Benkelman where he prayed daily and praised the Lord during all of his suffering and encouraged all with whom he came in contact to accept Christ as their personal Saviour until he was called to his heavenly home.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife, two, brothers, William 0. Haines of Long Beach, California, and Rolly R. Haines of Benkelman and their families, other relatives and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 2001

John W. Haines

John W. Haines, 76, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb. He was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Dundy County near Parks, Neb., to Rolly and Maude (Sauer) Haines, and attended country school in District No. 22.

He was united in marriage to Janet Howard at her parents' home in Max, Neb., on April 5, 1945. John and his wife made their home near Benkelman, and later moved to the South Fork community in Cheyenne County, Kan., where they lived for 13 years. In 1960, John purchased his father's farm and relocated his family to their new home north of Benkelman.

He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith on March 3, 1968, and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman.

John devoted his life to raising his family, caring for his livestock and tending his farm. In his free time, he enjoyed playing cards arid square dancing. He found great joy in being a grandpa to his 5 granddaughters and later 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Janet, on Oct. 8, 2000; brothers Ervin and his wife, Viola, and Harold and his wife, Opal; sisters Elva and her husband, Vic Ahlemeyer, Dorothy and her husband, Verle Richard, and Fern Richard; an infant sister, Margie, and a sister-in-law, Helen Haines.

Those who survive him include his son, Stanley, and his wife. DeVonna, and a daughter, Alice Haines, all of Benkelman; sisters Mary Mahathey of Bakersfield. Calif., and Esther and her husband, Vernon Schrader, of Benkelman; brothers Marvin and wife, Genevieve, of Burns, Ore., Rolly and his wife, Mary, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Hubert and his wife, Judy, of Benkelman; a brother-in-law, Mearl Richard, of Benkelman; 5 granddaughters, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services for John Haines were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Jackie Wilson was the organist and Steve Stroup, with guitar accompaniment, sang "In The Garden" and “The Old Rugged Cross." The congregational hymn was "Amazing Grace."

Casket bearers were Rick Confer, Danny Wilkinson, Doug Peckham, Carlos Castillo. Jerdene Barnhart, Ken Brassie and Wes Donohue. Honorary bearers were the Hester Home staff.

Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1957

Rolly R. Haines

Rolly R. Haines, pioneer Dundy County pump irrigator, farmer and rancher, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. He was 63 years of age.

Mr. Haines was the first to prove the feasibility a pump irrigation in the cornbelt of Dundy County, having developed a profitable and efficient unit near his home north of Benkelman. His place developed into one of the finest farmsteads in the community and his management of the land and his operations in cattle feeding established him as one of the outstanding farmers in the area.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 1894 and a death date of 7-27-1957.)




Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1979

Ella V. (Snoke) Haining

Ella V. Haining was torn May 1, 1892 in Hitchcock County, NE. She passed away in Denver, CO on Aug. 7, 1979.

Services were held Aug. 10, 1979 at the Jones' Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, NE. The Rev. Allan Martin officiated.

Organist was Anna Benge and the soloist Audrey Tecker. Musical selections were "Beyond the Sunset" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Jerry Wonderly, Dean Scott, Kirk Sandman, Clifford Oakley, Nick Sandman, and Dennis Johnson. Honorary bearers were August Warning, Fred Waterman, Virgil Sandman, Melvin Pursley, Walt Barenberg, and J.P. "Bud" McKillip.

Interment was at Benkelman Cemetery. Funeral was conducted by Jones' Funeral Home of Benkelman, NE.

Ella V. Haining, daughter of Will Snoke and Mary McKillip Snoke, was born at Highland, NE, May 1, 1892 and passed away at Denver, CO, Aug. 7, 1979.

She attended school in Hayes Center and Normal School in McCook after which she taught in the rural schools.

She was married to Robert A. Haining, July 4, 1910, at Cody, Wyoming. To this union was born two children, one son and one daughter. Surviving her are her daughter, Velda of Denver, one granddaughter, Zetta Low Oakley and husband, Clifford, of McCook, five great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Also surviving her are one foster brother, Clyde Garrett of Hayes Center and nieces, Zelpha Scott of Hayes Center, Eda Sandman of Wauneta and Charlotte Odom of Picayune, MO. and several great grand nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Robert and her son Clair and her brother, Frank Snoke.

She will be sadly missed by those who knew her. Especially her daughter and grandchildren who have many precious memories to remember her by.

What is a Great Grandmother?

Well, she is the most beautiful person five great grandchildren could ever know.

The many hours that we've spent with her are memories so precious now.

We only wish that our seven children would have had the chance to make those mudpies in the backyard, and to know and understand the meaning of patience by sharing moments together over jigsaw puzzles and staying within the lines on paint by numbers.

Especially the bedtime stories, songs and prayers that she was willing to share.

These are a few memories of a fine Great Grandmother.

What is a Great Grandmother? She is Ella V. Haining, a Grand Great Grandmother to cherish and love.

Great Granddaughter,

Your, Sally

"ABBEY"

As the sun comes over the horizon, Abbey awakes with a smile; always a friendly hello and wanting us to stay for awhile.

From the big front porch, where we were welcomed with open arms; we knew there was no chance of being harmed.

To the wonderful stories in such a meaningful way; we knew she was in our hearts to stay!

To singing songs like "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "The Old Rugged Cross"; our love for Abbey will never be lost!

From the walks to the garden, her straw hat you could see; everything about her God meant it to be.

Her smile beneath her big blue eyes will always keep our love for Abbey alive!

Your Loxie and Great Granddaughter, Rexene.




Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1993

Velda Haining

DENVER, Colo.--Velda Haining was born July 9, 1914, in Hayes County, Nebraska, to Robert and Ella Haining, and died March 3, 1993, at her home in Denver, Colorado.

She taught school in Dundy County, Nebraska, for many years.

Other than teaching school, she worked for Postal Life and Bendix in Kansas City, also at Colorado General Hospital.

Five years ago she was the victim of a street gang beating. She also was a victim of cancer.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and one brother, Clair Haining.

Survivors include her niece, Zetta Lou Oakley, who Velda fondly called "Pete."

The body was cremated. Moorehoward Mortuary scattered the ashes over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, March 3, 2005

Marie Alma Haley

Thursday, March 3, 2005

April 2, 1916-Feb. 28, 2005

BENKELMAN -- Marie Alma Haley, 88, died Monday, February 28, 2005 at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

She was born April 2, 1916, in Dundy County to William and Della (Morrison) Stamm and attended school near her home.

On August 12, 1935, she was united in marriage to Joseph R. Haley at Imperial and they made their home on the Stamm Homestead north of Benkelman. In 1955, she and Joe moved to Benkelman and later to Plattsmouth for four years before returning to Benkelman. She was a homemaker.

She was a 4-H Leader and she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Benkelman and the United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Della Stamm; husband, Joe Haley; brothers, Leon, Harry and Dwight Stamm.

Survivors include her daughter, Josephine Koch and husband, Bob of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Gerald Stamm of Englewood, Colo., and Cleo of Aurora, Ill.; sister, Evelyn Thakery of Canby, Ore.; and one grandson.

Funeral services are Friday, 10:30 a.m., in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery

Visitation is today until 7 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.

Memorials may be given in her name to the Benkelman United Methodist Women or to the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1990

Joseph Raymond Haley

BENKELMAN— Joseph Raymond Haley, the youngest son of the late Frank and Addie Dodson Haley, was born May 11, 1911, and passed away March 14, 1990, at the Dundy County Hospital at the age of 78 years and 10 months.

Joe lived with his father and mother, five sisters and two brothers on their farm in Phillipsburg, Kansas, where he was born, and grew up in Naponee, Nebraska. He came to Benkelman in 1929 where he lived with his sister Winnie and her husband, Fred Raines, north of Max, Nebraska.

He shucked lots of corn for his brother-in-law Fred Raines, John and Harvey Dunn and Art Little north of Benkelman.

On August 12, 1935, Joe married Marie Alma Stamm at Imperial, Nebraska. To this union one daughter, Josephine, was born on September 12, 1939. In 1947, Joe took his family from the farm north of Max to Parks and worked for the county as a road maintenance worker. Joe and his family moved to Benkelman in 1956 and he was the co-op manager at the elevator until February 16, 1964. At this time, Joe and Marie sold out in Benkelman and moved to Rock Bluff near Omaha, Nebraska, where he served as general manager for five years.

On December 10, 1969, they moved back to Benkelman for their health. Joe's health really began to fail in 1976.

Joe and Marie celebrated 54 years of married life on August 12, 1989.

Joe became a member of the United Methodist Church on February 24, 1957. He was also a member of Justice Lodge #180 A.F. & A.M. in Benkelman, joining in April of 1946, and received his third degree in June of 1946. He was installed as Master of the lodge in January of 1976. He loved his church, his lodge and his fellow man and was well-known for his story telling.

Preceding him in death were his parents, five sisters and two brothers.

Joe leaves to mourn his wife Marie, his daughter Josephine Marie Koch, her husband Robert, one grandson Jeffrey Joseph Koch and his wife Regina of North Glenn, Colorado, and one great-granddaughter, little Haley Rebekah Koch (named in honor of her great grandfather), many nieces and nephews, cousins in eastern Nebraska and a host of friends and neighbors.

Services were held Tuesday, March 20, 1990, at 10:30 a.m. at the Benkelman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist Betty Erdman accompanied Samantha Howsden, soloist, who sang "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "He."

Bearers were Roger Shillington, Robert Hardwick, Marvin Edwards, Bob Thackery, Kenneth Gardner, Lance Antonson, Scott Hogeland and Tom Jones.

Honorary bearers were Francis Hardwick, Malvin Hendrickson, Eldon Hardwick, Doran Jessee, Stanley Ham, Cy Ketler, Bill Bradley, Lee Gallatin, Lester Donohue, Clyde Brown, Roy Rains and Byron Ham.

Committal services were performed by Justice Lodge #180 A.F.& A.M. of Benkelman. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.




Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1988

Lucile M. (Hinrichsen) Hall

Lucile M. Hall, the daughter of Emil and Margaret Hinrichsen, was born on December 16, 1917, in Clinton. Iowa. She passed away April 27, 1988, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman Nebraska. On December 16, 1938, she was united in marriage to Harold H. Hall. Together they were loving and devoted parents to two children, Cherry and Bill.

Lucile graduated from Clinton High School and attended Mount St. Clare Junior College and Scovill Schools where she studied music and piano. From 1940 to 1949 she traveled extensively with Harold while he worked for the DuPont Corporation. In 1949, they moved to Benkelman to enter the petroleum business with Harold's father. For years Lucile was the bookkeeper for Youngson Oil Company, while Harold managed the business. Lucile was an accomplished pianist who shared her gift of music with her church, her community, and the school system. She enjoyed accompanying high,

school groups at music contests, and for years she willingly volunteered her services for baccalaureates and graduations. Lucile was also an excellent bridge player and she enjoyed playing cards with several different clubs.

Lucile truly loved life and people. She had a keen interest in human nature, and she always enjoyed visiting with her friends and associates. Her love of life was most apparent, however, in the affection she held for her family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and she cherished the time she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren.

Lucile was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold, her brother, Donald, and one grandson, Wyley A. Hall.

Survivors include her daughter, Cherry, and husband Gary Schreiner: her son, Bill, and wife, Donna: six grandchildren: Kelly, Mitch and Kenton Schreiner and Wyatt, Abbie and Mackenzie Hall: her sister, Doris Mayer and husband, Dick: two brothers, Thomas and Keith Hinrichsen and their wives, Mardy and Margaret: and brothers-in-law Leona and Dale Osborn, Alberta and Harold Knoles and Merna and Larry Petersen: sister-in-law, Jean Hinrichsen and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Saturday, April 30, 1988, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman, Nebraska. The Rev. Earl Martell officiated. The organist was Jackie Wilson and the pianist was Betty Erdman. Richard Bartholomew sang “Without Clouds," "On Eagle's Wings" and "Goin' Home"

Bearers were Merlyn Walter, Kent Nehrboss, Mason Jones, Bob Jones, Greg Ham and Rich Ham. Honorary bearers were Vince Novacek, M.D. Sailors, Neal Pursley, Willard Raile, Dale Bauer, Glen Ellis and Paul Ham.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1978

Ida Mae Hall

Services were held Wed., Feb. 8, 1978 at 1:00 p.m. from the Jones Funeral Chapel in Stratton, Nebr. for Ida Mae Hall of Alhambra, Calif. Ida Mae Hall was born May 10, 1884 in Aurora, Nebr. and had been a long time Stratton resident. She passed away Sat,, Feb. 4, 1978 in Alhambra, Calif.

Rev. Neil Zobel officiated. Organist was Marjorie Redfield.

Bearers were Richard Stahly, Beryl Gummere, Gene Kleinschmidt, Earl Gummere, Wallace Gummere and LeRoy Barnett.

Interment was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton with Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1973

John Willis Hall

John Willis Hall, whose account of his youth appeared in "Down Thru the Years" in the Benkelman Post a number of years ago under the title, "What I Remember About 3-36," passed away in Hastings on December 4th at the age of 89 years. His cousin, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Harrison attended the funeral on Friday.

John Willis Hall was born in Stratton, Nebraska March 10, 1884 and passed away in the Mary Lanning Hospital at Hastings, Nebraska on December 4,1973 at the age of 89 years, eight months and 24 days. His youth was spent in Dundy County. Later he came to Clay County with his parents where he met Mabel Culver to whom he was married on March 29, 1911.

He was an active member of the United Methodist Church since 1915, having shared his life in Christ at Clay Center Emmanuel, Trumbull and at Grace Church in Hastings.

He was involved as Sunday School superintendent, teacher and in various offices.

He was active and involved in his community, serving on the school board near Clay Center for over 20 years. He was further involved as a local and state officer of the Farmers Union and agricultural organization.

His survivors include his wife, Mabel Hall; one son, Donald Hall; four daughters, Alda Felsing, Fern Buttel, Phyllis Milne and Genevieve Granger; 15 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a sister, Lulu Mack.

Funeral services were held at the Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings with the Rev. Donald J. Nunnaly officiating assisted by the Rev. Milford Vance. Michael Anderson was the soloist and Mrs. John Kunkul, the organist. Pallbearers were Dennis Hall, Phil Mathies, Ray Gaymon, Tom Granger, Lonnie Granger and Raymond Anderson. Honorary bearers were Harold Whitesel, John Sullivan, Oliver Smith, Frank Tice, Gary Hansel and Leo Kelly. Interment was in the Clay Center Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1990

Loyd Wilbur Hall

LOS MOLINOS, Cal.—A former employee of the Benkelman Post, Loyd Wilbur Hall, died March 18, 1990, at Los Molinos, California.

Mr. Hall worked at the Post when the newspaper was owned by the Ketler family. One of his coworkers in Benkelman was Ellis Gummere, who is still a member of the Post staff.

Loyd Wilbur Hall was born October 21, 1905.

Funeral services were conducted at Hall Brothers Chapel in Los Molinos, California, on March 21, 1990. Private interment followed at the Los Molinos Cemetery.

Mr. Hall's widow resides in Los Molinos.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2008

Roy William "Bill" Hall

Roy William "Bill" Hall , of Benkelman , Nebraska , died Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, at the age of 56.

He was born January 2, 1952 to Harold H. and Lucile M. (Hinrichsen) Hall and attended school in Benkelman. He graduated from Benkelman High School in 1970. Bill went on to attend Kearney State College for one year before going abroad where he backpacked through Europe for three months. He also spent time in Hawaii and Colorado before returning to Benkelman in 1977.

On August 27, 1977 Bill was united in marriage to Donna K. Ham at Grant , Nebraska . They made their home in Benkelman where Bill managed the 4 Circle CO-OP for several years. Bill's experience in business prompted he and Donna to open "The Hall Closet", a boot and shoe repair store where they sold quality footwear and repaired boots, shoes and other leather products. In 1996, Bill and Donna purchased "The Liquor Store" and remodeled the building to include their boot and shoe repair business.

Bill was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman. He was an active member of the Benkelman community, and was a 21-year member of the Benkelman Fire Department.

Bill will always be remembered for his warm smiles, his gentle spirit, and his eagerness to befriend a stranger. His kindness and sincere regard for the feelings of others endeared him to all who knew him. His circle of friends included not only his own peers, but his kid's friends and older folks alike. Bill had an innate charm that drew others to him and a warm spirit that kept them comfortable in his company. He was the epitome of kindness, sincerity and generosity. He was quick with a laugh, eager to please and always ready for a good time.

Throughout his life, Bill chose to lead the simple life - his family was his world.

He didn't need to travel any further than his kitchen table or the cabin at Enders to find adventure; fun times with family and friends were adventure enough. His home and his cabin were open to anyone who needed them, and they were always full.

In addition to his love of family, Bill had a passion for many activities, including Walleye fishing, ice fishing, hunting, water skiing, playing cards, swimming in the pond, and ping pong. He was a devoted husband and father; his family was his treasure.

It has been said that if Bill had a mantra, it surely must have been, "Live fully, laugh often, love a lot!" For he did just that. Without consciously trying, Bill left the world a better place just by living the way he did. His life was much shorter than anyone would have chosen, but there is no doubt that Bill's legacy is the love and kindness that he shared with so many.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Harold and Lucile Hall; a son, Wyley; and father-in-law, Paul Ham.

He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Hall of Benkelman, NE; his son, Wyatt Hall of Ashland, NE; daughters, Abbie Hall of Fort Collins, CO, and Mackensie Hall of San Diego, CA; sister Cherry Schreiner and husband, Gary of Ogallala, NE; mother-in-law, Kathleen Ham of Benkelman, NE; aunts, Alberta Knoles of Benkelman, NE, Merna Petersen of Santa Rosa, CA; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many, many friends.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with Rev. George Matthews officiating. Services will conclude at the church. A private inurnment will take place at a later time.

There will be no viewing or visitation. A memorial has been established in his name. Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1989

Lula Mae (Stevens) Hallagin

McDONALD — Lula Mae Hallagin died Sunday (Jan. 15, 1989) at the College Hill Nursing Center in Mahnattan, Kan., at the age of 76. She was born Jan. 26, 1912 at Cook to Jesse A. and Elva May (Beaver) Stevens.

She was married to Evertt Hallagin Dec. 25, 1935 at McDonald.

She was a homemaker and a longtime resident of McDonald.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Verrol, Vernon, Ivan and Kenneth; and one sister, Velma Mullanix.

Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Albright of Manhattan, Kan., and Janice Dunavan of Ft. Riley, Kan.; one son, Garry of Buffalo, Kan.; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; one brother, Keith Stevens of Aumsville, Ore.; and three sisters, Essie Barnhart, Carrie Hillyer and Iris Bradley, all of Oregon.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Williams Funeral Chapel in Atwood with the Rev. Tom Albright officiating. Interment will be in the Grace Cemetery in McDonald. Memorials may be addressed in her name to the McDonald Senior Citizen's Center. Visitation will be today until time of service Wednesday. Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1993

Debbie Sue Hallagin

NORTH PLATTE– Debbie Sue Hallagin, 34, died Sunday, December 5, 1993, at her home in North Platte, Nebraska.

She was born April 14, 1959, at El Paso, Texas, to James Walter and Valta Mae (Little) Hallagin and grew up near McDonald, Kansas, and Benkelman, Nebraska.

A 1979 graduate of Wauneta, Nebraska, High School, she worked as a nurse's aide at Linden Manor in North Platte and Sunset Haven in Curtis, Nebraska, and as a dishwasher at Detco Truck Plaza Restaurant and Taco John's. She also baby-sat in her home. She attended Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall.

Her father preceded her in death.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Valta and Philip Cruse of Maywood, Nebraska; a son, Stephen Ryan, and a daughter, Crystal Lynn, both of Maywood; two brothers, Daniel of Hawaii and Robert of Goshen, Indiana; three stepbrothers,

Philip Cruse Jr. of McCook, Nebraska, John Smith of Ravenna, Nebraska, and Leroy Cruse of Maywood; a sister, Betty Hartpence of Goshen, and a stepsister, Tamice Sayer, of Cambridge, Nebraska.

Memorial services were held Saturday, December 11, 1993, at 10 a.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel in North Platte with Patrick Martin officiating. Odean Colonial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1987

Elmer Lee Hallagin

Elmer Lee Hallagin, age 75, died Saturday, May 9, 1987, at his home in Goodland, Kansas.

Elmer was born May 30, 1911, in St. Francis, Kansas, the son of Henry Lee and Bertha May (Bannister) Hallagin. He attended grade school at the Adderson School near Beardsley, Kansas, and then graduated from McDonald High School in 1932.

In 1933 Elmer was married to Merle Anderson in Goodland. After their marriage they operated the Dew Drop Inn Restaurant in McDonald for four years. During World War II, he was a construction foreman in a defense plant in Denver, Colorado.

In 1943 the family moved back to McDonald where Elmer worked at different jobs until he started custom cutting with his brothers for the next 20 years. They operated their machines from Texas to Canada. Elmer also operated a Texaco station for about four years and worked at McDonald Grain for 19 years. He was a National Motor Club representative for 12 years.

Elmer was an avid gardener and enjoyed entertaining others with music and sleight-of-hand. He shared all his talents with anyone he met.

In January of 1975, Merle, his wife of 42 years, died.

On March 16, 1977, Elmer was married to Martha Ryan. Martha died on September 3, 1981.

In January of 1983, Elmer traveled to the Holy Land with members of the area Lutheran churches. Elmer renewed his baptism at the River Jordan.

Elmer is survived by his three daughters and their husbands: Mr. and Mrs. Lynn (Sharon Beth) Jumper of Goodland, Mr. and Mrs. Les (Sonja Ione) Clarke of Loveland, Colorado, and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis (Sheila Gayle) Dietz of Ames, Iowa; grandchildren: Nira Jumper, Becky and Larry Jumper, Sheri Jamison, Robb Jamison, Annette Dietz, Michelle Dietz, Aaron Dietz and Suzanne Dietz; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Lee Jumper and Lori Beth Jumper; brothers and their wives: Clarence and Blanch of Goodland, Marion and Marie of McDonald and Chet and Mary of Denver; sisters, Mrs. Clay (Ruby) Waddill of Denver, Pearl Dempewolf of Sterling, Colorado, and Mrs. Goldie Nygaard of McDonald; sisters-in-law, Hope Anderson of Goodland, Ida Halligan of Cedaredge, Colorado, Edna Hallagin of Eastern Kansas and Lula Halligan of McDonald; numerous nieces and nephews; dearest friend, Irene Kehlbeck, and a host of friends.

Elmer was preceded in death by his first wife, Merle; his second wife, Martha; his parents, Henry Lee and Bertha May; brothers, Walter, Roy and Everett, and a sister, Opal.

Elmer was buried in Grace Cemetery of McDonald, Kansas, beside his wife, Merle. The memorial service was conducted by Pastor Paul Erbes at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Brewster, Kansas.

A memorial has been established in his name to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brewster, Kansas.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1993

Paul Mark Haller

McCOOK--Paul Mark Haller, 82, died Wednesday, December 22, 1993, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Nebraska.

He was born March 18, 1911, at Beardsley, Kansas, the eldest son of Adam J. and Hester (Rooney) Haller.

He attended a country school near his home and St. John's Catholic Church near Beardsley.

On May 13, 1931, he was united in marriage to Leona Heilers at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratton, Nebraska. To this union six children were born: Dolores, Marjorie, Pauline "Pat," Marguerite "Midge" and Frank Ervin.

Haller spent his life doing what he loved--farming and trucking.

He helped people with whatever he possibly could, and this brought him great joy.

Haller lived in the Stratton area most of his life.

He was preceded in death by one son, Frank; his parents; two sisters, Ruth Prettyman and Marie Eby, and a brother, Louie Haller.

Survivors include his wife, Leona, of the home; 4 daughters, Dolores and her husband, Lewis McKain, of Trenton, Nebraska, Marjorie and her husband, Bob Grimm, of Olathe, Kansas, Pauline and her husband, Vern Glebe, of Stratton and Marguerite and her husband, Larry Forbes, of McCook and a son, A. J. Haller, of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Also surviving are 35 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 8 brothers, Nick and his wife, Cecila, of Phoenix, Oregon, Andy and his wife, Connie, of Ft. Lupton, Colorado, Hubert and his wife, Dorothy, of Westminster, California, Jake and his wife, Jeanetta, of Richland, Missouri, John and his wife, Phyllis, of Alliance, Nebraska, Charlie of Ft. Lupton, Joe of Cedar City, Utah, and Pat and his wife, Elsie, of Hemingford, Nebraska; 3 sisters, Theresa Williams of Denver, Colorado, Ann Martin of Herndon, Kansas, and Monica and her husband, W. P. Adams, of Landers, California; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mass of The Resurrection was Monday, December 27, 1993, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratton with the Rev. Mark Pfeiffer as celebrant. Lector was Larry Forbes, organist was Marjorie Redfield, song leader was Susan Ladenburger and servers were Alan McConnell, Dave McKain and Ryan Sramek.

Musical selections were "On Eagles Wings," "Be Not Afraid," "Only A Shadow" and “These Hands."

Bearers were Leo McKain, Phil Cahoj, Bruce McKain, Gary McKain, Eugene McKain, Roger McKain, Kenneth Cahoj, Eddy Cahoj, Albert Haller, John Cahoj, Patrick Huss, Steve Forbes, DeWayne McKain, Dale McKain, Joseph Cahoj, Jim Cahoj, Mike Huss, Brian Haller and Mark Forbes.

Honorary bearers were Fred Hanson, Fred Lorens, Frankie Vrbas, Ralph Jones, Stan Vrbas and Kenneth Reiman.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1973

Mayme (Bond) Ham

Mrs. Mayme Ham, a pioneer resident of Dundy County, was laid at rest in the Benkelman Cemetery on Friday morning after funeral services at the Benkelman United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Allan Martin officiated at the services. Mrs. Betty Erdman was the organist and Mrs. Shirley Adkinson and Genereva Schrader the singers. Casket bearers were grandsons, Dana Ham, James Russell, Jay Dee Ham, Kenneth Russell, Larry Ham, Walter Russell, Eugene Ham and Fred Russell. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Mayme B. Ham passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Tuesday, July 3, 1973, after an illness of several weeks.

Mayme was born near Benkelman, May 12, 1890 and was the last member of the pioneer family of William and Sarah Bond. The Bond family came to Dundy county with the early settlers prior to 1880. She had eleven brothers and sisters. She was a sister of the late Josie Borchert, Lela Johnston, Herman Bond and John Bond.

Mayme was married to E. D. (Vic) Ham on February 23, 1911 in Benkelman. The first years of their married life were spent on a "tree claim" northwest of Benkelman. Later, when Vic's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. 0. Ham, moved to town, Vic and Mayme moved to the original homestead three miles north of town where they lived for 26 years. Here they raised their family of seven children.

Mrs. Ham's life was one of devotion and service to her family. She possessed a beautiful Christian character and was a most faithful wife and loving mother.

She was a member of the Methodist Church and as her family grew older, she found time to take an active part in church and Sunday school. She was a loyal charter member of the Methodist Women's Society of Christian Service and served as president for two terms.

In February, 1961, Vic and Mayme celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Methodist Church. On January 3, 1963 Vic passed away after suffering a severe heart attack.

Mayme spent the last ten years of her life living alone and the last seven months at the Hester Memorial Home where she resided at the time of her final illness. She was of a gentle, amiable nature and was greatly loved by her many friends. She had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor.

She is survived by three sons, Vaughn of Denver, Arden of Benkelman and Norlin of Winter Park, Florida; two daughters, Berniece Russell of Henry, Nebraska and Beulah Jean Culton of Tacoma, Washington; 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter Audra, and one son, Dale.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1980

Laura F. (Cooley) Ham

Laura F. Ham was born June 6, 1907 in Chase County, Nebraska and passed away October 18, 1980 at the Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

She was the daughter of William L. and Maude E. (Artist) Cooley. On March 20, 1934 she was married to Clifford Ham. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Sheba Rebekah Lodge No. 321 and Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Merle (Eva) Ketler of Greeley, CO and one brother, Harry Cooley of Albany, OR. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, Edward and Wilbur, and one sister Hollis.

Funeral services were held Wed., Oct. 22, 1980 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, NE with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and singers were Melvin Sailors, Paul Erdman and Robert Andrews. Their selections were "Whispering Hope" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".

Bearers were Tom Burrell, Roger Parker, Verle Raichart, Cecil Scarrow, Wayne Stroup and Boyd Stroup. Honorary bearers were Glenn Fish, Torsten Anderson, Ralph Stroup, Miles Jones, Richard Gardner, Howard Crow and True Howard.

Committal Service was held by the Holly Chapter, No. 233, O.E.S. with interment in the Benkelman Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were arranged by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1967

Edna Latham (Dixon) Ham

Edna Latham Ham, wife of Byron Ham, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Friday of a terminal illness of several years duration.. She was 44 years of age and the mother of three children.

Mrs. Ham suffered the misfortune of several serious afflictions which required extensive hospitalization, but she carried on hopefully and with faith in maintaining the family home and extending herself to community interests. She was active in church work, the affairs of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Eastern Star, and was admired and highly respected by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Benkelman on Monday afternoon, with the Rev. William E. Whittaker officiating. Mrs. Dale Bauer was the organist and Mrs. Royce Anderson the soloist. Bearers were Sam Jones, Leon Pinkerton, Marvin Haines, Howard Crow, Leon Baney, Jr., and Mason Jones. Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star, conducted graveside services at the Benkelman Cemetery. Jay's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edna Latham Ham, daughter of Jennie and Joseph T. Dixon, Sr., was born August 28, 1922, at Pinetown, North Carolina, and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on July 14, 1967, at the age of 44 years, 10 months and 16 days.

She attended school in Washington, N. C., and was graduated from Washington High School. She worked in Washington, D. C. as a telephone operator and in the telephone business office for several years.

She was baptized into the Christian Church at Washington, North Carolina, as a young girl and transferred to the Methodist Church when she moved to Benkelman.

On March 26, 1949, she was united in marriage to Byron Ham. Three children were born to this union: Charline, Phyllis and Carla. She was a member of Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and the WSCS.

Her parents and one brother preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband. Byron; three children, Mrs. Jerrell Gerdes, Phyllis and Carla; one grandson, Patrick Gerdes; two sisters, Mrs. Leona Boyd and husband Charles of Washington, N. C., and Mrs. Lotta Chrismon and husband Paul of Bath, N. C.; one brother, W. J. Dixon, and wife Betty of Mayo, Maryland: a sister-in-law, Mrs. Mildred Dixon of Grimesland, N. C.; a niece, who was reared by Edna's parents, Mrs. Jean Edwards, and husband Robert of West Lanham, Maryland; 15 other nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1976

Nellie Josephine (Foster) Ham

Nellie Josephine Foster Ham was born October 28, 1885 at Battle Creek, Iowa, to Charles and Josephine Chase Foster and passed away March 11, 1976 at the Dundy County Hospital at the age of 90 years, 4 months and 12 days of age. She was the last surviving member of her family.

The family moved to Decatur County, Iowa and lived there for several years. In 1906 they came to Dundy county and lived on a farm near Max, Nebraska. Nellie did not attend high school but continued her education and attended summer school at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln in 1912. She taught eight terms of school and was the only teacher in her family.

On June 25, 1913,she was married to Ray Ham at Wray, Colorado and they made their home on the farm northeast of Benkelman until 1972 when they both moved to Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. There were eight children born to the Hams, two dying in infancy.

Nellie joined the United Methodist Church in July 1913 and was a member of the Women's Society of Christian Service, now called the United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; two sons, Leon and Marvin; a daughter, Hazel; by her parents and five brothers, Ed, Steve, Chet, Ben and Aldie Foster; by two sisters, May Parsons and Fannie Fuehring. She leaves to mourn her passing her sons, Wayne of Benkelman, Ray J. and wife, Pat of Johnstown, Colorado; three daughters, Doris Hain of Anchorage, Alaska, Marjorie Ham of Benkelman, Melba Fries and husband Guy of Benkelman Nebraska; 19 grandchildren , eight great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Grace Foster and Hazel Ham; one brother-in-law, Ed Fuehring and wife Irma, and many nieces and nephews.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1993

Hazel Mae (Frank) Ham

BENKELMAN--Hazel Mae (Frank) Ham was born in rural Kearney County. Nebraska, October 1, 1901, and died Wednesday, February 3, 1993, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 91 years. 3 months and 2 days.

Her parents, Charles Ewing and Anna Belle (Linson) Frank, were pioneer residents of Kearney County.

She was a graduate of Minden (Nebraska) High School with the Class of 1919 and received a teaching certificate from Hastings (Nebraska) College with supplemental summer school attendance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kearney (Nebraska) State College and the University of Colorado at Boulder. For a total of seven years, Hazel was a home economics teacher in the Stratton, Newcastle and Benkelman school systems.

A favorite story of Hazel's was her elopement with Eugene Frederick Ham, a Benkelman grain dealer, on December 30, 1926, to Kansas City, Missouri. The couple were secretly married until the completion of the school term the following spring. Gene, Hazel and Gene's son, John E., lived in Benkelman until 1935. At that time, Gene became a member of the Pikes Peak Grain Company of Denver. Following John's graduation from Denver University in 1940, the couple returned to Benkelman. A daughter, Jean Marie, was born in 1944.

Hazel was a charter member and first president of the Benkelman Woman's Club serving on the library board for many years. She was honored to serve as the first president of the Woman's Society of Christian Service in 1940. She was a 50-year member of Holly Chapter #233, Order of the Eastern Star, serving as worthy Matron in 1950: a 50- year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter ER, serving as president in 1953-54, and served on the board of the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman for several years. Although raised a Presbyterian, 50+ years ago Hazel transferred her faith to the Methodist-Episcopal Church.

"Frankie," as she was affectionally nicknamed by her friends, will most be remembered for her love of bridge and her wit.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, Winnie M. Frank, of Minden: three brothers: Dr. Charles Frank of Dallas, Texas, Henry Frank of Silverlake, Wisconsin, and Herbert Frank of Medford, Oregon: a stepbrother, Comdr. Ross Linson of Oakland, California; a stepsister, Luella Holthaus of Hastings, and her husband, Eugene F.

Survivors include her son, John E. Ham and his wife, Frances, and her daughter, Jean Marie and her husband, Ron L. Jones, all of Benkelman: stepsisters Doris Olsen of Minden and Mayme Frank of Medford; her grandchildren: Richard and Ronda Jones of Benkelman, Craig T. Ham of Ogallala, Nebraska, Greg Ham and his wife, Holly, of Holdrege, Nebraska, and Michelle and her husband, Jim Pursley, of Brighton. Colorado: eight great-grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.

Services were held Saturday, February 6, 1993, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and Betty Erdman the pianist. The congregation sang "God Of Our Fathers" and Wilbur Case, Gary Coates, Tony Ham, Urlin McCartney and Richard Bartholomew sang "Amazing Grace" and "Postlude."

Bearers were Tony Ham , Kenneth Ham, Tom D. Ham, Kenneth Fries, Jay D. Ham, Richard Ham, Jerry Fries, Richard Fries, Kenneth Foster, Gary Ham, Ron Ham, John Fries and Jim Russell.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with committal by Holly Chapter #233, O.E.S. and P.E.O. Chapter ER

Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

 

Printed in the McCook NE Daily Gazette, Jan 7, 2008

Edna Fern (Hardwick) Ham

BENKELMAN -- Edna Fern Ham was born Feb. 24, 1918, to Reece W. and Mayme E. (Morrison) Hardwick on a farm twelve miles north of Parks, in Dundy County. She attended grade school near her home in District 24 and graduated from Parks High School in 1934. Fern loved growing up on the farm and enjoyed taking piano lessons. Playing the piano was always a great source of enjoyment for her.

On March 15, 1939, Fern was united in marriage to Lyle Cecil Ham. This union was blessed with four children, Gloria Jean, Gary Lee, Linda Fern, and Sandra Kaye. On Dec. 27, 1970, Lyle was killed in a tragic accident at the train-crossing near their home, devastating Fern and changing her world.

Fern used her artistic talents to create many beautiful paintings for her family and friends. Her drawing of the Benkelman United Methodist Church graces the cover of the church's stationary. She was a talented bowler who enjoyed going to tournaments locally and at the state level. Fern also enjoyed playing bridge, especially with her marathon partner, Bula Adkinson. Her cooking talents drew rave reviews from family, friends, hired men, church members, and many others.

One of her greatest joys were visits from her grandchildren -- she was their "town mom". She was a very active member of Benkelman United Methodist Church, the Doane Extension Club, and was a 4-H Leader for many years. She also continued a family tradition with her lifetime membership in the Order of Easter Star -- Holly Chapter No. 233.

Fern passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman at the age of 89.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Reece and Mayme Hardwick; her husband, Lyle Ham; brothers, Francis Hardwick and Bob Hardwick; sisters, Erma Dunn, Louise Stamm; and grandson, Daniel Jesse Jones.

Survivors include her son, Gary Ham and wife, Rita of Parks; daughters, Jean Krug and husband, Henry, Linda Cunningham and husband, Ron, all of Benkelman and Sandra Jones and husband, David of Osmond; sisters-in-law, Ruby Ham, Eula Ham, Kathleen Ham and Norma Hardwick; brothers-in-law, Everett Stamm and Lawrence Ham; eleven grandchildren, including, Brenda Lutz and husband, Scott; Steve Krug and wife, Lana; Karey Graves and husband, Todd, Michael Ham and wife, Erin, Mark Ham and wife, Julie, Natalie Campbell and husband, Chuck, Brett Cunningham and wife, Natalie, David Jones and wife, Lisa, Sara Reinoehl and husband, Jared, Darbi Eschmann and husband, Alan and Shauna Jones; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.

Alzheimer's disease took Fern from her family twelve years ago. Her precious jewels were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her love of life, family, music and art will live on in their hearts.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Friends may sign the guest book at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Memorials may be given in her name.

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

 

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, November 9, 2001

Thelma Ann Ham

Friday, November 9, 2001

Thelma Ann Ham

GREELEY, Colo. -- Thelma Ann Ham, 81, of Benkelman, died Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2001) at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

She was born Feb. 8, 1910 in Rawlins County, Kan., to Oscar and Ida Belle (Burkey) Mann, and attended school in Beardsley, and McDonald, Kan. She went on to attend the Capital Beauty School in Omaha with her degree in Cosmetology in 1938.

On Nov. 2, 1941, she married Stanley A. Ham. They made Benkelman their home until 1942, then they moved to California for a short time. After returning to Benkelman, they farmed for a short time. In 1947 they established Stanley's Oil Co. in Benkelman, and in 1952 they acquired the John Deere dealership.

She was employed for several years as a beautician in Benkelman, and worked in the salon above Ireland's Department Store.

She was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and a past member of the Benkelman Women's Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; and five sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley Ham of Benkelman; one son, Tom Ham and wife, Marcy also of Benkelman; one daughter, Sherri Pattison and husband, John of Sioux Falls, S. D.; one sister, LaVerne Ham of McCook; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m. (MST) at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Revs. Norman Prather and Douglas Dietrich officiating. A private family inurment will be held at a later date.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be given in her name to the Dundy County Hospital Foundation, PO Box 85, Benkelman, NE 69021.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1969

Jennie May (Roberts) Ham

Jennie May Roberts Ham was born to William A. and Mary Roberts October 24, 1882, in Braizeville, Illinois, near Chicago. Both parents were immigrants from Wales. Her father was the oldest of the Williams family. The custom of his people was to change his name to William Roberts.

At the age of six years she accompanied her parents to a homestead in the Big Timber community in Cheyenne county, Kansas. As a girl she endured the rigors of pioneer life. She told of one winter when they had little more to eat than cornbread and a barrel of sorghum.

She and her brother George went to school in a rural school near their home. She spent six years in Holdrege, Nebraska, where she attended school staying with her grandmother. From here she finished the eighth grade.

She came back to Dundy county where she went to Normal School. She became one of the popular teachers of the county for seven years. She was a primary teacher in Benkelman for two and one-half years.

On June 17, 1908, she was united in marriage to Roy A. Ham at her parent's home northeast of Benkelman. They started their married life on a homestead southeast of Benkelman. To this union nine children, seven sons and two daughters were born. One daughter, Ernestine, preceded her in death on April 21. 1933.

She spent her life devoted to her family. They saw good and bad times during their life on the farm.

At an early age she united with the United Methodist Church and remained faithful throughout her lifetime. She received her 50-year membership pin several years ago. She enjoyed WSCS and her Sunday school work. She was faithful to attend as long as her health permitted.

Her husband, Roy, underwent surgery in 1942 and following this his health begin to fail. They bought a home in Benkelman and since then she had resided here. Roy sold Farmer's Mutual automobile and farm insurance. When his health was failing, she accompanied him on trips to the country and helped him with his business. She was faithful in caring for her invalid husband until h i s death on March 18, 1956.

So on atter her husband's death she had a bad sick spell, and this was the first she had ever been hospitalized.

Gardening became quite a hobby for her, and she enjoyed her flowers as well as raising vegetables for her own use.

On June 9, 1969, she had a severe heart attack. She was in the Dundy County Hospital in a serious condition for over five months. On June 15th she was released and went to the Hester Memorial Home to live. She became happy there.

On Wednesday; November 12th, she suffered a fatal heart attack. All that loving hands could do couldn't save her this time.

She influenced many lives for the good, not only her own family, but many people in the community.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Roy A. Ham, her daughter, Ernestine May, her only brother, George Roberts. of Mill Valley, California, her parents, her only son-in-law, Harry M. Mann, and one daughter-in-law, Edna Ham.


Survivors include her daughter, Vernelle Mann. of Brewster, Kansas, seven sons, Clifford, Lyle, Byron, Stanley. Lawrence and Paul of Benkelman and Donald of Wauneta, 26 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and many friends. She will be sadly missed by her children who were faithful to visit her.


Funeral services were held at the United Methodist church at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 15, with the pastor Erwin E. Minds officiating. Mrs. Bill Latta was the soloist, accompanied by Mrs. Dale Bauer on the organ. Casket bearers were her grandsons. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

 

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, October 9 2007

Frances Marie (Vrbas) Ham

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

July 11, 1925-Sept. 16, 2007

THORNTON, Colo. -- Frances Marie (Vrbas) Ham, 82, formerly of Benkelman, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo.

She was born July 11, 1925, to Frank J. and Mary (Bartosovsky) Vrbas, in Rawlins County, Kan. She attended country school near Beardsley, Kan. She graduated from the Charles Beauty Academy in Denver, Colo., in 1946.

On June 18, 1951, she married John E. Ham at St. John's Catholic Church near Beardsley. They made their home in Benkelman, and adopted three children, Craig "Tom," Gregory, and Michelle.

She was an active member of St. Joseph's Altar Society and choir until her health failed.

Her husband, John, preceded her in death on May 9, 2007. Also preceding her in death were her parents; brothers Frank, William, Bernard, and Raymond Vrbas; sisters Helen Horinek, Alice Horinek, Gertrude Havel, Antoinette Horinek, and Martha Soucheck.

Survivors include her sons, Craig "Tom" and wife, Betty of Ogallala, and Greg and wife, Holly of Holdrege; daughter Michelle Pursley of Commerce City, Colo.; brother Charles and wife, Mary Vrbas of Palisade; two sisters, Marian Ruda of Atwood and Adella Harry of Colby, Kan.; in-laws, Edith Vrbas of Atwood, Carolyn Vrbas of Hays, Kan., Bud Souchek of Arvada, Colo., and Ron and Jean Marie Jones of Benkelman; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

She chose to donate her body to science. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman, officiated by the Rev. Sean Redmond. Inurnment at the Benkelman Cemetery for both Frances and John will follow the service.

Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the church, or donor's choice.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1997

Byron Oliver Ham

Byron Oliver Ham was born Feb. 28, 1914, on the family homestead in southeast Dundy County, Neb., to Roy A. and Jennie M. (Roberts) Ham. He died in Benkelman, Neb., on Nov. 13, 1997, at the age of 83 years, 8 months and 16 days.

Growing up with six brothers and two sisters. Byron was always a family-oriented man. He excelled academically and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1932. Being an avid sports fan, he followed all sports, especially football.

Byron joined his father and brother Clifford in farming for the next nine years.

On March 14, 1941, he married Bonnie Edwards. moving to Washington, D.C., in June of that year where Byron worked for the Veterans Administration. In May 1942, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific for 15 months. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 20, 1945. and returned to employment with the Veterans Administration, and later worked as an electrician in the Washington area.

On March 26, 1949, Byron married Edna L. (Dixon) Willard and to this union three daughters were born: Charline Lou, Phyllis Ann and Carla Gay. Byron and Edna moved to Benkelman in 1958. Edna died on July 14, 1967. Byron farmed and was a mail carrier until his retirement in 1975.

On Feb. 6. 1972. Byron married Eula (Kirkman) Harrison at Benkelman and they resided in the family home. With this union, he acquired three additional daughters: Nancy, Susan and Linda, whom he loved as his own.

Byron was a quiet, unassuming man, loved by all who were privileged to know him. He was blessed with a wonderful memory and freely shared his knowledge with others.

Baptized at an early age in the Benkelman United Methodist Church, he faithfully served God in numerous capacities of stewardship for more than 70 years.

Byron was also active in the American Legion, having served as commander, and proudly served the honor guard for 50 years at Memorial Day services and interment of fellow veterans.

He was a member of Justice Lodge No. 180 for nearly 39 years, serving as Worshipful Master in 1977. He was a member of the I.0.0.F. Lodge No. 361 of Benkelman. He was also very active and supportive of the Dundy County Senior Center, serving on the board and delivering meals for more than 13 years.

The seven granddaughters lovingly called him "Dimples," and he even received mail addressed to "Dimples Ham." The six grandsons asked to carry their Grandpa to his final resting place as a tribute to the man they respected, loved and admired.

Byron is survived by his loving wife, Eula; his daughters and their spouses: Charline and Jerrell Gerdes, Phyllis and Ron Daugherty, and Carla and David Diedrich: stepdaughters: Nancy and her husband, Rich Pfeiffer, Susan and her husband, Kermit Hawley, and Linda Allen: and 13 grandchildren: Patrick and Christy Gerdes, Shelley and Toby Kahrs, Brian and Kerrie Gerdes, Terry and Melisa Stamm, Angie Stamm, Jody Stamm, Tyson Kier, Christina Hopp, David Widlund, Lesley and Kile Choate, Don and Shari Hawley, Amy Bryant and Shawna Allen.

Three brothers: Stanley and Thelma Ham, Paul and Kathleen Ham, and Lawrence Ham and two sisters-in-law: Ruby Ham and Fern Ham survive Byron as well as 10 great-grandchildren. nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Edna, the mother of his daughters: three brothers: Clifford, Lyle and Donald: two sisters: Vernelle Mann and Ernestine Ham, and two grandsons.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. "Barney" was notorious for bumming free coffee from friends for his frequent reoccurring birthdays.

Final rites for Byron Ham were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, at the Benkelman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Diana Ham was the organist, Betty Erdman the pianist, accompanied Richard Bartholomew as he sang “The Lord's My Shepherd." With his guitar accompaniment, Bartholomew sang "How Great Thou Art " The congregational hymn was “When We All Get To Heaven."

Bearers were his grandsons: Patrick and Brian Gerdes, Tyson Kier, Donnie Hawley, Terry Stamm and David Widlund. Honorary bearers were his granddaughters: Shelley Kahrs, Angie and Jody Stamm, Christina Hopp, Amy Bryant, Shawna Allen and Lesley Choate.

Masonic Lodge rites were by Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. and military rites were conducted by Martin F. Bowles American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Past No. 4178.

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

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1977

Clifford Robert Ham

Clifford Robert Ham was the eldest son born to Roy A. and Jennie (Roberts) Ham on May 24, 1909 in Dundy County and passed away March 28, 1977 at the Dundy County Hospital after a lengthy illness at the age of 67.

He attended school in Dundy County and Benkelman where he graduated from high school in 1928. After graduation he embarked on his lifelong desire to become one of the most successful farmers and ranchers in the county.

On March 28, 1934 he was united in marriage to Laura Cooley at Imperial, Nebraska. They began their married life on a farm northwest of Benkelman. In 1941 they bought what was known as the Rosenfelt Ranch in Indian Creek precinct. They acquired more adjoining land until the ranch was one of the larger and better equipped ranches of the county.

Clifford was very much interested in youth and 4-H club work. One of his greatest joys was for a boy or girl to win ribbons and honors at the local fair with a calf that had been selected from his fine herd of cattle.

Due to his failing health they sold the ranch in 1972 and retired in Benkelman where his health continued to fail until his death.

He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife Laura, one sister Vernelle Mann of Brewster, Kansas, five brothers and their wives: Byron, Stanley, Paul and Lawrence of Benkelman and Donald of Wauneta; one sister-in-law, Fern Ham of Benkelman and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Benkelman; Justice Lodge #180 A.F. and A. M. of Benkelman and several farm organizations.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, one sister Earnestine in 1933 and one brother Lyle in 1970.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1996

Donald D. Ham

WAUNETA - Donald D. Ham was born March 13, 1919, at Benkelman, Neb., to Roy and Jennie (Roberts) Ham. After graduating in 1937 from Benkelman High School, he taught in a country school for several years. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in August of 1944 and was honorably discharged in March of 1946.

He was united in marriage to Ruby Blosmo on Dec. 5, 1943, in California. To this union five children were born: William, Susan, Robert, Kenneth and Sylvia.

In 1954 they moved to the farm east of Wauneta, Neb. Mr. Ham had a great love for the cattle and corn. He took much pride in that farm, especially the view from a certain hill which he shared often with his family. He always had time to visit with his many friends.

He was a member of Benkelman Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. and Holly Chapter No. 233 Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Post No. 304 of Wauneta and the Wauneta United Methodist Church.

He died June 13, 1996, in the backyard of his home in Wauneta at the age of 77 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ernestine and Verrelle, and two brothers, Clifford and Lyle.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby, of 52 years; three sons, Bill and wife, Linda, of Lisbon, Iowa, Bob of Lincoln, Neb., and Kenny and wife, Diana, of Wauneta; two daughters, Susan and husband, Greg Dunn, of Malaysia and Sylvia and husband, Roger Hanousek, of Wood River, Neb.; his grandchildren, Barbara Hughes, Laura Ham, David Ham, Paula Gardner, Teresa Hall, James Melinger, Michael Dunn, Christopher Dunn, Jeri League, Erica League, Dan Hanousek and Ryan Hanousek; a great-grandchild, Bailey Hughes; four brothers, Stanley and wife, Thelma, Byron and wife, Eula, Paul and wife, Kathleen, and Lawrence; a sister-in-law, Fern Ham; and numerous other family members.

Services were held Monday, June 17, 1996, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Wauneta with the Rev. Marvin Coffey officiating. Sharon Walgren was the soloist and Lucille McBride the organist. Masonic rites were by Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. of Benkelman. Military rites were by American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178 of Benkelman.

Bearers were Gary Ham, Tom Ham, Richard Ham, Ron Daugherty, Kenneth Foster and Mike Hanna. Honorary bearers were Boyd Blair Jr., Robert Hanna, Tony Cribelli, Rudy Evers, Bob Walgren, Charles Hanna and Don Myers.

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

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, October 3, 2002

Doris Marie Ham

Thursday, October 3, 2002

HUMBLE, Texas -- Doris Marie Ham, 83, died Saturday (Sept. 28, 2002) at Rosemont Assisted Living in Humble, Texas.

She was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Dundy County to Ray O. and Nellie (Foster) Ham. She graduated from the 8th grade in District 28 and attended Benkelman High School where she was a member of the graduating class of 1937. After high school, she taught for three years in country schools in Dundy County. She attended Colorado State College of Education (now UNC) in Greeley, and graduated with an A.B. Degree in 1945 and also received a Life Certificate from the State of Colorado.

During her life, she taught in Nebraska, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Texas and Alaska, where she taught in Juneau and Anchorage. She took early retirement in 1976 and moved to Deming, N. M. After her health began to fail, she moved to Humble to be near her brother.

She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister Hazel; and brothers, Leon, Marvin, and Wayne.

Survivors include her sisters, Marjorie Ham, Melba Fries and husband, Guy all of Benkelman; brother, Ray Ham and wife Patricia of Humble; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later time. There will be no visitation.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post,

Earl D. (Vic) Ham

E.D. (Vic) Ham succumbed to a heart attack early Sunday morning at the Pringle Methodist Hospital where he had been a patient for the affliction since the initial attack early Thursday morning at his home. He was 77 years of age.

"Vic," as he was commonly known, came to Dundy County with his parents in 1886 at the age of one year and grew to early manhood on his father's homestead about four miles northeast of Benkelman. He was married to Mayme Bond on February 23, 1911, at Benkelman. The first years of their married life were spent on a "tree claim" northwest of town. Later, when his father moved to Benkelman, Vic moved his family to the original homestead where they lived for 26 years. Here they raised their family.

He was a lover of the soil and practiced soil conservation long before that phrase was coined. In all his years of farming, his theme was "It's not what I get out of the soil, but what I leave for future generations."

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1976

Eugene Frederick Ham

E. F. Ham, dean of Benkelman business people, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Wednesday, February 11, at the age of 83 years. He had been in failing health for several years with a respiratory problem. Mr. Ham had been in the grain business here since 1914 operating under the firm name Independent Elevators Inc.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel; son, John E. Ham and wife Frances; daughter, Jean Marie and husband Ron Jones; a sister, Grace Foster; sester-in-law, Nellie Ham; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at the Benkelman United Methodist Church on Saturday morning with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating assisted by the Rev. Delbert Callaway. Betty Erdman and Gwen Bauer were the pianist and organist and the singers were John Baer, Ross D. Druliner, Jr., Ray Balderson and Lee Gallatin. The casket bearers were nephews, Lawrence, Stanley, Arden, Donald, Byron, Paul and Wayne Ham and Leo Stafica. Honorary pallbearers were William Wooters, Joe Peirano, Richard Hiatt, Miles Jones, G. W. Jones, Roy Miller, Walter Fries, Edwin Stitt, Joseph Owens, Frank Weiss, Harold Barnes, A. G. Shafer, Frank Walsh, Wayne Ketler and Rex Roundtree. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Eugene Frederick Ham was born to Martha Emmeline Thompson and Joseph Oscar Ham at Benkelman, Nebraska on March 21, 1892 and passed away at the Dundy county Hospital in Benkelman on Wednesday, February 11, 1976 at the age of 83 years, ten months and twenty days.

He graduated from the Benkelman High School in 1912 with the first four-year high school class and in 1914 entered the grain business with 0. M. Kellogg and it was in this field that he was to distinguish himself.

He was married to Edna McEvoy at McCook, Nebraska on April 17, 1917 and to this union two children were born: a son, John, and a daughter who passed away in infancy. Edna McEvoy Ham passed away on January 15, 1920.

He was married to Hazel Frank on December 30, 1926 at Kansas City, Missouri and one daughter, Jean Marie, was born to them.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel; son, John Ham and wife Frances of Benkelman; daughter, Jean Marie Jones and husband Ron of Benkelman; a sister, Grace Foster, Benkelman; a sister-in-law, Nellie Ham, Benkelman; five grandchildren, Greg, Thomas, Michelle, Richard and Ronda; three great-grandchildren, John, Valerie and Robert Lee and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Edna and an infant daughter, sister Ada May and brothers, Roy, Ray, John and Earl D. Ham.

Gene Ham was devoted to the grain business for a lifetime and all of it except for a few years spent in that business in Denver was a lifelong resident of Benkelman. He was born of pioneer parents who had come to Benkelman in 1886 and he experienced and was a part of all the changes which have transpired over an 83 year span.

Researchers will find it difficult to find his footprints in the sands of time over which the progressive tread to develop the community because Gene Ham never functioned as the leader but as one who influenced the leaders and inspired them when they were losing confidence in their community ambitions:

It is now difficult to visualize the basic things which had to be done in the past to make the community as it is today. In all of these, Gene Ham had a part. He was a moving spirit in the development of our roads system—a problem of great magnitude in the early years. He helped in the legislature to create a tax system to help the counties to build roads and he was one of the prominent promoters of the development of what we know as U.S. Highway 34 which had previously been only a network of rural roads along the Republican Valley. He was also strongly involved in the creation of Highway 61 as a primary state north-south highway.

He worked to develop the first telephone system in the town and was influential in the development of the Benkelman Municipal Light Plant. He took his place among the people of vision who promoted the school system, the county fair, the Extension Service and the 4-H movement. He supported the church and youth activities and was always a ready contributor to any worthy cause.

He took pleasure in the out-of-doors and was pleased to see others so involved. He built the Twin Lakes fishing resort which still serves the Twin Lakes Club and he was a prime mover in the development of Rock Creek State Lake.

As the primary grain dealer in Dundy County, Mr. Ham earned the high regard of his customers for honorable dealings and he could always be counted upon to be of assistance to those who depended upon him for counsel and advise. His great understanding of the grain business was recognized statewide and he served for ten years as a director of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Dealers Association.

In later years when his son, John Ham, assumed greater responsibilities in the operation of the Independent Elevators, Mr. Ham purchased the Ketler Ranch south of Benkelman and entered into the livestock and farming business. This enterprise gave him great pleasure and in still later years he reaped further enjoyment when that operation involved his daughter, Jean Marie, and her husband Ron Jones.

Mr. Ham was a member of all the organizations over the years which functioned as the Chamber of Commerce or Commercial Club; he was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church; a charter member of the McCook Elks Lodge and Benkelman's first Lions Club; a past president of the Dundy County Red Cross, the Dundy County Fair Board, Benkelman Telephone Company and the Benkelman Board of Education. He was a past member of the Woodmen of the World Lodge.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2002

Helen Mayme Ham

Helen Mayme Ham, age 26, of Fort Collins, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. She was born July 29, 1975, in Seoul, South Korea, to Gene and Candy Ham.

Helen was a resident of Fort Collins since 1978. She attended Poudre Valley High School.

She enjoyed collecting stuffed animals and reading. She loved spending time with her friends and with her two dogs, Lady and Sapphire.

Helen is survived by her parents, Gene and Candy Ham, of Fort Collins; grandparents

Arden and Joyce Ham of Benkelman, Neb.; an uncle, Jay Ham, and his wife, Karen, of Garden City, Kan., and a cousin, Quade Ham, also of Garden City.

Funeral services for Helen Ham were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at Allnutt Funeral Service - Drake Road Chapel. Cremation followed the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, June 4, 2007

John E. Ham

Monday, June 4, 2007

March 7, 1918 - May 9, 2007

BRIGHTON, Colo. -- John E. Ham 89, Wednesday (May 9, 2007) at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo.

He was born to Eugene F. and Edna (McEvoy) Ham on March 7, 1918, in Benkelman. His mother died when he was 11/2 years old. He and his father lived with his grandparents, J.O. and Em Ham until his father married Hazel Frank. He attended Benkelman Public Schools until his senior year of high school, when the family moved to Denver, Colo. He graduated from Denver East High School in 1936, and Denver University in 1940.

He moved to Hollywood, Calif., after graduation, where he was an accountant for Paramount Studios until 1944. He then joined his father in the operation of the Independent Elevators of Benkelman, Doane, Parks and Max. He operated the Independent Elevators following the death of his father in 1976, until his retirement in 1989.

He was united in marriage to Frances Marie Vrbas at St. John's Catholic Church in Beardsley, Kan., on June 18, 1951. They adopted three children, Craig Thomas, Gregory Francis, and Michelle Marie.

He moved to Brighton, Colo., in 1996 to be closer to his daughter, Michelle.

He was on the Benkelman City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Dundy County Hospital Board, Hester Foundation Chairman, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a nephew, Richard Jones; sisters-in-law, Helen Horinek, Alice Horinek, Gertrude Havel, Antoinette Horinek, and Martha Soucheck; brothers-in-law, Frank Vrbas, William Vrbas, Bernard Vrbas and Raymond Vrbas.

Survivors include his wife, Frances of Thornton, Colo.; sons, Craig "Tom"and wife, Betty of Ogallala, and Greg and wife, Holly of Holdrege; daughter, Michelle Pursley of Brighton, Colo.; sister, Jean Marie and husband, Ron Jones of Benkelman; brother-in-law, Charles Vrbas of Palisade; sisters-in-law, Marian Ruda of Atwood and Adella Harry of Colby, Kan; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He chose to donate his body to science.

A memorial service will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the church.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970?

Joseph Calvin Ham

A heart attack claimed the life of Joseph Calvin Ham, 51, last Sunday evening, August 16. Joe, a native of Yuma, died within minutes following the attack in the Hotel Yuma.

He was born October 18, 1918. Two years earlier, his father, an early day doctor, Dr. John P. Ham and mother, Melva, moved to Yuma from Nebraska, maintaining a practice here for over 40 years.

Joe was engaged in farming in the nearby area most of his adult life. He graduated from the Yuma High School with the class of 1938.

Services were held August 21st at 2:00 p.m. at the Yuma Methodist Church. Interment was in the Yuma Cemetery.

His mother and father preceded him in death. Immediate survivors are his sister, Mrs., Mary Etta Stasica, and her husband, Leo Stasica, of Denver

He is also survived by two uncles, Ray 0. Ham and E. F. Ham, and one aunt, Mrs. Grace Foster, and several cousins in, Benkelman. He was a frequent Benkelman visitor in recent years.—Yuma (Colo.) Pioneer.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1965

Joseph Dale Ham

Joseph Dale Ham, son of Earl D. Ham and Mayme Bond Ham, was born on April 14, 1915, at Benkelman, Nebraska. He departed this life on February 17, 1965, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dale was raised on a farm in Dundy County, Nebraska, and received his elementary education in the rural schools. He was graduated from Benkelman High School in 1933, and taught in the rural schools of Dundy county for two terms.

On January 21, 1939, he was united in marriage to Eula Brunswig at Haigler, Nebraska. To this marriage were born three daughters, Beverly Jo, Gwenyth Jean and Cheryl Nadine, and one son, Charles Dana.

In January of 1950, Dale moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, and resided there until his death.

He was employed by Airesearch Manufacturing Company for the past thirteen years. At one time, he served as athletic director for the Airesearch Employees Club.

He was a faithful member of Mount of Olives Lutheran Church and a member of the Ushering Society. He was affiliated with Elks Lodge No. 335 of Phoenix.

Dale was interested in the youth of today and assisted in many of their activities. Dale was a loving husband and devoted father and son. His outgoing personality made him many friends.

Preceding him in death were his father, Earl D., and a sister, Audra.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Eula; his mother, Mrs. Mayme Ham, of Benkelman; a son, Charles Dana; three daughters, Mrs. Gwenyth Bell and her husband Lynn and Cheryl Nadine of Phoenix and Mrs. Beverly Middleton and husband Duane of Lompoc, California; four grandchildren, Sharon Dee, , Steven Dale and Sheryl Diane Middleton and Melinda Jean Bell; three brothers, Vaughn of Denver, Arden of Benkelman, ; and Norlin of Huntsville, Alabama; two sisters, Mrs. Berniece Russell of Torrington, Wyoming, and Mrs. Beulah Culton of Tacoma, Washington; and many other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were fellow workers from Airesearch. Honorary bearers were members of the Ushering Society. Interment was in Greenwood Memorial Park.

0ut-of-town friends and relatives in attendance were Norlin Ham of Huntsville. Ala.; Ralph Culton of Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Mayme Ham, Mr. and Mrs. Arden Ham, Stanley Ham, Mrs. Clifford Ham, Mrs. Gifford Baney and Howard Ochsner of Benkelman, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Borchert of Greeley. Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brunswig and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Brunswig of St. Francis. Kans.; Miles Brunswig of Ogallala, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Petty of Denver; Mrs. Eldred Johnson of Sutton, Nebr., and Mrs. Marilla B. Spears of Haigler, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Powell of Glendale, Arizona, and Mrs. Morris Olson and Miss Pauline Freehling of Wickinburg, Arizona.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1944

Joseph 0. Ham

Joseph 0. Ham, retired farmer and stock raiser, was born at Maquoketa, Iowa, April 19, 1854, son of John and Justina (Pool) Ham.

His father was born in Canterbury, New Hampshire, February 14, 1828, and died at Maryville, Missouri, March 1, 1920; his parents came from England. He was a farmer. His wife was born at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, August 13, 1835, and died at Maryville, Missouri, October 28, 1925. Her father was born in Connecticut.

Mr. Ham attended the rural schools of Nodaway County, Missouri, and the city schools of Maryville. He is a Republican and has been county assessor of Dundy County from 1908 to 1912. Coming to Dundy County in a covered wagon with Mrs. Ham's brother, J. L. Thompson, in 1886, he located on a homestead about four miles northeast of Benkelman where he made his home until April, 1919.

Mr. and Mrs. Ham have spent all of their time in Benkelman and vicinity, with the exception of two months while visiting relatives in Missouri, since locating there. Mr. Ham started with three cows and a calf and in 1902 had increased his herd to more than 400 head. On March 20, 1901, a blizzard struck the country, lasting for three days and nights.

(Researcher note: Burial records of the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 4-19-1854 and a death date of 3-2-1944.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1944

Joseph Oscar Ham

Joseph Oscar Ham, son of John and Justina Ham, was born in Maquoketa, Jackson county, Iowa, April 19, 1854 and departed this life March 2, 1944, at Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 89 years, 10 months, 13 days.

At the age of 3 years he moved with his parents to Maryville, Missouri, where he was educated and grew to manhood. At the age of 18 years he received an appointment to enter the Annapolis Naval Academy, but gave it up because his mother could not bear to have him leave her. Later he entered a Normal College at Oregon, Missouri, which was conducted by Supt. Greenwood, a noted educator from Kansas City, Missouri.

He was married to Martha Emeline Thompson in Guilford, Missouri, on December 30, 1877, which marriage lasted past their 66th wedding anniversary. To this union were born fve sons and two daughters: Ada, who passed away at the age of two years; Roy A., Ray 0., Mrs. Grace Foster, Earl D., and Eugene F., all of Benkelman, and Dr. J. P. Ham of Yuma, Colorado. There are 30 grandcildren and 17 great grandchildren. Six grandsons are in the service of the country. One brother, Fred E. and two sisters, Mrs. Alice Frazier and Mrs. melia Miller, also mourn his passing.

In Missouri he taught school and farmed. On March 20, 1886, he filed on a homestead northeast of Benkelman, which land he still owns. After building a small house and other improvements, he was joined by his family on December 1, 1886. He then taught one term of school and engaged in general farming and stock raising until he was able to retire in Benkelman in 1920.

On January 8, 1944, his beloved wife and helpmate was called to the Great Beyond. He gradually became weaker until he passed peacefully away on last Thursday morning.

All the loving ministration of relatives, friends and medical science were given him, but to no avail.

His passing is indeed a loss to the community and state.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1970

Leon Foster Ham

Leon Foster Ham, eldest son of Ray 0. and Nellie Foster Ham, was born May 10, 1914, at Benkelman, Nebraska. He attended public school and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1933. He joined the Methodist Church in Benkelman in 1927 and remained a member until his death. He enrolled at Denver University and received. his degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, December 8, 1939. On October 23, 1941, he entered the Army Service. He attended Officers Candidate School and was commissioned an officer on August 27, 1942. He entered foreign service with the Air Force on July 7, 1943, and was stationed in England where he received nine Bronze Stars for outstanding services.

Later he returned to Benkelman and was engaged in farming until his health failed. In July 1966, he entered the hospital at Fort Meade, South Dakota, and remained there until his death March 11, 1970.

He is survived by his parents, Ray 0. and Nellie F., two brothers, Wayne 0., and wife of Benkelman, Ray J., and wife of Johnstown, Colorado; three sisters, Doris M. Ham of Anchorage, Alaska: Marjorie N. Ham, and Melba Fries, and husband of Benkelman; nine nieces, ten nephews, one grandniece and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin, and a sister, Hazel, both who died in infancy.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church Saturday afternoon with the pastor Rev. Erwin E. Mindt officiating. Mrs. Royce Anderson was the soloist and Mrs. Dale Bauer, .the organist. Casket bearers were nephews of Mr. Ham.

Graveside services were conducted by Martin F. Bowles, Post No. 65, Legion Post. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman Post in 1971

Lyle Cecil Ham

Lyle Cecil Ham, son of Roy A. and Jennie M. (Roberts) Ham, was born at the Ham homestead southeast of Benkelman on September 16, 1912. He passed away at the Dundy County Hospital as the result of a truck-train accident near his home on December 27, 1970, at the age of 58 years, three months and 11 days. He was graduated from the Benkelman High School in 1932 and then began his farming career.

On March 15, 1939, he was united in marriage to Edna Fern Hardwick at Wray, Colorado. For a period of 13 years they lived on a farm northeast of Benkelman. It was during this time their four children, Jean, Gary, Linda, and Sandra were born. In 1952 the family moved to a new home five miles west of Benkelman, Nebraska. Soon after the move the entire Ham family was confirmed in the United Methodist Church.

Lyle considered farming to be a great challenge and he never became discouraged. He was always willing to try new ideas, and he had one of the more progressive farms in Dundy County. In 1967 he received the Dundy County Soil and Water Conservation award. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and a 4-H Club booster. He served as a 4-H leader and school board member for several years. He was a man always interested in reading and learning and he made sure each of his children had an opportunity for a higher education. Although Lyle worked hard at farming, his greatest love was his family. He was a man of few words, but each family member knew of his deep affection.

He is survived by his loving wife, Fern; one son, Gary, of Benkelman; three daughters, Jean Krug of Benkelman, Linda Cunningham of Franklin, Nebr.; and Sandra Jones of Lincoln, Nebraska. He leaves to mourn his five loving grandchildren, Mike and Mark Ham, Brenda, Steven and Karey Krug. He also left six brothers, Clifford, Byron, Stanley, Paul, and Lawrence, all of Benkelman, and Donald of Wauneta, Nebraska, and one sister, Vernelle Mann of Brewster, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and an infant sister. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and always thoughtful of others.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Allan W. Martin at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 1970, under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home. Dan Brown was the soloist and Mrs. Betty Erdman the organist. Honorary bearers were Frank Walsh, Martin Lutz, Harry Ough, Ward Felzien, Howard Morrison, Kenneth Brown, Glen Osborn, Ray Buffington, Joe Peirano and John Allen. Casket bearers were Harry Martin, Lee Gallatin, Jim Kier, Leon Preston, Marvin Steinbeck and Kenneth Frasier, Sr.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

 

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 16, 2006

Paul Edgar Ham

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Oct. 23, 1921--Feb. 13, 2006

BENKELMAN -- Paul Edgar Ham, 84, died Monday (Feb. 13, 2006) at his home in Benkelman.

He was born Oct. 23, 1921, on the family farm in Dundy County to Roy A. and Jennie M. (Roberts) Ham. He graduated from Dundy County High School in 1939.

He taught country school north of Haigler and farmed south of Benkelman.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 29, 1942. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 19, 1945.

He married Kathleen L. Ostdiek on Aug. 21, 1954.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Jennie Ham; brothers, Lyle, Donald, Byron, Clifford and Stanley Ham; sisters, Vernell Mann and Ernestine Ham; and grandsons, Wyley Hall and Theron Kitt.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Ham of Benkelman; his children, Ellen Potthoff and husband, Kirk of Benkelman, Mary Kitt and husband, Kirby of Wauneta, Rich Ham and wife, Keri of Benkelman, Jenny Brandt of Windham, N.Y., Donna Hall and husband, Bill of Benkelman and Vera Robinson of Longmont, Colo.; his brother, Lawrence Ham; sisters-in-law, Fern Ham, Ruby Ham, Eula Ham, Joy Stevens, Agnes Ostdiek, Irma Johnson and Yvonne Eggers and husband, Johny; brothers-in-law, Louis Ostdiek and wife, Darlene, Bunt Reining and J.D. Ostdiek and wife, Marilyn; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; and other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Services will be Thursday, 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 1-7 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.

Memorials are being accepted in his name for the Building Fund at the Benkelman American Legion and VFW.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1956

Roy A. Ham

Roy A. Ham, eldest son of Joseph and Martha Emmeline Ham, was born on May 6, 1880, near Guilford. Missouri. He departed this life March 19, 1956, at Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 13 days.

Roy attended school in Missouri one year before coming to Benkelman with his parents, two brothers and one sister in 1886. Joseph Ham filed a homestead claim on land four miles northeast of Benkelman on March 20, 1886. The family moved to this new home in December of 1886. Upon the death of his father in 1944, the family homestead passed into Roy's possession and is now occupied by his son Lawrence and family.

Roy grew to manhood on the farm north of Benkelman, seeking, the best education available to him in the Benkelman schools at that time. He acquired a first grade teaching certificate, at one time holding the highest certificate in Dundy county. He became one of the county's earliest school teachers, having taught in this county and Colorado for six years. He held the position of superintendent of the Benkelman schools for one year.

Later he filed on a homestead southeast of Benkelman, making farming and raising of livestock his life-time occupation.

He was united in marriage to Jennie May Roberts on June 17, 1908. Nine children, seven sons and two daughters were born to this union. One daughter, Ernestine, preceded him in death in 1933.

While still a young man in 1897, Mr. Ham was baptized in the Christian faith. He united with the Methodist church at this time, remaining a faithful member throughout his life-time.

In 1928 he began selling insurance, first as an agent for the Modern Woodmen. Later he became an agent for the Farmers' Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. Recently he was awarded a 20-year pin for his service in the sale of State Farm insurance.

On December 28, 1906, Roy was initiated into the Masonic Lodge in Benkelman. He served his lodge faithfully until his death. In December of this year, he would have been eligible for the 50-year membership pin awarded by the Masonic fraternity.

Few men in Dundy county took a keener interest in the county's growth and development than did Mr. Ham. He was a good citizen, public spirited and greatly interested in all civic affairs.

His insurance business took him about the country at frequent intervals. Thus he became fully acquainted with the residents of each farm, dating his knowledge of each particular piece of land through the past fifty years.

He loved the land and rejoiced in the progress made in methods of cultivation through his life time.

In 1942 Mr. Ham underwent a serious surgical operation and since that time he had been an invalid. In that year he bought a home in Benkelman and he and Mrs. Ham have resided there for the past 14 years.

He was an affectionate husband, companionable father and devoted to his family. He derived great pleasure from his association with his seven sons and one daughter. During World War II he often said, “I want to live to see all the boys come home from the service.” Three sons, his son-in-law, and several nephews were in the service of their country at this time.

He also greatly enjoyed the companionship of his grandchildren of whom he has eighteen. Mr. Ham is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jennie; his seven sons, Clifford, Lyle, Stanley, Byron, Paul and Lawrence all of Benkelman and Donald of Wauneta, and his daughter, Vernelle, Mrs. Harry Mann, of Brewster, Kansas. Also surviving are seven daughters-in-law, eighteen grandchildren, four brothers, Ray, Earl D. and Eugene of Benkelman, Dr. John P. Ham of Yuma, Colo., and one sister, Mrs. C. C. Foster of Benkelman. Mr. Ham will be greatly missed by his many relatives and friends in this community.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. R. W. Sandsted, resident pastor, in charge. The quartet consisted of Mrs. Dale Bauer, Mrs. Paul Erdman, Miles Shurtleff and Ross D. Druliner, Jr., with Miss Arlyce Randolph at the organ. Casket bearers were James Sutton, Paul Morris, Robert Hardwick, Edwin Stitt, Charles Carpenter and Alvin Lorance. Honorary pallbearers were Guy Presson, J. B. Jackson, L. F. Blanchard, C. L. Ketler, Roy Lingo, Reece Hardwick, R. D. Druliner, Sr., Ward Artist and W. C. Hanson. Graveside services at the Benkelman cemetery were in charge of Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM, with WB W. C. Edwards as WM. Arrangements were by the Laughlin Funeral Home.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1974

Ray 0. Ham

Ray 0. Ham, a resident of Dundy County for 88 years passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Thursday at the age of 92 years. In his long career he served as a rural school teacher, operated a drug store in Haigler and was one of Dandy County's progressive farmers for many years. He was a good citizen with a primary interest in good schools and a strong church and he served both interests with distinction.

He was a member of the pioneer Joseph Ham family who homesteaded north of Benkelman. Other members of that family were Eugene F. Ham and Grace Foster of Benkelman and those now deceased, Roy A. Ham, Earl D. (Vic) Ham and Dr. John P. Ham of Yuma and a sister, Ada.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, of which he had been a member since 1897, on Monday with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and John Baer, Lee Gallatin, Wilber Case and Ray Balderson, members of the quartette. Casket bearers were James, Dennis, Ronald, Michael, Randall and Anthony Ham, Jerry, Kenneth, Richard and John Fries. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Ray 0. Ham, second son of Joseph 0. and Martha Thompson Ham, was born in Guilford, Missouri on March 20, 1882 and passed away July 11, 1974 in Dundy County Hospital at Benkelman, Nebraska at the age of 92 years, three months and 21 days of age.

When he was four years old, he and his family moved to a homestead north of Benkelman. He attended rural school and later taught three terms in the country.

He farmed awhile and then ran a drug store in Haigler, Nebraska for three years. He then returned to Benkelman to farm.

On June 25, 1913 he was united in marriage to Nellie J. Foster at Wray, Colorado. Eight children were born to this union.

Ray 0. Ham was a school board member many years. He belonged to the Farm Bureau. In 1897 he joined the United Methodist Church and served for many years on the Benkelman church board. He was a faithful member until his death.

In 1948 he retired from farming although he was still interested in it. His health started to fail in 1966 and he entered the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in April of 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie of Benkelman; sons, Wayne of Benkelman and Ray J. of Johnstown, Colorado; daughters, Doris of Anchorage, Alaska, Marjorie Ham and Mrs. Melba Fries, Benkelman; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Grace Foster and a brother, Eugene F. Ham.

Those preceding him in death were two sons, Marvin and Leon and daughter Hazel, his parents, a sister Ada and three brothers, Roy A., Earl D., and John P.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, November 24, 2004

Stanley A. Ham

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

March 30, 1916-Nov. 22, 2004

BENKELMAN -- Stanley A. Ham, a lifelong resident of Benkelman, died Monday (Nov. 22, 2004) at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman at the age of 88.

He was born March 30, 1916, on his family's farm in Dundy County to Roy A. and Jenny (Roberts) Ham and attended country school near his home. He went on to attend Benkelman High School where he was a member of the graduating class of 1934.

On Nov. 2, 1941, Stan was united in marriage to Thelma A. Mann at Benkelman. They made their home in Benkelman until 1942 when they moved to California for a short time. After returning to Benkelman, Stan farmed for several years, and in 1947 he purchased Four-Corners Super Service Station in Benkelman, which later became Stanley's Oil Company. In 1952, Stan acquired the John Deere dealership in Benkelman -- Valley Farm, Inc., a company that is still owned and operated by his family.

Stan was a member of the United Methodist Church in Benkelman and recently received his 75-year membership pin. He was a past member of the Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. of Benkelman.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Roy and Jenny Ham; his wife, Thelma A. Ham; sisters, Vernelle and Earnestine; and four brothers, Clifford, Lyle, Byron an Donald.

Survivors include his son, Tom Ham and wife, Marcy of Benkelman; daughter, Sherri Pattison and husband, John of Sioux City, S.D.; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul Ham and wife, Kathleen and Lawrence Ham, all of Benkelman; and sisters-in-law, Eula Ham of Benkelman, Ruby Ham of Wauneta, LaVerne Ham of McCook.

Memorial services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m.(MST), at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Services will conclude at the church with a private inurnment at a later time.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be given in his name.

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

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1992

Vaughn Earl Ham

DENVER--Vaughn Earl Ham was born May 20, 1912, in rural Dundy County, Nebraska, to Earl D. “Vic" and Mayme B. (Bond) Ham. He died at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colorado, on Monday, August 24, 1992, at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 4 days.

He was raised on a farm north of Benkelman, Nebraska, and graduated from Benkelman High School with the Class of 1930. After a couple of years of helping on the farm, he enrolled at Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, graduating in 1937 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Following Wesleyan, he attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver, graduating in 1940 with a Master of Theology degree. During his college years, he served as minister at Mount Zion Methodist Church on the Ough Divide (north of Benkelman), and later at the Max Methodist Church, Max, Nebraska.

Early in 1942, Vaughn enlisted in the U.S. Arrny Air Corps, with a rank of second lieutenant and title of chaplain. After a short training period in Michigan, he was sent to North Africa where he served until Africa was secured, and then on to Sicily and Italy. He served in Africa and Europe more than two years and then was returned to the United States and later discharged from the Air Corps with the rank of captain.

After his military service, he made his home in Denver and began employment at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. It was there that he met Virginia Ann Fitzsimmons. They were married in Denver on March 17, 1946. Son Laurence Vaughn was born February 23, 1951. Daughter Patricia Lore was born June 23, 1953.

Vaughn spent a number of years in the employ of the Denver Union Stockyards Company, located at the Denver stockyards. Later he was employed by the State of Colorado Revenue Department as an income tax examiner. He retired in 1977.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Virginia; his parents; a brother, Dale, and a sister, Audra.

Survivors include his son, Larry, his wife, Kathy, and their children, Tara and Drew, all of Denver; his daughter, Pat, of LaGrange, Wyoming; two brothers, Arden of Benkelman and Norlin of Winter Park. Florida; two sisters, Berniece Russell of Benkelman and Jean Edwards of Apache Junction, Arizona, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Thursday, August 27, 1992, at 2 p.m. in Denver at the Kirk of the Bonnie Brae Church.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1987

Wayne Oliver Ham

Wayne Oliver Ham, third son of Ray 0. and Nellie Foster Ham, was born December 5, 1917, in Benkelman, Nebraska, and passed away December 29, 1986, in his home at the age of 69.

He attended public schools and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1935. After graduation, he moved to California and worked in the San Francisco area. He entered the service in March of 1942, during World War II, and served until July, 1945. He was stationed in Iran as a sergeant in Ordnance Battalion.

Wayne was united in marriage to Marjorie Edwards in July of 1942. To this union four children were born: James W., Dennis E., Bette E. and Ronald L.

Wayne returned from the war to Benkelman and farmed the home place until his retirement. He was very active in farming and was interested in soil conservation.

He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., United Methodist Church and the Elks.

He is survived by a brother, Ray J., and wife, Pat, of Denver; three sisters: Doris M. Ham of Deming, New Mexico, Marjorie N. Ham and N. Melba Fries and husband, Guy, of Benkelman; three sons: James W. of Greeley, Colorado, Dennis E. and wife,

Margaret, of Shawnee, Kansas, and Ronald L. and wife, Cindy, of Benkelman; one daughter, Bette E. Cline of Benkelman, eight grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Those preceding him in death were his parents, Ray and Nellie; infant brother and sister, Marvin and Hazel, and a brother, Leon (pronounced Lynn).

Services were held Wednesday, December 31, 1986, at the United Methodist Church In Benkelman, with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Diana League. She accompanied soloist Kelly Hayward with the selections "Amazing Grace" and "In The Garden."

Bearers were Stanley Ham, Lawrence Ham, Don Ham, Byron Ham, John Ham, Arden Ham and Paul Ham.

Honorary bearers were Eddie Thompson, Franklin Bolio, Vernon Gunther, Delmer Hudson, Boyd Richards, Leo Williams and Charles Hazlett.

Committal service was by the American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178.

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

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1960

Alma (Flemming)Hamann

Mrs. Alma Hamann of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away at Colorado General Hospital in Denver on February 24th. She was 62 years of age.

Born at Wisch, Germany, Mrs. Hamann came to Kansas to her father the late William Flemming in 1929 and resided south of Benkelman. On January 2, 1930 she was married to William Hamann. They resided on the Pringle ranch from 1934 to 1942 when they moved to the Fort Morgan community.

She is survived by her husband, two sons, William Flemming and Ernest Hamann, both of Ft. Morgan; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Zeilke of Benkelman, Mrs. Olga Zeilke, Flagler, Colo., and Mrs . Hulda Peters of Bird City, Kansas. Also four brothers, Pete, John and Albert Flemming of Benkelman and Hans Flemming of St. Francis, Kansas.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Cutler-Jolliffe chapel with the Rev. R. P. Shultz officiating. Interment was in the Riverside cemetery at Ft. Morgan.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1944

George Hamburg, Sr.

Funeral services for George Hamburg, Sr., were conducted at the Methodist church last Thursday afternoon by Rev. Paul E. Boyles, assisted by Rev. J. C. Foster. Singers were R. D. Druliner, John Baer, Harry Ough and Lloyd Boswell with Mrs. D. L. Ough at the piano. Pallbearers were Lee and Howard Hamilton, Fred Pringle, Paul Morris, Victor Westermark and Reece Hardwick and honorary pallbearers were C. E. Uphouse, J. A. McDonald, Dr. J. F. Premer, George W. Russell, C. A. Ratcliffe and D. L. Ough. Masonic burial rites were used, Mr. Hamburg having been a member of the organization for many years. Joe Laughlin was in charge as funeral director and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. In honor of the memory of Mr. Hamburg, Benkelman business houses were closed during the funeral hour.

George Hamburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Hamburg, was born in Walter, Russia, August 31, 1871, and passed away at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska, March 21, 1944. Age 72 years, 6 months and 20 days.

In early youth he was confirmed into the Lutheran church.

He came to this country from Russia, April 7, 1892, and came directly to Nebraska. He was employed by the Burlington Railroad for forty-four and one-half years, being retired in September of 1937.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Karl on December 27, 1889. To this union were born four children, George W. Hamburg, Kate M. Ralph, John C. Hamburg, and Lena Edwards. His wife, Elizabeth, passed away July 16, 1921.

He joined the Masonic Lodge in 1916. He was a faithful member to the end of his life. Mr. Hamburg was known to be very efficient in his work in the lodge and took great pride in doing it well. He had the rare privilege of giving the Master Mason degree to both of his sons and on the same night. This WAS indeed an honor to both he and the sons.

On February 15, 1923, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Rowell.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Mary; two sons, George W. Hamburg of Marysville, Kansas and John C. Hamburg, of Beloit, Kansas and two daughters, Kate M. Ralph of Lincoln, Nebraska and Lena E. Edwards of Benkelman, Nebraska; one step-son, Karlton Rowell of St. Louis, Missouri, one step-daughter, Mrs. Verna M. Anderson of Lynwood, California; nine grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Jake Walter of Haigler, Nebraska, and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1970

John C. Hamburg

Services were conducted at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel, Wednesday, July 15, at 9 a.m. for John C. Hamburg, 75, of 3218 Purdue Drive, who died July 11 in a Bakersfield hospital. The Rev. Kenneth G. Cragg, Pastor of the Northminister Presbyterian Church, officiated at the chapel services.

Mr. Hamburg was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, and had resided in Bakersfield for the past 10 years. He was a member of the Northminister Presbyterian Church; a member of the Masonic Lodge of McPherson, Kansas; and a 50 year Charter Member of the American Legion of Marysville, Kansas.

Mr. Hamburg is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel Hamburg of Bakersfield; daughter, Mrs. Rita Moore of Bakersfield; sister, Mrs. Lena Edwards of Benkelman, Nebraska; two grandsons, James Moore of Bakersfield and John Moore of Hunting Beach, California; two granddaughters, Mrs. Holly Jamison of Niles, Illinois and and Mrs. Chris Nelson of Kokomo, Indiana; two great grandsons and one great granddaughter.

Pallbearers were: Berney Hoover, Charles Hall, Daryl Moore, Al Osborn, Timothy Hall, James Hamburg.

Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield, California.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1925

Katie Lee (Coleman) Hamilton

The community was greatly shocked and deeply grieved late Monday evening when it became known that the angel had claimed the earthly life of Mrs. Kate L. Hamilton. The public did not realize that her condition was so serious although physicians familiar with her physical state gravely feared the outcome as soon as it became evident that her illness was due to pneumonia. Mrs. Hamilton had just recovered from an illness with influenza a few days previously and had returned to her work as deputy county treasurer. She was apparently fully recovered and was in good spirits up until Wednesday night of last week. She was taken ill the same night and her condition gradually grew more serious until the end. For some time she had been troubled with leakage of the heart and complications arising as a result therefrom which greatly handicapped her in her battle against the disease.

The funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church on Wednesday afternoon and were very largely attended. The large and beautiful floral display in a small way bespoke the high esteem in which this good woman was held by the people of Benkelman and surrounding community. W. L. Whaley, pastor of a Christian church in Denver and friend of the family, preached the funeral sermon, and the remains were interred in the Benkelman cemetery.

The community, as well as the family and ones near and dear to the deceased, have sustained a real loss in the passing of Mrs. Hamilton. She was a splendid woman and lived a clean, moral, uplifting life, true to lofty ideals, and true to everybody and everything with which she came in contact. All through life she was a student and sought knowledge to the end of greater and better attainment both in the performance of duty to her fellowman and in the service of her creator. Her faith was well founded and she kept it until the last. She was a dutiful daughter, a trusted friend, a faithful wife, a wonderful mother and a splendid woman, respected and admired by all who knew her or came in contact with her. She was devoted to her loved ones, her friends, her ideals, her home, her responsibilities and to the community, and all of these were devoted to her. It would be difficult indeed to pay her memory a great tribute, nor could one say less.

Katie Lee Coleman was born in Scott county, Kentucky, June 25th, 1880, and moved with her parents to Rawlins county, Kansas in 1885, where they resided until they moved to Benkelman, Nebraska in 1906, where she lived until her death, which occurred April 20th, 1925. She was united with the Church of Christ in her youth, and was a consistent member until death.

She was united in marriage to W. C. Hamilton of Benkelman, Nebraska, June 30th, 1909. To this union were born two children, Willard who survives his mother, and a little daughter who preceded her to the spirit world in October, 1918.

Her only two brothels, Roger and Charles, departed this life several years ago.

She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her son Willard, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Coleman of Wichita, Kansas, two sisters, Sayde of Benkelman, and Margaret of Wichita, Kansas, also two step-sons Howard and Lee Hamilton of Benkelman, Nebraska, and a great many friends and relatives.

Her husband Judge Hamilton passed away March 31st, 1924, and the deceased finished out his term of office to the satisfaction of all. Following this she was appointed to the office of Deputy Treasurer of this county, which position she was filling at the time of her death.

(Researcher note: Burial records show a date of birth of 6-25-1880 and a date of death of 4-20-1925.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1973

Maude Lucille (Davis) Hamilton

Maude Lucille Hamilton passed away at her home on Wednesday at the age of 79 years. Her passing was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Max Earnest at noon when they were delivering the "Meals on Wheels" dinners. Since the demise of her husband, Lee Hamilton, in April, 1972 Mrs. Hamilton had lived alone in the family residence.

She is survived by her daughter, Doris and husband, Henry and two grandsons, Jerry and Jim Johnson of Aurora, Colorado; sister-in-law, Mrs. Bernice Hamilton, Benkelman; brother-in-law, Willard Hamilton and wife, Lois of Wichita, Kansas; nieces and nephews: Irene Elliott and husband Wilbur of Benkelman, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Smith of Martell, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. Willard Smith, Santa Clara, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bundy, Lincoln, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Smith, California, Ben Smith of Sunnyvale, California and Bertha of San Francisco, California. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lee and two sisters, Daisy Hill and Ella Smith.

Funeral services were at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Saturday morning with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and LaNeta Anderson the soloist. Casket bearers were Howard Miller, Dale Bauer, Lee Gallatin, Frank Weiss, Bill Reade and Joe Peirano. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.

Maude Lucille Davis was born near Haigler, Nebraska on January 10, 1894, the daughter of James H. and Margaret Davis. She lived in Nebraska most of her lifetime except for a short time spent in Iowa and Missouri while a small child. She graduated from the Benkelman High School in 1913 and taught school for one term in District 6 of Dundy County.

On April 10, 1915 she was married to Lee T. Hamilton in Sterling, Colorado and they resided in Venango, Nebraska where Lee was employed with a lumber company until 1920. At that time the Hamiltons returned to Benkelman where Lee joined his brother, Howard (Snap) Hamilton in a partnership firm known as the Hamilton Drug Store which enterprise was successfully operated for 42 years when it was sold and the two men entered retirement.

During her long residence in Benkelman Mrs. Hamilton was ambitious for her community and took part in all worthwhile activities in that direction. She was a charter member of the Benkelman Woman's Club and one of the determined members who originated the idea and brought to fruition the construction of the swimming pool in Benkelman which was built by that organization. She was also one of the people who originated and developed the idea of the Benkelman Municipal Building and Library. She was also a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and expended a great deal of effort in behalf of the affairs of the church. She was a devoted help-mate to her husband Lee and devoted much time and assistance in developing the fine reputation which the Hamilton Drug Co. enjoyed in the community. She was highly regarded by friends in the community for several generations.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1932

Margaret Adeline (Parks) Hamilton

Mrs. Margaret Hamilton passed to her reward at the home of her son Lamy P. Hamilton and wife in this city on Tuesday morning of this week after a long, useful Christian life. Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. Services were in charge of Rev. 0. 0. Wood of Haigler.

Mrs. Hamilton was a pioneer of Dundy county, coming here with her family in 1887. She was a woman of many splendid qualities and won a high place in the esteem of Benkelman people immediately following her removal here, which endured until the last.

During the past few years her health has gradually been declining until in the end she was compelled to remain in her bed practicaly all of the time. Failing eye sight and hearing developed several years ago which had intensified from month to month until she reached the point where she was practically blind. And in her declining days she suffered much from rheumatism but her kindly nature asserted itself continuously thruout this trying period of her life and the same sunny countenance that was as much a part of this godly woman during her lifetime, continued until the end, concluding her earthly existence and carrying her onward to the nobler and better life beyond.

Margaret Adeline Parks was born in Sparta, Illinois, December 15, 1844, and died in Benkelman, Nebraska, November 8, 1932.

She was married to Thomas Hamilton, February 13, 1862. They moved to Clay county, Illinois, where they farmed until 1887 when they came to Dundy county, Nebraska, and took a homestead north of Parks. After making proof on the homestead. they moved to Benkelman where her home has been ever since.

Seven children were born to them. The father and four of the children have passed on before, leaving Clyde C. Hamilton of Morrison, Colorado, Mrs. C. A. Specker and H. P. Hamilton of Benkelman, besides eight grand-children.

She has been a faithful member of the United Presbyterian church for almost as long as it has been a separate church organization.

She has lived a long and useful life and her children unite in paying her that one great tribute, "She hath done what she could."

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1947

Harry Parks Hamilton

Harry Hamilton, a pioneer Dundy county citizen, passed away at a Benkelman hospital late Saturday night from injuries sustained in a traffic accident at near eight o'clock on highway 61, when he was struck by an automobile while en route home. Death resulted from a brain concussion.

The accident occurred near the intersection of California Street and Highway 61, southwest of the Glenard Phelps residence and northeast from the C. E. Uphouse residence. Mr. Hamilton was en route to his home in Hiddleston Addition and had apparently been walking north on the highway on the left side, a practice advocated for pedestrians using the highway. As he crossed the highway to enter California street, east bound, he was struck by the right front fender of the Pete Knapp car and was carried a distance of some twenty-five feet on the fender and hood of the Knapp car before the vehicle could be stopped. When the Knapp car was stopped, Mr. Hamilton fell to the paving and it is thought that it was at this time that he sustained the fatal injury. Sheriff Glenard Phelps and Preston Stroup, who were driving] south on Highway 61, were the first to arrive at the scene. Mrs. Uphouse, who had heard the crash, was standing at her doorway and upon instructions from the sheriff summoned Dr.G. A. Morehouse and Mr. Hamilton was given almost immediate medical attention.

It was first thought that Mr. Hamilton had suffered only shock and a severe laceration of the calf of the left, leg. He later regained consciousness briefly before the injury to his brain resulted in his passing.

In recounting the particulars of the accident, Pete Knapp told the County Coroner, Daniel E. Owen, at the inquest on Monday that he was en route home on Highway 61 and had met several cars coming from the north. A few seconds before the accident he had dimmed his lights for a south-bound car and that just after. this car had passed he saw Mr. Hamilton in front of him. It occurred to Mr. Knapp that his best chance to miss him would he to pull to the center of the highway inasmuch as Mr. Hamilton was nearer the right side and he applied his brakes and turned left. He said that the situation was ill-timed and that if he had had another second's time his right fender would have cleared Mr. Hamilton, but such was not the case and Mr. Hamilton was struck by the right fender and was carried on the fender and the hood until the car stopped. In consideration of the evidence produced in the case the coroner's jury pronounced the accident to have been unavoidable.

The witnesses at the inquest were Dr. G. A. Morehouse, Sheriff Glenard Phelps, Preston Stroup and Pete Knapp. The coroner’s jury consisted of John E. Ham, W. G. Barger, A. J. Grimmeiss, H. G. Selby, W. C. Edwards and Floyd Rickard. The inquest was held at the Laughlin Funeral Home.

Funeral services were performed at the Methodist Church in Benkelman on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Paul Boyles in charge. Singers were! Mrs. T. E. Maranville, M,. C. D. Mason, Lloyd Boswell and R. D. DrulIner, Sr., with Mrs. D. L. Ough at the piano. Pallbearers were W. C. Hanson, Reece Hardwick, Ray Ham, G. J. Owens, Sam Owens and Kenneth Oakley. The Laughlin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Harry Parks Hamilton was born January 30, 1874 at Xenia, Illinois, to Thomas and Adeline Hamilton, and met his death January 25, 1947 at Benkelman, Nebraska, lacking five days of reaching his 73rd birthday.

In 1887 the Hamilton family. which included five children, together with a dozen neighbor families, migrated to Nebraska in covered wagons and settled north of Parks in Dundy county.

With the exception of one year spent at Stafford. Kansas; two years at Ft. Morgan, Colorado and two years in Chicago attending school, he lived his entire life from the age of thirteen in Dundy county.

He was one of the early school teachers in the county and took a very active part in many of the social and business enterprises of Benkelman in his younger days. He had been active in church work since joining the old Parks Church at the age of fourteen, and had served in many capacities in the churches of Benkelman, his present membership being in the local Methodist church.

After serving as a rural mail carrier during the first World War and having suffered such loss of hearing as to prevent his former easy dealing with the public, he took up farming, which occupation he followed for the next twenty years.

Although isolated from the world of sound, he developed an exceptional ability as an observer and his enjoyment of sports and the out of doors seemed to grow rather than diminish with the passing years.

He was united in marriage to Rebecca M. Work on November 17, 1898 and to this marriage two sons were born, Cleland Parks Hamilton, who died in infancy, and Elbert Work Hamilton.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca of the home in Benkelman: a son, Elbert. and daughter-in-law. Edna, of Iowa City, Iowa; a brother, Clyde Hamilton of Denver, Colorado; two granddaughters, Suzanne and Mary Margaret of Iowa City; four nephews: three nieces and many more distant relatives, as well as a host of friends. young and old.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1969

Howard Logan “Snap” Hamilton,

Howard L. Hamilton, prominent Benkelman business man for forty years, expired at his home in Benkelman on Monday morning at the age of 67 years. He had been in failing health for several years. Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Alvin Danielson officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Mr. Hamilton was one of the best known of the business people on Chief Street for many years and was highly regarded by the members of several generations of families who resided in Dundy county and adjacent territory. As a druggist, he had occasion to meet family members bringing prescriptions in the interest of persons in sickness and distress and he was always honest in his interest in their welfare. He was a man small in physical stature, but with a great heart and a warm and outgoing personality. Almost everyone knew him as "Snap," a lifelong nickname probably placed for his quickness of body and spirit. His passing is a great loss to thousands of persons whose lives had been touched by his friendship.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his widow, Bernice (Morehouse) Hamilton; a brother, Willard, of Wichita, Kansas; and his faithful brother and business partner, Lee Hamilton, with whom he was associated in the long operation of the Hamilton Drug Co. Howard was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM, and the Tehama Shrine and affiliated Masonic bodies at Hastings, Nebraska.

He was born in Benkelman on August 22, 1901, the son of William C. Hamilton and Evelyn Logan. He was educated in the Benkelman schools and after his graduation from pharmacy college later entered the partnership with his brother in 1920.

Howard Logan Hamilton, son of William Ciemence and Evelyn Logan Hamilton, was born on a farm near Benkelman, Nebraska, on August 22, 1901. Death came at his home in Benkelman on January 27. 1969. Survivors include his wife, Bernice, an his brother, Lee, of Benkelman; half-brother, Willard, of Wichita, Kansas, and their families. His parents and his first wife preceded him in death.

Howard was left motherless at the age of three years. After that time he, with his father and brother Lee, made their home with his paternal grandparents.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1972

Lee Thomas Hamilton

Lee T. Hamilton, a Benkelman merchant for 41 years, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Saturday of a heart attack. He was 77 years of age and had been involved in his last illness for five days.

Survivors include his wife, Maude Lucille Hamilton. daughter, Doris Evelyn Johnson and husband, Henry of Aurora, Colorado, two grandsons, Jerry and Jim Johnson, half-brother, Willard Hamilton of Wichita, Kansas, sister-in-law. Bernice Hamilton, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Wednesday morning with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Mrs. Betty Erdman was the organist, and LaNeta Anderson, the soloist. Bearers were Howard Miller, Joe Peirano, Bill Reade, Frank Weiss, Lee Gallatin and Royce Anderson. Honorary bearers were Jacob Bauer, Tom, Ballard, Paul Morris, E. F. Ham. Elmer Barger and Dick Jourdan. Graveside services were performed by Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Lee Thomas Hamilton was born to William Clemence and Evelyn Logan Hamilton at Burchard, Nebraska. on August 20, 1894. He came to Dundy county to live on a farm with his parents northwest of Benkelman and later resided in Benkelman where he attended the Benkelman schools and graduated with the class of 1914. He was employed by the Hastings & Thatcher Lumber Company at Venango, Nebraska from 1915-1920 and it was here that he and his bride, Maude Lucille Davis, began their wedded life. They were married on April 10th, 1915 and on the day that Mr. Hamilton fell ill they observed their 57th wedding anniversary.

It was in 1920 that Mr. Hamilton and his brother, the late Howard "Snap" Hamilton, began their 41-year partnership in the drug business in Benkelman. It was to continue until 1961 when retirement seemed the best course for the partners.

The 41 years of business experience in Benkelman came during the formative years of the character of Benkelman and Lee Hamilton was among those who developed the progressive nature of the town. Mr. Hamilton served his community in many ways. He was a member of the village board from 1924-32 and was in large part responsible for the promotion of the concrete paving on Benkelman's main street, a very ambitious project for those days, which gave Benkelman one of the best business districts in this end of the state. He helped develop the municipal light and water systems and was always a progressive booster of better schools. He was a man of judgment and could reach people by diplomatic conversation and when he was part of a movement, that effort merited the public respect. He was diligent in his work but he always had time to give thoughtful service to his community. He was the Red Cross county chairman for many years. served as secretary of the Dundy County Fair for many years and worked in all ways to advance the community he served. During World War II he was the Benkelman chairman for War Bond sales and devoted a great deal of effort for that worthy cause for which he received a fine letter of commendation.

For many years Mr. Hamilton was the secretary of the Benkelman Cemetery Association and he had a large part in the development of the cemetery to its present level of refinement. The cemetery was maintained for many years by public subscription and it was the faithful duty of Mr. Hamilton to see that funds were provided to keep the cemetery presentable. He was one of the organizers of the present financial system through a small tax levy. Bringing this about required enabling legislation at Lincoln and considerable promotion on the local level and was an accomplishment of considerable importance.

Mr. Hamilton was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist church and Justice Lodge 180 AF&AM of Benkelman. Lee Hamilton was one of the builders in Benkelman's history and certainly merited the high regard and affection which his and succeeding generations of citizens held for him.

(Researcher note: Burial records show a date of birth of 8-20-1894 and a date of death of 4-15-1972.)

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1924

William Clemence “Judge” Hamilton

Judge W. C. Hamilton passed away at the family home in Benkelman near four o'clock Monday morning, following his long and courageous battle against cancer. His death was not unexpected for it was known during the closing days of his life that the end could not be far off.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster at the United Presbyterian church Tuesday forenoon and were very largely attended by friends and admirers who came from far and near to pay their last solemn respects to the deceased. Interment was made in the Benkelman cemetery.

The illness that finally led to the demise of Judge Hamilton developed almost a year ago. Mr. Hamilton took immediate steps in the direction of medical attention. First he visited Denver surgeons, then McCook, then Wichita, then Savannah, Missouri, and finally the radium treatment as given by Doctor Quigley at Omaha. This last treatment was the only one in which it is now felt might have been successful had not the progress of the disease been so advanced. For several weeks it seemed that the disease had been slowed down and at times there was ground for encouragement that it might eventually be cured. However, about thirty days ago Mr. Hamilton's condition continued worse and despite the faithful and never tiring efforts of the family, friends and physicians, could not be controlled. For the past few days it was known definitely that the sufferer could not much longer endure.

Judge Hamilton was a pioneer in Dundy county, coming here in early manhood and making this his home ever since. For a time he was engaged in farming and then moved to Benkelman where he engaged in business. In 1908 he was elected to the office of county judge in which position he served until his death. He was a man of natural judicial ability and of clerical attainment and his long service in the county judge's office stands as a monument to faithful, honest and untiring service. Judge Hamilton took a prominent part in the religious, social and political life of the community he loved so well and labored unceasingly for its upbuilding. He was a life member of the United Presbyterian church and worked untireing!v to make the influence of the church felt in the moral being of the community. He was ever opposed to evil and vice in all its forms and was constantly arrayed in the struggle against it. He had a very great part indeed in removing Benkelman in its earlier history from the cow camp status and tendencies of the day to a course lending to better and improved living conditions and an elevated moral atmosphere.

He was a man of very strong convistions and had the moral courage to sustain it, yet he was broad enough to understand the shortcomings and frailties of human kind and complained not of life or the conditions that surrounded it, making the struggle for better things discouraging and tediously slow in results at times. In the past year he recognized the serious threat brought to his life through disease, yet he accepted his lot uncomplainingly, underwent the constant and terrible suffering that it occasioned bravely and entered into the last lap of the earthly journey with a faith and confidence that was so abundantly his during his years of service and toil in life.

The sympathies of the entire community go out to the faithful wife, the sorrowing sons, the aged mother, the brothers and sisters and other relatives who have lost so much in his passing, but they indeed mourn not without hope for their beloved relative in the greater, broader life beyond where the reward for consistent stewardship, faith, hope and charity await the faithful at the end of life's sometimes rough and uncertain road.

William Clemence Hamilton was born in Clay county, Illinois, April 28th, 1871. He came with his parents to Nebraska in 1887. The family located at Parks.

On February 22nd, 1893 he was married to Evalyn Logan, the mother of Lee and Howard. Their mother passed away on February 11th, 1905,

On June 30th, 1909 he was rnarried to Katie Lee Coleman, and to this union were born two children, Willard and a daughter who lived but a very short time.

He became a member of the United Presbyterian church when a boy and has been a ruling elder of the church for 25 years.

He had been county judge of Dundy county for the past sixteen years. His heart was in his work, and his one ambition was to be a just judge. He was stricken early last year with the dread disease, cancer, and made a heroic fight for life, but passed peacefully away at 3:30 A. M. March 31st, 1924, at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska. He‘was 52 years, 11 months and 3 days of age.

Of his immediate family surviving, are his wife and three sons, Lee, Howard and Willard, who have remained always faithful to him in his struggle for life. Also his daughter in-law and granddaughter Doris; his aged mother, one sister, two brothers, three nieces, two nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1977?

Olio Edna (Mathews) Hampton

Olio Edna Hampton, 90, of Imperial, died Tuesday, February 2nd at the Imperial Manor.

She is survived by one son, Wilfred E. Hampton of Imperial; two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Velma) Smith of Imperial and Mrs. Paul (Wilda) Stewart of Pueblo, Colorado; two brothers, Roy Mathews of El Paso, Texas, and Clifford Mathews of Imperial; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Strobridge of Torrance, California, and Mrs. Doris Williams of Benkelman; nine grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Hampton were held Thursday morning, February 24th at ten o'clock at the Westside Church of Christ, Imperial, with the Rev. Lloyd Overby officiating.

Interment was in the Mount Hope cemetery under the direction of Creveling Funeral Home of Imperial.

A memorial fund has been established.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June? 1907?

Mrs. Henry Hampton

Mrs. Henry Hampton, mother of Mrs. L.E. Walker, of this city, died at her home at Long Beach, Calif., Thursday morning after a sicness covering several months.

Mrs. Walker had been at her bedside for several weeks previous but had only returned home a few days, believing conditions to be improved, when the sad news followed.

Mrs. Hampton was well known in Benkelman, having lived here for years with her family previous to their removal to Oregon and later to California some years ago.

 

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

Wilford Eugene Hampton

IMPERIAL — Wilford Eugene Hampton, 67, died Sunday at the Chase County Hospital.

He is survived by his widow, Geneva; one son, William (Bill) Hampton of Dallas, Tex.; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Bernita) Greeley of Imperial and Mrs. Morris (Loretta) Jennings of Dallas; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Jack (Velma) Smith of Imperial and Mrs. Paul (Wilda) Stewart of Pueblo, Colo.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. (MDT) Wednesday at the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Robert Call will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery under the direction of the Creveling Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Hampton's name.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1944?

Willard Hampton

Willard Hampton, pioneer resident of Dundy county, died at the General hospital at Buffalo, Wyoming, on August 13th following a stroke of paralysis. Funeral services were held at Buffalo on August 16th and interment was in the Willow Springs cemetery there.

It had been a long time since Mr. Hampton lived in this community where he was very active in its business field. He came to Dundy county as a boy with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hampton, who filed on a homestead near the Kansas state line, and lived there for many years. The farm is now better known to Dundy county people as the Sam Hanson farm. Willard attended school here, engaged in the cattle business, learned the barber trade and operated a shop for some time and served as agent for the Northwestern Cattle Company interests in this county, etc., until his marriage to Miss Ida Jessee, following which he bought and operated a ranch south of town for a few years and then went to Kansas City where he studied to become a veterinary.

After completing his course he and Mrs. Hampton located at Buffalo where he not only became one of the leading veterinarians in that section but one of its foremost ranchers as well and he carried on in a manner befitting his marked energy and ambition until about six years ago when he was overtaken by the affliction that later claimed his life. He made a partial recovery and since then had continued in the practise of his profession and likewise continued the management of his ranch although he greatly reduced his operations in that line. During the years that Willard lived here, he built up a large circle of friends who will deeply regret to learn of his departure and who will unite in extending sympathies to his bereaved and sorrowing wife.

The following obituary was taken from the Buffalo Bulletin:

Willard Hampton, the only child of W. B. and Prudy Hampton. was born August 7, 1871, near Hamburg, Iowa, being six days over 73 years of age at the time of his death. He was educated near his birthplace in Iowa, and was married to Miss Ida Jessee in Dundy county, Nebraska, October 6, 1895. He later attended the Kansas City Veterinary college, graduating with the class of 1909. He came with his wife and mother to Buffalo in March, 1917, and has resided here continuously until the time of his death. He leaves no near relatives other than his widow, who resides in Buffalo.

For many years, until his health failed, Dr. and Mrs. Hampton lived on their ranch on Rock creek, looking after his profession in addition, and they had become one of the prominent and highly respected families of the county.

Dr. Hampton bad many friends in Johnson county, all of whom will regret his passing. He was a man of kindly disposition, honest, conscientious and cheerful. Every child in the community was a personal friend and every dog and cat was his especial worry, as he loved both children and pets and would spend hours visiting with them. He is going to be sadly missed in this community, and his place will be hard to fill.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, July 23, 2004

Carl D. Hanes

Friday, July 23, 2004

April 10, 1925-July 21, 2004

TRENTON -- Carl Douglas Hanes, 79, died Wednesday (July 21, 2004) at his home in Trenton.

He was born April 10, 1925, to George M. and Mary Alice (Matney) Hanes in St. Francis. He grew up in the Parks and Haigler communities, where he received his education.

He entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the medical service.

On May 23, 1949, he married Patricia Doak. The couple divorced and she preceded him in death in 1983.

On Nov. 14, 1963, he married Frances Maxine (Cemer) Hanes in McCook. The couple made their home on a farm in Stratton.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Doak in 1983; his second wife, Maxine on March 7, 1994; seven brothers, John, Elmer, Henry, Albert, Wayne, Jim and Alfred; three sisters, Anna Binkey, Susie Burr and Modesta Kuhns.

Survivors include one son, Wade Hanes of Blair; three daughters, Kathy McNerny and husband, Doug of Madison, Connie Meyer and Celia Trevino, both of Holdrege; step-children, DeWayne Hanes and wife, Sandra of Broken Bow, David Hanes and wife, Gail of Culbertson, Judy Brunk and husband, Earl of McCook, Carol Barber and husband, Gary of Culbertson, Beck Ebert and husband, Randy of Platteville, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; and 20 step-great-grandchildren.

Services are Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at the Herrmann Memorial Chapel in McCook with Jim Housh officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be given in his name and left at the funeral home.

Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.

 
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1987

Elmer Earl Hanes

Elmer Earl Hanes, son of George N. and Mary Alice (Matney) Hanes, was born June 18, 1927, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, and died February 1, 1987, in the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 59 years, 7 months and 13 days. Elmer was the youngest of 12 children.

Elmer lived most of his life in Dundy County, moving with his family at the age of two to a farm north of Parks, Nebraska. He attended the McCallister School District No. 39.

On April 18, 1951, he was united in marriage to Barbara Kuhns in Benkelman. They were blessed with three sons, Dennis, Mark and Jerry.

Elmer worked on several ranches before moving his family to Benkelman. He was employed by the State of Nebraska Department of Roads in 1954 and worked there for 32 years until ill health forced him into retirement.

Elmer was a kind and loving husband and father. He was known for his unselfish life and concern for others. Even during his intense illness his greatest concern was for his family. His friendship touched many lives. His granddaughters, Jessica and Jackie, were his pride and joy.

Preceding Elmer in death were his parents; four brothers, Bert, Alfred, Jim and Henry, and two sisters, Anna and Margaret.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons: Dennis and his wife, Joyce, of Max, Nebraska, Mark and his wife, Vickey, and daughters, Jessica and Jacqueline, of Benkelman, and Jerry of Benkelman; two sisters, Susie Burr of St. Francis, Kansas, and Modesta Scherbondy of Lincoln, Nebraska; three brothers; Wayne and his wife, Kathy, of Advance, North Carolina, John and his wife, Dollie, of Trenton, Nebraska, and Carl and his wife, Maxine, of Stratton, Nebraska; three step-grandchildren: Julie Carter and husband, Bob, stationed in Germany, Rick and Scott Keeten of Max; two step-great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Misty Carter, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held February 5, 1987, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. The Rev. Robert Sander officiated.

Organist was Mary Baney. Carol and Robert Sander sang the selections "One Day At A Time" and "The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference."

Bearers were Jack Wilson, Larry Peterson, Sam Ellis, Bill Wiggins, Gary Miner and Robert Reichert.

Honorary bearers were Andy Anderson, Al Anderson, Jack Welch, Rex Roundtree, Randy Williams, David Merklin, Lawrence Richard, Douglas Dutton, Mark Rosenfelt, Mitch Case and Jim Needham.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1959

George M. Hanes

George M. Hanes, a resident of the Parks community for many years, passed away on Saturday after an illness of many months.

He was 78 years of age.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1959

George Marvin Hanes

George Marvin Hanes departed this life June 13, 1959, at the Morehouse hospital in Benkelman, where he had been confined for four days. He had been in failing health for several months prior to his entry into the hospital fol medical care.

George Marvin Hanes, son of John and Hester Hanes, was born November 8, 1880, at Farmington, N. C., and passed away on June 13, 1959, at the age of 78 years, seven months and five days.

His early childhood was spent in North Carolina, then later went to Gilman, Iowa, where he met and married Mary Alice Matney on June 29, 1904.

In 1920 they moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas, and in 1930 moved to a farm north of Parks where they lived till 1944, at which time they moved to Parks.

He was a kind and loving father always thinking of others and was liked by all who knew him.

He will be remembered by his family and friends as a thoughtful man helping those in need. He will be sadly missed, but his mode of living will be treasured for years to come.

His wife, Alice, and son, Bert, preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his passing eleven children, Annie, Susie, Margaret, Jim, Alfred, Wayne, Henry, John, Modesta, Carl and Elmer; thirty-seven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren, two sisters, Lucy Hilsabeck of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Betty Hanes of Advance, N. C., and many other relatives and a host of friends.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1970

Henry Hanes, a life-long resident of Cheyenne county, Kansas and Dundy County, Nebraska, passed away at the Dundy county hospital in Benkelman at the age of 52.

He was born to George M. and Mary Alice Hanes in Laurel, Iowa, on May 21, 1918, and accompanied his parents and family to a farm in Cheyenne county when he was eight years old. The family moved to Parks in 1930.

He was married to Nina Bell Kuhns on November 13, 1952, and to this union seven children were born, namely, James of Lincoln, Timothy in Vietnam, Jeanne, Thomas, Nina Louise and Lora Elaine, all at home; four sisters, Susie Burr of St. Francis, Anna Beiber of Benkelman, Modesta Sherbondy of Milford, and Margaret Kuhns of Joplin, Missouri; four brothers, Elmer of Benkelman, Carl of Stratton, John of Trenton, and Wayne of Advance, North Carolina.

Mr. Hanes was employed by the state highway department for 16 years. He and his wife and family had been Benkelman residents since 1952. He was stricken with emphysema ten years ago and had been incapicated and confined to his home for the last four years.

Funeral services were held at the Trinity South Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31st, with the pastor, Rev. Bob Mustian officiating. The soloist was Donna Merklin, accompanied by Jeff Janousek at the piano. Casket bearers were Asa Brown, Lawrence and Vearl Richard, David Merklin, Lewis Gooder and Ellsworth Wilson.

Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1976

Henry Tommy Hanes

Henry Tommy Hanes died June 6 at the Dundy County Hospital. He was born July 14, 1955 in St. Francis, Kan. to Henry Hanes and Nina Kuhns Hanes.

He is survived by his mother, Nina Kuhns Hanes McCullough and his step-father, Leo McCullough, Benkelman; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Jeanne) Draper, Benkelman; Mrs. Frank (Alice) Gutierrez, Max and Louise and Lora Hanes, Benkelman; one step-sister, Jennifer McCullough, Benkelman; two brothers, James, Imperial and Tim, Benkelman; grandfather, Sam Kuhns, Parks; and grandmother, Mildred Kephart, Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was preceeded in death by his father, Henry Hanes; grandparents, Alice and George Hanes; and step-grandfather, Ralph Kephart.

Services were Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. MDT at the Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, with the Rev. Delbert Callaway officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Memorials may be left at the Jones Funeral, Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1993

John Arnold Hanes

TRENTON--John Arnold Hanes died Saturday, January 16, 1993, at his home in Trenton, Nebraska, at the age of 72.

He was born August 7, 1920, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, the son of the late George and Alice (Matney) Hanes.

John grew up on a farm in Cheyenne County, Kansas, and attended Parks (Nebraska) High School.

On May 1, 1942, he entered the United States Army Air Corps serving during World War II.

February 20, 1943, John married Dolly Cemer at St. Francis, Kansas.

Following his discharge on October 19, 1945, they returned to Southwest Nebraska and have spent most of their married life in the Trenton community where he farmed and was engaged in auto repair before Joining Amen Construction where he was employed for 15 years until retiring in 1979.

He was a member of the Massacre Canyon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10561 at Trenton.

Preceding him death were two infant sons and a son, Robert L. Hanes, in 1972; one granddaughter, Audria Voeller, on June 16, 1973; one grandson, Heath Todd, in 1992; five brothers, Bert, Jim, Henry, Elmer and Alfred Hanes, and two sisters, Anna Binkey and Margaret Kuhns.

John is survived by his wife, Dolly; 4 sons, John Michael Hanes, Charles "Ed" Hanes, Nolan Hanes and Kenneth Hanes, all of Trenton; 2 daughters, Patti and her husband, Don Voeller, of St. Francis, and Lana and her husband, Bill Keller, of Sidney, Nebraska; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Carl Hanes of Stratton, Nebraska, and Wayne Hanes of Advance, North Carolina, and 2 sisters, Susie Burr of St. Francis and Modesta Sherbondy of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 19, 1993, at 2 p.m. at the Church of God in Trenton with the Rev. Sandy Evans officiating. Interment was in the Trenton Cemetery.

Herrmann Funeral Home of Trenton was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1996

Pearle Daisy (Nunn) Hanes Rook

Pearle D. Hanes Rook was born Jan. 5, 1912, the oldest child of 10 children born to Benjamin Franklin and Cora Belle (Anders) Nunn. She was born in Solomon, Kan., and attended school at Niles, Kan. A longtime resident of Dundy County, she died Monday, March 11, 1996. She had spent the last several years at Heritage Home in Wauneta, Neb.

During the summer of 1928, a young man by the name of Bert Leroy Hanes was working the wheat harvest in Kansas when he saw Pearle on the street in Niles. He immediately told a friend that she was the girl he was going to marry. They did fall in love and married on Oct. 13, 1928, in Minneapolis, Kan., and returned to Nebraska. Two children, Bert Jr. and Gloria Kay, were born to this union.

She worked as a housekeeper for many families in the area, was an assistant postmistress, a CB&Q Railway Express agent, a store clerk and a nurse aide at Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb.

She was active with school, church and county extension activities. She was always quick and more than willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. She will be remembered for her love of music and her natural ability to play the piano and accordion. She had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. More importantly, she embraced life and gave back so much of herself. She received baptism and joined the Methodist Church in Parks, Neb., in 1959.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Bert Sr., their son, Bert Jr., a half-sister, Eunice Hornback, and two brothers, Jim and George.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Miyoka Hanes of Killeen, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Harry McClain of Park Hill, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Nancy Finchum of Wisconsin, Rose Ann and husband, Richard Lemmon, of Hawaii, Richard Emmett Hanes of Dallas, Texas, Mitchell Douglas Hanes of Killeen, Maria Faye and husband, Ricky Lee, of Arizona, Gloria Dawn and husband, John Ward, of Wisconsin and Shaun Harrison McClain and wife, Franci, of Corpus Christi, Texas; her great-grandchildren, Lisa Finchum, Rachel and Sherl Ward, Jason and Ricky Lee, Traci, Amber and Vanessa Lemmon and Jessica and Jonah Hanes; her brothers and sisters, Mary Toothman of Salina, Kan., Benjamin Franklin Nunn and wife, Darlene, of Wichita, Kan., Cora B. Herrington of Minneapolis, Charles Leroy Nunn of Salina, Evelyne Merilida and husband, Clifford Allison, of Niles, Raymond Patterson Nunn and wife, Millie, of Minneapolis and Lavina Amelia Dailey of Salina; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Susie Burr of St. Francis, Kan., Wayne Hanes and wife, Katherine, of Advance, N.C., Alice Modesta Sherbondy of Lincoln, Neb., Carl Douglas Hanes of Stratton, Neb., Barbara Hanes of Benkelman and Nina Bell Oakley of Max, Neb., and numerous nieces and nephews with families.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 14, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Matt Fowler officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Marilyn Zarkowski the soloist. Selections included "Beautiful' Isle Of Somewhere" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Bearers were Dennis Hanes, Nason Wilson, Tom Ellis, Doyle Criger, Hal Tecker and Tim Hanes. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 1-5-1912 and a death date of 3-11-1996. Records also show that she was married to Bert Hanes and Basil Rook. Pearle is buried with her first husband, Bert Hanes. Basil Rook is buried in the Haigler cemetery and those records show that he was married to Pearle Hanes.)

 

    Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1987

Elmer Earl Hanes

Elmer Earl Hanes, son of George N. and Mary Alice (Matney) Hanes, was born June 18, 1927, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, and died February 1, 1987, in the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 59 years, 7 months and 13 days. Elmer was the youngest of 12 children.

Elmer lived most of his life in Dundy County, moving with his family at the age of two to a farm north of Parks, Nebraska. He attended the McCallister School District No. 39.

On April 18, 1951, he was united in marriage to Barbara Kuhns in Benkelman. They were blessed with three sons, Dennis, Mark and Jerry.

Elmer worked on several ranches before moving his family to Benkelman. He was employed by the State of Nebraska Department of Roads in 1954 and worked there for 32 years until ill health forced him into retirement.

Elmer was a kind and loving husband and father. He was known for his unselfish life and concern for others. Even during his intense illness his greatest concern was for his family. His friendship touched many lives. His granddaughters, Jessica and Jackie, were his pride and joy.

Preceding Elmer in death were his parents; four brothers, Bert, Alfred, Jim and Henry, and two sisters, Anna and Margaret.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons: Dennis and his wife, Joyce, of Max, Nebraska, Mark and his wife, Vickey, and daughters, Jessica and Jacqueline, of Benkelman, and Jerry of Benkelman; two sisters, Susie Burr of St. Francis, Kansas, and Modesta Scherbondy of Lincoln, Nebraska; three brothers; Wayne and his wife, Kathy, of Advance, North Carolina, John and his wife, Dollie, of Trenton, Nebraska, and Carl and his wife, Maxine, of Stratton, Nebraska; three step-grandchildren: Julie Carter and husband, Bob, stationed in Germany, Rick and Scott Keeten of Max; two step-great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Misty Carter, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held February 5, 1987, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. The Rev. Robert Sander officiated.

Organist was Mary Baney. Carol and Robert Sander sang the selections "One Day At A Time" and "The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference."

Bearers were Jack Wilson, Larry Peterson, Sam Ellis, Bill Wiggins, Gary Miner and Robert Reichert.

Honorary bearers were Andy Anderson, Al Anderson, Jack Welch, Rex Roundtree, Randy Williams, David Merklin, Lawrence Richard, Douglas Dutton, Mark Rosenfelt, Mitch Case and Jim Needham.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1959

George M. Hanes

George M. Hanes, a resident of the Parks community for many years, passed away on Saturday after an illness of many months.

He was 78 years of age.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1959

George Marvin Hanes

George Marvin Hanes departed this life June 13, 1959, at the Morehouse hospital in Benkelman, where he had been confined for four days. He had been in failing health for several months prior to his entry into the hospital fol medical care.

George Marvin Hanes, son of John and Hester Hanes, was born November 8, 1880, at Farmington, N. C., and passed away on June 13, 1959, at the age of 78 years, seven months and five days.

His early childhood was spent in North Carolina, then later went to Gilman, Iowa, where he met and married Mary Alice Matney on June 29, 1904.

In 1920 they moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas, and in 1930 moved to a farm north of Parks where they lived till 1944, at which time they moved to Parks.

He was a kind and loving father always thinking of others and was liked by all who knew him.

He will be remembered by his family and friends as a thoughtful man helping those in need. He will be sadly missed, but his mode of living will be treasured for years to come.

His wife, Alice, and son, Bert, preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his passing eleven children, Annie, Susie, Margaret, Jim, Alfred, Wayne, Henry, John, Modesta, Carl and Elmer; thirty-seven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren, two sisters, Lucy Hilsabeck of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Betty Hanes of Advance, N. C., and many other relatives and a host of friends.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1970

Henry Hanes, a life-long resident of Cheyenne county, Kansas and Dundy County, Nebraska, passed away at the Dundy county hospital in Benkelman at the age of 52.

He was born to George M. and Mary Alice Hanes in Laurel, Iowa, on May 21, 1918, and accompanied his parents and family to a farm in Cheyenne county when he was eight years old. The family moved to Parks in 1930.

He was married to Nina Bell Kuhns on November 13, 1952, and to this union seven children were born, namely, James of Lincoln, Timothy in Vietnam, Jeanne, Thomas, Nina Louise and Lora Elaine, all at home; four sisters, Susie Burr of St. Francis, Anna Beiber of Benkelman, Modesta Sherbondy of Milford, and Margaret Kuhns of Joplin, Missouri; four brothers, Elmer of Benkelman, Carl of Stratton, John of Trenton, and Wayne of Advance, North Carolina.

Mr. Hanes was employed by the state highway department for 16 years. He and his wife and family had been Benkelman residents since 1952. He was stricken with emphysema ten years ago and had been incapicated and confined to his home for the last four years.

Funeral services were held at the Trinity South Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31st, with the pastor, Rev. Bob Mustian officiating. The soloist was Donna Merklin, accompanied by Jeff Janousek at the piano. Casket bearers were Asa Brown, Lawrence and Vearl Richard, David Merklin, Lewis Gooder and Ellsworth Wilson.

Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1976

Henry Tommy Hanes

Henry Tommy Hanes died June 6 at the Dundy County Hospital. He was born July 14, 1955 in St. Francis, Kan. to Henry Hanes and Nina Kuhns Hanes.

He is survived by his mother, Nina Kuhns Hanes McCullough and his step-father, Leo McCullough, Benkelman; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Jeanne) Draper, Benkelman; Mrs. Frank (Alice) Gutierrez, Max and Louise and Lora Hanes, Benkelman; one step-sister, Jennifer McCullough, Benkelman; two brothers, James, Imperial and Tim, Benkelman; grandfather, Sam Kuhns, Parks; and grandmother, Mildred Kephart, Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was preceeded in death by his father, Henry Hanes; grandparents, Alice and George Hanes; and step-grandfather, Ralph Kephart.

Services were Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. MDT at the Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, with the Rev. Delbert Callaway officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Memorials may be left at the Jones Funeral, Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1993

John Arnold Hanes

TRENTON--John Arnold Hanes died Saturday, January 16, 1993, at his home in Trenton, Nebraska, at the age of 72.

He was born August 7, 1920, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, the son of the late George and Alice (Matney) Hanes.

John grew up on a farm in Cheyenne County, Kansas, and attended Parks (Nebraska) High School.

On May 1, 1942, he entered the United States Army Air Corps serving during World War II.

February 20, 1943, John married Dolly Cemer at St. Francis, Kansas.

Following his discharge on October 19, 1945, they returned to Southwest Nebraska and have spent most of their married life in the Trenton community where he farmed and was engaged in auto repair before Joining Amen Construction where he was employed for 15 years until retiring in 1979.

He was a member of the Massacre Canyon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10561 at Trenton.

Preceding him death were two infant sons and a son, Robert L. Hanes, in 1972; one granddaughter, Audria Voeller, on June 16, 1973; one grandson, Heath Todd, in 1992; five brothers, Bert, Jim, Henry, Elmer and Alfred Hanes, and two sisters, Anna Binkey and Margaret Kuhns.

John is survived by his wife, Dolly; 4 sons, John Michael Hanes, Charles "Ed" Hanes, Nolan Hanes and Kenneth Hanes, all of Trenton; 2 daughters, Patti and her husband, Don Voeller, of St. Francis, and Lana and her husband, Bill Keller, of Sidney, Nebraska; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Carl Hanes of Stratton, Nebraska, and Wayne Hanes of Advance, North Carolina, and 2 sisters, Susie Burr of St. Francis and Modesta Sherbondy of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 19, 1993, at 2 p.m. at the Church of God in Trenton with the Rev. Sandy Evans officiating. Interment was in the Trenton Cemetery.

Herrmann Funeral Home of Trenton was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1996

Pearle Daisy (Nunn) Hanes Rook

Pearle D. Hanes Rook was born Jan. 5, 1912, the oldest child of 10 children born to Benjamin Franklin and Cora Belle (Anders) Nunn. She was born in Solomon, Kan., and attended school at Niles, Kan. A longtime resident of Dundy County, she died Monday, March 11, 1996. She had spent the last several years at Heritage Home in Wauneta, Neb.

During the summer of 1928, a young man by the name of Bert Leroy Hanes was working the wheat harvest in Kansas when he saw Pearle on the street in Niles. He immediately told a friend that she was the girl he was going to marry. They did fall in love and married on Oct. 13, 1928, in Minneapolis, Kan., and returned to Nebraska. Two children, Bert Jr. and Gloria Kay, were born to this union.

She worked as a housekeeper for many families in the area, was an assistant postmistress, a CB&Q Railway Express agent, a store clerk and a nurse aide at Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb.

She was active with school, church and county extension activities. She was always quick and more than willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. She will be remembered for her love of music and her natural ability to play the piano and accordion. She had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. More importantly, she embraced life and gave back so much of herself. She received baptism and joined the Methodist Church in Parks, Neb., in 1959.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Bert Sr., their son, Bert Jr., a half-sister, Eunice Hornback, and two brothers, Jim and George.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Miyoka Hanes of Killeen, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Harry McClain of Park Hill, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Nancy Finchum of Wisconsin, Rose Ann and husband, Richard Lemmon, of Hawaii, Richard Emmett Hanes of Dallas, Texas, Mitchell Douglas Hanes of Killeen, Maria Faye and husband, Ricky Lee, of Arizona, Gloria Dawn and husband, John Ward, of Wisconsin and Shaun Harrison McClain and wife, Franci, of Corpus Christi, Texas; her great-grandchildren, Lisa Finchum, Rachel and Sherl Ward, Jason and Ricky Lee, Traci, Amber and Vanessa Lemmon and Jessica and Jonah Hanes; her brothers and sisters, Mary Toothman of Salina, Kan., Benjamin Franklin Nunn and wife, Darlene, of Wichita, Kan., Cora B. Herrington of Minneapolis, Charles Leroy Nunn of Salina, Evelyne Merilida and husband, Clifford Allison, of Niles, Raymond Patterson Nunn and wife, Millie, of Minneapolis and Lavina Amelia Dailey of Salina; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Susie Burr of St. Francis, Kan., Wayne Hanes and wife, Katherine, of Advance, N.C., Alice Modesta Sherbondy of Lincoln, Neb., Carl Douglas Hanes of Stratton, Neb., Barbara Hanes of Benkelman and Nina Bell Oakley of Max, Neb., and numerous nieces and nephews with families.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 14, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Matt Fowler officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Marilyn Zarkowski the soloist. Selections included "Beautiful' Isle Of Somewhere" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Bearers were Dennis Hanes, Nason Wilson, Tom Ellis, Doyle Criger, Hal Tecker and Tim Hanes. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 1-5-1912 and a death date of 3-11-1996. Records also show that she was married to Bert Hanes and Basil Rook. Pearle is buried with her first husband, Bert Hanes. Basil Rook is buried in the Haigler cemetery and those records show that he was married to Pearle Hanes.)

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1990

Terrence James “TJ" Hanlin

KEARNEY—Terrence James “TJ" Hanlin died Tuesday, December 4, 1990, at a rural location south of Kearney, Nebraska, at the age of 31.

He was born May 18, 1959, in Hebron, Nebraska, to James and Pauline (Rudiger) Hanlin. He grew up in Fairbury and graduated from high school there in 1977. He attended Kearney State College.

TJ was employed by Yanda's Music of Kearney as a salesman. He also was a self-employed musician playing with several bands. He owned and operated 7 Hills Recording Studio of Kearney.

On August 9, 1980, he married Rhonda Wood at Imperial. They had made their home in Kearney since that time.

He attended First Baptist Church of Kearney and was a member of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife; his parents, Pauline of Kearney and James of Fairbury; maternal grandmother, Rose Rudiger of Grand Island, and sisters, Jayne Wiese of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, and Judy Gifford of Kearney.

TJ was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 1990, at the First Baptist Church of Kearney with the Rev. Stan Murdoch officiating.

Interment was in Kearney Cemetery with Godberson Mortuary of Kearney in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1996

Margaret Elizabeth (Campbell) Hannah

McCOOK--Margaret Elizabeth Hannah was born Jan. 13, 1907, at Stratton, Neb., to Alvin P. Earnest and Mary (Holmes) Campbell. She died Tuesday, April 23, 1996, in McCook, Neb.

In 1910 she moved with her family to a homestead in eastern Colorado near Eckley where they lived until 1923, then moved to Boulder, Colo.

She graduated from the state preparatory school in 1924. The following year she entered the teaching profession, continuing for 42 years until her retirement in 1967. During those years she obtained a life certificate from what was then the State Teacher's College in Greeley, Colo., in 1930. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western State College in Silver City, N.M.

She and Charles Errol Hannah were married on Sept. 6, 1956. Most of her life was spent in Boulder. She moved to El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Neb., in February 1995.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1967, her parents and two sisters, Helen Mallory and Irene Earnest.

She is survived by her stepson, Richard Hannah and his wife, Lorraine; two granddaughters, Diana Lynn and husband, Jerry Latta, and Sue and husband, Tom Cassen, and their children, Tommy and Eric; a great-grandson, Clint Latta, his wife, Jody, and their children, Troy and Ariel, and by four great-granddaughters, Shari and husband, Chad Rooney, Joni Latta, Heather Dye and son, Emory, and Heidi and husband, Dean Markland, and sons, Tyler, Todd and Jonathan.

Services were held Friday. April 26, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Marjorie Redfield was the organist and Wallace Gummere the soloist. Selections were "Going Home," "God Be With You" and "The Lord's Prayer." Interment was at the Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder with the Rev. Terry Zimmerman officiating. Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2006

Richard Lynn "Dick" Hannah

Richard Lynn "Dick" Hannah died Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at his rural home south of Stratton, Neb. He was 76 years old.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1930, in Stratton to Charles Errol and Selma Pearl (Evans) Hannah. He grew up in rural Stratton on the family farm and graduated from Stratton High School in 1947.

On Dec. 22, 1950, he married Lorraine Maddux in Stratton. They made their home on the Hannah family farm where they grew wheat and raised livestock.

Dick joined the U.S. Air Force in August 1951 and was stationed in Tripoli, Africa, during the Korean conflict.

He was an active member of the Stratton United Methodist Church for 54 years, serving in many capacities including Sunday school, MYF sponsor and lay leader. Dick served on the Selective Service Board for 13 years. He also served on the Hitchcock County Farm Bureau Board, School Board, Cemetery Board and Pork Producers Board, was vice president of the ASCS and was a 4-H leader for any years. S.

He was among the first in the county to practice ecofallow farming. Farming was Dick's life and love until a disabling stroke Feb. 12, 1996.

Dick enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed teaching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all aspects of the farm life. Even after his debilitating stroke, watching the antics of his grandchildren always brought a raised eyebrow, smile or a chuckle. In his later years Dick was an avid miniature tractor collector and his extensive display was admired by friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Heath R Todd.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine, of Stratton; daughters Diana Lynn and husband. Jerry Latta, of Stratton and Sue and husband, Tom Cassen, of Berryton, Kan.; grandchildren Clint Latta and wife, Jody, of Stratton, Shari Rooney and husband, Chad, of Lincoln, Neb., Joni Ernst and husband, Ryan, of Lincoln, Heather Dye and husband, Don, of Gering, Neb., Heidi Hueftle of McCook, Neb., Eric Cassen and wife, Shawna, of Topeka, Kan., and Tommie Cassen of Topeka; 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2006, at the Stratton Community United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, August 25, 2003

Mabel J. Hansen

Monday, August 25, 2003

BENKELMAN - Mabel J. Hansen, 90, died Friday (Aug. 23, 2003).

She was born May 13, 1913, to Elmer and Pearl (Paul) Edwards in Benkelman. She was a graduate of Benkelman High School.

On March 22, 1936, she married Thomas J. Hansen at the Willard Croft residence in Benkelman. The couple made their home on a farm northwest of Benkelman. In 1990, after suffering from the effects of a stroke, she moved to Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home.

She was a member of the Friends Church in Benkelman and the Benkelman Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Pearl Edwards; her husband, Thomas J. Hansen; one son, Marlin Val Gene Hansen; her sister, Ida Carlon; and one brother, Everett "Pete" Edwards.

Survivors include two sons, Stan Hansen and wife, Judy of Benkelman, and Tom D. Hansen of Fremont; her brother, Jim Edwards and wife, Donna of Deming, N.M.; and four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services are Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., at Forch Funeral Home with Dr. Daniel Marshall officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday, 2-6 p.m. (MDT), at Forch Funeral Home in Benkelman.

Forch Funeral Home of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1995

Mavis Joleen (Fagan) Hansen

Mavis Joleen (Fagan) Hansen was born August 11, 1937, the youngest of three children, to Harold and Avis Fagan near Solomon, Kansas, and died January 26, 1995, in her home in Dundy County, Nebraska. at the age of 57 years. 6 months and 14 days.

Her health had been a major problem for several years, but of noticeable decline in the last few months. The cause of death was attributable to heart failure.

She spent her childhood and young years in Quenemo. Kansas, and attended the elementary schools there. She received her high school education in Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from the Friends University there with the Class of 1958, attaining a degree in education.

On June 5, 1959, she was united in marriage to Stanley James Hansen of Benkelman. Nebraska. This union was blessed with two sons. Keith Edward, January 31, 1961, and Guy Alan, November 21, 1962.

Stan and Joleen met at the Friends Quaker Ridge Youth Camp near Woodland Park, Colorado. Their early years of marriage were spent in Dundy County and Mrs. Hansen taught in the elementary school system of Max and Parks, Nebraska.

The Hansens spent some years in Houston, Texas, and Sacramento, California, where Stan was employed as a gunsmith. In 1974 they returned to Dundy County and made their home in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood, their home being the former Pleasant Valley parsonage.

Mrs. Hansen possessed many talents and abilities, was a certified librarian and worked at The Benkelman Post & News-Chronicle newspaper office.

She was a devoted, kind and caring wife, mother and friend. She was diligent in expressing her concern and love to others by cards, notes and words and wrote many notes of appreciation and encouragement.

She was active in the Friends Church having served in many capacities such as Sunday school teacher, spiritual life chairman, chorister and vacation Bible school and on many committees.

Mrs. Hansen was also active in community affairs, helping at the library. with extension club work and with the Women's Club.

At a young age. she became a Christian accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, and remained a dedicated Christian, willing to serve in many areas. Her utmost desire was to be in the center of God's Will.

Some of her special interests and hobbies were gourmet cooking and attending yard and antique sales where she delighted in finding different salt and pepper shakers.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law, Tom Hansen.

Survivors include her husband; her son. Keith, and grandson, Christopher James, of Tulsa, Oklahoma: her son, Guy, and his wife, Kenetha, of York, Pennsylvania, a sister, Clarene Dehn of Topeka. Kansas: a brother, Veryl Fagan. of LaJunta. Colorado: her mother-in-law, Mabel J. Hansen, who resides at the Hester Home in Benkelman: several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Interment was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Dundy County, Nebraska, on January 30, 1995, at 9:30 am. A memorial service was held at the Friends Church in Benkelman at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Keith Haisch officiating. Ernestine Hendrickson was the organist and Gloria Marshall the pianist. The Rev. Daniel and Gloria Marshall sang “All Because Of God's Amazing Grace" and "It Is Well With My Soul." "Faith Is A Victory" was sung by the congregation.

Bearers were Marty Lutz, Macey Hansen. Mikey Lutz, Scott Shillington. Denny Vrbas and Brian Haisch. Honorary bearers were Gary Stamm, Bud Parman, Roger Shillington, Wilfred Hansen. Gene Hansen, Johnny Mays and Jim Baney.

Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1994

Bernice F. (Jetter) Hansen

OMAHA--Bernice F. (Jetter) Hansen of Omaha, Nebraska, and a former Parks, Nebraska, resident, died November 2, 1994, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 27 days.

She was born December 5, 1916, at Omaha to Henry J. and Emma (Mahnert) Jetter.

On December 25, 1963, she married Albert G. Hansen at Omaha and they operated the Crescent Bar Ranch for several years in Dundy County near Parks.

She was a member of the Lowe Avenue Presbyterian Church in Omaha.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Albert.

Survivors include two sisters: Ellouise Ziegler and Dorothy and her husband, Robert Pfister Sr.; a brother, Bernard Jetter, and two sisters-in-law: Alice Jetter and Kathryn Jetter, all of0maha.

A funeral service was held Friday, November 4, 1994, at 8:30 a. m. in the West Center Chapel at Omaha with the Rev. John Pettit of the Lowe Avenue Presbyterian Church officiating. Organist was Alice Gerard and Jerry Brabec sang "How Great Thou Art" and “The Church Is One Foundation."

The graveside service was held Saturday. November 5, at 10:30 a. m. at the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Douglas Allen, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman officiating.

Pallbearers were John Jetter, Bud Habenicht, Robert Pfister Jr., Robert Pfister Sr., Donald Jetter and Bernard Jetter. Honorary bearers were Wilfred Hansen, Otto W. Nilsson, Charles McDonald, LeRoy Kuck, Robert E. Roh, Peter M. Graff, Vinton Jones and Hugh Eisenhart.

Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of the graveside service.

Memorials are suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, August 18, 2003

Mabel N. Hansen

Monday, August 18, 2003

BENKELMAN -- Mabel N. Hansen, 85, died Thursday (August 14, 2003) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.

She was born Jan. 28, 1918, to Frank and Gladys (Williamson) Little on their farm north of Doane. She attended school at District 36 near her home. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1937.

In December of 1939, she married Eugene A. Hansen, and they moved to a farm north of Benkelman. The couple retired and moved to a home in Benkelman in 1980.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Gladys Little; her husband, Eugene Hansen in 1999; two sons, Maurice Hansen and Frankie Hansen; one sister, Leta Henderson; and one brother, Francis Little.

Survivors include two sisters, Deloris Connley of Many, La., and Wilda Alsbury of Benkelman; one brother, Charlie Little and wife, Ingrid of Aurora, Colo.; and one grandson, Frank Hansen, Jr., and his wife, Trista of McCook.

Services were today at Forch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Interment was at Benkelman Cemetery.

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

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, December 30, 2004

Velma Mabel Hansen

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Nov. 10, 1912-Dec. 28, 2004

BENKELMAN -- Velma Mabel Hansen, 92, died Tuesday (Dec. 28, 2004) at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

She was born Nov. 10, 1912, in Dundy County to Emery and Bertha (Rickard) Miller. She attended schools in Dundy County and was the salutatorian of the 1932 graduating class of Benkelman High School. After high school, she was an elementary teacher for one year at District No. 21 in Dundy County.

On Nov. 27, 1932, she married Marvin M. Hansen. To this union five children were born: Wilfred, Ellen, Lyle, Elaine and Duane. She taught school for one year, before becoming a homemaker. The couple farmed and ranched until her husband's death in 1980.

She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Friends Church. After the church closed, she became a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church. She volunteered with the Pleasant Valley Missionary Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leonard; sister, Blanche; husband, Marvin; son, Lyle; and grandson, Donnie Hansen.

Survivors include her children, Wilfred and wife, Helen Hansen, Ellen and husband, Gene Teeter, Elaine and husband, Clifford Damrow and Duane and wife, Pattie Hansen; daughter-in-law, Barbara Hansen Pursley; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services are Friday, 11 a.m. (MST) at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with her son, Duane Hansen officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in her name.

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

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1978

Luella A. (Stamm) Hansen

Luella A. Hansen, daughter of John and Maggie Stamm, was born on the family farm north of Benkelman, Nebr. on May 24, 1889, and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital of a heart attack on Sept. 15,1978, at the age of 89 years, 3 months, and 22 days.

At the age of 17, she was the secretary of the Pleasant Valley Sunday School.

She was united in marriage to Albert J. Hansen Dec. 18, 1910 at Benk.elman, Nebr. and she and her husband established their home on the homestead in Yuma County, Colo., 11 miles southeast of Yuma. To this happy union five children were born: Thomas, Marvin, Eugene, Velma, and Margie.

The family attended the Bethel Nazarene Church near Yuma, Colo. and she was converted into the Christian Faith at the age of 31 years.

In March of 1926, the family moved to Dundy County and continued their occupation of farming in the Pleasant Valley community, transferring their membership to the Pleasant Valley Friends Church where they worshiped together and Luella continued to be a loyal and faithful member as long as her health permitted, continuing her membership with the Benkelman Friends Church until her death.

She used her God-given talents to the Glory of her Master, teaching Sunday School, helping with music, and giving unselfishly of her time and efforts to promote the missionary program of her church.

Ella, as she was personally known by those who knew her, was a kind and loving person. She was an efficient homemaker, a devoted wife and loving mother and was always ready to respond to the needs of her family and neighbors.

In the fall of 1947, she and her husband retired from the farm and moved to Benkelman. They enjoyed their retirement home, but never lost touch with the farm.

After her husband passed away on April 5, 1955, she continued to live alone until Sept. 1973 and was then a resident of the Hester Home until her final illness.

Memories of her will always include seeing her busy working in her garden and yard and using her skills of needlework. The articles of crocheting, tatting, and quilting created by her nimble fingers will be fondly cherished by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert J.; her parents; three brothers, Frank, Ernest, and William; four sisters, Delia and Lucy, (Mary and Elizabeth died in infancy) three grandsons, Val Gene Hansen, Maurice Hansen, and Frankie Hansen, and one great-grandson, Donnie Gene Hansen.

The family members surviving her include three sons: Thomas J. and wife Mabel, Marvin M. and wife Velma, Eugene A. and wife Mable of Benkelman; and two daughters, Velma Case and husband Wilbur of Benkelman, and Margie Bartels and husband Gustav of Wauneta; twelve grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roy Stamm and wife Erma, Forrest Stamm and wife Martha., two sisters-in-law, Zella Stamm and Della Stamm all of Benkelman;: and a number of nephews and nieces.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1985

Albert George Hansen

Albert George Hansen, son of William T. and Lucy Belle Stamm Hansen, was born February 18, 1904, in a soddy on his father's homestead northwest of Benkelman, and passed away at his own Crescent Bar Ranch on July 25, 1985.

Young Albert attended local country school until the family moved to California. There he also attended school and upon moving back to Nebraska, he went to business school in Lincoln.

Albert was united in marriage in 1963 to "Bea," Bernice Jetter Pease. His brother, Alvin, his stillborn brother William, and his parents preceded him in death.

Albert spent his lifetime as a farmer, rancher, raising registered Hampshire hogs, first Hereford cattle and then going into the Angus cattle business. He was an excellent judge of livestock. In previous years, he showed cattle at many shows throughout the country and won many awards. His cattle are working in every state in the union and in three foreign countries. He was a member of the National Cattlemen's Association, the American Angus Association, Kansas Association, the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association and the Stock Growers. He was also a member of Justice Lodge 180.

To mourn his passing, Albert leaves his beloved wife Bea (Bernice); two uncles, Forrest Stamm of Goodland, Kansas, and Roy Stamm of the Hester Home; three aunts, Zella, Della and Martha Stamm; many cousins and lots of friends.

Albert and his father employed Kermit Wilson about 39 years ago. Kermit and Martha, along with their four small children, moved on to the ranch with him. The sons, Nason and Duane, started working as soon as they were old enough, and Jason joined the work force as he got older. The girls, Sharlane and Bonny, were the beauties, and Albert's father, the grandfather they didn't have. The Wilson family is very special to the Hansen.

Albert and his brother Alvin, along with their parents, were brought forward in the Friends Church in 1915. On April 23, 1976, Albert re-affirmed his faith in Christ, was baptized and joined the Lutheran Church.

There were four loves in Albert's life: His faith, his wife, the home in which he had lived since birth, and the Angus cattle business. Albert thoroughly enjoyed life to the fullest, believing in being honest, just and sincere, though firm and always fair. His friends were his customers and business people.

Services were held Monday, July 29, at Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman. Pastors Earl Martell and Otto Zeilinger officiated.

Tally Case accompanied Elmer Case with the selections "The Lord's Prayer" and "Amazing Grace." Jackie Wilson accompanied the congregational singing of "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Gary Stamm, Russell Stamm, Stuart Bartels, Monty Hansen, Tony Lutz and Bob Stamm.

Honorary bearers were Dr. Tom Keller, Ned Tecker, Larry Raile, Martin Lutz, Dr. Kenneth Stout, LeRoy Kuck, Othelle Reed, Dr. Lee Mills, Peter M. Graff, Martin Leibbrandt, Willard Croft, Hugh Eisenhart, Robert E. Roh and Otto W. Nilsson.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Committal Service by Justice Lodge 180 A.F. & A.M. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1955

Albert J. Hansen

Albert J. Hansen was laid at rest in the Benkelman cemetery Saturday afternoon following funeral services at the Methodist church at which Rev. Glen Morford officiated, assisted by Rev. Joe Hodges. The singers were Mrs.Dorothea Hodges, Dewey Gerdes, Edward Masters and Mrs. Ernestine Hendrickson, accompanied by Mrs. Ruby Holliman.

Pallbearers were Tom Humphrey, Ray Brayard, Sherman Phifer, Frank Little, Albert Dyke and Fred Turman. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Laughlin Funeral Home.

Albert J. Hansen, son of George and Christine Hansen, was born February 13, 1885, at Omaha, Nebraska, and passed away very suddenly at Benkelman, Nebraska, on April 5, 1955, at the age of 70 years, one month and 22 days.

When two years old he moved with his parents to their homestead twelve miles northeast of Parks, Nebraska. In the spring of 1908 he went to Yuma county Colo., and filed on a homestead, improving it a year later. Thus he experienced the hardships of pioneer life in both Dundy county, Nebraska, and Yuma county, Colorado.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1999

Eugene Albert "Gene" Hansen

Eugene Albert "Gene" Hansen, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb.

He was born Dec. 19, 1914, at Yuma County, Colo., to A.J. and Luella (Stamm) Hansen. He received his education in country schools in Yuma and Dundy counties.

On Jan. 18, 1938, he was united in marriage with Mabel Nellie Little at the family farm north of Parks, Neb. He farmed and raised Black Angus cattle and retired in 1980 due to declining health.

He was a member of the Friends Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and both sons, Maurice and Frankie.

Survivors include his wife, Mabel, of Benkelman; two sisters: Velma Case of Benkelman and Margie and husband, Gus Bartels, of Wauneta, Neb.; two sisters-in-law: Wilda Alsbury and Delores Conley; a brother-in-law, Charles Little and his wife, Ingred; a grandson, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at the Friends Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Mary Baney was the organist and Robert and Carol Sander sang "How Great Thou Art," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Bearers were Mikey, Jamey, Monte and Dorey Hansen, Clifford Damrow and Elmer Case. Honorary bearers were Wilfred and Stan Hansen, Lyle Wiese, Gus Bartels, Duane Wilson and Jim Baney.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1993

Lyle E. Hansen

BENKELMAN--Lyle E. Hansen, son of Marvin and Velma Hansen, was born July 19, 1936, in Benkelman, Nebraska, and died at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman June 24, 1993, at the age of 56 years.

On September 30, 1956, Lyle was united in marriage to Barbara Lea Baney. To this union four sons were born: Mikey, Landy, Jamey and Dorey.

Lyle enjoyed working outdoors and farmed the land he had grown up on for many years along with his sons. In recent years, Lyle worked for the Tom Roundtree family. He also had a good many friends in the Haigler area and enjoyed his visits over coffee at the D&E Cafe with the gang.

Lyle's life was centered around his family. As the kids were growing up, they enjoyed going to the lake in the summer to camp, fish and water-ski.

Lyle and Barbara enjoyed attending their sons' football and basketball games and took pride in their accomplishments. In recent years, his greatest joy was his grandkids.

His hobbies included attending toy tractor shows and adding toy tractors to the impressive collection he had built throughout the years.

Lyle had a strong belief in the Christian faith and was an active member of the Benkelman Friends Church.

He served as chairman of the building committee as they built the current site of the Friends Church. He was involved with the youth group.

Lyle was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Lea; his mother, Velma: his sons, Mikey of Benkelman, Landy and wife, Martha, of Colgate, Wisconsin, Jamey and wife, Christine, of Ceresco, Nebraska, and Dorey and wife, Jennifer, of Marsland, Nebraska: five grandchildren, Alan, Amanda, Ethan, Jared and Natalie; two brothers, Duane and Wilfred, and two sisters, Elaine and Ellen.

A private family service was held at Jones Funeral Home in Benkelman Monday, June 28, 1993, at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Keith Haisch and Bob Sander officiating, followed by a memorial service at the Benkelman Friends Church at 1:30 p.m. with the Revs. Bob Sander and Keith Haisch officiating.

Organist was Mary Baney and soloist was Kelly Hayward. Selections included "Walk With Me" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Honorary bearers were David and Arlene Merklin, Tom and Julie Roundtree, Johnny and Sallie Mays, Ronald and Lois Janicke, Robert and Alonna Thackery, Rocky and Teresa Sander, Sherman and Barbara Phifer, Lonnie and Harvella Johnson and Darrell and Carol Oakley.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery following the private family service.

Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1980

Marvin Merle (M.M.) Hansen

Marvin Merle (M.M.) Hansen was born Nov. 17, 1912 in Yuma County, Colorado. He departed this life on October 25, 1980 at the age of 67 years 11 months and 8 days. He was the second of five children born to A.J. and Luella (Stamm) Hansen.

Marvin received his formal education in country schools in Yuma County, CO and Dundy County, NE. He continued his education as a skilled learner in the school of experience and human relationships. Learning was meaningful to him when it was practical and enforcing moral and spiritual integrity.

Marvin was married to Velma Miller on Nov. 27,. 1932 at Benkelman, NE. To this union were born five children: Wilfred Marvin, Margie Ellen, Lyle Emery, Elaine Grace and Duane Merle.

Marvin and Velma were lifelong companions in their chosen vocation of agriculture. Dundy County was their chosen locale for the practice of their vocation. The vision of utilizing his talent and experience by tilling the soil and caring for livestock was the dream that occupied him until his death.

Marvin committed his life to Jesus Christ at about age 13 years and lived out that commitment throughout his life. Marvin was a loyal supporter of the churches he joined as a member. He was involved in the vibrant ministries of the Pleasant Valley Friends Church. When the church was closed, he became a member of the United Methodist Church in Benkelman where he was active until his death. He was loyal and committed to his Lord, a willing worker in the church as well as in numerous other religious and community organizations.

Marvin was well known as a stalwart and stable community leader. He was most widely known in the community when he was engaged in custom corn shelling for his farmer friends who called him "Marv" and Marv never knew a stranger. His business integrity, his moral uprightencss, church leadership, and the twinkle in his eye when he told his latest joke, endeared him to family, friends and acquaintances alike.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first grandchild, Donnie Gene Hansen.

He is survived by his wife, Velma; his children Wilfred and wife Helen, Ellen and husband Gene Teeter, Lyle and wife Barbara, Elaine and husband Clifford Damrow, Duane and wife Pattie; eight grandsons; eight granddaughters; his brothers Tom and Gene of Benkelman; his sisters Velma Case of Benkelman and Margie Bartels of Wauneta; and by numerous other relatives and friends. His absence will be keenly felt by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held Wed., Oct. 29, 1980 at 10:30 at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Allan Martin and Rev. Robert Sander officiating.

Mrs. Gwen Bauer accompanied Tally and Elmer Case with the selections "How Great Thou Art" and "We Have An Anchor".

Bearers were Mikey Hansen, Landy Hansen, Jamey Hansen, Jimmie Hansen, Monty Hansen, Rodney Damrow, Dan Watson, Wendell Hansen, Leon Nix, Dave Whisenhunt, Rick Gentry and Dorey Hansen.

Honorary bearers were Dan Ellis, Glen Osborn, Lee Gallatin, Harold Hall, Stanley Ham, Glen Ellis, Hubert Dyke, Johnny Mays, Wesley Wheeler and Junior Andres.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, NE.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2008

Patricia Jo Anne (Taber) Hansen

Patricia Jo Anne (Taber) Hansen was born September 5, 1944, in Joplin, MO, to Burgis and Rosa Mae Taber and passed on to the more abundant life on October 9, 2008.

She attended school at Riverton, Kansas, USD #404 from kindergarten through her sophomore year of high school. She completed high school at the Friends Academy and then attended Friends Bible College (now Barclay College) for one year, both in Haviland, Kansas. Pattie met Duane Hansen while attending school at Haviland. They were married at her home church, the Lowell Friends Church in Lowell, Kansas, on July 26, 1963. The first year of their marriage they lived on a farm northwest of Benkelman.

In 1964 Duane and Pattie entered the pastoral ministry in the Friends Church. They were in the pastoral ministry for 25 years, serving churches in Colorado, Kansas, Indiana, and California. Their first pastorate was at Chivington, Colorado, where the parsonage was a small, primitive adobe house, and their two sons Jimmie Duane and Wendell Dean were born. After three years at Chivington they moved to Hugoton, Kansas to pastor the Bethel Friends Church where daugthers, Brenda Joanna and Linda Diane were born. In 1970 they moved to Wichita where Duane attended Friends University and they commuted to Atlanta, Kansas, on weekends to provide pastoral leadership to the Timbercreek Friends Church. They pastored the Lynn Friends Church in Indiana from 1972-76 and the East Whittier Friends Church in California from 1976 to 1984. Their last pastorate, from 1984 until 1989, was at the Northridge Friends Church in Wichita.

Pattie's first job outside the home was at Ruthies' Hallmark. Later, in 1989 Pattie began working at Dillard's Towne East in the watches and costume jewelry departments. She befriended many who valued her product knowledge and appreciated her eagerness to service what she sold.

Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 1999. Her cancer appeared to be in remission for several years, but returned in 2005. She fought a vigilant battle against the various manifestations of the disease and cherished every day she lived as a cancer survivor. She championed the concept of quality over quantity of life. She was committed to mental, emotional, and spiritual vitality over various medical options to prolong her life. She was selfless in her love and regard for others, so much so that even during her most difficult days, she continued to send cards and made phone calls to encourage others.

Pattie's vocational goal was to be a good wife, mother, and grandmother. She most certainly excelled in these cherished ambitions. As a marriage partner she kept her vow "to be a loving and faithful wife as long as she lived." As a mother, she nurtured her children with love, sacrifice, and loyalty in both word and deed. She had the unique ability to balance discipline with guidance.

Those who survive her include her father, Burgis Tabor; brother Dennis (Kay); husband, Duane; children Jim (LeAnn), Wendell (Amy), Linda (Brendan Steinacher), Brenda (Wakon Fowler); grandchildren, Amanda (Quincy Hands) and Joe Hansen; Grant, Britt & Chandler Hansen; Evan, Emma & Elly Fowler; Gavin, Colton & Dawson Steinacher. Also surviving Pattie are her aunts Hap Eignus (Linn), Doris Brown (Glenn), Mary Winfrey, Rebecca (Taber) Chambers, Bill Taber and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces from her large extended family.

Patti’s death leaves a void in the lives of those who knew her, but she also leaves a shining example of how to live joyfully, to serve meaningfully, and how to die with dignity and grave.

A memorial service was held at the Northridge Friends Church in Wichita, KS on October 13, 2008.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July? 1913?

Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen, who lives about 18 miles northwest of Benkelman, died Monday afternoon at 5:00 from the effect of injuries sustained by falling from a windmill tower.

Last Friday evening, Mr. Hansen got upon the tower, which is about 25 feet high, to fix the windmill, and in some unaccountable manner, lost his balance and was precipitated to the ground with great force, breaking his right leg in such a manner that the bone protruded through the skin, besides receiving internal injuries. Dr. Pickens was hastily summoned from town, who did everything possible to relieve the injured man.

The following morning Dr. Fuqua of Benkelman and Dr. Stewart of Stratton were also summoned, but the patient was laboring under such a severe shock that amputation was deemed inadvisable; and he steadily grew worse until Monday evening about 5:00, when he breathed his last.

Deceased was one of Dundy County's hardworking, prosperous young farmers and enjoyed the universal esteem of all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and two small children, mother, two sisters and three brothers.

(Researcher note: There is a Robert C. Hansen buried in the Pleasant Valley cemetery in Dundy county, NE. Burial records there show a date of birth as 2-13-1888 and a date of death as 7-15-1913. Records also show that he was the husband of Nellie Crookshank. I cannot absolutely say that this was the same Robert Hansen in the obituary above, but it probably is.|)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1994

Thomas John Hansen

BENKELMAN--Thomas John Hansen, oldest child of Albert James "Bib" and Luella A. (Stamm) Hansen, was born in Yuma, Colorado, May 14, 1911. He died October 12, 1994, at Chase County Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska.

He was raised on a homestead claim 10 miles south and 2 miles east of Yuma. He attended school at White Eagle District 84 and attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Nazarene Church in that area.

In 1926 he moved to Dundy County, Nebraska, when his family returned to farm. Hansen began working for Elmer and Pearl Edwards on their farm and thus met Mabel. They were married March 22, 1936. Three sons were born into the family--Val Gene. Stanley and Tom D.

The Hansens lived on her father's place 4 years after they were married, then moved to the Balderson place 5 1/2 miles north of Benkelman on the west side of Highway 61. In 1943 they moved to the farm purchased from W.C. "Doc" Edwards, located 11 1/2 miles northwest of Benkelman. They resided on this property until ill health prompted them to move into town and into the Hester Memorial Home.

Through the years, Hansen picked much corn by hand and, along with his brothers, did well in corn-picking contests. He had been a member of the Belgian Draft Horse Association and enjoyed raising and working with these horses for many years. In his earlier years he enjoyed playing baseball and kept a keen interest in the game throughout his life.

He became a Christian early in life and lived a consistent Christian witness until his death. After moving to Dundy County, he attended the Pleasant Valley Friends Church located in the country. When that church was closed, he moved his membership into the Benkelman Friends Church.

He held the position of adult Sunday school teacher, starting as a young man and continuing until very late in life. He was an elder in the Friends Church, serving as a church trustee and was willing to work on any committee or at any assignment where he was needed. His greatest joy was in singing and playing his guitar for his Lord.

Tom was preceded in death by his son, Val Gene, his parents and a brother, Marvin.

In addition to his wife and two sons, he is survived by his daughter-in-law, Joleen: two grandsons, Keith Hansen of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Guy and wife, Kenetha Hansen, of York. Pennsylvania; two granddaughters. Jennifer and Leah Hansen of Fremont, Nebraska: one great-grandson, Christopher James Hansen of Tulsa: two sisters. Velma and husband, Wilbur Case of Benkelman and Margie and husband. Gus Bartels of Wauneta, Nebraska: one brother, Eugene and wife, Mabel N. Hansen of Benkelman: one sister-in-law, Velma Hansen of Benkelman: other relatives, and friends.

The family flower service was held at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 15, at the Benkelman Friends Church, followed by interment in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service was then held at 10:30 a.m. at the Benkelman Friends Church with the Rev. Keith Haisch officiating. The pianist was Betty Erdman and Kelly Hayward was the soloist. Selections were "Saved By Grace" and "I Am Happy In Him" with "How Great Thou Art" sung as a congregational song.

Bearers were Junior Andres, Billy Baney, Dennis McCarville. Roger Shillington, Duane Wilson and Nason Wilson. Honorary bearers were H.L. "Andy" Anderson, Jim Baney, Gerald Hayward, Malvin Hendrickson. Archie Jones, Johnny Mays and Glen Osborn.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2000

Gladys P. (Lovell) Hanshaw

Gladys P. Hanshaw, 97, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. Neb. She was born Feb. 14, 1902, in Richland, Mo., to James and Elizabeth (Ledbetter) Lovell.

On March 14, 1918, she was united in marriage to Arthur Hanshaw in Richland, and to this union, five daughters were born: Mary Louise, Arrina, Hazel, Velda and Betty.

Gladys and Arthur started their married life in Missouri and in 1920 they moved to Yuma County, Colo., where they lived until 1927 when they moved to Dundy County, Neb., and spent the remainder of their years.

She resided at the Hester Home since 1993.

Gladys made a lasting commitment to Christianity many years ago, giving herself in service to the Church of God Mission in Parks, Web. Unwavering in her faith, she saw it as her responsibility to keep the church doors open. She said that some Sundays, she and the Lord were the only ones there. She believed in and practiced the Golden Rule and always stated, "Be honest, be compassionate, do for others and always love the Lord."

Gladys knew the importance of family, love, laughter and her faith in the Lord. In 1982, Gladys was chosen as The Benkelman Post newspaper's first annual "Mother of the Year." She was known for her sense of humor and playing, laughing, singing and dancing with the kids. Her home was always a gathering place for children. Her laughter and bubbly personality will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Arthur, in 1982; their daughter, Betty Brunswick, in 1980; six sisters, and four brothers.

She leaves to mourn her passing, daughters Mary Louise Robens of Albuquerque, N.M., Arrina and husband, Ernest Roose, of Benkelman, Hazel and husband, Carl Reining, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Velda Steele of Benkelman; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 34 great-greatgrandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Gladys Hanshaw were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Brent Burton was the pianist and Martin Plucker the trumpeter. Selections were "Beulah Land," "Sheltered In The Arms of God" and "Amazing Grace." The Rev. Robert and Carol Sander sang "How Great Thou Art."

Casket bearers were Carl and Al Reining, Dennis Pinkerton, Randy Bartlett, Hal Tecker and Dick Davis. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in her name to the Dundy County Hospital Foundation.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1982

Arthur Alvin Hanshaw

Fishing, hunting, trapping and photography were among the many interests of Arthur Hanshaw.

Arthur Alvin Hanshaw was born at Edison, to William H. Hanshaw and Arrina P. Kennedy, June 24, 1900. He expired April 1, 1982, at his home in Parks, Neb.

He was married March 14, 1918, to Gladys P. Lovell at Richland, Mo. To this union were born five daughters: Mary Louise Robens of Albuquerque, N.M., Arrina Roose of Trenton, Nebraska, Hazel Reining of Colorado Springs, Colo., Velda Steele of Benkelman, Neb., and the late Betty Lou Brunswick.

He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Gladys; four daughters: Mary Louise Robens, and husband, Bill, Arrina Roose, and jusband, Ernest, Hazel Reining, and husband, Carl, and Velda Steele, and husband, Lawrence; two brothers: Andrew and William; five sisters: Pearl, Josephine, Gertrude, Mary Ann and Sue; 17 grandchildren ; 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents: William Hanshaw and Arrina Cruts; step-mother, Florence Hanshaw; one daughter: Betty Brunswick; one brother: Ralph, and four sisters: Verna Mae, Ruth, Hazel and Dorothy.

He was a great man for outdoor activities, especially hunting, fishing, trapping and photography. He took great pride in his flowers, orchard and garden, giving most of produce away.

He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and neighbors.

He shall be greatly missed by everyone. He never met a stranger, he enjoyed life and had a smile for everyone.

He was married 64 years this past March 14, 1982. Several articles were printed in the papers along with pictures about his hunting and fishing trophies and his gardening.

Art was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 180, A.F. & A.M. He worked for the CB&Q Railroad for 45 years retiring in 1967.

He spent his early childhood years at Laird, Colo., attending school there. Later, living with an uncle, Jim Hanshaw, in Michigan, he graduated from school.

He and Mrs. Hanshaw moved to Yuma County, Colo., in 1920 and to Dundy County, Neb., in 1927 where he spent his final years.

He died where he was the happiest—at his home in Parks, Neb.

Services were held Tuesday, April 6, 1982, at 10:30 a.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel at Benkelman, Neb., with Rev. Robert Sander in charge. Organist was Mary Baney. She accompanied Carol Sander, Ruth Ann Wilson and Gerald Hayward with the selections : "Amazing Grace" and "Lily Of The Valley."

Bearers were Jerry Plucker, Joe Reining, Alvin Plucker, Dale Brunswick, Kurt Munden, Kenneth Filsenger, Randy Bartlett, Van Munden and Freddie Munden.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1972?

William A. Hanshaw

William A. Hanshaw, 102, Phoenix, Ariz., a former Sioux Cityan, died Friday, August 11 at a Phoenix hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Hanshaw was born October 27, 1869 in Starke County, Indiana. He came to Nebraska by covered wagon and homesteaded north of Haigler. He lived in Sioux City for 37 years before moving to Phoenix in 1954.

He was a farmer for many years and also worked at the Sioux City Brickyard for several years. While in Sioux City, he appeared at the World Theatre. 915 Fourth St., in the 1920's as a vaudeville ventriloquist.

Mr. Hanshaw was married to Arrena Kennedy in 1898 and to this marriage five children were born. Mr. Hanshaw married the former Florence Hicks November 11, 1912 in Sioux City. The centenarian wrote more than 150 poems, mostly about his family. The family had his poems published.

He was an avid chess and checker player.

Survivors include the widow; three sons, Andrew of Phoenix, Arthur of Parks, Nebr., and William of Panama; nine daughters, Mrs. Verna May Leviteri of Phoenix, Mrs. Ruth Engstrom of Denver, Mrs. Hazel Lindsey of Council Bluffs, Mrs. Frances Clinkenbeard of Battle Lake, Minn., Mrs. Pearl Bowman and Mrs. Gertrude Pranke, both of Sioux City, Mrs. Josephine Greer of Tappahannack, Va., Mrs. Mary Ann Palmer of Seattle, Wash. and Mrs. Susan Pruden, of Albuquerque, N. M.; 41 grandchildren; 75 great grandchildren; and 143 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Perasso Funeral Home. The Rev. Jerald Hurst, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Francis and Roger Bowman, LeRoy and Edwin Pranke, Bob Paul and Richard Derochie.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2002

Leota Lucille "Lucy" Harris (Baker) Hanson

Leota Lucille "Lucy" Harris Hanson, was born on April 4, 1915, at Lamar, Colo., to Jesse Forrest and Caroline (Neu) Baker.

She attended school in Lamar and was a member of the graduating class of Lamar High School in 1933. She attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., and graduated from Marinello Beauty School in 1935.

On Dec. 31, 1936, Lucy was united in marriage to Jack T. Harris at Lamar and they moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and started their family. She also worked as a beauty operator and helped Jack at medical school.

In 1957, Lucy and her family moved to Stratton, Neb., where she graciously embraced the duties of being a homemaker, a mother and the wife of a small-town doctor. She continued to make Stratton her home after the passing of her husband, Jack, and on May 14, 1982, she was united in marriage to Fred E. Hanson at Benkelman, Neb., who became a friend and companion for more than 13 years. She moved to Lincoln, Neb., in the summer of 2002 when her health began to fail.

She entered into the presence of her Lord on Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, surrounded by family and friends, at her daughter's home in Lincoln, at the age of 87 years, eight months and two days.

Lucy was a member of Community United Methodist Church, and was active in the United Methodist Women, the girls youth group and Community Club. She also volunteered for many years at Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Throughout her life, and even through her illness, she maintained her faith in the Lord and held on to His glory and promise. She will truly be missed by all those whose lives were touched by her charm, her grace and her faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husbands Dr. Jack T. Harris in 1980 and Fred E. Hanson in 1995, an infant son and three brothers.

Those left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life include her daughters Patti Odbert and husband. Mike, of Lincoln and Mona Faimon and husband, Leonard, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren: Josh Odbert, Elisha Odbert and Micheala Arbuck and husband, Brent, all of Lincoln, Molly Bunker and husband, Chris, Brendon Faimon and wife, Elizabeth, and Luke Faimon, all of Colorado Springs, Jason Faimon and wife, Emily, of Lakewood, Colo., and Lisa McMahan and husband, Mike, of Detroit, Mich.; three great-grandchildren: Landon Faimon and Shayne and Justin McMahan; sisters Jo Baker of Delta, Colo., and Barb Baker of Lamar; stepdaughter Geraldine Sutton and husband, Morrison, of Stratton; step-grandsons Terry Sutton and Lynn Sutton; five step-great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

A private burial was held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, where Lucy was laid to rest next to her husband, Jack T. "Doc" Harris.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Norman Prather and Richard Stahly officiating. Marjorie Redfield was the organist and Wallace Gummere the song leader. Congregational hymns were "In The Garden," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus," "It Is Well With My Soul" and “Victory in Jesus." Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1996

LaVera L. (Lammel) Wright Hanson

STRATTON--LaVera L. (Lammel) Wright Hanson was born Aug. 22, 1912, at Ohiowa, Neb., the only child of William Leonard and Estella Eldora (Bramblette) Lammel, and died June 1, 1996, at the Willow Ridge in McCook, Neb.

After graduating from Stratton (Neb.) High School and from nursing school, she practiced as a Registered Nurse at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. She married Orville Wright and they lived in Grover, Colo., until his death.

She moved to Stratton to be near her parents. While living in Stratton, she married Clark M. Hanson. She enjoyed being a stepmother to Clark's children, Joan and Gene, and in time was to become their "mom."

She attended the United Methodist Church. She moved to Cambridge, Neb., to the retirement home, then to McCook to Willow Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands.

Survivors include her stepchildren Joan Hartman of Denver and Gene Hanson of Orange, Texas, their children and many friends.

Final rites for LaVera Hanson were held Monday, June 3, 1996, at 10 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Organist was Marjorie Redfield and Wallace Gummere sang "How Great Thou Art" and “The Lord's Prayer." The congregation sang "Precious Lord Take My Hand" and "Standing On The Promises."

Bearers were Richard Stahly, Lynn Sutton, Dan Rife, Gene Kleinschmidt, Seth Ragan and Ron Hardy. Honorary bearers were Charlie Carlson, Earl Bailey, Clyde Hardy, Webb Wyss, Paul Clark, Howard Wyss, Roy League and Roy Rains.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1987

Clark M. Hanson

Clark M. Hanson died May 15, 1987, at the Great Plains Medical Center at North Platte, Nebraska.

He was born at Hiawatha, Kansas, on October 5, 1901. As a young man he moved to Western Kansas and Southwest Nebraska and engaged in farming until his retirement.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 of Stratton, Nebraska, Shrine Tehama Temple of Hastings, Nebraska, York Rite of Freemasonry of McCook, Nebraska, and the Eastern Star No. 317 of Stratton, Nebraska.

He was married to Edna Cantin November 19, 1930, and she preceded him in death on May 14, 1939. To this union two children, Eugene and Joan, were born.

He was married to Irene Harper on March 5, 1945, and she preceded him in death in March of 1969.

He was married to LaVera Wright on December 15, 1973, at Stratton, Nebraska, where they resided until the time of his death.


He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, LaVera; one son, Eugene of Orange, Texas; one daughter, Joan Hartman of Aurora, Colorado; one brother, Fred of Stratton; three sisters, Vella of Kingman, Arizona, Lucille of Birnardsville, New Jersey, and Thelma of Denver, Colorado; five grandchildren; three stepchildren, Bill of Wichita, Kansas, Verna of Liberal, Kansas, and Donna Jean of Stratton.

Services were held May 19, 1987, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, Nebraska, with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Marie Kleinschmidt was the organist. Larry Forch Jr. sang the selections "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Bearers were Roy Rains, Gene Kleinschmidt, Reginald Stahly, Charlie Carlson, Fred Lorens and Richard Stahly.

Honorary bearers were Willard Richards, John Diehl, LeRoy Barnett, Paul Clark, Roy League, Paul Haller and Earl Bailey.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1896

Cleda B. Hanson

Cleda B. Hanson, 72, of Holly Road, Washington, died Saturday, October 18, 1986, at her home.

She was born in Illinois and came to the Washington area following World War II.

Cleda is the daughter of the late Rev. John R. Bowen, who was pastor of the Pleasant Valley Church in Dundy County for many years.

She married Howard Hanson on August 12, 1956.

Cleda worked as a beautician for several years in the Bremerton, Washington, area. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bremerton, where she served as secretary and treasurer of her Sunday school class.

She is survived by her husband; two stepchildren, Cheryl Young of Port Orchard, Washington, and Greg Hanson of Bremerton; a brother, John R. Bowen of Long Beach, California, and five grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday, October 22, at the First Baptist Church in Bremerton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1995

Fred E. Hanson

STRATTON--Fred E. Hanson died Wednesday, June 7, 1995, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 91 years. He was born on April 16, 1904, in Brown County, Kansas, to Franklin Pratt and Grace Bell (Barnum) Hanson.

He grew up on the family farm and got his education in the Carson Country School. After a brief time in the Kansas National Guard, he came to Rawlins County, Kansas, in the early '20s, where he spent his life farming, becoming an accomplished carpenter, building his own house on the farm and later moving it into Stratton, Nebraska, at the time of his retirement in 1970.

On August 15, 1925, he married Zelma Irene Kessler at Hamlin, Kansas. To this union, two children were born: Geraldine and Harley Laverne. Zelma died February 14, 1975.

On May 22, 1982, he married Lucille (Baker) Harris.

Hanson was a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Stratton, Past Master of Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 of Stratton, a member of all York Rite bodies in McCook, Tehama Shrine of Hastings, Ola Chapter No. 317. Order of Eastern Star of Stratton, Benkelman Golf Club, McCook Elks Lodge No. 1434 and a life member of the Hitchcock County Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; an infant son, Harley, and three brothers: Carl Leland, Clark Milton and Raymond Laverne.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille, of Stratton; daughter Geraldine and her husband, Morry Sutton, of Stratton; two grandsons: Terry Sutton and his wife, Linda, of Columbus, Nebraska, and Lynn Sutton and his wife, Ann, of Stratton; five great-grandchildren: Jason, Ivy, Abby, Jacob and Kyle; two stepdaughters: Patty and her husband, Mike Odbert, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Mona and her husband, Leonard Faimon, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; seven stepgrandchildren: Lisa and husband, Mike McMahan, of Naples, Italy, Naval Base, Molly, Jason and Luke Faimon and Joshua, Elisha and Michaela Odbert; three sisters, Lucille Lyman and Thelma Lyman, both of Denver, Colorado, and Vella Gasper of Long Beach, California; a sister-in-law, Lavera Hanson, of McCook; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Fred Hanson were held Saturday, June 10, 1995, at 1:30 p.m. at the Community United Methodist I Church in Stratton with the Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Marjorie Redfield was the organist. Beth Kollmorgen the pianist, and Wallace Gummere sang “The t Lord's Prayer" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Kerry Krutsinger, Roy League, Bill Zahl, Kurt Dailey, Jerry McDonald and Gene Kleinschmidt. Honorary bearers were Earl Bailey, Russ Walter, Lester Spears, Lee Carter. Clyde Daniels, Dan Rife. Ross Wingfield, Charlie Carlson, Roy Rains, Bert Latta, Orville Fritsch and Paul Burks.

Committal was offered by the Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 A.F.& A.M. with interment in Grace Cemetery at McDonald, Kansas. Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October? 1936?

Sam Hanson

When Charley Wyss made his usual visit to the Sam Hanson home Thursday morning to exchange daily greetings and to check up on the old gentleman's physical condition, he found him dead in bed. His clothes were arranged as usual around his bed, with no indication of anything being out of the ordinary.

Mr. Wyss reported immediately to Sheriff Woodworth and County Attorney Victor Westermark who investigated and found every indication that the old gentleman had died from natural causes and decided that no coroner's inquest would be necessary.

Mr. Wyss had visited Mr. Hanson the evening before and said that he seemed to be. feeling as well as usual and that he was in apparently good spirits. Mr. Hanson must have been close to eighty years of age and had lived in Dundy county for near a half a century.

He was a native of Denmark and worked for the father of Axel Jorgensen when a boy in his native land. So far as Mr. Jorgensen knows, he is survived by only two relatives, a niece and nephew in Denmark.

(Researcher note: Burial records of the Benkelman cemetery show a Sam Hanson with a date of birth of 7-6-1859 and a date of death of 9-23-1936.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1960

William C. Hanson

William C. Hanson passed away at his home on Tuesday morning after an illness of many months. He had been bedfast since a stroke in December. He was 83 years of age.

Funeral services are planned for Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the Methodist Church. Graveside rites will be by Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM.

Mr. Hanson was well known in Benkelman for many years as the Burlington depot agent, a position he held from 1906 until his retirement. He began his career with the Burlington in 1898 as a telegrapher at Arapahoe and served as a Burlington station agent at Bartley from 1899 to 1905 when he was transferred to Benkelman. During his lifetime of service to the community he served for many terms on the school and town boards.

In his lifetime Mr. Hanson was closely identified with the Masonic lodge. He was a member of Bartley lodge where he took his degrees in 1901 and became affiliated with Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM at Benkelman in 1911. He was a past master of Justice Lodge and distinguished himself as secretary of the lodge in a tour of duty extending for 25 years to his retirement from the position upon his own election in 1954. On September 28, 1949, he was awarded the Jourdan metal for Justice Lodge, an honor going to the member with the longest affiliation with Masonry in the lodge. He held the honor at the time of his demise.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie M., and six daughters: Mrs. Hope Rhinehart of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Helen Bratt and Mrs. Doris Miller, of Gunnison, Colorado; Mrs. Virginia Heck, Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Wilma Grace Powell, Calgary, Canada; Lt. Carol Hanson, Germany.

He was born at Bloomington, Nebraska, on April 10, 1877, the son of William K. and Martha! Holverson Hanson.

(Researcher note: Benkelman cemetery burial records show a date of birth as 4-10-1877 and a date of death as 4-26-1960.)

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, October 8, 2004

Albert G. Harder

Friday, October 8, 2004

Oct. 2, 1920-Oct. 7, 2004

Albert G. Harder, 84, died Oct. 7, 2004 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.

He was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Denver, Colo., to George J. and Emma (Honstien) Harder. He attended several schools in Colorado and Nebraska. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1938 and attended Grand Island School of Business. He was employed by the CB&Q Railroad and Burlington Northern Railroad for almost 47 years. He retired as a conductor in August of 1985.

On June 16, 1942, he married Erma L. Damrow in Benkelman.

He entered the U.S. Army June 23, 1942, serving in Company "M" 7th Reg. 3rd Infantry Division. He was later transferred to the 534th APU in Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 29, 1945.

Albert was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, U.T.U. Retirees, the McCook Elk's Lodge and the McCook Masonic Lodge No. 135.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Emma Harder; daughter, Lynn Kay Harder; two brothers, Elmer and Wilbert Harder; and two sisters, Elma McDonald and Dorothy O'Brien.

Survivors include his wife, Erma Harder of McCook; two sons, Wilbert Harder and wife, Carol, of Aberdeen, S.D., and Gale Harder and wife, Shirley, of Marshall, Wis.; sister, Lucille Harley of Salem, Ore.; one brother, George Harder of Americus, Kan.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are Wednesday,10:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church with Steve King officiating. Burial will be in Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell at 2 p.m.

There will be no public visitation. Friends may sign the book at the funeral home or go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name to the First Congregational Church.

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

 

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, January 3, 2005

Delores 'Dee' Harder

Monday, January 3, 2005

June 3, 1926-Jan. 1, 2005

LEXINGTON -- Delores "Dee" Harder, 78, of Lexington, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad.

She was born June 3, 1926, in Oak Creek, Colo., to Hartley and Blanche McKenzie. She grew up in Benkelman, Nebraska where she graduated high school.

In 1945, she married Stanley Shurtleff. To this union one son, John Stanley was born. After Stan's death she ran a restaurant in Benkelman.

In 1955, she married George E. Harder. To this union one daughter, Ellen Jean was born. The family moved to various places including McCook, Holdrege, Grand Island, Lincoln and St. Louis. In 1970, the family settled in Lexington where George and Delores built Harder's Lakeview Marina at Johnson Lake.

After selling the marina, George and Delores moved to Las Vegas but returned to Lexington in 1978, when they opened Harder's Adams Street Market.

She was a fifty plus year member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Stanley ;and stepmother, Gwen McKenzie.

Survivors include her daughter, Ellen and husband Doug Cunningham of Lexington; son, John and wife, Cathy Shurtleff of Grand Island; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services are Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Revs. Todd Karges and John Craig officiating. Burial will be in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman at 2:30 p.m. (MST).

Visitation is today, from 2-8 p.m., at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Memorials may be given to the family for later distribution.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2006

Erma L. (Damrow) Harder

COLUMBUS, Wis. — Erma L. Harder, 82, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006), at Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbus, Wis.

She was born May 5, 1924, in Dundy County to Louis and Emma (Delabar) Damrow.

On June 16, 1942, she married Albert G. Harder at Benkelman.

She was a longtime McCook resident and a member of the First Congregational Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert in 2004; parents, Louis and Emma Damrow; daughter, Lynn Karon Harder; brothers: Louis Damrow, Bill Damrow, Henry Damrow, Raymond Damrow and Edward Damrow; and sisters: Francie Damrow, Helen Damrow, Fern Keiser, and Anna Brunkhorst.

Survivors include two sons, Wilbert Harder and wife, Carol, of Aberdeen, S.D., and Gale Harder and wife, Shirley, of Marshall, Wis.; sister, Ida Bartels of Wauneta; sister-in-law Lucille Harley of Salem, Ore.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church in McCook, the Rev. Steve Bales officiating. Interment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell at 2 p.m.

Visitation is Thursday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home. Condolences may also be shared on line at www.carpenterbreland.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Erma's name to the First Congregational Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

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

 

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1970

Emma (Honstein) Harder

Emma Harder, daughter of George Honstein and Margaret Treber Honstein was born in Denver, Colorado, on March 11, 1896 and passed away in Benkelman on Saturday, December 5, 1970 at the age of 74 years, eight months and 24 days.

She was united in marriage with George J. Harder on May 21, 1915. Seven children were born to this union, two of which preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one grandchild.

Mr. and Mrs. Harder came to Benkelman in 1938 and had made their home here since that time. They observed their Golden Wedding anniversary on May 21, 1965.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, the United Methodist Church, the WSCS and the American Legion Auxilliary. She took a great interest in the lodge work, the activities of her church organizations as well as the civic activities of the community and took part in many of them.

Survivors are her husband, George J. Harder; two sons, Albert G. of McCook and George E. of St. Louis, Missouri; three daughters, Mrs. Lucille Harley of Coatsville, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Elena McDonald of Benkelman, and Mrs. Dorothy O'Brien of Long Beach. California, 21 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; three brothers. Louis Honstein of California, Henry Honstein of New Mexico and Johnnie Honstein of Denver. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held in the United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 1970, with the pastor Rev. Allan W. Martin officiating. Mrs. Densel O'Dea and Mrs. Alvin Danielson were the singers accompanied by Mrs. Paul Erdman on the organ. Her grandsons were the casket bearers. Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of Eastern Star held the graveside services. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1971

George John Harder

George John Harder passed away at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook on Friday at the age of 76 years. He had been in ill health for several years. He was laid at rest in the Benkelman Cemetery on Monday.

Mr. Harder was born in Russia and had been a longtime employee of the Burlington Railroad. He came to Benkelman in 1938 and served as a section boss until his retirement. He was highly regarded by the Burlington maintenance department as a knowledgeable workman and a leader, a point of respect that was earned by diligence and devotion to duty. In Benkelman Mr. Harder had many friends who valued his good judgment and friendly spirit. The members of Justice Lodge No. 183. AF&AM, were especially fond of him for the fellowship they enjoyed with him at Masonic functions. For many years he served as tyler of the lodge. It was fitting that the lodge paid their respects for the departed brother in the interment ceremony.

His last great sorrow came to Mr. Harder on December 5th, last year, when his wife and helpmate of 55 years, Emma Honstein Harder, passed away. Her passing occurred when Mr. Harder was ill and he never recovered from that illness and shock. Together they were devoted members of the United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

He is survived by two sons, Albert H. of McCook and George E. of Elwood; three daughters, Mrs. Lucille Harley of Coatsville, Pa., Elma McDonald of Benkelman and Dorothy O'Brien of Long Beach, California; 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, an infant son, son Wilbert, one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Monday with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Mrs. Betty Erdman was the organist and Mrs. Velma Case and Mrs. Barbara 0'Dea, the singers. Casket bearers were grandsons. Graveside services were conducted by Justice Lodge No. 188 AF&AM.

The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 5-1-1895 and a death date of 11-25-1971.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1975

Rachel Ann (Castor) Hardwick

Mrs. Rachel Hardwick passed away on Friday in Denver after a lingering illness. Services were held Friday at the Highland Memorial Chapel in Northglen, Colorado. She was 74 years of age.

She is survived by her husband, Waldo; daughter, Mrs. Peggy O'Brien and husband Leo and son Tom and wife Marie; and sister, Ruby Sawick, all of whom reside in Denver.

Burial was at Highland Memorial Gardens in Northglen.

R. E. Baney, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spears, Manley Baney, Gerald Baney, Verle Behlke, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hansen and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Hansen were in Denver Monday to attend the services.

They have lived in Denver ten years. She was born at Albany, Missouri in 1901.

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

Margaret Elizabeth (Dorsey) Hardwick

Margaret E. Dorsey was born in McMinn Co., Tenn., Aug. 26, 1852. When about six years of age her parents and family moved to Missouri. Here she became acquainted with Mr. W. P. Hardwick, whom she married at Albany March 4, 1875. To this union nine children were born, two of whom died and are buried in Missouri, while John, their first born, lies in Parks cemetery, having died while attending the Grand Island Business College.

On Nov. 23, while driving one of their family horses, which suddenly shied, she was thrown from the buggy receiving both external and internal injuries from which, after one week of acute suffering, she passed over to her future reward Nov. 30th, and was buried in the U.P. cemetery at the Parks church, Dec. 2, 1906, Rev. E. E. Crippen of this city conducting the services and preaching a most fitting sermon, full of tender comfort, assurance of the happy state of the departed, and earnest appeal to all those present to follow closer the Savior that had made triumphant the warfare of the mother, sister or friend gone in, and for others to rise up to take the place once so faithfully filled by her.

When about 16 years of age Mrs. Hardwick experienced religion at the old Busby Chapel, in Gentry County., Missouri, joining the class there which was of the C. P. Faith. Coming to Dundy county in 1888, she joined by letter the Parks U. P. Class and lived a most worthy member up till the time of her death. One of the truest of neighbors, tenderest of mothers and most devoted of wives, she leaves besides a host of friends, her sister, Mrs. Reese Williams of this county, brothers, six children and her lonely, bereaved companion, to all of whom we extend our sympathy.

A few more years shall roll,

A few more seasons come;

And we shall be with those that rest

Asleep within the tomb.


Then, O my Lord, prepare

My soul for that blest day,

O wash me in thy precious blood,

And take my sins away.


A few more struggles here,

A few more partings o'er;

A few more toils, a few more tears,

And we shall weep no more.


Then, O my Lord, prepare

My soul for thatblessed day,

O, wash me in Thy precious blood,

And take my sins away.

 

Printed in The Daily Oklahoman, April 1, 1998.

Nancy Laurette (Goode) Hardwick

Hardwick, Nancy Laurette, was born April 18, 1923 to Luther & Laura Goode in Lawn, TX and passed from this life in Bethany, OK after a long illness of kidney failure & dialysis. She married Bill Hardwick in Dec. 1942. He was in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years of this marriage and they lived in many different areas in the U.S. as well as Hawaii and Germany. They moved to Burns Flat, OK, March 1979 to make their home, then in April 1996 moved to Bethany. She is preceded in death by her parents & one brother, Rex Goode. She is survived by her husband, Bill of the home; daughter, Judy Hamilton; son, Tom Hardwick & wife, Debra, and child, Anna Marie, all of OKC; 2 brothers, Dub Goode, Sayre, OK and Dale Goode, Victorville, CA. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 2, at Maranatha Church, with burial in Bethany Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman Post In March of 1987

Cathern Medora (Merklin) Hardwick

"Cathern Medora Merklin was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, on October 20, 1922, the daughter of Robert Henry Merklin and Rowena Cathern Jane Allen Merklin. After a short illness she died on February 20, 1987, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She was graduated from the public schools in Benkelman where she was noted as a fine scholar with a talent for singing. On February 17, 1943, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving proudly in the uniform of the country she loved. She was honorably discharged at San Francisco, California, on November 8, 1945, with the rank of Aviation machinists Mate, Second Class.

After returning to Benkelman she worked for several years as a legal secretary to Mr. Daniel Owens. She later moved to Florida where she and Percy Hardwick were married on December 23, 1955. They moved to Auburndale, Florida, where she lived the remaining years of her life and where she and Percy celebrated their 31st anniversary just two months before her death. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mrs. Opal Foster.

Family members remaining to mourn her death include her husband, Percy Hardwick of Auburndale, Florida; Mrs. Pearl Buffington of Imperial, Nebraska; Mrs. Donavine Catron of Fort Collins, Colorado; Mr. Eugene Merklin of Pomona, California; Mrs. DeLoris Spears of Peoria, Illinois; Mrs. Roberta Bischoff of Peoria, Illinois; Mrs. Norida Zink of Dallas, Oregon; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Cathy loved the outdoor life and fishing, and had an equally great love for bluegrass music. Many of her friends were bluegrass musicians. During the past several years she showed her creative talents through ceramics, and many of her friends and relatives received lovely ceramic works of love. In keeping with her wishes of several years ago, she was cremated and on March 12, 1987, the urn was placed in the Columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., a place she loved to visit. Chaplain S. W. DeLong, CDR, CHC, USN, conducted the services. The Navy Color Guard provided the military honors. The flag used during the final services went to her devoted husband, Percy.

As the familiar and final sounds of taps echoed across the headstone-dotted hillsides of Northern Virginia and floated across the Potomac, Cathy was at rest, in peace.

Printed in the Benkelman Post in April 1983

Mayme E. (Morrison) Hardwick

Mayme E. (Morrison) Hardwick was a pioneer lifetime resident of Dundy County, Nebraska. She was born to John and Anna (Kinney) Morrison at Ives, Nebraska, now known as Parks, on September 10, 1891, and passed away March 29, 1983, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 91 years, six months and 18 days.

She lived with her parents and endured in many of the hardships on the virgin prairies where land had never been touched or turned by a plow. Life was not easy on this homestead which still remains in the family. She was baptized in early life in the United Presbyterian Church of Parks, Nebraska.

She was united in marriage to Reece W. Hardwick on April 12, 1911, at the home of her parents of the Allston Precinct, by the Rev. J. F. Hageman, pastor of the Benkelman Methodist Church. To this union two sons and three daughters were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reece W. Hardwick, September 10, 1971; two brothers, William J. and George A. Morrison, one granddaughter and five great grandchildren. She is survived by her two sons, Robert, Francis and wife, Norma; three daughters, Erma Fuehring, Fern Ham and Louise Stamm and husband Everett, all of Benkelman; one sister, Grace Roberts, of Mill Valley, California; 16 grandchildren, and 37 greatgrandchildren.

She was a member of Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star. She joined an extension in 1929 and wrote notes for the Benkelman Chronicle for nine years.

She and her husband retired from the farm in 1952 and celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary April 12, 1971. In July of 1981 Mayme was honored for being the oldest living pioneer who had lived her entire life in Dundy County, Nebraska She leaves to bear the cross of sorrow, her families, other relatives and many friends.

Services were held March 31, 1983, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Rev. Everett Erickson and Rev. John Lover officiating. Anna Benge accompanied Steve Stroup as he sang "Beyond the Sunset: and "How Great Thou Art." Bearers were Eldon Hardwick, Ron Cunningham, Jim Hardwick, Gary Ham, Richard Hardwick, Bill Veal, Russell Hoover, Laddie Wilson, Gary Bloomgren, Gary DeWester, Dick Brasel and Dr. David Jones. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, October 11, 2006

Izetta P. Hardwick

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nov. 30, 1923-Oct. 8, 2006

BENKELMAN -- Izetta P. Hardwick, 82, died Sunday (Oct. 8, 2006), at the Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport.

She was born Nov. 30, 1923, to Henry and Louise (Swanson) Pickrel at Moorefield. Her father traveled for the Standard Oil Co. and therefore she grew up and attended many schools in the towns in western Nebraska. Wauneta was a particular favorite.

She was married to Bernard Teeple. They moved to Benkelman in 1947. They later divorced and she was employed by her father at the original Valley Farm Supply. She also worked at the County Extension Office.

In 1952, she married Robert Hardwick. She was active in the Women's club, Eastern Star, serving as secretary during her daughters' terms in Job's Daughters, and the American Legion for many years. She and Robert served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Eastern Star.

She retired from a position at Valley Farm Supply in 1993.

She worked at the Benkelman Library for several years and was an active member in the Lutheran church. She also served a term on the City Council.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Bernard and Robert; and one son-in-law, Dick Brasel.

Survivors include her daughters; Beverly Brasel of Ogallala and Mary Lou and husband, Gary Bloomgren of Bayard; son Jim and wife, Janet Hardwick of Norfolk; a sister, Irene and husband, Red Traphagan, of McCook; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation is today until 7 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.

Memorials may be given in her name.

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

 

Printed in the Benkelman Post in 1961

Myrtle R. (Quimby) Hardwick

"Mrs. Myrtle R. Hardwick, a pioneer resident of Dundy county, was laid at rest in the Benkelman cemetery on Friday afternoon after services at the Methodist Church. Mrs. Hardwick passed away at the Pringle Memorial Hospital on December 18th, where she had been under treatment for a heart attack on December 14th. The Rev. W. T. Israel was in charge of the services at which Mrs. Gwen Bauer was the organist and Mrs. LaNeta Anderson the soloist. Casket bearers were Tommy Dale Hardwick, Robert Hardwick, Glen Foster, Leonard Brown, Manley Baney and Gerald Baney. Services were arranged by the Laughlin Funeral Home.

Myrtle Rowena Quimby, the eldest of three daughters, was born on December 25, 1884, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Amelia and Omar Quimby and came to Dundy County at the age of four years. The family settled on a homestead north of Haigler, where they lived until moving into Haigler, where she finished her education. She received her teacher's certificate at the age of sixteen and taught for nine years in Dundy and Cheyenne County schools.

On January 22, 1907, she was united in marriage to Thomas Mandeville Hardwick. They lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, for two years, then homesteaded twelve miles northwest of Benkelman. To this union were born ten children: Opal (Perkins), Percy, Omar, Wilford, Marcella (Samler), Wade, Fairy (Schrader), Betty (Schrader), William and Merle. There were 26 grandchildren, three of whom preceded her in death, and 10 living great-grandchildren. Her sister Pearl still resides in Cheyenne County, Kansas.

On September 16, 1945, her husband Tom preceded her in death. Five years later, she moved to Benkelman where she resided for the last eleven years. She departed this life on December 18, 1961, at the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 23 days, at the Pringle Memorial Hospital in Benkelman after suffering a heart attack on December 14.

She will long be remembered as a loving and faithful wife, a devoted and wonderful mother, and a friend to all. Her passing leaves a void in the lives of those who knew her, a void never to be filled as she always thought of others first, always considering herself last. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, and her memory will live forever."

Printed in the Benkelman Post, Benkelman, NE, Oct. 29, 1997

Francis Leon Hardwick

Francis Leon Hardwick was born Dec. 18, 1915, at the family homestead north of Parks in Dundy County, Neb., to Reece W. And Mayme (Morrison) Hardwick. He died at the age of 81 years and 10 months on Wednesday, Oct., 22, 1997, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. He attended country school District No. 24 through the eighth grade and graduated from Parks High School in 1934. He was a gifted athlete and set a Nebraska State High School record in the discus competition which holds to this day. Francis was selected as an All-American to the 1935 AAU Track and Field Team and participated in the 1936 Olympic Trials in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Francis was married on Nov. 25, 1937, to Norma Ilene Crook, daughter of Roy and Pearl (Huffman) Crook. To this union two daughters and three sons were born. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1987. The Hardwicks lived north of Parks on the Morrison homestead where they farmed before moving to Benkelman in 1963. He was a man who loved the soil, working with the land and raising of crops. He became a sale representative for a seed corn company in 1966, retiring from this career in 1978. He enjoyed this very much, visiting with the farmers and helping them with their farming needs. Francis was baptized in the United Presbyterian Church north of Parks and was raised by a Christian family. He served on the Parks School board and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.

He was a devoted family man who enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jerilynn. Survivors include his wife, Norma, of Benkelman; their daughter, Charlene, and her husband, Russell Hoover, of Vacaville, Calif; their sons: Eldon and wife, Elsie, of Benkelman, John and wife, Karen, of Roseville, Calif., and Richard and wife, Judith, of San Anselmo, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert, and three sisters: Erma and husband, Gaile Dunn; Fern Ham and Louise and husband, Everett Stamm, all of Benkelman; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Final rites were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and Steven Stroup sang "The Old Rugged Cross," and "How Great Thou Art." Taped selections of Tennessee Ernie Ford were also played. Bearers were Ron Ham, Marty Lutz, Glen Osborn, Jim Osborn, Tom Richard, and James Owens. Honorary bearers were John Phifer, Dean Topliff, Gene Hansen, Max Cline, Lawrence Campbell, Charley Morrison, Rex Daniels, Dale Bauer, Marlin Phifer, Boyd Adkinson, Leon Schrader, Leo Richard and friends.

Committal was offered by Justice Lodge No 180 A.F.&A.M. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 2, 2017

John Douglas Hardwick

John Douglas Hardwick died peacefully with family by May 20, 2017.  He was born in Nebraska and graduated from Benkelman High School and Kearney State College.  In 1975 he moved to California, later settling in Rosville as owner of Aladdin Limousine.

John enjoyed sports, especially his Cornhuskers, and woodworking with many art pieces in local galleries.

John was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers and survived by his wife Karen; daughter Brenda; Sons Brian and Brad; her sister Charlene (Russ) Hoover; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews.  He will be missed and loved by all.

Friends and family are gathering for a Celebration of Life on July 9, 2017 at 12:00 - 4:00 PM at 1348 Greenborough Dr., Roseville, California.

Online Obituary and Guestbook

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The following article was printed in November, 1898, I believe in the school newsletter of the Grand Island Business College, Grand Island, NE.

John Nicholson Hardwick

A gloom was cast over the school by the death of Mr. John Hardwick, one of the students, last Sunday morning. Mr. Hardwick had been sick for nearly a month at the hospital and although he was considered very ill his friends had hoped that he would come out all right. His father arrived Monday morning from Dundy County and returned in the evening with the body. About seventy-five students accompanied him to the train. As a token of the high esteem in which Mr. Hardwick was held by his fellow students a beautiful design of cut flowers in the form of a large shield containing the letters "G.I.B.C." was ordered by them from the florist and sent with the casket.

Mr. Hardwick was a young man of excellent habits and made many friends during the time he attended the college.

Printed in the Benkelman Post, Benkelman, NE in November, 1895

HARDWICK. -- The members of O.Y.P.C.U. of Parks, Nebraska, would pay a loving tribute of respect to the memory of Mr. John Hardwick, whom our Father called home Nov. 17, 1895.

Whereas: God in His all wise providence has removed by death one of our members;

Resolved: That we bow in humble submission to Him, who doeth all things well, and recognize in this first summons from our ranks a call to our own preparation for death; Resolved: That we extend to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy and commend them to Him who is able to comfort the sorrowing; Resolved: That a copy of these resolutions be placed upon our minutes and also published in the local and church papers.

Ora Owens, Lillie McGonagle Committee"

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Printed in the Benkelman Post, Benkelman, NE in June, 1910

Marcus Mills “Mark” Hardwick

"The remains of Mark M. Hardwick, who was killed in Wyoming on Tuesday, May 31, arrived in Benkelman on No. 14 last Friday evening and was met by a delegation from the local lodge, K. of P., and taken to the lodge hall, where they were viewed by the many friends of the deceased. The arrangements for holding the funeral Sunday had to be abandoned owing to the fact that mortification had set in and it was decided to hold the funeral Saturday afternoon. A committee of K. of P.'s and the two brothers [Thomas M. And Reece W.] of the deceased, who arrived with the remains, escorted the body to the home of W. P. Hardwick, his father, 12 miles northwest of Benkelman, where services were held by Rev. W. R. McKnight at 2 o'clock, after which the remains were taken to the U. P. cemetery, north of Parks, for interment. The beautiful burial service of the Knights of Pythias order was read at the grave.

Deceased, at the time of his death, was employed as a brakeman on the Union Pacific railroad between Rawlins and Green River, Wyo. It appears that on the fatal evening the train on which Mr. Hardwick was braking had a hot box on one of the cars, and he got down on the ladder to examine it while the train was running at a high rate of speed, and was struck by one of the narrow bridges which are said to be numerous on that division. The conductor, who was standing on the car above at the time, stopped the train and ran back, but on reaching the body life was extinct. The accident happened at a small station called Black Butte, between Rawlins and Rock Springs.

Mark M. Hardwick was almost 33 years of age, having been born September 23, 1877, in Gentry county, Mo. He was the son of W. P. Hardwick, of Allston precinct, and had spent his boyhood and most of the years since attaining his majority in Dundy county. He came here with his parents about 25 years ago. He was a popular, generous young man, having many friends and knowing how to esteem them. His sudden taking away is deeply deplored and the family's grief is shared by many."

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Printed in the Benkelman Post, Benkelman, NE in November 1988

Percy Roy Hardwick

"Percy Roy Hardwick was born in Dundy County, Nebraska, on November 6, 1910. He was the second child and the oldest son of Thomas M. and Myrtle R. Hardwick. After a brief period of hospitalization, he died on October 4, 1988, at the Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida. As a young man, he was fond of the outdoors and sports. He loved to hunt and fish, to play baseball and softball, and was well-known for his skill and competitiveness in these activities. However, he never lost sight of the need for conservation, for fairness and honesty and for law and order.

When his country was threatened, Percy enlisted in the Unites States Army on September, 23, 1940, where his leadership skills were quickly recognized and rewarded. He was shot in the left foot in Tunisia, North Africa, on May 14, 1943, a wound that eventually led to his being discharged for disability on June 21, 1944, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was proud that he was a veteran of the country that he loved and carried that pride with dignity and honor. He was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Disabled Veterans of America.

After his discharge, he returned to the farm where he grew up and later farmed and raised cattle with three of his brothers for several years. He eventually took on the task of transporting mobile homes to every part of this country, working first out of Omaha, Nebraska, later moving to Tampa, Florida, and eventually to Auburndale, Florida, where he later retired and spent the remaining years of his life. He was rightfully proud of his driving record, and his employers recognized and rewarded him for his dependability and reliability. They knew that Percy would never take advantage of them.

He was married to Cathern Merklin on December 23, 1955. They both shared a love of sports and the life outdoors, enjoying numerous camping and fishing trips and weekend camp-ins. They shared, too, a deep love for bluegrass music and clogging, two activities rooted in country tradition and reflecting the values and types of relationships they so much enjoyed and cherished.

Percy and Cathy believed just as strongly in the work of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and donated materials and possessions to help struggling boys and girls. They specified in their wills that the proceeds from their estate were to be shared equally with the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch and the Florida Sheriffs Girls Villa. Just a few months before his death, Percy was awarded a lifetime membership in that organization.

Percy was preceded in death by his wife, Cathy, his parents, two sisters, Opal and Betty; and two brothers, Omar and Merle (Pete). He leaves to mourn his passing two sisters, Marcella Samler of Haigler, Nebraska, and Fairy Schrader of Benkelman, Nebraska; three brothers, Wilford G. of Burns Flat, Oklahoma, Wade D. of St. Francis, Kansas, and William P. of Auburndale, Florida; plus a host of other relatives and many, many friends.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated, and the urn was placed in the Columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery in the same crypt holding the urn of his beloved wife. Colonel John W. Morrison, Chaplain, U.S. Army, conducted the services and the Army Color Guard provided the military honors -- the flag, the firing squad, and the playing of taps. Percy's inurnment took place on October 20, 1988, Cathy's birthday.

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Printed in the Benkelman Post in September 1971

Reece W. Hardwick,

Reece W. Hardwick, a resident of Dundy county for 83 years, expired at the Dundy County Hospital on Friday at the age of 88 years. He has been in failing health for a year.

Mr. Hardwick was a member of the family of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hardwick who came to Dundy County as homesteaders from Missouri in 1888. Of the nine children in that family, Waldo Hardwick of Denver is the surviving member. The Hardwick homestead was five miles north of Parks and it remained the home of Mr. Hardwick until 1952 when he retired and moved to Benkelman.

In his long and useful lifetime, Mr. Hardwick was not only devoted to his family but also to the community. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church at Parks and of Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM of which he was a Past Master and highly regarded by his brethren. He was also a force for better education and was chosen by his neighbors to serve 18 years on the Board of Education of Districts 39 and 24.

Reece and Mayme E. Morrison celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary with family members last spring. The family is composed of Mrs. Hardwick and five children: Erma Fuehring, Francis Hardwick, Fern Ham, Louise Stamm and Robert Hardwick; 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Monday morning with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Mrs. Gwen Bauer was the organist and the quartet was composed of Robert Andrews, Harry Ough, Ray Balderson and John Baer. Casket bearers were Bill Veal, Gary Ham, Laddie Wilson, Eldon Hardwick, John Hardwick and Henry Krug Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Weiss, Paul Wilkens, George Johnson, Adolph Kutz, Kenneth Brown, John Dunn, H. L. Anderson, Gene Ham, Lee Balderson, Frank Walsh and Ross D. Druliner, Sr. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery where graveside services were in charge of Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM. The Jones

Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Reece W. Hardwick was born May 18, 1883 at Albany, Missouri to William Pinkney and Margaret E. Dorsey Hardwick and passed away at the Dundy County hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska September 10, 1971, at 88 years, three months and 23 days of age. There were nine children born to the William P. Hardwicks: Dora, Emerson, John, Mark, Thomas, Waldo, Mrs. Verda Baney (Lois) and Mrs. Stephen Foster (Fannie). Waldo Hardwick of Denver, Colorado, is the only surviving member of Reece's family.

Reece Hardwick came with his parents from Albany, Missouri in 1888 at five years of age. His parents homesteaded five miles north of Parks, Nebraska. Reece took two years of special Math under Miss Anna McGlashan after completing grade school and then took two years of Veterinary School in Kansas City, Missouri.

He farmed the home place until his retirement in 1952. He had served 18 years on the School board in District 39 and 24. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church at Parks, Nebraska, and of Justice Lodge No. 180 AF&AM of Benkelman. He had been Past Master of the Lodge and received his 50-year pin one year ago in May.

Reece was married to Mayme E. Morrison on April 12, 1911, at the Morrison family home seven miles north of Parks. Reece Hardwick is survived by his wife Mayme; his five children: Mrs. Erma Fuehring, Francis L. Hardwick, Mrs. Fern Ham, Mrs. Louise Stamm and Robert Hardwick all of Benkelman, Nebraska; by 16 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren, and by his brother Waldo of Denver, Colorado, and by a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by sons-in-law, Carl Veal and Lyle Ham, one granddaughter and three great granddaughters.

 
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Printed in the Benkelman Post 1951

Ricky Lee Hardwick

Last rites were held for Ricky Lee, 11-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Hardwick at the Laughlin Funeral Home last Saturday morning. The commital service was held at the Benkelman cemetery. Both services were in charge of Rev. Father Frank Sherman.

Ricky Lee was born at St. Catherine's hospital in McCook on April 30th. Shortly after his arrival, organic trouble developed and he was taken to the Children's Hospital in Omaha for surgery. Surviving surgery, he was thought to be recovering when he passed away on Thursday afternoon. Immediate survivors are his parents and one brother.

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Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 10, 2006

Robert Wayne 'Bob' Hardwick

Friday, February 10, 2006

March 17, 1924--Feb. 9, 2006

BENKELMAN -- Robert Wayne "Bob" Hardwick, 81, died Thursday (Feb. 9, 2006) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

Bob was born on March 17, 1924, to Reece and Mayme Edith (Morrison) Hardwick. He graduated from Parks High School in 1942.

He was a farmer and an auctioneer.

He was a member of the Parks United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, the McCook Elks Lodge and the Imperial Eagle's Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reece and Mayme Hardwick; one brother, Francis Hardwick; two sisters, Erma Dunn and Louise Stamm; and a son-in-law, Dick Brasel.

Survivors include his son, Jim Hardwick and wife, Janet of Parks; two daughters, Beverly Brasel of Ogallala and Mary Lou and husband, Gary Bloomgren of Bayard; one sister, Fern Ham of Benkelman; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be Monday, 2 p.m., at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, 4-7 p.m. Condolences can be left at www.forch.com.

Memorials are being accepted in his name.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.

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Printed in the Benkelman Post, Benkelman, NE in May, 1997

Thomas Dale Hardwick

Thomas Dale Hardwick, only son of Waldo and Rachel Hardwick, was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, on December 22, 1928. He passed away from cancer in a hospice in Tempe, Arizona, on April 25, 1997.

He was graduated from the Parks, Nebraska, High School in 1947, and his class will be celebrating their 50th class reunion this year at the Dundy County Alumni Banquet. In early 1949 he joined the United States Air Force, but for only a short time, being granted a hardship discharge so he could return home and help his parents on the farm.

He was married to Marie J. Wilkens, the daughter of Tony and Katherine Wilkens, on July 28, 1953. They have five children: Ann Marie, Mary Rachelle (deceased), Gregory Thomas, Stanley Alan, and Susan Diane. Tom and Marie also have seven grandchildren.

Tom and Marie made their home in the Denver, Colorado, area starting in 1954. Tom was engaged in carpentry work for many years and earned the reputation, not only of doing excellent work, but also of being honest, reliable and dependable. He cared about the quality of his work just as he cared deeply about the welfare of his wife and children and grandchildren. He took seriously his role of being the head of the family and an excellent provider.

Tom suffered a heart attack in the Denver area in 1978. He recovered from that but could no longer stand the cold winters so he and Marie moved their family to Arizona where they resided until his death at the age of 68.

He was preceeded in death by his mother, Rachel, in 1975, by his father, Waldo, in 1977; and by his older sister Peggy in 1996. His daughter, Mary, died in 1983. His survivors include his wife Marie; daughter Ann; son-in-law Ali Izadian; son Greg; son Stanley and wife Charlotte, and daughter Susan and James Sweeney. All seven of his grandchildren are left without their grandfather.

Rosary was held Monday, April 28, 1997, at the Carr Tenney Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, April 29, 1997. Interment was in the Queen of Heaven cemetery.

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Printed in the Benkelman Post in September, 1945

Thomas M. Hardwick

"It was with deep sorrow that the sad news was received Sunday morning of the passing of T. M. Hardwick at Mercy Hospital in Denver where he had been taken several days before for treatment of a heart and kidney involvement which had threatened his life for more than two weeks to the point where physicians in charge could hold out but little hope for his recovery and his death was not unexpected, especially during the last few days when his condition grew so serious that he was kept under oxygen continuously.

His wife and all the children save Omar and Master Sgt. Wilford Hardwick were at his bedside when the death angel beckoned him across. The body was returned to Benkelman Monday morning by Joe Laughlin and was at the Laughlin Funeral Home until funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul E. Boyles officiating. Funeral direction was by Mr. Laughlin and members of the A.F. & A.M. Lodge were in charge of the services at the grave. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

The life story of Tommie Hardwick and the history of Dundy county follow each other to a very marked degree since he was but seven years old when he came here with his parents 57 years ago to locate in the section which has since been his home. What school privileges that were here then provided the limit of his educational opportunities, but these, along with the school of experience, broadened his young mind and he continued a student until the day of his death and became well informed and broadminded to a remarkable degree and his thoughts and talents were given freely to the community he loved and the community that so appreciated and esteemed him.

Mr. Hardwick's boyhood days were largely given to the cattle business, and for many years, outside of such times as he was in school, he rode the range. Regardless of his youth he soon established himself as conscientious and trustworthy and different cattlemen who annually grazed large herds in the northwest part of the county entrusted him to the duty of looking after their herds during the grazing season here.

Later, as he grew older he interested himself in farming to whatever extent possible and eventually became one of the foremost corn farmers of his region. Then he purchased land south of Haigler in Cheyenne county and his success as a wheat grower equaled that of his corn and cattle successes but when the war broke out and the labor shortage gradually became more acute, he gave more and more of his own energies to his farming projects, reaching the peak the past summer when he labored almost night and day to keep things going, and this, along with the fact that he worried terribly over the fate of his country and that of the millions of boys that were so abruptly drawn into the hurricane of destruction in World War II.

Two of his own sons were in the armed services, one having been wounded in combat and others of his sons were engaged in different types of work essential to the war effort, and there were times when he was all alone in carrying on at his farms and all of these things no doubt contributed in bringing about the illness that eventually claimed his life. Aside from the work and effort involved in the management of his personal enterprises, he likewise spent much time during his life in public service in whatever way he could.

He felt a keen interest in schools and did everything he could in bringing a better school system to Dundy county. He served as county commissioner from the Second District from January, 1935 to January 1939, years that will long be remembered in our county's history for they were years when we were in the depth of the depression, years of delinquent taxes and of deficits in practically every fund in the court house. It was likewise years when the finances of some of our people had been reduced to the point where help was imperative. In fact never before had our board of county commissioners faced more complex problems than did the Commissioner Board with which Tommie served. But in these problems, as in everything else, he gave the very best he had, worked faithfully in whatever way he could to make the load a trifle lighter for those who were so sorely burdened by the depression and the difficulties that it had brought them.

Then, when in the early days of 1934 there appeared in the distance a small but hopeful light on the horizon of the farmers who so much needed to see a ray of hope, he gave freely of his time and talents in helping to organize the county for such government projects as the Triple A, hog-corn programs and the various other agencies that were whipped into shape in a short period of time. And he stayed on the job there too until the success of each undertaking with which he was associated had proven a success.

At the time of his death he was a member of the Dundy County Selective Service Board. He was a man of high purposes, determined courage, with a burning desire looking to the ever increased up-building of his community and county, and was one of the finest citizens having to do with its development and he was likewise a devoted and loving husband, kind and considerate, and the community extends its tenderest sympathies to them now in the sudden bereavement and great sorrow and loss.

T. M. Hardwick, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hardwick, was born July 29, 1882, at Greenwood county, Kansas, and passed away at Mercy hospital in Denver on September 16 at the age of 63 years, 1 month and 19 days. He moved to Dundy county with his parents in 1888 when he was 7 years old and remained a resident until his death. There were nine children in the family. One daughter and one son died in infancy and John died in 1895 and Mark, who was employed in Wyoming as a railroad brakeman, was killed in an accident in 1917. Those surviving are Waldo, Reese, Mrs. Fannie Foster and Mrs. Verde Baney. The mother passed away in 1906 and the father in 1923.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hardwick is survived by ten children as follows: Mrs. Opal Perkins, Yoncalla, Oregon; Percy of Benkelman, Omar of Hastings, Master Sgt. Wilford of the armed services, Mrs. Oscar Samler of Haigler, and Wade, Mrs. Howard Schrader, Mrs. Alvin Schrader, Billie and Merle of the immediate section, and he will be missed far beyond the family circle for his was a useful and helpful life to his county and local community."

 
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Printed in the Benkelman Post in 1984

Thomas Merle (Pete) Hardwick

Thomas Merle (Pete) Hardwick was born on April 11, 1931, the youngest child of Tom and Myrtle Hardwick. He died in Loveland, Colorado, at the age of 53 years. He received his education in Dundy County, graduating from Parks High School in 1948.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Bates and to this union were born three sons, one of whom died in infancy. Gary and Dan and his wife, Becky, and son, Justin, survive.

During his young adult years he was well-known in the Tri-State area for his baseball pitching ability. Several years later this was brought to an end when he had back surgery due to an injury.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Betty and Opal, and a brother. Surviving are two sisters, Fairy Schrader and husband, Howard, and Marcella Samler and husband, Oscar; brothers, Percy and wife, Cathy, Wilford and wife, Laurette, Wade and wife, Eleanor, and Bill and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside services were held at the Benkelman cemetery on Monday, October 1, at 10 a.m. with Rev. John Kilgore officiating.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1977

Waldo Potter Hardwick

Word was received in Benkelman of the sudden death of Waldo Hardwick of Northglenn, Colo. He passed away on Nov. 18, 1977, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo O'Brien with whom he had been living for the past several months. He was 82 years of age.

Funeral services were held at the Highland Memorial Chapel Nov. 21, 1977 with the Reverend Roland Taylor of the Crossroads Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Highland Memory Gardens of Northglenn, Colo.

Mr. Hardwick was preceded in death by his wife Rachel.

He is survived by his daughter Peggy and husband Leo O'Brien, Northglenn, Colo. and son Tom and wife Marie, Arvada, Colo., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Waldo spent most of his life in Dundy County as a farmer. He sold his farm and with his wife retired to Northglenn, Colo. to be near children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his many relatives and friends of Northglenn and the Parks and Benkelman communities.

Those attending the funeral services from Benkelman were Verdie Baney, Gerald Baney, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spears and Mrs. Verle Behlke.

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Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, November 26, 2004

Wilford G. Hardwick

Friday, November 26, 2004

May 22, 1915-Nov. 23, 2004

Wilford George Hardwick was born May 22, 1915, in Dundy County. He was the fourth child of Thomas and Myrtle Hardwick.

He died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 23, 2004, in Bethany, Okla., at the age of 89.

He joined the Army Air Force (which later became the United States Air Force) in September of 1941. He retired after 22 plus years of service with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest enlisted rank possible, on May 31, 1964. He was involved in many memorable experiences while in the Air Force, most notable of which was his instrumental involvement in the Berlin Air Lift after the end of World War II. After his retirement from the Air Force, he went to work for the Department of Defense of Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla., retiring from there in June 1978.

He was united in marriage to Laurette Goode of Seminole, Texas on Dec. 12, 1942. During World War II and after, they lived in Hawaii, Germany and several areas of the United States. After his retirement from Tinker Air Force Base, they moved first to Benkelman for a short time and then settled in Burns Flat, Okla., until 1996 when they moved to Bethany, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurette. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Hamilton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; his son, Thomas Hardwick and his wife, Debra of Bethany; a granddaughter, Anna Marie Hobbs and her husband, Zane; one great-grandson, Zane Hobbs of Yukon, Okla.; one sister, Marcella Samler of St. Francis; and two brothers, Wade Hardwick and wife, Eleanor of St. Francis and William P. Hardwick of Benkelman.

As he wished, he will be cremated with a private inurnment beside his wife in Bethany at a later date.

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Printed in the Benkelman Post in October, 1923

William Pinkney Hardwick

The community was grieved Sunday to learn of the passing of W. P. Hardwick at the home of his daughter Mrs. Fannie Foster near Max. Mr. Hardwick was quite aged and the illness of declining years were largely responsible for his death. He had not been well for a long time but during the past few months he failed very rapidly. Services were conducted at the Foster home by Rev. L. S. Terry of Wauneta and the remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground at Parks.

Deceased was a pioneer settler of the Parks section and was a highly honored man, always gaining new friendships and retaining old ones as he passed down through the years. He was honorable and upright in his business dealings, and filled the important place in the home and community as only a thoughtful and good man could and the large attendance at the funeral attested the deep esteem in which he was held by all who knew him.

W. P. Hardwick was born in Louisville, Kentucky, April 10, 1835, and died October 21, 1923, aged 88 years, 6 months, and 11 days. He lived in Kentucky until 19 years of age when he went to Illinois and then to Missouri, moving to Nebraska in 1888. In 1875 he married Margaret Dorsey. To this union nine children were born, five of whom survive him. The mother died in 1906; Dora died in 1885; Emerson died in 1888; John died in 1898 and Mark passed away in 1910. The five children surviving him are Thomas M., Reece W., Waldo P., Mrs. Verda Baney and Mrs. Stephen Foster. Twenty-three grandchildren also survive him.

When a young man he united with the Christian church and always lived true to that faith.
 

Norma Ilene Hardwick

McCook Gazette - Thursday, September 18, 2008
Dec. 17, 1918 - Sept. 14, 2008

BENKELMAN -- Norma Ilene Hardwick, 89, of Benkelman, died Sunday (Sept. 14, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to Roy and Pearl (Huffman) Crook. She lived her entire life in Dundy County, Neb., and was a graduate of Benkelman High School in 1936. After graduation, she taught school for two years at Rural District No. 66.

She married Francis L. Hardwick on Nov. 15, 1937. They lived and farmed north of Parks, Neb., on the old Morrison homestead. She was a farm wife.

In the early 1960s the family moved to Benkelman. She worked in the Dundy County Extension office, and the Dundy County Treasurers office for a total of 19 years.

She was very active in the community and was involved in the Order of Eastern Star Holly Chapter No. 233, the Red Hat Coffee Cuppers, and various other organizations. She was a member of the Parks and Benkelman Methodist Churches for more than 75 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Pearl Crook; husband, Francis Hardwick; daughter, Jerilynn; brothers, Basil and Alvin; and sisters, Verna and Hazel.

Survivors include her daughter, Charlene Hoover and husband, Russell of Chiliquin, Ore; her sons, Eldon Hardwick and wife, Elsie of Benkelman, John Hardwick and wife, Karen of Roseville, Calif., Richard Hardwick of Vallejo, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Virginia Crook of Englewood, Colo., and Bernice Crook of Shelby, Neb.; brothers-in-law, Alan Boyd of Santa Clara, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 4-6 p.m. (MDT) at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. There will be no viewing.

Memorials may be given to the Francis Hardwick Track Scholarship Fund at Dundy County-Stratton High School.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2008

Norma Ilene (Crook) Hardwick

Norma I. Hardwick, of Benkelman , Nebraska , died Sunday, September 14, 2008 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, at the age of 89.

She was born December 17, 1918 in Cheyenne County , Kansas to Roy and Pearl (Huffman) Crook. She lived her entire life in Dundy County, Nebraska, and was a graduate of Benkelman High School in 1936. After graduation, Norma taught school for two years at Rural District #66.

Norma was united in marriage to Francis L. Hardwick on November 15, 1937. This union was blessed with two daughters, Charlene and Jerilynn, and three sons, Eldon, John, and Richard.

The Hardwicks lived and farmed north of Parks, Nebraska on the old Morrison homestead. Norma was a hardworking farm wife, raising her garden and always had entries in the county fair be it fresh or canned.

In the early 60's the family moved to Benkelman so the two youngest sons could finish high school. Norma worked in the Dundy County Extension office and the Dundy County Treasurers office for a total of 19 years. She was very active in the community and was involved in the Order of Eastern Star Holly Chapter No. 233, the Red Hat Coffee Cuppers, and various other organizations. She was a proud member of the Parks and Benkelman Methodist Churches for more than 75 years.

In addition to her community involvement, Norma enjoyed numerous recreational activities, including bowling, playing cards and bingo. She loved to travel and always looked forward to trips to California to visit her children and their families. Norma's last visit to California was in June to celebrate an early 90th birthday.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Pearl Crook; husband, Francis Hardwick; daughter, Jerilynn; brothers, Basil and Alvin; and sisters, Verna and Hazel.

Survivors include her daughter, Charlene Hoover and husband, Russell of Chilaquin, OR; her sons, Eldon Hardwick and wife, Elsie of Benkelman, NE, John Hardwick and wife, Karen of Roseville, CA, Richard Hardwick of Vallejo, CA; eleven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Virginia Crook of Englewood, CO, and Bernice Crook of Shelby, NE; brothers-in-law, Alan Boyd of Santa Clara, CA; and numerous other family members and friends.

The family received friends on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (MDT) at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. There was no viewing.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 19, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman , Nebraska , with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment followed services at the Benkelman Cemetery .

Memorials may be given to the Francis Hardwick Track Scholarship Fund at Dundy County-Stratton High School.

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

 
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Printed in the Benkelman Post in September, 1945

Thomas M. Hardwick

"It was with deep sorrow that the sad news was received Sunday morning of the passing of T. M. Hardwick at Mercy Hospital in Denver where he had been taken several days before for treatment of a heart and kidney involvement which had threatened his life for more than two weeks to the point where physicians in charge could hold out but little hope for his recovery and his death was not unexpected, especially during the last few days when his condition grew so serious that he was kept under oxygen continuously.

His wife and all the children save Omar and Master Sgt. Wilford Hardwick were at his bedside when the death angel beckoned him across. The body was returned to Benkelman Monday morning by Joe Laughlin and was at the Laughlin Funeral Home until funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul E. Boyles officiating. Funeral direction was by Mr. Laughlin and members of the A.F. & A.M. Lodge were in charge of the services at the grave. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

The life story of Tommie Hardwick and the history of Dundy county follow each other to a very marked degree since he was but seven years old when he came here with his parents 57 years ago to locate in the section which has since been his home. What school privileges that were here then provided the limit of his educational opportunities, but these, along with the school of experience, broadened his young mind and he continued a student until the day of his death and became well informed and broadminded to a remarkable degree and his thoughts and talents were given freely to the community he loved and the community that so appreciated and esteemed him.

Mr. Hardwick's boyhood days were largely given to the cattle business, and for many years, outside of such times as he was in school, he rode the range. Regardless of his youth he soon established himself as conscientious and trustworthy and different cattlemen who annually grazed large herds in the northwest part of the county entrusted him to the duty of looking after their herds during the grazing season here.

Later, as he grew older he interested himself in farming to whatever extent possible and eventually became one of the foremost corn farmers of his region. Then he purchased land south of Haigler in Cheyenne county and his success as a wheat grower equaled that of his corn and cattle successes but when the war broke out and the labor shortage gradually became more acute, he gave more and more of his own energies to his farming projects, reaching the peak the past summer when he labored almost night and day to keep things going, and this, along with the fact that he worried terribly over the fate of his country and that of the millions of boys that were so abruptly drawn into the hurricane of destruction in World War II.

Two of his own sons were in the armed services, one having been wounded in combat and others of his sons were engaged in different types of work essential to the war effort, and there were times when he was all alone in carrying on at his farms and all of these things no doubt contributed in bringing about the illness that eventually claimed his life. Aside from the work and effort involved in the management of his personal enterprises, he likewise spent much time during his life in public service in whatever way he could.

He felt a keen interest in schools and did everything he could in bringing a better school system to Dundy county. He served as county commissioner from the Second District from January, 1935 to January 1939, years that will long be remembered in our county's history for they were years when we were in the depth of the depression, years of delinquent taxes and of deficits in practically every fund in the court house. It was likewise years when the finances of some of our people had been reduced to the point where help was imperative. In fact never before had our board of county commissioners faced more complex problems than did the Commissioner Board with which Tommie served. But in these problems, as in everything else, he gave the very best he had, worked faithfully in whatever way he could to make the load a trifle lighter for those who were so sorely burdened by the depression and the difficulties that it had brought them.

Then, when in the early days of 1934 there appeared in the distance a small but hopeful light on the horizon of the farmers who so much needed to see a ray of hope, he gave freely of his time and talents in helping to organize the county for such government projects as the Triple A, hog-corn programs and the various other agencies that were whipped into shape in a short period of time. And he stayed on the job there too until the success of each undertaking with which he was associated had proven a success.

At the time of his death he was a member of the Dundy County Selective Service Board. He was a man of high purposes, determined courage, with a burning desire looking to the ever increased up-building of his community and county, and was one of the finest citizens having to do with its development and he was likewise a devoted and loving husband, kind and considerate, and the community extends its tenderest sympathies to them now in the sudden bereavement and great sorrow and loss.

T. M. Hardwick, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hardwick, was born July 29, 1882, at Greenwood county, Kansas, and passed away at Mercy hospital in Denver on September 16 at the age of 63 years, 1 month and 19 days. He moved to Dundy county with his parents in 1888 when he was 7 years old and remained a resident until his death. There were nine children in the family. One daughter and one son died in infancy and John died in 1895 and Mark, who was employed in Wyoming as a railroad brakeman, was killed in an accident in 1917. Those surviving are Waldo, Reese, Mrs. Fannie Foster and Mrs. Verde Baney. The mother passed away in 1906 and the father in 1923.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hardwick is survived by ten children as follows: Mrs. Opal Perkins, Yoncalla, Oregon; Percy of Benkelman, Omar of Hastings, Master Sgt. Wilford of the armed services, Mrs. Oscar Samler of Haigler, and Wade, Mrs. Howard Schrader, Mrs. Alvin Schrader, Billie and Merle of the immediate section, and he will be missed far beyond the family circle for his was a useful and helpful life to his county and local community."
--Transcribed and Contributed by Bill Hardwick
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 21, 2009

Wade Donald Hardwick

Wade Donald Hardwick was born on the farm in Dundy county, NE on April 2, 1920 to Thomas Mandeville Hardwick and Myrtle Rowena (Quimby) Hardwick. He passed on to his Eternal reward on January 13, 2009 at his home in Benkelman, NE. Wade was the sixth child born to his parents and one of six boys. He would have reached his 89th birthday on April 2 of this year.

Wade grew to manhood on the farm in Dundy county and retained his love of animals and the soil all his life. He went to Los Angeles in 1940 where his brother Wilford was and worked as a welder during World War II in the shipyards at Los Angeles. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Susan Eleanor Ravenhill, and they were married in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon on November 26, 1940, with Wade’s oldest sister, Opal, and her husband, Charles (Red) Perkins, as their attendants.

After they were married, Wade and Eleanor moved back to the Benkelman area where they lived on different farms. Wade did the chores the "old-fashioned" way, by hand. During this time, their four children were born at the Morehouse hospital, April (who died in infancy), Mark, Randy, and Robyn.

Wade at one time owned and operated Barger’s Hardware, and also was part-owner and manager of Knoly’s Café, both in Benkelman. He left the café to pursue a career in radio and television.

After schooling in Dallas, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky, in the latter ‘50's, Wade pioneered the TV show in Goodland, KS he called "Uncle Wade’s Back Porch." On his early-morning radio program, he was known as "The Old Sandhiller". That is where he first heard the Johnny Mathis song "The Twelfth Of Never" which he asked his nephew, Steve Stroup, to sing at his service.

In 1960 Wade left the radio and television station in Goodland, KS and moved his family to the San Fernando valley area of Los Angeles. He went to work for Litton Industries, a company which built a lot of electronic equipment for the government. The family resided in Granada Hills, CA, area until 1971 and lived through a large earthquake. It was during this time that the children grew up and left home.

Wade’s father-in-law, Harry Duker, who resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, asked Wade and Eleanor to come and live with him after Mrs. Duker had suddenly passed away. They agreed and moved to Vancouver in the early ‘70's. They purchased a flower store and built it into a successful business in the ten years they operated it. Eleanor had begun her career as a flower designer in Goodland, KS and continued while living in CA. Wade kept the books and delivered all of Eleanor’s flower arrangements.

When Mr. Duker died, they sold the store and wintered in Mesa, AZ and spent the summers in St. Francis, KS. They eventually bought and remodeled an older home in St. Francis and lived there until moving to Benkelman in 2008.

In the late ‘90's Wade underwent quadruple bypass surgery and was given seven years to live.

Playing baseball and softball was something he loved and participated in as long as he was able. And of course he was a big fan of the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter April Marie, brothers Percy, Omar, Wilford, Merle (Pete), and four sisters, Opal, Marcella, Fairy, and Betty and their respective spouses, and grandsons Brian Bower and Ty Hardwick. Wade’s younger brother, Bill, is the only surviving member of the Thomas Hardwick family.

Survivors include Eleanor, his loving wife of 68 years, two sons, Mark in Santa Rosa, California and Randy and fiancee Linda in Linn Valley, Kansas, daughter Robyn of Benkelman, and Randy’s former wife, Paula Lieker. Other survivors are granddaughter Lisa Michelle Bower and husband John of Quartz Hill, CA and their children, Christopher and Brittany; grandson Donald Hardwick and wife Donna of Littleton, CO and their children, Maggie and Donald, Jr.; grandson Ellison Weeks of Sherman Oaks, CA, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Wade was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Larry Forch, Jr., Celebrant, officiating. Steve Stroup sang "Amazing Grace" and "The Twelfth of Never." Escorts were Zach, JC, Nate, and Jordan Stroup, Dave Samler, Ellison Weeks, Doug Schrader, and Don and Eldon Hardwick. Interment followed at the Benkelman cemetery. Nickole Sis sang "Wings of a Dove" and led the group in singing "Beautiful River."

Memorials may be given in Wade’s name to the Dundy County Museum, PO Box 634, Benkelman, NE 69021.

Forch Funeral Chapel, Inc., Benkelman, NE handled all the arrangements.
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1997

Lola Almira (Henderson) Hardy

STRATTON--Lola Almira (Henderson) Hardy was born June 11, 1908, at Haigler, Neb., and died Dec. 27, 1996, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb., at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 16 days.

After residing in Haigler, she moved with her family to Hitchcock County, Neb., where they lived northeast of Stratton and where she attended Dry Canyon School. They moved into Stratton and she attended Stratton Public School, graduating in 1926.

On Oct. 10, 1926, she married Frank Kenneth Hardy at Oberlin, Kan. They began housekeeping in Stratton, and in 1928 they moved to Frank's home place in the Eden precinct where they raised four children. Besides being a housewife, she cooked for the Eden School for four years. In 1959, they moved to Stratton and in 1960 they moved to the Starkey precinct on the Busboom farm, where they resided until on their 50th anniversary, they moved into Stratton where she resided until her death.

In 1941, she was baptized into Christ and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Her favorite hobby was quilting. While she was still able to, she quilted a quilt for each of the children and grandchildren.

She was a member of the Eden Sunshine Club, the Busy Bee Club and the Helping Hands for York College.

She was preceded in death by her husband on June 17, 1992, her parents and a sister, Lila F. (Henderson) Smith.

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Delbert and Lucille Hardy of Akron, Colo., Neil and Mary Lou Hardy of Colby, Kan., and George and Carolyn Hardy of Stratton; a daughter and her husband, Vonna and Seth Ragan, of Stratton; 18 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Final rites for Lola Hardy were Monday, Dec. 30, 1996, at 2 p.m. in the Church of Christ in Stratton with Randy Hayes officiating. Rick Eldred was the song leader. Selections were "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder," "Put Your Hand In The Hand," "Wonderful Love of Jesus" and “We Are Going Down The Valley."

Bearers were Brad Jesch, Terry Burr, Mark Schinnerer, Kelly Fanning, Dennis Renfro and Denis League. Honorary bearers were David, Joe, Russell, Neil Jr., ,John, James, Bryon and Alan Hardy and Larry Ragan. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton.

  
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2001

Delbert Lynn Hardy

AKRON, Colo.--Delbert Lynn Hardy, 74, of Akron, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at the Sterling Regional Medical Center in Sterling, Colo.

He was born Aug. 5. 1927, at Stratton, Neb., to Frank and Lola (Henderson) Hardy and grew up in the Stratton area. He completed eight years of grade school at the Eden school and graduated from Stratton High School. Because he was stricken with polio in October 1942, Del was unable to attend his junior year at Stratton. He moved to Lincoln General Hospital and then to Children's Hospital in Denver. He attended Boettcher School for crippled children where he was able to complete his education for his junior year, and later returned to Stratton for his senior year. Following his graduation, Del attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

From 1950 to 1953 he worked as an engineer for the Northwest Kansas Electrical Co-op at Bird City, Kan. Delbert did the planning and staking of the power lines west of Stratton to Benkelman and into Haigler, Neb. In 1953 he became associated with Miner & Miner Consulting Engineers in Greeley, Colo., where he did consulting work for 10 years. He also worked as an engineer for Morgan County REA, Y-W Electric and Highline Electric before becoming manager of Y-W Electric in April 1976. He retired on Jan. 1, 1993.

On March 19, 1955, Delbert was united in marriage to Lucille Alles at the home of her parents. They owned and operated Quarter Circle VV Ranches, raising paint horses for 40 years. Delbert helped start the Rocky Mountain Paint Horse Club, and served as a director for a good many years as well as president in 1967. He was active in the High Plains Paint Horse Club and also served on several committees for the American Paint Horse Association. One of his great loves was horses and anything that had to do with them. Following retirement, he enjoyed working with his horses and attending horse shows.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents on both sides of the family.

Those who survive him include his wife; sons David, Joe and Russell; a daughter, Gail; his daughter-in-law, Donna Hardy; a son-in-law, John Lowry; grandsons Tyler and Cody Hardy and Travis, Terry and Drew Spielmann; granddaughters Amanda Rodwell and Tomarra Hardy; great-grandchildren Lance and Elisha Rodwell; a grandson-in-law, Danny Rodwell; Russell's friend, Natalie McCloskie; brothers George and Neil; a sister, Vonna Ragan, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, at the Church of Christ in Stratton with Randy Hayes officiating. Music was by the Church of Christ Singers. Pallbearers were Cody, James and Tyler Hardy and Drew, Terry and Travis Spielmann. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1992

Frank Kenneth Hardy

STRATTON– Frank Kenneth Hardy was born May 2, 1909, at his home in Eden Precinct, Hitchcock County, Nebraska. He died June 17, 1992, at his home in Stratton, Nebraska, at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 15 days. He lived his entire life in Hitchcock County.

He was the son of Joseph 0. and Mary Elizabeth (Romine) Hardy. He attended grade school at School District #54 in the Eden Precinct and graduated from Stratton High School with the Class of 1927.

On October 10, 1926, he married Lola Henderson at Oberlin, Kansas. They began housekeeping in Stratton and in 1928 they moved to his home place in the Eden Precinct. He farmed, raising wheat, corn, milo and livestock. In 1960 they moved to the Starkey Precinct on the Bushbom farm which they had previously purchased. He retired and on October 10, 1976, they moved into Stratton where they resided until his death.

In 1941, he was baptized into Christ and was a member of the Church of Christ for the remainder of his life, serving as elder and song leader for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lee and Ralph.

He is survived by his wife, Lola; three sons, Delbert and wife, Lucille, of Akron, Colorado, Neil and wife, Mary Lou, of Colby, Kansas, and George and wife, Carolyn, of Stratton; one daughter, Vonna and husband, Seth Ragan, of Stratton; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a sister, Hetty Bedford, and a brother and his wife, Clyde and Margaret Hardy, all of Stratton.

Services were held Saturday, June 20, 1992, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Stratton with Evert Pickartz officiating. Assisting with the service was Terry Burr, a grandson-in-law. Song leader was Rick Eldred. Musical selections were “There Are Loved Ones In The Glory," "We Are Going Down The Valley," “Trust And Obey” and “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder."

Bearers were grandsons-in-law: Mike Cravens, Karl Spielmann, BraclJesch, Kelly Fanning, Dennis Renfro and Denis League. Honorary bearers were grandsons: David Hardy, Joe Hardy, Russell Hardy, Larry Ragan, Neil Hardy Jr., James Hardy, Bryon Hardy, Alan Hardy and John Hardy.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton.
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1999

Joseph Clyde Hardy

McCOOK--Joseph Clyde Hardy, 95, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, at the Community Hospital in McCook, Neb.

He was born Dec. 10, 1903, at. Stratton, Neb., to Joseph 0. and Elizabeth (Romine) Hardy. He grew up on the family farm at Stratton and graduated from rural school. He then began farming with his father.

On Sept. 26, 1926, he married Margaret Audrey Richards at Wray, Colo. They farmed south of Stratton until retiring in 1988 and have lived in McCook for the past six years. He was a member of the Church of Christ at Stratton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Paula Jones, on Feb. 9, 1997; a son, Ronald Hardy, on Feb. 9, 1998; three brothers, Lee, Ralph and Frank Hardy, and a sister Hetty Bedford.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of McCook; a daughter, Jeannette and husband, Rex Poore, of McCook; a daughter-in-law, Vera Hansen, of Stratton; 10 grandchildren: Rick and Jo Poore, Joel and Brynne Poore, Beth and Kevin O'Hanlon, Andrea Baughman, Michael and Joanie Jones, Valerie and Rich Fries, Cassie and Alan Hardy, Garth and Monna Hardy, Garrett and Amy Hardy and Christie and Mike Holevinski; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and friends.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 1999, at the Herrmann Memorial Chapel in McCook with Pastor Rick Eldred officiating. Music was by the Church of Christ Singers. Pallbearers were Garth, Alan and Garrett Hardy, Rick, Jesse, Joel and Tyson Poore, Michael and Grant Jones, Kevin O'Hanlon, Rich Fries and Mike Holevinski.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Arrangements were by Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook.
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1998

Ronald Kent Hardy

STRATTON-- Ronald Kent Hardy was born to Clyde and Margaret Hardy on June 24, 1936, at the family farm south of Stratton. Neb. Margaret remembers how excited Ron's older sisters, Paula and Jeanette, were to have a baby brother. They loved to wheel him around the house in a little buggy.

Ron grew up near Stratton and graduated from Stratton High School in 1954. He served in the United States Army from August 1955 to July 1958. He received a Medal of Good Conduct and earned expert carbine honors during the time he served in the Army. Ron was stationed in Germany when he met Vera Kleinmichel. They were married in Stratton on Jan. 30, 1959, and were blessed with two sons, Garth and Garrett, and a daughter, Christy.

Ron was in the insurance business for many years in this area and abroad. During the early 1960s, Ron, Vera and their young family lived two years in Vera's hometown of Fulda, Germany, while Ron worked for Denver International Capitol Life Insurance Co. The Hardy family, and friends met along the way, have fond remembrances of times together in Germany during those years.

In 1966 the Hardy family returned to Nebraska where Ron farmed south of Stratton the remainder of his life.

Ron enjoyed being outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing and shooting and always looked forward to hosting an annual hunter's breakfast for family and friends.

He faced critical times with a quiet spirit and gentleness. The family surrounded Garrett with love and care at the time of his accident and recovery several years ago.

Last July, Ron was diagnosed with a fast-growing type of cancer. The family came together again and supported Ron's decision to remain at home as his illness progressed. Ron was happy to be home with family and friends for the hunter's breakfast and for Christmas. Jordan, Preston and Sarah each have a special place in their Oma and Opa hearts and Jordan loves to tell the story of why each grandchild is a favorite. Recently Ron got to listen to the heartbeat of Garrett and Amy's baby which is due in a few months.

A longtime friend wrote to Ron recently saying "I congratulate you and Vera for raising such fine citizens. I'm sure your values will be passed on to the next generations as well." Family love was so important to Ron.

Ron was a member of the Church of Christ and the Stratton Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Ron died Feb. 9, 1998, at his home in Stratton at the age of 61 years. He was preceded in death by his sister, Paula Rae Jones, a year ago on Feb. 9.

Survivors include bis wife. Vera; his parents, Clyde and Margaret Hardy, of McCook. Neb.; sons Garth and wife, Monna, of Dillon, Colo., and Garrett and wife, Amy, of Kearney, Neb.; and a daughter, Christy, and husband, Mike Holevinski, of Memphis. Tenn.: grandchildren Jordan and Preston Hardy and Sarah Holevinski, and a sister, Jeanette, and her husband Rex Poore, of Colby, Kan.: his mother-in-law and other family members in Germany, and nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998, at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with Rick Eldred officiating. Musicians were Sherilyn Eldred, Shanon Tate, Rick Eldred, Connie Renfro and Robbie and Jack Sikes. Selections included "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Gary Petsch, Dick Baumfalk, Roland Sandberg, Billy Brott, Terry Sydow and Scott McDonald. Military committal was offere

 

d by American Legion William Egle Post No. 28 and VFW Post No. 9155. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton.
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 11, 2009

Lorna Virginia (Clegg) Harford

L. Virginia Clegg Harford was born August 8, 1918 at Sanborn, Nebraska to Lee and Florence Clegg. Her given name was Lorna Virginia, but family tradition had the middle name as the one commonly used.

Virginia attended her first three years of school at the Sanborn School before moving to Haigler with her family where she was enrolled in Haigler Public Schools. Upon graduation it was decided that she would go to California where her mother's three sisters lived and do some post graduate work at Bell High School in Los Angeles, where she received another diploma. Having had music lessons all through her schooling years, and having played for Sunday evening church services and the Haigler Orchestra, Virginia continued her career with music lessons at Bell High School and also from the Los Angeles Music Conservatory. Virginia was apprehensive about leaving Haigler and her future husband, Don Harford, behind.

When she returned from California, Virginia went to Chadron State Teacher's College to get a teaching certificate. At that time, one could obtain a certificate to teach in 9 months. Upon completing her certificate, she returned to the area where she taught first and second grades at Parks Public Schools in Parks, Nebraska, for two years. During that time she went back to Chadron over the summer to obtain her Primary School Teaching Methods certificate.

Virginia and Don dated for seven years, and were engaged for two, before they were married on September 1, 1939, which happened to be her parent's 22nd anniversary. Their wedding was a beautiful, simple ceremony at her parent's home in Haigler. They were married by the Reverend John Stayton in the presence of their immediate family.

The newlyweds made their home north of Haigler in the Sandhills in the home Don's parents had homesteaded To this union, two children were born, Karen and Gail. Many memories came from their marriage that spanned sixty-nine and a half years.

Virginia belonged to many clubs and organizations which included the Sandhill Butterfly Extension Club; the 75 Club; WSCS, which in later years became known as the United Methodist Women; the Nebraska Farm Bureau; the Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs; and the National Cattle-women's Association. She was a 4-H Leader while her children were active in 4-H, and had a special interest in Entomology, cooking, and bird clubs. She and Don also enjoyed square dancing in the early years of their marriage.

On May 20, 1934, Virginia joined the Haigler United Methodist Church. The church and its activities were a large part of her life. She loved music and sang in a quartet for funerals. Virginia also enjoyed gardening and took pride in the flowers she would grow in the sandy soil. Watching birds in their yard was a great pastime for her and one could always find a bird book close at hand as she would always identify each new bird that might stop at the bird feeder or bird bath.

Virginia never quit working on the family history project that she and Karen started in 1961. She would spend hours putting photos and news clippings into albums and kept the information updated as much as possible. She was always there to help her children and grandchildren with 4-H projects and school homework, as she, over the years, had collected pictures that she thought might be useful for a project.

In the later years of their marriage, Virginia and Don enjoyed traveling to different places in the U.S. and abroad. Some of their trips took them to the Alaska Highway, where they were the “pickup and supply team" with their suburban when they traveled with a Iocal motorcycle team. They also visited the Holy Land, the Passion Play in Germany and many other spots of interest in our wonderful United States of America.

On Tuesday, March 3, 2009, Virginia left this world to be with her Lord while residing at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colorado, at the age of 90 years.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Florence Clegg; brothers, Stanley Clegg, Neal Clegg, and Kent Clegg; brother-in-law, Ray Harford; and her father and mother-in-law, Harry and Margaret Harford.

She leaves to mourn her loving husband, Don Harford; daughter Karen Harford; son Gail Harford and wife, Wanda, all of Haigler, Nebraska; eight grandchildren, Ty Mayo and wife, Laura, Torre Jones and wife, Seelu, Galen Mayo and fiancé Ashleigh Brooks, Sean Mayo and wife, Sarah, Brad Harford, Sharla Morlan and husband, Joe, Nicole Howard and husband, Travis, and Natalie Harford; two great-grandchildren, Barrett and Gwen Mayo; sisters-in-law, Melba Harford, Dorothy Clegg, and Doris Doyle; nieces and nephews, Linda Jones and husband, Gene, Glenda Brown, Ted Harford and wife, Vicky, Tom Harford and wife, Virginia, Janet McQuay, Steve Clegg and wife, Lonna, Jeanie Thompson and husband, Bill, Bob Clegg; and numerous other relatives and friends.

In her own words, written for a family history project her daughter, Karen, was working on in 1980, she wrote: "I am thankful for many things: my good, wonderful husband; my loving children and grandchildren (and if written today she would also include her great-grandchildren); my comfortable home and security; my good health and many, many other blessings too numerous to mention. Life is a struggle at times as I suppose it is with all people. We must keep striving and trying and loving and giving and working at our life and its problems." Virginia and Don shared life as a true adventure. Yes, Virginia was a loving wife and mother and a good neighbor. She will be greatly missed.

A funeral service to honor her life was held Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. (MST) at the Haigler United Methodist Church in Haigler, Nebraska, with Pastor Carole Coates officiating. Interment followed services at the Haigler Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Haigler United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1972

Margaret Ann Harford

Margaret Ann Harford died Monday at the Renotta Nursing Home at Wray, Colorado.

She was born February 5, 1884 at Nemaha County, Nebr., to John and Agnes Hacker.

She was married to Harry Harford on December 25, 1908 at Nemaha, Nebr., and he preceded her in death on March 9, 1931.

Mrs. Harford was a member of the United Methodist Church, the WSCS and the Extension Club.

Survivors are two sons, Ray and Don Harford, both of Haigler; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Coffey of Lincoln; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceding her in death, besides her husband and parents, were a sister and two brothers.

Services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. MDT. at the United Methodist church in Haigler with Rev. Hiram Lilley officiating.

Interment will be in the Haigler cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

  
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Obituary – Harry Minor Harford


HARRY HARFORD PASSES AWAY


Harry Minor Harford was born at Randall, Kansas, February 5, 1897, and departed this life March 9, 1931, at his home north of Haigler, Nebraska. He moved to Oregon with his parents where they resided four years, then returned to Kansas for one year, then to Nemaha County, Nebraska where they resided until he came to Dundy County in 1907 and filed on a homestead 15 miles northwest of Haigler. He was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Hacker at Auburn, Nebraska, December 24, 1908. To this union was born two sons: Don and Ray.

Mr. Harford was a good neighbor, a loving husband and father. He has been one of the faithful ones in keeping up the Sunday School and Church services in the community and will be greatly missed by all his neighbors and friends as well as by his family.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and two sons, his mother, Mrs. H. L. Harford of Colorado Springs, Colorado, two brothers: Frank of Hemet, California, and Clyde of Chino, California. Also four sisters: Maude Lake of Auburn, Nebraska and Elma Sewell, Stella Bruce and Lottie McCullough all of Colorado Springs, Colorado. His father and two brothers preceded him in death.

Those who attended from a distance were: Mrs. H. L. Harford and Jim Sewell of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mr. F. A. Swan and Mr. And Mrs. A. L. Swan of North Platte.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Episcopal Church at Haigler, by the pastor Rev. C. E. Catlett and Rev. O. O. Wood.

Interment was in the Haigler cemetery.

--Submitted by Linda Jones
 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1997

Ray Eugene Harford

HAIGLER— Ray Eugene Harford was born at the family homestead north of Haigler. Neb., on Feb. 18, 1920, to Harry M. and Margaret A. (Hacker) Harford, where he joined his older brother, Don. He attended the rural school from 1924 until 1931, graduating from Haigler High School 1936. On Easter Sunday afternoon, April 1, 1945, he married Melba L. Boyd at the Haigler Methodist Church. He entered Eternal Rest on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997, while at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colo., at the age of 76.

The following was written by Ray in September 1996 and we, the family, feel it sums up his life better than we could:

Blessings

I was first blessed with having good parents. They moved from the rich soil and many trees of southeastern Nebraska in 1909 to the treeless hills of southwest Nebraska. I can't imagine the hard work and hardships they endured in those first few years.

When I was born in 1920 they had comfortable living quarters and I had a three-year-old brother who had to put up with me and has had to for 76 years.

We rode a horse tandem to School District 77 which was a couple of miles northeast of home. One year the teacher boarded with us and we drove a one-horse buggy to school. Mostly our teachers were girls just out of high school who taught all eight grades. When I was in about the fourth grade. a widowed lady named Mrs. Eller was hired as our teacher. She was probably in her sixties and was a no-nonsense Christian lady. She drove a horse and buggy about three miles to school and, after putting her horse in the barn, had to build a fire in the coal-burning stove and get the schoolhouse as comfortably warm as was possible. She had no qualms about mixing some Christian education with the reading, writing and arithmetic.

In March of 1931 when I was in the seventh grade, our father died following several years of declining health but during which time he maintained his hard work schedule. Following his death we moved to Haigler so that we could attend high school. This was during the drought-depression years and the school curriculum was trimmed to the essentials. There were three teachers in high school including the superintendent who along with his administrative duties taught several subjects and did his own secretarial work. There were about 60 high school students at that time.

Following Don’s graduation from high school, he and our mother returned to the ranch and the following year when I graduated I joined them in the operation. I was blessed by having a partner to work with for 46 years who was 100 percent honest and who was always willing to do more than his share of the responsibilities.

I was blessed again in 1945 when Melba consented to become my wife and best friend. She is a caring unselfish person and has stood by me during some of my most difficult times.

Our next blessings were our children. I feel especially blessed that we were able to see them grow into adulthood and have families of their own. Our grandchildren have been special to us and have given us much love and support.

Another experience I enjoyed was giving our first great-grand child his first airplane ride.

We were also blessed by living in a caring community among caring friends and having a church to attend whose doors were always open to any and all who wished to take part in any activity worthy of community good.

I have been truly blessed.

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He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Melba, of Haigler: two sons: Tom and his wife, Virginia, of Benkelman, Neb., and Ted and his wife, Vicky, of Haigler and their daughters: Kristin and Jim Trussel and Kendra of Phoenix. Ariz., Dixie and Avery Cave of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Nikki and Jim Bob Cheek of Manhattan, Kan.; two daughters: Glenda Brown of Rifle, Colo., and her daughters: Claricy of Arvada, Colo., Ami of Fort Collins, Colo., and Heidi and Darcy of Rifle, and Linda and her husband, Gene Jones. of Benkelman and their children: Bob Neville and wife, Delinda, Beau and Carlie of Alliance, Neb., Deb (Neville) and her husband, Russell Wilson, of Lincoln, Neb., Mike Jones and his wife, Joan, Grant, Stephanie and Greta of David City, Neb., Val (Jones) and her husband, Richard Fries, Amanda and Bradley of Benkelman and Cass (Jones) and her husband, Alan Hardy, Jessica and Casey of Stratton, Neb.: his brother, Don, and his wife, Virginia, of Haigler; a niece, Karen Harford of Arvada, a nephew, Gail Harford and his wife, Wanda, of Haigler, other relatives and many friends.

Final rites for Ray Harford were held Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Haigler with the Rev. Terry Douglass and Ms. Theta Dame officiating. Carol Peterson was the pianist and Galena Webster and Dale Faylor sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." The congregational hymn was “Wonderful Words Of Life."

Bearers were Gail Harford, Dennis Noffsinger, Lee Thompson, Dan Lenin, Dick Bannister and Calvin Freehling. Honorary bearers were Rex Tracy, Rex Daniels, Don Webster, Bill McBeth, D.V.M., Mark McVey, Richard Wall and Keith Day.

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

Ora Russell Dewey Hargis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo D. Hargis, who has been seriously ill for the past several months, passed -away at the home of his mother, Mrs. James R. Halt (she having married again after the death of his father) several years ago. His death was caused by T. B. of the Throat.

Ora Russell Dewey Hargis was born on September 18, 1903, near the Illinois-Indiana state line, in Jasper County, Illinois. He departed this life at the home of his mother in Haigler, Nebraska, on April 18, 1931, at 7:30 p. m. He was 27 years, 6 months old. He was cheerful and fun-loving and was liked by those who knew him. He leaves to mourn his death, his mother, step-father, one sister Susie E. Hargis, three half sisters and one half brother on his mother’s side, Melia, Frances, Alice and James  Holt, all of Haigler, Nebraska.  On his father’s side he leaves five half brothers and two half sisters, James Hargis of Rosamond, Illinois, Jess and Frank Hargis of Decatuz, Illinois, also his half sister, Mrs. Alice Montgomery of Decatur, Mrs. Rose Stanton of Pana, Illinois, Joe Hargis of Marshall, Illinois, William Hargis of Terre Haute, Indiana, and John Hargis of Flora Illinois. He also leaves his only aunt, Mrs. James D. L. Brown and husband of Laird, Cob., two uncles Robert L. Parker of Ashton, Idaho and Fred D. Parker of Fisher, Arkansas, besides the less near relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held at the Pilgrim Holiness church April 21 at 2 o’clock. Rev. Hegwood preached the sermon, taking as his text St. John 11:11.

A choir consisting of Miss Ruth Wood, Paul Wood, Mrs. Hegwood and Tony Bangs.  They sang “Near My Godd to Thee,”  “We’ll Never Say Goodbye In Heaven,” and “Safe In the Arms of Jesus.”

His body was laid to rest in the cemetery north of Laird, Colo.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved ones in their loss and Heaven’s gain.

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Card of Thanks

We take this means of thanking our friends and neighbors for the kind words of sympathy extended to us during the sickness and illness of our son, brother and nephew, Russell Hargis, and also for the beautiful floral offerings.

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Holt and family, Miss Susie Hargis, Mr. R. L. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Brown.

~The Haigler News, Haigler, Nebraska, April 24, 1931

 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1992

Esther L. (Sass) Harman

LOVELAND, Colo.—Esther L. Harman, 93, who resided at 4105 N. Garfield Ave., Space 41, in Loveland, Colorado, died December 23, 1991, at her home.

She was born July 5, 1898, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, to Peter Ferdinand Sass and Marie Pauline (Staesser) Sass.

She married Loyd Harvey Harman on November 16, 1938, in Reno, Nevada. He preceded her in death on December 19, 1982.

She moved to Loveland in 1960 from Denver.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing dominoes.

Mrs. Harman is survived by nieces, Corrine Ficken (Mrs. Harvey) of Eustis, Nebraska, Lillian Anderson (Mrs. Norvin) of St. Francis, Kansas, and Marjorie Carlson (Mrs. Everett) of Denver; a niece-in-law, Phyllis Sass, of Loveland; numerous other nieces and nephews, and close friends, Elizabeth Nellor and Jim McGlothlin, both of Loveland.

She was preceded in death by stepsons, Dick and Jack Harman, a brother, Fred Sass, and a nephew, Pete W. Sass.

Services were held Friday, December 27, at 2 p.m. at the Kibbey-Fishbum Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gene Baldassare officiating.

Dale and Judy Sass sang "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art." Organist was Judy Sass.

Escorts were Norvin Anderson, Harold Archer, Everett Carlson, Byron Little, Derald Long and Jim McGlothlin.

Burial was in the Loveland Burial Park with arrangements by Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1982

Loyd H. Harman

Loyd H. Harman, 81, died Sunday, December 19, 1982, in the Sierra Vista Nursing Home in Loveland, Colorado.

He was born November 16, 1901, in Lawrence, Kansas, to William and Matilda Liming Harman. He married Esther L. Sass on November 26, 1938, in Reno, Nevada.

Esther was well known around Haigler and vicinity. She was raised there and operated the telephone office in Haigler for 13 years.

Mr. Harman was a general contractor. The couple came to Loveland from Denver in 1960 and have resided in Loveland since that time.

He is survived by his Wife, Esther L. Harman, Loveland; two sons, Alfred L. Harman, Los Angeles, California, and Richard G. Harman, Buena Park, California; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Services were Tuesday, December 21, at the Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland, with the Rev. Winn Swanson officiating.

Burial was in Loveland Burial Park.

Mrs. Ted Fishburn was the soloist for the funeral service. She sang "Meet Me There." Her accompanist was Fred Fishburn,

Funeral escorts were Harold Archer, Jack Bundy, George Cook, Jim McGlothin, Gaylord Scott and Peter Sass.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1965

Lottie Davis (Randall) Harmon

Mrs. Lottie Davis Harmon, mother of Roy E. Davis and Mrs. Eleanor Ireland, passed away at the Hester Memorial Home on Saturday evening at the age of 83 years and 11 months. She had been in ill health for several years.

Mrs. Harmon was the widow of the late Robert P. Davis and had been a resident of Benkelman since 1915. when the family moved here from Haddam, Kansas. She had been an active member of the Presbyterian Church and was well known in Benkelman for many years as a neighborly person until advancing age limited her activities.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Phillip Todd in charge of the service. Arrangements were by Jay's Funeral Home and interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Lottie Davis Harmon passed away at the Hester Memorial Home on Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m., at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 19 days.

She was born at Haddam. Kansas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Randall, and was reared in that community. On December 7, 1898, she was united in marriage to Robert P. Davis and to this union three children were born, two sons, Edward and Roy, and a daughter, Eleanor. The family moved to Benkelman in 1915. She is preceded in death by her husband , Robert P. Davis, in 1930, and son, Edward, in 1920 at the age of 21.

Mrs. Davis returned to Kansas to care for her elderly father and was united in marriage, to Pearl Harmon on October 16, 1935. Five years later Mr. Harmon succumbed to a heart attack. Mrs. Harmon and her father then moved to Benkelman to spend the remainder of their lives.

Mrs. Harmon was a good Christian and a member of the United Presbyterian Church, in which she was active until her health failed. She was a kind and loving mother and a good neighbor to all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn her passing her son, Roy E. Davis, and wife Luella, and her daughter, Eleanor Ireland, and husband Wesley. There is one brother, Harvey Randall. Also surviving are three grandchildren and their spouses, 13 great grandchildren, and six step-children, Ted, Earl and Preston Harmon, Georgia Coons, Essie and Doris Reese and their families, and a number of nieces and nephews.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 12-1-1881 and a death date of 11-23-1965.)

 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1979?

Roy Harmon

IMPERIAL— Roy Harmon, age 81, of rural Imperial died Tuesday at the Chase County Hospital.

Survivors are: his wife, Mabel; two sons, Everette Harmon, Holyoke, Colo. and Alvin Harmon, Imperial; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Sundin, Sacramento, Cal.; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Essex, Alturas, Cal. and Mrs. Lou Percy, Champion; 7 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Imperial with the Rev. Robert Call and Francis Baker officiating. Interment will be in the Crete Community Cemetery at Champion.

The Creveling Funeral Home of Imperial is in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established in his memory at the Funeral Home.

 
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1978

Bertha (Borden) Harper

Word was received by George Harper’s of the passing of Bertha (Borden) Harper, wife of the late Henry Harper, April 17, 1978, in the Auoka Nursing Home, Auoka, Minn.

Burial was in Bridgeport, NE beside her first husband.

She is survived by 3 sons: Fred Borden, Bolivia, S.A., Albert Borden, Washington, Kenneth Borden, Minnesota, and 3 daughters, Lucille Cameron, Arletto Kennunen and Ethel Peterson of Minn.

Bertha lived in Benkelman several years and will be remembered by many here.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1976

Bessie Jane (Hatch) Harper

Bessie Jane Harper, daughter of Lewis M. and Mary Louisa Hatch was born August.22, 1886, near York, Nebraska and was the fourth child in a family of thirteen children. She died at the Dundy County Hospital on June 21, 1976.

At an early age she moved with her parents to Blakeman, Kans. where she spent most of her early life, attending school and teaching school in Rawlins County. On May 4, 1904, she was united in marriage to Elmer C. Harper of Benkelman, Nebr. They operated a livery stable for a short time until they moved to a farm in Kansas where they resided until 1930 at which time they moved to Benkelman. Together Bessie and Elmer built up an oil station business which she continued to operate after his death in 1936, until she sold it to Jim Youngson. In 1966 at the age of eighty, she sold her home and resided with her daughters for a short time and then became a resident of the Hester Home where she lived until her death.

Mrs. Harper had a great love for reading. She always encouraged her children and grandchildren to read and to be good students. She prided herself that she was going to be 90 in August and still read about 3 books a week "without her glasses." She also read from her well-worn Bible every day. She had a great faith in the scriptures. She was a regular attendant at the chapel services at the Home. She was a member of the Royal Neighbor Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, an infant daughter, five sisters, seven brothers, and two grandsons.

Mrs. Harper leaves to mourn her tragic death, her three daughters; Mrs. Velma Mayfield and husband Leonard of McDonald, Kans.; Mrs. Leola Campbell of Boulder, Colo.; Mrs. Vera Kacirek and husband, Laddie of McDonald, Kans.; 8 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. To show how much she loved her grandchildren, she had just finished embroidering a baby quilt for her newest grandchild, whose birth she anticipated any day. She will also be missed by her nieces and nephews and the many friends she had made in her 89 years.

Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Home on June 23 with Rev. Allan Martin and Donovan Merklin conducting the services. Music was by Carol and Bob Sanders, with Betty Erdman at the organ. Casket bearers were all her grandsons; Keith Campbell, Robert Campbell, Richard Campbell, Harold Mayfield, David Kacirek and Larry Stubbs. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1951

Ruth Ann (Stoutsenberger) Harper

Mrs. C. H. Harper answered the call to the Great Beyond on Thursday of last week after a long and suffering illness during which it was known to family and friends that she could not recover.

A resident of this communal for sixty-five of her seventy-one' years of life, Mrs. Harper was well known and genuinely appreciated as a fine mother and a good neighbor.

Funeral services were conducted at the Laughlin Funeral Chapel on Monday afternoon with the Rev. Robert McCorkle of Bird City in charge. Singers were Mr. and Mrs. Gail Gilliland, with Mrs. Anna Benge at the Hammond organ. Pall bearers were Royce Smith, Chester Gerdes, LeRoy Loker, Ted Maranville, Bill Wolfe and Oscar Crowe. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Ruth Ann Stoutsenberger as born at Hillsdale, Michigan, on July 15, 1879 and departed this life on May 24, 1951, being 71 years, 10 months and 9 days old.

She moved from Michigan to Nebraska with her parents when only 6 years of age and lived at Hartwell, Nebraska for one year, then moved to Dundy county in the spring of 1886 to a farm near Max, and Dundy county has been her home since that time.

She was united in marriage to C. H. Harper on October 6, 1897 and to this union 13 children were born, three having preceded her in death. The surviving are Lewis of Longmont, Colorado; Goldie, Roy, and Fern McKay of Los Angeles, California; Ralph of Knoxville, Tennessee; George, Glenn and Lola Main of Benkelman; Lee of Littleton, Colorado and Vernice Morton of Mt. Harris, Colorado.

Mrs. Harper confessed faith in God at an early age and remained faithful to the end. She was always a kind and loving mother, always esteeming others above herself.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, ten children, one brother, 26 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1934

Elizabeth (Tyler) Harper

Elizabeth Tyler was born at Southington, Ohio, November 16, 1849, and passed away May 15, 1934, being 84 years, 6 months and 29 days of age.

She was married to James Lewis Harper March 29, 1866, at West Union, Iowa. To this union nine children were born, two of whom, Samuel R. and Charles Lewis, preceded her in death. Those surviving are James W., Calloway, Nebraska; George L., Rocky Point, Wyoming; C. H., Benkelman; Mrs. J. J. Forney, Langley, Kansas; Mrs. Anna Schwartz, Marquet, Kansas; Mrs. Addle Bishop, Shelden, Washington; Mrs. Eady Hatch, Dickens, Nebraska and forty-seven grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Harper moved with her family from Iowa to Kansas in 1872 and then to Dundy county, Nebraska, in 1890, which has since been her home.

She was converted in early life and joined the Methodist church in which faith she remained a faithful member until the end, being as regular in attendance as her health would permit. She was a woman of many strong traits of character and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a faithful wife and a wonderful mother and gave everything she had to her family and loved ones and to her friends. During the many years of her long life, her greatest thought and ambition was in the service and devotion of her loved ones and this remained the purpose of her life until the end come.

Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church in Benkelman on Thursday, May 17th, being conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2005

C. Wayne Harper

C. Wayne Harper was born on March 2. 1918. in Denver Colo., the third child and oldest son of Harold E. and Dora M. (Walker) Harper. When he was six months old, the family was called to manage the Walker family farm northeast of McDonald, Kan. The grandfather. George W. Walker, had retired and turned the farm over to his son, Frank Walke, who succumbed to influenza in the Great Epidemic of 1918.

As a child. Wayne would walk with his grandfather as he surveyed the fields. When he was doing the family farming himself, he loved and tended every square inch of the land.

Wayne attended the Mayflower Country School and Church. He attended McDonald Rural High School, played sports, was on the livestock judging team and became the first FFA Star Farmer from McDonald. Graduating in 1936, Wayne enrolled at Kansas State University, pledging Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was in Company A, Second Platoon R.O.T.C. Regiment. As a member of the Pi Epsilon Pi pep squad with the Wampus Cats, Wayne staged stunts at KSU pep rallies. Spare moments away from school were spent helping on the family farm.

In February 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army at Camp Carson, Colo. Wayne trained at Camp Wolters, Texas, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne at Fort Berming, Ga. After receiving his Airborne Wings, he was assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion. Communications Section in Operations and Intelligence, being given the rank of Technical Sergeant.

After intense training at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, his unit sailed for Morocco in North Africa on April 22, 1943. Wayne saw combat in Sicily. Salerno, Naples. Venafro, Hill 1205 and Anzio where the 504s earned the name of Devils in Baggy Pants. Found in the diary of a German officer at Anzio was the following notation: "American parachutists—devils in baggy pants--are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can't sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere..." After a short respite in England, the 504 jumped into Holland where they saw 57 heroic days of action without relief. These events are historically depicted in the movie "A Bridge Too Far."

Serving three years, eight months and 23 days with 371 combat days, Wayne fought at Bastogne and Battle of the Bulge and was present at the liberation of Ludwigslust Concentration Camp and the surrender of the 21st German Army. For his service he received many citations, medals and an honorable discharge on Oct. 25, 1945, with continued service in the Army Reserves until Oct. 24, 1948. More than eligible for the honor, Wayne rejected a field commission in favor of returning to his beloved farm.

As a civilian, Wayne became commander of the Chester Phipps 229 American Legion Post, the president of the McDonald School Board for eight years, Master of Masonic Lodge 383 A.F. & A.M., took Chapter and Commander at Oberlin. Kan., Doric Chapter 404 O.E.S. St. Francis, the Isis Temple Shrine at Salina. Kan.. served on various political committees and was a charter member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and the 504th Parachute Regiment Association.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Joan: daughters Carole Vrbas of Lawrence, Kan., Sheri (Bob) Cloe, of Atwood, Kan., and Margaret Ann Harper of Manhattan, Kan., grandchildren Mark and Susan Vrbas, Jeffrey, and Elizabeth Vrbas, "David" Harper, Wendi and Brian Janssen. Erik Vrbas, Sunday and Jay Eyer, Mandi and James Solko. Kenny and Trisha Fishburne and Courtney and Brad Faylor: great-grandchildren: Lane, Grant. Ava, Ethan, Cameron, Braden, Chase, Kensley, Madison. Taran, Preston and Parker, his sister, Irma (Jim) Curio; a brother Harold, Jr.: a brother-in-law, Bernard Prochazka, and many nieces, nephews and cousins including Gene Jones of Benkelman, Neb.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Atwood with the Rev. Terry McGuire officiating. Mary Jo Youngblood was the organist, and Gary Fisher sang "In The Garden" and "Nearer My God To Thee." The congregational hymn was "Let Us Join Our Friends Above." Casket bearers were Mark, Jeffrey and Erik Vrbas, Brian Janssen, James Solko, Brad Faylor and Kenny Fishburne. Burial was in the Grace Cemetery at McDonald with military rites by the Honor Guard of Fort Riley, Kan.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May? 1934?

Elizabeth Tyler Harper

Elizabeth Tyler Harper, mother of C. H. Harper living east of Benkelman, passed away at her son’s home Tuesday evening. Death was largely due to old age and its infirmities.

Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon by Rev. J. C. Foster and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Mrs. Harper was a pioneer resident of this section and was greatly loved and admired by all who knew her. She was 84 years, 5 months and 29 days of age.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1936

Elmer Clarence Harper

Elmer C. Harper passed away Tuesday night at the family home after a long illness covering the greater part of the past two years from cancer of the stomach. Funeral services will be conducted at the M. E. church on Thursday afternoon and interment will be in the Benkelman cemetery.

Mr. Harper was a life-long resident of this section, coming here with his family as a lad, attending rural schools and later the Benkelman high school. After reaching his maturity he launched into the farming business across the line in Rawlins county Kansas, and about five or six years ago bought ground and built the Harper Filling Station improvements and cottage camp. He also dealt heavily in farm equipment.

He was a man of unusual energy and of a very progressive spirit. And he had a natural tendency for progress and development. He was equally progressive in his community attitude and stood for everything and championed every progressive tendency for community betterment. Although always more or less interested in business, Mr. Harper's business creed was one that made him friends because he was most considerate of everyone with whom he had contact, either in a social or business way.

Elmer was never a pessimist—he was too busy for that. His life was lived and his vision was sympathetic to the optimistic viewpoint, no matter from what angle taken. And even during his long, last illness, he was always hopeful of final recovery. Even after visiting hospital after hospital and finding no relief, he still maintained his optimistic tendencies and it was only during the last few days that he showed a decided tendency to the theory that he might be approaching the end of his earthly existence and that there was nothing that he or anyone else could do to prevent it.

But his courage and optimistic nature sustained him even then and he passed from this worldly existence to the other life with the same faith and courage that had sustained him thru an active life of accomplishment.

And in his passing now the grief-stricken wife, children and loved ones have the tenderest sympathies of a sorrowing community.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show an Elmer Clarence Harper with a birth date of 6-25-1880 and a death date of 7-14-1936. It also shows that he was the husband of Bessie Hatch.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2005

George W. Harper

George W. Harper, 94, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1911, in Dundy County, Nebraska, on his family's homestead south of Max, one of 13 children born to Cyrus Henry and Ruth Ann (Stoutsenberger) Harper.

George began his education at a country school known as the "cracker box," (later known as District 52) near his home, and soon after attended Benkelman High School where he received his high school diploma in 1932. After graduation George remained on the farm where he embraced the life of a farmer, working the fertile soil and tending to his livestock.

On Oct. 7, 1934, he was united in marriage to Idabelle Smith and to this union five children were born, four boys and one girl: George Demby Harper, Lester D. Harper, Dennis C. Harper, Lenere (Walker) Harper and Leon S. Harper.

George and Idabelle spent all of their married life, except for three years, farming his family's original tree claim and homestead, known as Harper Flats, and other land south of Max. Due to failing health, their later years were spent at the Hester Home in Benkelman.

George embraced the gospel in 1936 along with Idabelle and her mother, Lena Mae Smith. His faith in God sustained him throughout his life.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son Lester; daughter Lenere; sisters Goldie, Daisy, Lula, Fern and Vernis, and brothers Louis, Harry, Roy, Ralph, Lee and Glen.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 70 years, Idabelle Harper, of Benkelman; sons George D. and wife, Norma, also of Benkelman, Dennis C. and wife, Verna, of Elora, Wash., and Leon S. and wife, Diane, of Bivins, Texas; a sister, Lola Main, of Mitchell. Neb.; a daughter-in-law, Ethel Harper, of Oakley, Kan.: a son-in-law, Earnest Walker, of Wasilla, Alaska; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Stanley Morrison and Raymond Reese officiating. Ethel Harper was the pianist and LaNette Keller, Diane Harper and Keith Harper sang "In Lowliness The Savior Came" and “While The Pages Of Life Are Turning." Casket bearers were Scott Harper, Keith Harper, Steve Harper, George Harper, Doyle Bock and Tom Hnizdil. Honorary bearers were Verle Raichart, Walter Chipperfield, Boyce Warning, Byron Els, Ted Busse and Pat Redden.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, with a graveside selection being "Life's Short Day."

Arrangements were by Forch Funeral Chapel.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, July 1, 2005

George W. Harper

Friday, July 1, 2005

Feb. 8, 1911-June 30, 2005

BENKELMAN -- George W. Harper, 94, died Thursday (June 30, 2005), at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

He was born Feb. 8, 1911, in Dundy County, on his family's homestead south of Max to Cyrus Henry and Ruth Ann (Stoutsenberger) Harper. He began his education at a country school (District 52) near his home and later attended Benkelman High School where he received his high school diploma.

On Oct. 7, 1934. he married Idabelle Smith. The couple spent all of their married life, except for three years, farming the family's original tree claim and homestead, known as Harper Flats, and other land south of Max. Due to failing health, their later years were spent at the Sarah Ann Hester Home in Benkelman. He embraced the gospel in 1936 and faith in God sustained him throughout life.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cyrus and Ruth Harper; son Lester Harper; daughter, Lenere (Harper) Walker; sisters, Goldie, Daisy, Lula, Fern, and Vernis; and brothers, Louis, Harry, Roy, Ralph, Lee and Glen.

Survivors include wife, Idabelle Harper of Benkelman; sons, George D. Harper and wife, Norma, also of Benkelman, Dennis C. Harper and wife, Verna of Elma, Wash., Leon S. Harper and wife, Diane of Bibbins, Texas; sister, Lola Main of Mitchell; daughter-in-law, Etherl Harper of Oakley, Kan.; son-in-law, Earnest Walker of Wasilla, Alaska; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Stanley Morrison and Raymond Reese officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, 1 - 7 p.m. at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given in his name for later distribution to various community organizations.

Forch Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2004

Glenn Harper

Glenn Harper, 81, of Grand Junction, Colo., died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004. He was born on Jan. 12, 1922, the 12th of 13 children born to C.H. and Ruth Stoutsenberger Harper in Benkelman, Neb.

Glenn married Beryl Loop on Sept. 22, 1943, and they celebrated 60 years together in 2003.

Glenn served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and upon being honorably discharged, was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and DAV. He retired from Northwest Pipeline in December 1983 and spent many years enjoying the outdoors, hunting, fishing and being "camp cook" for Darby Mountain Outfitters in Wyoming.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Beryl Harper, of Grand Junction; a daughter, Janet (Bill) of Rangely, Colo.; sons John (Barb) Harper of Big Piney Wyo., and Jim (Lori) Harper of Sandy, Utah; brothers Lee Harper of Longmont, Colo., and George Harper of Benkelman; a sister, Lola Main, of Gering, Neb.; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary followed by military honors at Memorial Gardens.

John Marvin Harper Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July? 1977?

John Marvin Harper

John Marvin Harper was born July 11, 1903, at Benkelman. After an extended illness for more than five years, he died June 2 at his home near Hardy, Neb.

He received his education at the elementary and high school at Benkelman. He had worked as a mechanic in the alfalfa mill in Clay Center.

Mr. Harper was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Belleville, the Elks Lodge in Superior and the United Methodist Church of Republic.

April 8, 1965, he married Helen Mead at Marysville.

Preceding him in death were his parents and an infant son.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; two children by a previous marriage, Mrs. Dwayne Kendhammer (Wanda) and Ronald Harper of LaCrosse, Wisc.; one sister, Mrs. John Morlan (Grace), Mason, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were Mon., June 6, from the United Methodist Church, Republic, with Rev. Arnold Roland, Jr., officiating. Burial was in Lake Cemetery, Republic, Kans.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1908

John Samuel Harper

J.S. Harper, one of the pioneer settlers of Rawlins County, Kansas, answered the last call early Monday morning, after a sickness covering a little over one week from pneumonia, at the age of 66 years.

Mr. Harper came to Rawlins County in 1885, where he at once established himself as a man of honor and consideration and has ever maintained that position among his neighbors and friends.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a John Samuel Harper with a birth date of 3-8-1842 and a death date of 4-6-1908. It also shows that he was the husband of Caroline Smitherman.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 2004

Lee O. Harper

Lee O. Harper of Longmont, Colo., died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at Applewood Living Center in Longmont. He was 87.

Mr. Harper was born on Aug. 1, 1916, in Benkelman, Neb., to Cyrus Henry and Ruth (Stoutsenberger) Harper.

He served in the U.S. Army.

On May 29, 1938, he married Dorothy Landreth in Atwood, Kan.

Mr. Harper worked for Gates Rubber Company for 32 years and retired in 1974. He was a longtime member of B.P.O. Elks in Littleton, Colo.

He moved to Longmont in 2001 after living in Littleton for 50 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Harper was preceded in death by his wife in 1980.

He is survived by sons Gary Harper and wife, Lillian, of Longmont and Raymond Harper and wife, Violet, of Ogallala, Neb.; a brother, George Harper, of Benkelman; a sister, Lola Main, of Gering, Neb., and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation was handled by Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1986

Lester D. Harper

Lester D. Harper, the son of George W. and Idabelle Harper, was born on January 26, 1938, in Benkelman, Nebraska. He passed away December 17, 1986, on the family farm.

He was united in marriage to Ethel LaVon Toews on June 9, 1959. Together they were loving parents to three children, LaNette, Diane and Keith.

After marriage, Lester and Ethel made their home in Hillsboro, Kansas, for nine years. The family then moved to El Dorado, Kansas, where they lived for four years. During these years, Lester was employed by the farm implement industry.

In 1973, they moved to Benkelman to the farm that his great-grandfather homesteaded. Being close to nature, Lester loved his work. Loving his family and two special grandchildren to the fullest, Lester leaves with them many good memories.

In Lester's late teens, he felt the need of God in his life and he stayed true to his convictions.

Lester was preceded in death by his grandparents and one grandson, Jeremy Keller.

Survivors include hs wife, Ethel of Benkelman; two daughters: LaNette and husband, Jim Keller, of Oakley, Kansas, and Diane of Kearney; one son, Keith, of the home; two grandchildren, Jocelyn and Landon Keller; his parents, George and Idabelle of Benkelman; three brothers: Demby and his wife, Norma, of Goodland; Dennis and his wife, Judy, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Leon and his wife, Diane, of Denver, Colorado; one sister, Lenere, and husband, Ernest, of Haines, Alaska, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday, December 20, 1986, at the Dundy County High School Gymnasium in Benkelman, Nebraska, with ministers Roy Dietzel, Charles Middlesworth and Edgar Asplund officiating.

Organist was Irene Gilliland and pianist was Dorothy Kleeb. A quartet composed of Philip Jossi, Jim Kleeb, Carey Tsunemori and Arnold Nippert sang the selections "Loved Of God" and "In Jesus' Hands."

Bearers were Leslie Keller, Doyle Bock, Pat Redden, Neil Gilliland, David Hofer and Albert Gilliland.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1972

Lewis Henry Harper

Lewis Henry Harper of 440 11th Avenue, Longmont, died on Wednesday, November 8, 1972 at the Longmont, Colorado, United Hospital after a short illness. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Harper was the former owner and manager of the Harper Potato Chip Factory from 1938 until his retirement in 1963.

He was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, August 28, 1898. In 1921, he married Goldie Maranville.

It was 1937 when the ex-Nebraska farmer and his family went to Longmont and a year later they founded their potato chip business. The Harpers began the operation with a few kettles on their back porch. Later, as the business grew, a plant was built that could handle the 1,800 sacks of potatoes for processing.

Harper's products were distributed in Boulder, Denver, Longmont, Loveland and Estes Park.

Mr. Harper belonged to the Four Square Gospel Church.

In addition to his wife, Goldie, Mr. Harper is survived by a son, Kenneth, of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Betty Jensen of Longmont, by five brothers, Roy of Los Angeles, Calif., Ralph of Charleston, Tenn., George of Benkelman, Nebr., Lee of Littleton and Glenn of Grand Junction, Colo.; by four sisters, Mrs. Goldie Collier of Palisade, Nebraska, Mrs. Lola Main, also of Palisade, Mrs. Fern Harlow of Fullerton, Calif., and Mrs. Vernice Morton of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Mr. Harper is also survived by seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Howe Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Victor Manholder officiating. Burial was in the Foothills Gardens of Memories in Longmont.

Friends may contribute to the Midwest Childrens Home of Longmont.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1996

Ralph Harper

LONGMONT, Colo.– Ralph Harper, 87, of Longmont, Colo., died Sunday, June 16, 1996, at Applewood Living Center.

He was born on May 22, 1909, in Dundy County, Neb., and grew up on a farm south of Benkelman, Neb. He married Ruby Huskin of Loudon, Tenn., in 1936. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 10, 1996.

Mr. Harper graduated from Milwaukee (Wisc.) School of Engineering. He was a fireman and engineer for the Southern Railroad for 25 years and for the Union Pacific Railroad for 10 years. He was a volunteer fireman in Charleston, Tenn., and a member of B of LF&F.. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Athens, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, twin son and daughter, three brothers, three sisters and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of Longmont; two daughters, Sharon and her husband, Franklin Ratzlaff, and Trena and her husband, Fred Hasl, all of Longmont: three brothers, George of Benkelman, Lee of Littleton, Colo., and Glen of Grand Junction, Colo.; three sisters, Fern Harlow of Ocean City, Calif., Vernice Morton of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Lola Main of Gering, Neb.; a grandson, Kirk Ratzlaff and his wife, Debra; a granddaughter, Verneta and her husband, Anthony Lechman, of Berthoud, Colo.; two great-grandsons, Jon and Austin Ratzlaff, both of Longmont; two great-granddaughters, Annica Ratzlaff of Longmont and Mariah Lechman of Berthoud, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held June 21 at the Loudon Funeral Home and burial was on June 22 in the Corinth Cemetery in Loudon. Pallbearers were from the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department and friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2003

Goldie M. (Maranville) Harper-Resler

Goldie M. Harper-Resler, formerly of Longmont, Colo., died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Columbine Manor in Salida, Colo., at the age of 99 years.

She was born on March 10, 1904, at Lewiston, Ill., the daughter of Calvin and Myrtle (Goddard) Maranville.

She was married to Lewis Harper at Max, Neb., on April 17, 1921. She and her husband moved to Colorado in 1936. They started Harper's Potato Chips in Longmont in 1939 and retired from their business in 1953. Goldie also helped start the Midwest Children's Home, now known as Rocky Mountain Children's Home.

After the death of Lewis in 1972, she later married Leslie Resler.

She enjoyed going to Arizona, traveling and fishing. She served on several committees for senior citizens at the state level. She was a very generous person to all.

She was a member of the Professional Business Women of Longmont and the TOP Club and was a charter member of the New Song Church in Longmont.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, three brothers, two sisters and a grandchild, Donald Jensen.

She is survived by son Kenneth Harper and wife, Alberta, of New Braunsfels, Texas; daughter Betty Jensen and husband, Dan, of Canon City, Colo.; sister Darlene Aired and husband, Charles, of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral services for Goldie Harper-Resler were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Lewellen Longmont Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jim Van Dyke of the New Song Church officiating. Interment was in the Foothills Gardens of Memory.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2002

Lorena M. (O’Donnell) Harris

GOTHENBURG— Lorena M. Harris died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at Hilltop Estates Nursing Home in Gothenburg, Neb. She was 89 years old.

Lorena was born on March 22, 1913, to Asa and Mable (Turley) O'Donnell, in Cheyenne county, Bird City, Kan. She was the eldest of three children and was raised on a farm eight miles northeast of Bird City. She walked one-half mile to attend rural school.

She married Faye Adamson and they had one daughter, Joan. In 1938, she married Fredrick W. Bader and they had two children, Delmer and Marcia. He was killed in a trucking accident in 1949. Later she married Charles Harris, who is also deceased.

She worked as a waitress, seamstress and for 20 years was employed in retail in Fort Morgan, Colo. She lived in McCook, Neb., for a few years in the 1950s and worked at Ideal Cleaners. She moved to Hover Manor in Longmont, Colo., in 1989 and served as a volunteer in the dining room. She returned to McCook in 1994 and moved to the Hill Top Estates in Gothenburg in 2002.

She loved her family, sewing, ceramics and collecting elephants (the smaller variety). She sewed many quilts and lap robes for nursing homes.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands Faye Adamson, Frederick Bader and Charles Harris; daughter Joan; a brother, Leslie O'Donnell; a sister, Darlene Keene; two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include her son, Delmer Bader and wife, Stephanie, of Brady, Neb.; daughter Marcia and husband, Jerry Morrow, of Rogers, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Knodel Funeral Home in St. Francis, Kan., with Pastor Doug Mason officiating. Burial was in the Bird City Cemetery. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2002

Barbara Jean (Bartak) Harrison

STRATTON--Barbara Jean (Bartak) Harrison, 58, died Saturday, June 22, 2002, surrounded by family at her rural home near Stratton, Neb.

She was born March 12, 1944, at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., to Filbert F. and Celestine A. (Kloke) Bartak. Shortly after her birth, Barbara moved with her mother to live with her grandparents in Madison, Neb., while her father went overseas to serve his country during World War II near Okinawa in Japan. She started school in Omaha, Neb., and later moved with her father, mother and younger brother, Stephen, to Denver, Colo., where they resided for nearly five years.

After returning to Omaha, Barbara attended school and helped care for her twin brothers, Randy and Ricky. She graduated from Omaha South High School in 1962 and was employed at several jobs.

On April 23, 1966, she was united in marriage to Don Staroska and they moved to North Platte, Neb. To this union, three children were born: Lee, Diahann and Joseph.

Barb loved being a wife and a mother. She enjoyed the arts and was talented in numerous crafts. She loved to decorate, often using flowers as her medium and any room as her canvas. In her free time, Barb also enjoyed helping others.

On Jan. 5, 1991, Barb was united in marriage to Eddie L. Harrison at Calvary Baptist Church in North Platte. They made their home on the farm north of Stratton.

Barb was baptized into the Christian faith and carried that faith with her each day of her life. She was a member of the Christian Union Church in Stratton and a member of the Christian Women's Club. As time allowed, she could be found at church and community functions. Being a farm wife kept her busy, but she always found time for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Filbert Bartak, and a nephew, Phillip Bartak.

Those who survive her include her loving husband, Ed Harrison, of Stratton; her mother, Celestine Bartak, of Grand Island, Neb.; daughter Diahann Stoner and husband, Larry, of North Platte; sons Lee Staroska and wife, Angie, of Grinnell, Iowa, and Joe Staroska and wife, Wendy, of North Platte; brothers Stephen Bartak and wife, Agnes, of Omaha, Randy Bartak and wife, Linda, of Lincoln, Neb., and Ricky Bartak and wife. Rhonda, of Omaha; stepsons Benjamin Harrison of McCook, Neb., and Andrew and Kevin Harrison. both of Indianapolis, Ind.; seven grandchildren: Brittany, Holly, Jenna and Jacob Staroska and Larry, Jr., Kalynn and Gregory Stoner, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Barbara Harrison were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with the Rev. Steven Kellett officiating. Tally Case was the pianist and Dan and Gloria Marshall sang "In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art." The congregational hymn was "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." Casket bearers were Lee and Joe Staroska, Stephen, Randy and Ricky Bartak and Andrew Harrison. Honorary bearers were Larry Stoner and Benjamin and Kevin Harrison. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery at Wauneta, Neb. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1998

Emma Clovice (Lester) Harrison

Emma Clovice (Lester) Harrison, known by many as Joanne, was born May 20, 1928, at Lesterville, Mo., to James and Goldie (Colyott) Lester. She departed this life on Friday, Sept. 11, 1998, at the age of 70 while a patient at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo.

She met Milton I. Harrison in Central park in New York City. She didn't like him at first when he asked her her name. She gave him the false name of Joanne and that's what he called her ever since. They were married on May 6, 1946, at Waymart, Penn.

"Sarge" and Joanne lived in New York City and then moved from base to base as the Army dictated. In 1971 the family moved to Benkelman, Neb., where they resided until their deaths.

Joanne loved birds and had many bird feeders to encourage birds to her yard so she could watch them. She also had a large garden and used to enjoy riding horses.

Their home was a gathering place for their children and their friends--always room for more and food for all.

She was active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church holding the offices of secretary and treasurer at the Benkelman church. After the closing of the local church, she attended the Wray (Colo.) and McCook (Neb.) Seventh-day Adventist churches.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milton, on April 3, 1998, and by a brother, Tommie.

She is survived by her children: Carolyn and her husband, Tom Bolio, of Benkelman, Irving and his wife, Kim, of Kearney, Neb., Joe and his wife, Ann, of Benkelman, and Chris and his wife, Kathy, of McCook; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond Healt of Carson, Ore., Eddie Healt of Thornfield, Ore., and J. C. Healt of Niva, Mo., and many other relatives and friends.

Final rites for Emma Harrison were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. L. Ford Shenk officiating. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "Amazing Grace" and "On The Wings Of A Dove." Bearers were Kirk and Kent Jones. Mike Edwards, Tom Ham, Herb Johnson and Mark Sutherland. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1999

Anna C. (Maris) Harrison

WAUNETA —Anna C. Harrison, 93, died Wednesday (March 31, 1999) at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home.

She was born March 2, 1906, on a farm in northwest Hitchcock County to Leander and Mary (Angermeir) Maris. She attended rural school and then high school in Stratton.

On Nov. 4, 1925, she married James Edward Harrison at Wray, Colo. They settled in Dundy County where they farmed. In 1937 they moved to Hitchcock County and continued to farm until purchasing a farm near the seven mile corner south of Wauneta in Dundy County in 1958. They made their home there until retiring in1983 and moving to Wauneta.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James in May 1990; and six brothers, Charles, James, Leander, Floyd, Frank and Willie.

Survivors include four daughters, Leona and husband, Vernon Hunt of Scottsbluff, Florence and husband, Milton Hegwood of Culbertson, Lois and husband, Raymond Bley of Wauneta, and Beulah and husband, Keith Harris of Imperial; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday, 1 p.m.(MST) at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with the Rev. Lloyd Bley and the Rev. Phillip Kline officiating. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

A memorial has been established to the Immanuel Missionary Church of Wauneta.

Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial is in charge arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1968

Edna Belle (Miles) Harrison

Edna Belle Miles, daughter of Edward C. and Lorena Miles, was born on a farm in a sod house eight miles north of Stratton, Nebraska, on the 16th day of January, 1900, and departed this life on May 1, 1968, in a car accident at the age of 68 years, three months and 16 days.

She was baptized on Easter Sunday, 1916, in the Methodist Church in Stratton.

She spent all her childhood in Hitchcock county and was a graduate of Stratton High School Class of 1920. She was a rural school teacher for several years in Hitchcock and Dundy counties.

On June 12, 1921, she was married to Fred E. Harrison at the home of her parents and moved to a farm in Dundy county, where she resided until the time of her death. To this union one daughter, Wilma, was born.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles.

She had suffered much pain the past several years from arthritis.

She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother and a good friend and neighbor and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn her passing one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Keiser; son-in-law, Ray Keiser; one grandson, Lynn Keiser, of Stratton, Nebraska; and a brother, Virgil Miles, of Topeka, Kansas.

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

Bertha Rebecca (Yost) Harrison

Bertha Rebecca Yost was born January 13, 1890 at Fair Play in Cedar County, Missouri, to Alonzo and Amanda Yost. Her family came to Kansas by covered ! wagon in 1902 and later settled at Alma, Nebraska. There she met and married Robert Leroy Harrison on July 13, 1913, and he took her to his homestead near North Platte, Nebraska. They returned to Franklin County, Nebraska where their son, John Benjamin, was born. Then they purchased a farm on the South Fork of the Republican River in Cheyenne County, Kansas. There three more children were born to this union; Robert Francis, Betty Ann, and Mary Esther. They resided on this form until Roberts’ death in 1960, at which time Bertha moved into St. Francis.

Bertha was a generous and compassionate person, always putting others and their needs ahead of her own. Her life was spent in helping others until she was no longer able to do so. She was a practical nurse in her younger days, always going to nurse those who were ill. She was regularly called upon to assist in childbirth which was a great joy to her as she dearly loved babies. It is unknown how many babies she assisted into the world, but it is a large number.

She was always a deeply religious person, finding great comfort in the Scriptures and in her church and Sunday School as long as she was able to attend. Even these past few years when she was no longer able to read her Bible, she would quote scripture at great length. Her prayers have been beautiful to hear. She was baptized and confirmed into the Evangelical Church in Alma. Nebraska, where she was church organist and taught a Sunday School class. She later attended church at the South Fork Friends Church, then the Evangelical United Brethren Church when she moved into town.

Bertha has always found great joy in her children, her seven grandchildren, and her five living great grandchildren. Her friendships with others were on important part of her life.

Due to failing health, she entered Miller Nursing Home in January 1965, then transferred to the Good Samaritan Village in December 1975.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and four brothers, great grandsons Michael Widlund and Robbie Peterson.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Miller and Mary Dorsch, their husbands, Marion Miller and Norman Dorsch: daughter-in-law, Eulo Ham; grandchildren Judi and Gwen Miller, Nancy Widlund, Susan Peterson, Linda Thompson, Patricia Trott, and John Dorsch; great grandchildren David and Leslie Widlund, Amy Thompson, Donny Peterson, and Levi Traffas, sister-in-laws Pearl Best, Winnie Lovering, Susan Hecht; brother-in-law John Harrison; four nieces; Ethel Dunn, Della Crawford, Betty Schmidt, and Leone Stone, and other relatives and friends.

Those coming from a distance besides the family to attend services were John Harrison, Blunt, South Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Hecht. Republican City. Nebraska; John Harrison, Franklin, Nebraska; Clay Dixon, Palisade, Nebraska and Bess Redden and family, Cambridge, Nebraska.

Services were held Saturday afternoon, November 26, at the United Methodist Church in St. Francis, Rev. Gene Shoemaker officiating. Arrangements were by Kramer Chapel. An Eastern Star ceremony was given at the graveside. Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery.



Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, January 25, 2002

Elmer E. Harrison

Friday, January 25, 2002

Elmer E. Harrison

IMPERIAL -- Elmer E. Harrison, 94, died Thursday (Jan. 24, 2002) at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial.

He was born March 18, 1907, in Dundy County to William "Jack" and Millie (Gosney) Harrison. He attended school in the country and assisted his parents in the farm work.

On Sept. 18, 1926, he married Cleo Francis Tatum. The couple made their home in Dundy County. In 1974, the couple moved to Imperial.

He was a member of Emmanuel Missionary Church of Wauneta and was affiliated with the Wesleyan Church in Imperial. He served on the Ashgrove, District No. 9 school board and was a county assessor for precinct No. 336 of Dundy County.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Bonnie Jean; three sisters, Rosie Hayward, Louella Donze, and Vera Francis, two brothers, Jim and Roy Harrison; and two half-brothers, Bill Evans, and Albert Evans.

Survivors include his wife, Cleo; four sons, Warren Harrison and wife, Rose of Stratton, Wayne Harrison and wife, Katie of Imperial, Donald Harrison and wife, Fredora of Goodland, Kan., and Will Harrison and wife, Joan of Whitehouse, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m. MST, at the Wesleyan Church of Imperial with Pastor Todd Burpo and Martin Harmon officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

Visitation is today until 6 p.m. at the funeral home in Imperial.

A memorial has been established in his name.

Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1968

Fred Ellsworth Harrison

Fred Ellsworth Harrison, son of Quirenus and Jennie Harrison, was born on a homestead in Dundy county 14 miles northwest of Stratton on the 5th day of September, 1900, and departed this life on May 2, 1968, at St. Catherine's Hospital in McCook at the age of 67 years, seven months and four days.

He spent his entire life on the homestead where he was born. He attended school at Ash Grove in Dundy county.

On June 12, 1921, he was married to Edna Belle Miles at the home of the bride's parents and moved to the farm of his parents where he resided until the time of his death. To this union one daughter, Wilma, was born. He was baptized on Easter Sunday, 1927, and was a member of the Methodist Church in Stratton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Nellie.

He was a kind and loving father and grandfather and a good friend and neighbor and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves to mourn his passing one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Keiser; son-in-law, Ray Keiser; one grandson, Lynn Keiser, all of Stratton, Nebraska, and one sister, Ruth Richards, of Trenton, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1990

James Edward Harrison

WAUNETA--James Edward Harrison was born September 17, 1904, in Dundy County, Nebraska, to William J. and Millie Ann (Gosney) Harrison, and died May 16, 1990, in the Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 85 years.

On November 4, 1925, he was married to Anna C. Maris at Wray, Colorado. Four daughters came to bless their home: Leona Hunt of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Florence Hegwood of Culbertson, Nebraska; Lois Bley of Wauneta, Nebraska, and Beulah Harris of Imperial, Nebraska.

They lived and farmed in Hitchcock and Dundy counties until October 1983 when they moved to Wauneta. He loved farming.

He gave his heart to the Lord in March 1933 in a revival at Ash Grove, and lived a consistent Christian life.

One of his greatest delights was playing music with his children and grandchildren. He dearly loved children and enjoyed playing with them. His primary interest was the church, and he was a cheerful giver wherever he saw a need. His saying was, “We can't out-give God."

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Rosa Hayward, Vera Francis and Louella Donze; one brother, Roy; two half-brothers: William and Albert Evans; two grandsons, Lauren Bley and Jimmy Hunt, and one great-granddaughter, Terra Lea Harris.

Survivors include his wife, Anna; four daughters: Leona Hunt and husband, Vernon, Florence Hegwood and husband, Milton, Lois Bley and husband, Raymond, and Beulah Harris and husband, Keith; one brother, Elmer Hanson and wife, Cleo; one sister-in-law, Ellen Kinnett; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held at the Wauneta United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 19, 1990, at 2:30 p.m. MDT, with the Revs. Loyd Bley and Francis Hobbs officiating.

Music was provided by Lynetta Wine, pianist; Lois Hunt, violinist, and a duet by the Rev. and Mrs. Earl Adair, "Vacation In Heaven," “Whispering Hope," “Treasures On The Other Side" and "My Home Sweet Home."

Bearers were Larry Hunt, Verlin Hunt, James Hegwood, Jerald Hegwood, Terry Harris and Kevin Harris.

Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta with arrangements by Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home of McCook, Nebraska.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1998

Milton Irving "Sarge" Harrison

Milton Irving "Sarge" Harrison was born on July 3, 1917, at Peckville, Penn. to George and Nettie (Smith) Harrison. He died on Friday, April 3, 1998, while a patient at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Neb. He was 80 years old.

Milton's formal education ended at the sixth grade when he started working in the coal mines to help support his family.

He joined the Army at the age of 20 and served four years. He was a civilian for one year before being drafted into the same unit.

On May 6, 1946, he and Emma Clovice "Joann" Lester were married at Waymart, Penn. To this union five children were born: Carolyn, Milton "Jerry," Irving, Joe and Chris.

During World War II, Sarge served in Italy and Japan. He was involved in the Korean conflict and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. During his 31 years of service to his country in the Army, he completed his education for a GED and took college courses.

In 1971; after retiring from military life, Sarge and Joann moved their family to Benkelman, Neb. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, working on cars, playing canasta, solitaire, Skip-Bo and other card games and being with his family. He really enjoyed having all of his children and their families come home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George; sisters and brothers-in-law: Evelyn and Carm Perrie and Betty and Carl Carpenter, and a brother-in-law, Paul Bedene.

He will be greatly missed by his family which includes his devoted wife, Joann, of Benkelman; their daughter, Carol, and her husband, Tom Bolio, of Benkelman; four sons: Milton A. and Mindy of Vancouver, Wash., Irving R. and Kim of Kearney, Neb., Joe and Ann Harrison of Benkelman and Chris and Kathy of Sidney, Neb.; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lucille Bedene of Ray, Ga., and Ethel Harrison of Carbondale, Penn.; other relatives and friends.

Final rites for Milton Harrison were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. L. Ford Shenk officiating. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "Amazing Grace" and “The Great Speckled Bird."

Bearers were Kirk Jones, Jim Magnani, Burdette Geihsler, Tom Ham, Herb Johnson. Jeff Klippert and honored friend Murl Beller.

The committal service was by Martin F. Bowles American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178 of Benkelman. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970

Robert Francis Harrison

Robert Francis Harrison was born the second son of Robert and Bertha Yost Harrison on October 17, 1916, at the farm home in the South Fork community, Cheyenne County, Kansas. He grew to young manhood on his parents' farm and was graduated from the St. Francis Community High School.

He joined the Marine Corps and fought for his country in the Pacific theater of war during the Second World War. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star during his tour of duty.

Upon his return to the States he was united in marriage to Winifred Eula Kirkman on October 2, 1944, and to this union three daughters were born: Nancy Ellen, Susan Marie and Linda Kay.

Francis was associated with his father in farming until his father's death in 1960. He remained on the farm until the fall of 1962 when the family moved to Limon, Colo., where he managed the bowling alley until his death Monday, July 27, 1970. He died from a heart attack while visiting his daughter, Mrs. Nancy Widlund, and her family in Lamar, Colo.

Francis attended Sunday School and Church at the South Fork Friends Community Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church and transferred his membership to the First Baptist Church in Limon when the family moved there.

He is survived by his wife, Eula; daughters: Nancy Widlund of Lamar, Colo., and Susan Peterson and Linda Harrison of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sons-in-law, Paul Widlund and Don Peterson; his grandson, Jon David: also his mother, Bertha Harrison, and sisters, Betty Miller and Mary Dorsch, and many other relatives and friends.

Francis was an avid outdoorsman, particularly enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He loved unspoiled nature and felt very close to his Maker in that environment.

Francis was a friend to everyone. He was always available to those who called upon him for assistance of any kind. It was his nature to be generous and his gifts and kindnesses were done quietly and for the joy of serving family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 29, in the First Baptist Church of Limon at 10:00 a.m with the Rev. Nick Resovich officiating. Concluding services and interment was in St. Francis, Kansas, on Thursday, July 30, with the Love Funeral Home of. Limon in charge of all arrangements.

Casket bearers were: sons-in-law, Don Peterson and Paul Widlund, Kenneth Evans, Bud Elliott, Marion Smith and Earl Layton. Honorary bearers were Dale McCoy, Frank Culver, Roy McFetridge, Francis M e a s e, George Baskett. Russell Widlund, Harold Hendrix and Orin Einertson.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1936

William John Harrison

With the passing of W. J. Harrison another of our few remaining pioneers has passed to the great beyond.

Mr. Harrison, born of pioneer parents, was a true pioneer in every sense. His parents, being English, realized the opportunities of the new world, were married in England in 1853 and soon after came to the United States via sail boat which took six weeks. They settled near Racine, Wisconsin, where they cleared a small farm in the cut-over timber. At this place William Johnnie was born. There the family resided until the year 1873 when again the father realized the opportunity of cheap land in Nebraska and with his family came to Clay county.

They sent W. J., then a boy of 18 years, ahead with an emigrant car containing their live stock and household effects while the father and the rest of the family came later. Being the oldest of a large family and the father being in poor health, a large part of the responsibility of caring for the family was left to W. J. As the younger members of the family grew to take his place, W. J. began to think of a home of his own, and hearing of government land being open to settlers in Dundy county, he with his brother-in-law, A. W. Hall, and four brothers, Q. R., E. E., D. L., and Grant came to Dundy county in 1884 and filed on government tree claims and homesteads, returning to Clay county to spend the winter.

The next spring they returned to build their sod houses and break their land. During the dry years that followed, they, with the exception of W. J. and Q. R. returned to Clay county. W. J. and Q. R. never lost faith in the country, W. J. remaining on his farm until death. Jack, as he was known to his neighbors and friends. was of a quiet, unassuming disposition. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances, who were many. He also took a great interest in the development of the community, giving freely of both time and money for the good of religious upbuilding of the community. This is the first death in the family of nine children in fifty-seven years.

William John, son of William and Ann Harrison, was born February 5, 1855, and departed this life at his home November 13. 1936, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 8 days. On December 25, 1898, he was united Iin marriage with Millie A. Evahs. To this union were born six children: Rosa C., Vera M., James E., Elmer E., Francis L., and Roy R. He confessed his faith in God and was baptized in 1917. On April 11, 1929, he was rendered helpless by the kick of a horse and was bedfast until the last, 7 years and 7 months. He was a very kind and patient sufferer, never complaining. All that human hands could do was done to care for him, and he spent the remaining years of his life under the never tiring care of his loving wife.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Millie Harrison and children, Mrs. Rosa C. Hayward, Mrs. Vera M. Francis. James E. Harrisson, Elmer E. Harrison, Mrs. Francis L. Donze and Roy R. Harrison, all of this vicinity. and two step-sons, W. A. Evans of Sacramento. California and A. M. Evans of Sterling, Colorado: also nineteen grandchildren, one aged sister, Mrs. A. W. Hall of Clay Center, Nebraska. and seven brothers, Q. R. Harrison, Stratton: E. E. Harrison, Burlington, Colorado; Grant Harrison, Riverside, California; D. L. Harrison, Clay Center; and W. R. Harrison, Edgar; one brother having passed away in infancy and one at the age of twelve years. All his brothers were able to attend the funeral except Grant and his sister Mrs. A. W. Hall. Two nephews, Willis Hall and Robert Harrison and one step-son, A. M. Evans and wife, also attended the funeral.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post,

Charles B. Harshaw

Death struck twice in the McDonald family within a matter of only hours over the week-end. Upon receipt of the sad news of the passing of K. W. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Harshaw of McCook arrived to mingle with grief stricken relatives and to do what they could in whatever way they could to soften the shock.

Mrs. Harshaw, daughter of Mrs. Maggie Cox and niece of Kenneth W. McDonald and Mrs. D. L. Ough, with her husband came to Benkelman Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Heisterkamp, Mrs. Heisterkamp being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl M. Ketler, and they remained in Benkelman Sunday evening until late when the party returned to McCook and went to the Heisterkamp home where coffee and lunch were prepared and after spending an hour or more at the Heisterkamp home, Mr. and Mrs. Harshaw returned to their home to retire.

At near six o'clock, Mrs. Harshaw was awakened by a slight moan on the part of her husband and attempted to awaken him, but to no avail. A doctor was called and was on the scene only a few minutes later and an examination disclosed that he had passed away, the cause being attributed to heart failure.

Mr. Harshaw was 54 years of age and was born at Gallatin, Tennessee, and began working for the Burlington as an operator in 1918. Two years later he was promoted to a dispatcher and had since worked most of the time at McCook with the exception of a short time when he acted in that capacity for the Burlington at Brush. He had completed his 8-hour "trick" before coming to Benkelman Sunday. He is survived by his wife Irma, a son Harold of Fairbury, and three sisters, Mrs. G. L. Blackmore of Detroit; Mrs. Grover Hunter of Fountain Head, Tennessee, and Mrs. Charles Parker of Burbank, California.

Funeral services were held at St. Alban's Episcopal church in McCook at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning and interment was in Memorial Park cemetery under the direction of the Breland Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1990

Mildred (Carlock) Hartman

WRAY--Mildred Hartman was born on February 13, 1912, at Wray, Colorado. Mildred had been in failing health and died early Friday morning, November 16, 1990. She had reached the age of 78 years.

She was the second of eight children born to James and Daisy (Boner) Carlock.

Mildred grew up between Wray and Haigler, Nebraska, and attended school in Haigler through the eighth grade.

She was married to Erick Hartman at Yuma, Colorado, on January 30, 1932. Five children were born to this union.

Mildred attended the Emmanuelle Lutheran Church in Haxtun, Colorado, and was baptized on September 13, 1934.

Mildred and Erick later moved to the Wauneta/Max, Nebraska, area where they farmed and, in 1960, moved to the Madrid, Nebraska, area where they worked for George Lee.

Mildred was an active member of the Madrid United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Marvin; one sister, Madeline Carter, and an infant daughter, Mona Mae.

She is survived by her husband of more than 58 years, Erick, of Madrid; one daughter, Darlene Staley, of Santa Ana, California; three sons, Marlin and Larry of the Denver area and Dallas of Oshkosh, Nebraska; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grand children.

She is also survived by two sisters, Lillian Mahon of Haigler and Josephine Lorance of Norton, Kansas; three brothers, Dick Carlock of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Dennis Carlock of Evergreen, Colorado, and Victor Carlock of Denver, many other relatives and friends.

Services were held Monday, November 19, 1990, at 10:30 a.m. at the Madrid United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Backus officiating.

Sylvia Regier was the soloist and Carolyn Harms was the organist. Selections included "Precious Memories" and “The Old Rugged Cross."

Bearers were Mike Hartman, Ryan Hartman, Loren Hartman, Darren Hartman, Kelly Hartman and Wayne Mahon.

Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery. Bullock-Long of Grant, Nebraska, was in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1985

Florence Hamilton (Ewing) Hartman

Florence Hamilton Ewing Hartman passed from this life December 1, 1985, in a Washington, D.C. hospital. She was born March 22, 1909, to pioneer parents, Sam and Addie Ewing.

In 1934, Florence left Nebraska to begin her career with the IRS in Washington. Starting when that agency was quite small, she worked her way up to a position as case worker for corporation taxes, developing position statements for the IRS. With only a self-taught legal education, she graduated to positions frequently filled by law school graduates. She particularly delighted in showing visiting Nebraskans their nation's capitol. To have Florence serve as your Washington guide was to come away with a renewed pride in our country.

Following her retirement in 1968, she returned to her beloved Nebraska, first to Lincoln and then back to her home town of Benkelman.

In 1982, she wed Omar Hartman of Washington, D.C., and lived in that city until her death.

Florence's most outstanding characteristic was her enthusiasm for a good life. She treated all with whom she came in contact with courtesy and graciousness, giving new meaning to the word "lady."

For 20 years, which included World War II years, Florence did volunteer driving for the Red Cross, taking patients from VA hospitals to various destinations. She was given an award by the American Red Cross for the extraordinary amount of hours she had contributed to this activity. After a full day at the office, she donned her Red Cross uniform and made her contribution to our soldiers and veterans.

She was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church, a worker in Red Cross causes and a member of the P.E.O. and Eastern Star.

Surviving are husband, Omar Hartman; stepdaughter, Joan; sisters, Ida Toler and Gladys Borchert; brother, Robert Ewing; and many nephews and nieces.

Services were held Friday, December 13, at United Presbyterian Church of Benkelman. Rev. Ilona Gallay officiated.

Organist Anna Benge and pianist Elaine Blank provided appropriate music. Joan Barker sang selections "Be Still My Soul" and "One Day At Calvary."

Inurnment was in Benkelman Cemetery Tuesday, December 10. Memorial service was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1998

Eric C. Hartman

OSHKOSH--Eric C. Hartman, age 93, of Oshkosh, Neb., died Sunday, May 10, 1998, at the Garden County Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oshkosh with the Rev. Brenda Pfeifly officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Neb. Holechek Funeral Home of Oshkosh was in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 23, 1904, ,at Kalamazoo, Neb., the son of Henry C. and Minnie G. (Scheibe) Hartman, who came to the United :States in the late 1800s from Germany.

He married Mildred Carlock on Jan. 30, 1932. Mr. Hartman worked on farms and ranches in western Nebraska during the depression. They lived on a farm north of Max, Neb., from 1945 to the mid-1960s when they moved to Madrid, Neb. While there he worked for George Lee for several years.

After he retired from farming, he worked for the Madrid elevator and operated a small coffee shop in Madrid.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Marlin and Janet Hartman of Westminster, Colo., Larry and Jackie Hartman of Thornton, Colo., and Dallas and Edna Hartman of Oshkosh; a daughter, Darlene Staley, of Santa Ana, Calif.; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Meta Lee, of Windsor, Colo., and a sister-in-law, Lillian Mahon, of Haigler, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and an infant daughter, Mona May.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1978

Ruby R. Hartman

Services were held Sat., March 18, 1978 for Ruby R. Hartman of Stratton, 86, at the United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. in Stratton, Nebr.

Born Jan. 30, 1892 in Hitchcock County, Nebr., Ruby Hartman passed away March 15, 1978 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebr.

Rev. Willard Scott officiated and organist was Marie Kleinschmidt.

A duet of Iris Gummere and Lois Carlson sang the selections, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Lyle Williamson, Richard Faimon, Roland Felker, LeRoy Barnett, Eugene Crow and Seth Ragan.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton, Nebr.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1948

Vern Hartsock

Dundy county friends were grieved to learn of the passing of Vern Hartsock at an Eaton, Colo., hospital at near six o'clock Tuesday morning, where he had been under treatment for a heart condition for ten days past and during the past week little hope was held out for his recovery. In fact his death had been expected hourly for days.

Mr. Hartsock suffered a similar attack three years ago but recovered to the point where he could return to the management of his store.

Funeral services were planned for Thursday at Eaton.

Mr. Hartsock is survived by his wife, Ethel, formerly Miss Ethel Maranville; one son, Bud Hartsock, of Eaton, and one daughter, Mrs. Esther Herbert.

Mr. Hartsock was at one time employed in Benkelman stores and later purchased and operated a store at Max for years and was highly esteemed and regarded by all who enjoyed his acquaintanceship.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1984?

Inez I. (Cross) Hartzer

Inez I. Hartzer died February 19 at the Bergen Mercy Care Center in Omaha.

She was born November 4, 1909, at Trenton, Nebraska, to Frank and Effie (Gillispie) Cross. She left this life at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 15 days.

Inez graduated from Trenton High School and later received her teacher's certificate from Greeley Teachers College, after which she taught in the Eden Community at District No. 24, Bristou School.

She was united in marriage to Willis Hartzer on May 12, 1929, at Benkelman, and moved to a farm south of Wauneta. They were blessed with four children, Shirley, Wallace (Ace), Gaylin and Harold (Duce).

Inez was a very independent woman who enjoyed her music and tax work. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willis; and two brothers, Glen and Waldo (Snooks) Cross.

Inez is survived by one daughter and three sons, Shirley and Dan Miller of Papillion, Nebraska, Wallace and Eva of Salem, Oregon, Gaylin and Loyann of Wauneta, and Harold and Beth Ann of Culbertson; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Edna Friehe of Culbertson; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1972

Louise Josephine (Jorgensen) Hartzer

Louise Josephine Hartzer, daughter of Axel and Augusta Jorgensen, was born at Holdrege, Nebraska, on April 7, 1898, and passed away at the age of 74 years at Imperial on April 6, 1972, after a short illness. She taught school in Max, Nebraska, prior to her marriage to Lee Hartzer on April 12, 1917. One child, a daughter, Maxine, was born to them.

Lee and Louise Hartzer farmed on the South Divide for 26 years until moving to Wauneta in 1943 after Mr. Hartzer's retirement. Mr. Hartzer died in 1957.

Mrs. Hartzer was a member of the Wauneta United Methodist Church and was active in the Woman's Society. She was a Charter Member and past Worthy Matron of Wauneta Chapter No. 295 of the Order of Eastern Star and was honored by the Order with the presentation of a 50-year pin in 1967. She was also a member of the Embroidery Club, one of the oldest woman's organizations in Wauneta. She led an active social life and greatly enjoyed the sport of fishing.

She is survived by her daughter, Maxine Hayes of Lander, Wyo.; one grandson, William Lee Hayes, also of Lander; one granddaughter, Ruth Ann St. Clair, Fort Washakie, Wyo.; and a great grandson, Stephen St. Clair. Also surviving are three sisters: Helen Jorgensen, Boulder, Colo.; Tena Jorgensen, Benkelman; and Katie Pflum, Longmont, Colo. There also remain several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, 1972 with the Rev. T. J. Fraser officiating. Sandy Krausnick was the singer accompanied. by Marcia Brunkhorst at the organ. Pallbearers were Bob Walgren, Dwight Hoff, Bob Hamilton, John Knotwell, Robert Hummel and Lowell Grimm. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery Wauneta, under the direction of the Brunkhorst Funeral Home of Wauneta.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1975

Willis Waldean Hartzer

Willis Waldean Hartzer was born at Wauneta, Nebraska on July 20, 1905 and died May 5, 1975 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 69 years.

On May 12, 1929 in Benkelman, Nebraska, he was united in marriage to Inez Cross of Trenton, Nebraska. To this union were born four children.

The family lived on a farm six miles south of Wauneta, Nebraska. Willis enjoyed many outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. The last few years he found great pleasure in working with wood, jewlery and other craft materials.

Willis was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his widow, Inez of Wauneta; one daughter, Mrs. Don (Shirley) Miller, Papillion, Nebraska; three sons, Wallace ( Ace) Hartzer, Salem, Oregon; Gaylin Hartze,, Wauneta and Harold Duce) Hartzer, Culbertson, Nebraska; one son-in-law, Don Miller and three daughters-in-law; Eva, Loyann and Beth Ann; sixteen grandchildren, Dana and wife Lorraine, DeLane, Donett and Darin Miller, Papillion; Sandra and husband Tim Hallman, Jeff, Karen and Kevin Hartzer, Salem, Oregon; Gaylin Ray, Jr., Lorne and Phillip Hartzer, Wauneta; Melody, Yancey and Tony Hartzer, Culbertson. Other survivors include nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held May 8, 1975 in the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with the Rev. T. J. Fraser and Rev. Eldo N. Kirkus officiating. Mr. Paul Kitt was the soloist, accompanied by Mrs. T. J. Fraser on the organ.

Active pallbearers include James Sughroue, Ervin Kitt, Dean Kitt, Virgil Sandman, Floyd Nordhausen, Virgil Doetker.

Honorary pallbearers include Harold Yingling, Gus Bartels, Torsten Anderson,

Glen Fish, Harlan Stock, Jess Petsch, Ed Nowka, Ray Ditton, Don Ham and John Donze. Interment was in the Riverview cemetery of Wauneta.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2002

Mary Ann Elizabeth (Kalb) Harvey

NORTH PLATTE– Mary Ann Elizabeth Harvey, 61, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

She was born on July 19, 1941, in Chappell, Neb., to Henry and Nellie (Vass) Kalb.

She graduated from Chappell High School, and received an associate degree in Applied Science at McCook (Neb.) Community College.

She married James Harvey in Chappell on Oct. 17, 1961. They owned and operated the Sports Shop and Liquor Store in Benkelman, Neb.

Mary Ann resided in North Platte since 1995 and worked for Sitel for two years. She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1994, her parents and a sister, Genevieve Nelson.

She is survived by a son, Steve Harvey, and wife, Teresa,of North Platte; daughters Melissa Harvey of Phoenix, Ariz.,and Martha and husband, Buddy DeWeese, of Axtell, Neb.;a brother, James Kalb, and wife, Mary, of Kearney, Neb.;grandsons Dustin, Dillon and Cory, and nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family and a host of friends.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Graveside services were at 1:30 p.m. at the Chappell Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1989

Zoe Marietta (Kirkpatrick) Harvey

Zoe Marietta Harvey, the daughter of George and Anna (Bittman) Kirkpatrick, was born November 25, 1903, in El Reno, Oklahoma. She departed this life on Monday, February 6, 1989. at the Hadley Medical Center in Hays. Kansas, at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Zoe moved with her parents to Kansas in 1909 in a covered wagon. They homesteaded in Rawlins County, Kansas, and later in Keith County, Nebraska.

Zoe was united in marriage with Dean Harvey on November 3, 1929, at North Platte, Nebraska. This union was blessed with a daughter, Hazel, and two sons, Bruce and Kent. They lived in western Nebraska for several years where Mr. Harvey farmed and worked livestock. In 1937 they moved to Sarben, Nebraska, while he was employed with the railroad. In 1945 they moved to Webster County to make their home and farm. Dean passed away on October 4, 1951. Zoe moved into Inavale to live until 1953 when she moved to the Benkelman. Nebraska area. Since 1981, she had been a resident of the Good Samaritan Center in Hays, Kansas.

Zoe had always cherished the years she spent living on the farm. She loved the farm life and enjoyed helping her husband with the cattle. In her leisure time, she also enjoyed working with her garden and in the yard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dean; her son, Bruce, on July 18, 1953; two sisters, Mary Balding and Katie Leeper; and a brother, Frank Kirkpatrick.

Zoe will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure to know her. Left to treasure her memory are her daughter, Hazel LaPorte, and her husband, Richard, of Plainville, Kansas; a son. Kent Harvey, and his wife, Karen, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Suzie Bliss, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews and her many friends.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 1989, from the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Red Cloud, Nebraska, with the Rev. Charles Bridges officiating.

Louise Eldred sang “In The Sweet By And By” and "The Old Rugged Cross" accompanied by Sue McNeil, organist.

Bearers were John Miller, Sherman Worman, Richard Worman, Jim Bliss, Randy Hayzlett and Mark Curry.

Honorary bearers were Kenneth Herrick, Lyle Herrick, Henry Bliss, Floyd Carpenter, Asa Carpenter and Clinton Bridges.

Interment was in the Riverton Cemetery in Riverton, Nebraska.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1970

Frank Arnold Harvey

Frank Arnold Harvey was born on January 28, 1891, to Almeda Ellen (Arnold) and David S. Harvey in Cheyenne County, Kansas, and passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 2, 1970, at his home at the age of 79 years and five days.

He attended the country schools of that day, and in 1909 went to Topeka, Kansas, to a telegraph school, later working for the Union Pacific Railroad as a telegraph operator in Omaha and Shelton. Nebraska.

On June 29, 1910, he was united in marriage to Grace Mae Hall at Orafino, Nebr., and to this union three children were born, Frances. Ethel, and Ward.

He farmed for two years near Orafino, and then in 1912, with his wife and daughter Frances, returned to Cheyenne County and settled on his homestead in the South Fork community in a new three room sod house where the other two children were born.

After a few years of hard work and prosperity he built a new frame house into which they moved in 1922 and which was to be his home for the remainder of his life. He farmed this place until failing health forced him to retire about one year ago.

He united with the Methodist Church in 1909 and was active in the South Fork church and Sunday School for many years, having been a teacher of the adult Bible class. His ability to store Bible knowledge in his memory and to recall it at a moment's notice was appreciated by all who knew him. He loved poetry, and his knack for sharing it with others helped inspire many meetings of the community and brought happiness to others and we are sure it brought blessings to himself. He gave many years of service to his community as township assessor and on the school board.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Minnie Harvey Crabtree, his brother, John, and one grandchild, Geraldine Ewing.

He is survived by his wife, Grace, with whom he had enjoyed nearly sixty years of wedded lite, and three children, Frances Ewing and her husband, Lotus, of Lyle, Washington; Ethel Russell and her husband, Leonard, of Battle Ground, Washington; and Ward and his wife, Evelynn, of Cheyenne County. Two sisters, Mae Harvey Goodell of St. Francis, Kansas, and Fairy Harvey Holliman of Sequins, Washington. A sister-in-law, Modesta Harvey of St. Francis. Kansas, nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Services were conducted at Riddell Funeral Home February 5, with Pastor William W. Leach officiating. Singers were Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Case. Organist was Ruby Holliman. Casket bearers were Keith Harvey, Brice Murphy, Wayne Goodell. Leslie Goodell, Albert Crabtree. and Kent Ewing. Interment was in St. Francis cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1994

James "Jim" Russell Harvey

MAX--James "Jim" Russell Harvey, 61, was born August 28, 1933, at Enid, Oklahoma, to Claude and Agnes (Preble) Harvey and died Thursday, September 1, 1994, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

He attended elementary schools in Garfield County, Oklahoma, and graduated with a GED from Benkelman, Nebraska, many years later.

Harvey married Mary Ann Kalb October 17, 1961, at Chappell, Nebraska. During their early years together, he was a general contractor, grain elevator employee and farmed.

In 1986 he was elected Dundy County Commissioner for District II. He served in this capacity until his death.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Benkelman, Nebraska, a third-degree Knights of Columbus and a member of the Eagles Club of Hastings, Nebraska.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Andrew Markus, and a brother, Bernard L. Harvey.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, of Max, Nebraska; a son, Steve Harvey and his wife, Teresa, of North Platte, Nebraska; two daughters, Melissa and her husband, Loran Jones, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Martha and her husband, Buddy DeWeese, of Kearney, Nebraska; a sister, Beatrice (Mrs. Bud) Ptacek, of Enid; a sister-in-law, Gladys (Mrs. B.L.) Harvey of Breckinridge, Oklahoma, and three grandsons, Dustin and Dillon Harvey and Cory DeWeese.

A memorial mass of the resurrection was held Monday, September 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Mark Pfeiffer officiating.

Kelly Hayward sang "Daddy's Hands," "Amazing Grace" and "Daddy's Song."

There will be a private inurnment at a later date. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Correspondence will reach the family at PO Box 185, Max, NE 69037-0185.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2006

Eunice Lydia (Thomas) Haskell

Eunice Lydia Haskell was born on June 6, 1917, to Harry and Lydia Thomas in rural Idalia, Colo. She died on May 18, 2006, at The Towers assisted-living facility in Wray, Colo. She was 88 years of age.

She graduated from high school at Idalia and attended Colorado Teachers' College at Greeley. She taught in rural schools for a few years before focusing her efforts on being a farm housewife.

Eunice married George Austin Haskell, Jr., on April 20, 1940, at St. Francis, Kan. To this union, two daughters: Sandra and Sheryl, and a son, Keith, were born.

Most of her life was spent in the Idalia, Vernon and Wray, Colo., and Haigler, Neb., communities. Eunice was an avid seamstress and enjoyed doing needlework with her friends. She was an excellent cook and was always willing to cook for a crowd. She enjoyed gardening and grew all kinds of flowers and vegetables. She was very social and enjoyed being with people. She was active in the Golden Inn Senior Center in Haigler and the Haigler Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Dorothy, and a brother, Rawlin.

Survivors include her children: Sandra Harrach, Sheryl Stute and Keith Haskell; a sister, Shirley Witte; a brother, John Thomas; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2006. at the Haigler United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Wynkoop officiating. Burial was in the Glendale Cemetery at Vernon. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home of Wray was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1996

George Austin Haskell Jr.

HAIGLER– George Austin Haskell Jr. was born on Sept. 13, 1915, to George Austin and Clara (Swab) Haskell near Beecher Island, Colo., on the farmily farm. He died on July 17, 1996, at the Wray (Colo.) Community District Hospital. He was 80 years of age.

He attended Beecher Island and Vernon schools.

He married Eunice Lydia Thomas on April 20, 1940, at St. Francis, Kan. To this union, two daughters, Sandra and Sheryl, and one son, Keith, were born.

Mr. Haskell spent most of his life ranching in the Wray and Haigler (Neb.) areas. His roping ability was a source of pride to him and those who knew him. He loved practical jokes and had a zest for life. He loved to dance, play cards and fish. As a young man, he played baseball and his enthusiasm for the sport was lifelong. He was always ready to watch any baseball game, especially when his grandsons were playing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bernard, Ernest, Ralph and Gerald, and a sister, Evelyn.

Survivors include his wife; their daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Gordon Harrach of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Sheryl and Ken Stute of Sidney, Neb.; their son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Cindy Haskell, of Haigler; sisters Leona Akey of Wray, Wilda Jennings of Topock, Ariz., and Zella Fletcher of Cottonwood, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Lavonne Haskell, of Loveland, Colo.; grandchildren Suzanne (Harrach) and Pete Wysocki, Michael and Karen Harrach, Mark and Mary Stute, Michelle (Stute) and Clinton Hodges, and Kolette, Tony, Brian and Jason Haskell; great-grandchildren Ashley and Amber Hodges and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20, 1996, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Wray with the Rev. Richard Russell officiating. Burial was in the Glendale Cemetery at Vernon, Colo. Spellman, Schmidt-Baucke Mortuary of Wray was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1995

Edna Alice (Pettit) Hatch

Edna Alice Hatch, 71, died Friday, Dec. 8, 1995, at Broadstone Memorial Nuckolls County hospital in Superior, Neb. She was born on a farm in Cheyenne county, Kan., on May 22, 1924, to Harry and Stella (McClain) Pettit.

She spent her childhood on the farm where she was born on the Big Timber. She attended grade school at Baker School and graduated from Bird City (Kan.) High School.

On April 25, 1943, she married Virgil Hatch in Benkelman, Neb. They moved to their present farm on the Big Timber in 1949 where she spent most of her life helping Virgil with farming and raising cattle.

Survivors include sons Ronnie and his wife, Kerin, of Nevada, Mo., Ken and his wife, Rhea. of Tucson, Ariz., and Dennis and his wife, Betty, of Superior, Neb.; a daughter, Lanetta and her husband, John Harrington, of Sharon, Vt.; brothers Floyd Pettit of Benkelman and Melvin Pettit of Wymore, Neb., and sisters Aletha Willis of Bird City and Fannie Chipperfield of Atwood. Kan.: 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman. Paul Erdman, Urlin McCartney, Wilbur Case and Eugene Jones sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden." Bearers were Corey Mikkelsen, Scott Hatch, Dan Sowers, John Harrington, Johnny Mays and Dan Donohue. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1996

Louisa M. (Wilkens) Hatch

McDONALD, Kan.— Louisa M. (Wilkens) Hatch died Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996, at St. Anthony Hospital in Hays, Kan. She was born Sept. 22, 1918, in a soddy on the family farm north of McDonald, Kan., and lived there her entire life, though not always in the soddy.

She graduated from the eighth grade in 1932 from the Walnut Grove one-room schoolhouse, was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1936 at McDonald High and graduated with honors from the Chilocothe Business School in 1938.

On Dec. 26, 1941, she married Francis Hatch in the Evergreen Church north of Bird City, Kan. They began their married life in Denver, Colo., where they were employed. Shortly after the birth of their son, Albert, Fran left for World War II duty in Europe. Louisa, her father, sister and young Al worked the farm for the duration of the war. After the war came daughters Patricia and Rita.

Louisa was devoted to her husband and for more than 50 years they farmed together. She produced countless meals for family, friends and harvest crews, spent many happy hours in the family garden with its inevitable canning and as many hours processing the chickens, eggs and cream that were part of the farm life she loved so much.

She cherished her children and grandchildren and, even though they lived farther away than she would have liked, she engineered many trips to honor their achievements and to participate in their development. She served as the family pipeline of information; the entire family enjoyed her long, descriptive letters which always arrived faithfully despite occasional lapses in responses. Family holidays became important traditions and a widely scattered family remained strong and close due to Louisa's careful planning.

Louisa was a very devout person with the Lord being a part of her everyday life. For more than 25 years, she taught Sunday School and was an active member of the Federated Church in McDonald. She delighted in the friendships she enjoyed with neighbors and included these friends when she counted her blessings. She was known as one of the finest of quilters throughout the region. More than anything else, she is remembered for her continual good humor, love of life and eager willingness to help others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Alice (Davis) Wilkens, and a sister, Nina Harper.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Fran, of McDonald; their children: Al, and his wife, Becky, of Kinsley, Kan., Patricia, and her husband, Jim McClurg, of Laramie, Wyo., and Rita and her husband, Douglas Zeman, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; her sister, Elberta Calnon; eight grandchildren: Jon and Thomas McClurg, Karen (McLurg) Sheffres, Marsha (Hatch) Reves, Michael and Michele Hatch and Jeremy and Angie Zeman: five great-grandchildren: Mitchell Scheff, Samuel and Jacob Sheffres, Ryan McClurg and Kennedy Reyes; and many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

Final rites for Louisa Hatch were Thursday. Oct. 17, 1996, at 2 p.m. at the Federated Church in McDonald with the Revs. Gregory Moyer and Clarence Swihart officiating. Organist was Phyllis Wingfield and Michael Hatch sang "In The Garden" and “The King Of Love My Shepherd Is."

Pallbearers were Jeremy Zeman, Jon and Tom McClurg. Bob Sheffres, Tim Reves and Mike Hatch.

Honorary bearers were Marsha Reves. Michele and Melynda Hatch, Susan and Caroline McClurg, Karen Sheffres and Angie Zeman.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1995

Virgil Roy Hatch

Virgil Roy Hatch, 72, died Thursday, July 6, 1995, at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska.

He was born on a farm in Dundy County, Nebraska, on November 4, 1922, to Roy and Elva (David) Hatch.

He spent his boyhood in Plainville, Kansas, where he attended grade school and started high school. The family moved to Rawlins County, Kansas, where he graduated from McDonald High School.

On April 25, 1943, he married Edna Alice Pettit in Benkelman. They moved to their present farm on the Big Timber in 1949 where he spent most of his life farming and raising cattle. Virgil was known for always lending a helping hand to anyone in need.

Survivors include his wife, Edna; sons Ronnie and his wife, Kerin, of Nevada, Missouri, Ken and his wife, Rhea, of Tucson, Arizona, and Dennis and his wife, Betty, of Superior, Nebraska; a daughter, Lannetta, and her husband, John Harrington, of Sharon, Vermont; brothers Francis of McDonald, Kansas, Wilber of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Robert of Pratt, Kansas; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Sam.

Funeral services for Virgil Hatch were held Saturday, July 8, 1995, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and Urlin McCartney, Richard Bartholomew, Wilbur Case and Paul Erdman sang “One Day At A Time” and "Up From The Grave He Arose."

Bearers were Scott Hatch, Dan Sowers, Corey Mikkelsen, Mike Harrington, Glen Harrington, Al Hatch and Dan Donohue. Honorary bearers were Clint Munn, Wes Donohue, Royce Anderson, Lonnie Willis, Johnny Mays and Lee Gallatin.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2006

Helen M. (McGaughey) Hatheway

Helen M. Hatheway, 89, passed away at the Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colo., on Wednesday, May 17, 2006.

Helen, the youngest of four children, was born in Holyoke, Colo., on Dec. 10, 1916, to Chas. M. "Charley" and Elsie (Chapman) McGaughey.

Helen was raised and went to school in northeastern Colorado. On Nov. 25, 1934, she married William "Bill" Hatheway in Wauneta, Neb. They lived on a farm north of Max, Neb. After the dust bowl and the Republican River flood of 1935, the couple moved to Oregon and worked in fruit orchards for three years. They returned to Imperial, Neb., in 1938 where Bill operated a second-hand furniture business until 1941. The couple was blessed with a son, Jim, in 1939. The family then moved to Benkelman, Neb., where they were involved in custom harvesting from Texas to the Canadian border for more than 25 years. In 1952 the family moved to their farm west of Wray where they lived the remainder of Bill's and Helen's lives.

Helen and Bill co-owned the Wray Coast to Coast Hardware store from 1961 to 1963 and Helen was Bill's substitute school bus driver from 1960 to 1985.

Helen was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, reading. sewing and being with family and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and sisters-in-law: Clarence and Bertha, Harold and Flo, and Roy and Velma, and a nephew, Charles McGaughey.

She is survived by her son, Jim, and special friend, Linda Muchow; grandchildren Jim and wife, Kristin, of Cedaredge, Colo., Joan and husband, Rick Bogan, of Julesburg, Colo., and Julia and husband, Jack Hurdelbrink, of Thornton, Colo., and five great-grandchildren: Hannah, Gracie and Christopher Hatheway and Kenton and Landon Bogan, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 22, 2006, at the Wray United Methodist Church with the Rev. Norman Stott officiating. Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery with arrangements by Spellman-Schmidt Mortuary.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1990

William P. (Bill) Hatheway

WRAY, Colo.--William P. (Bill) Hatheway, the youngest of 10 children, was born October 15, 1914, at Ford (near Wages), Colorado. to E.E. and Laura E. (Neal) Hatheway. He died October 28, 1990, at the Cedardale Nursing Home in Wray.

Bill lived near Ford and worked the family homestead until he married Helen M. McGaughey on November 25, 1934. To this union one son, Jim, was born.

After their marriage, Bill and Helen moved to a farm north of Max, Nebraska. Due to the dust bowl and the Republican River flood of 1935, they moved to Oregon and worked in fruit orchards for three years.

They returned to Imperial, Nebraska, in 1938 and operated a secondhand furniture business until 1941 when the family moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, and started custom harvesting, a business he operated from Texas to the Canadian border for more than 25 years.

The family moved west of Wray in 1952 where Bill farmed until his death.

Bill co-owned the Wray Coast to Coast hardware store from 1961-63 and drove an RJ-2 school bus from 1960-85.

His hobbies included playing pool and collecting old wrenches and horse-drawn machinery.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers: Ruffell, Carl, Clyde, Glen, Raymond, Calvin and Melvin. and a sister, Elsie Spelts.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Lulu Marie Hatheway of Brighton, Colorado; grandchildren, Jimmy, Joan Marie and Julia Ann Hatheway, also of Brighton; one sister, Mable Commons of Medford, Oregon, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held November 1, 1990, at the Wray United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ross Kershaw officiating.

Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2000

Dale Jean Hauser

WESKAN, Kan.--Dale Jean Hauser, age 71, of Weskan died at the farm about 12 miles northwest of Sharon Springs, Kan., on Saturday evening, Dec. 18, 1999.

He was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Benkelman, Neb., the son of Phillip and Della (Sink) Hauser. Dale grew up in Benkelman and attended school there before the family moved to Clemmons, N.C., Dale served in the United States Armed Forces during the Korean conflict.

Dale was married to Barbara Ludders on May 8, 1955, in Lusk, Wyo. To this union five daughters were born. The family moved to Weskan in 1974. Dale and Barbara were divorced in 1975.

After coming to Weskan, Dale was engaged in farming and enjoyed raising hogs and going to farm sales. He continued this occupation until the time of his death.

He enjoyed telling everyone about his faith in Jesus Christ and studying his Bible. He also enjoyed feeding his children chocolate and other candy.

Dale is survived by his daughters: Rhonda and husband Charles Kropp of Colby, Kan., Tonia and husband Stan Townsend of Weskan, Joni Hauser of Oakland, Calif., Paula and husband Russell Pearson of Rowlett, Texas, and Lori Unruh of Sharon Springs; 11 grandchildren; brothers: Bob and Val Hauser, both of Clemmons, and sisters: Laura Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz., Dorothy McGrath of Indiana and Phyllis Warner of Clemmons.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Funeral services for Dale Hauser were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at the Weskan High School gymnasium with Pastor Paul Livingston officiating. Burial was in the Weskan Cemetery.

Bateman Funeral Home of Sharon Springs was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1991

George David Hauser

BENKELMAN– George David Hauser was born at Clemons, North Carolina, in Forsythe County, on February 27, 1912, to James W. and Dora (Martin) Hauser.

He lived with his parents in North Carolina until he was six years old. In 1920, his parents and the six younger members of the family moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, where they bought a farm southwest of Benkelman.

George was the youngest of a family of 12 children. He attended Benkelman schools, graduating in 1932. After his graduation, he farmed with his father and brother, Philip, on a farm in southwest Dundy County.

George's mother had to return to North Carolina for her health in 1930. After his parents died, George did the farming until the estate was settled and the farm sold to Dan Ellis.

George wanted a farm of his own and bought one in Kansas. He later went to Minnesota and farmed for nine years.

When his health failed, George returned to Dundy County. He had an apartment in the Hester Home. His health continued to fail. George entered the Dundy County Hospital on January 5 and stayed until his death on February 8, 1991, at the age of 78.

Preceding him in death were his parents, James and Dora Hauser; three brothers, Oscar, Phillip and Fred, and five sisters, Mildred Hauser, Daisy Hauser Hunter, Margaret Hauser Harper, Mable Hauser Hutchins and Dora Hauser Foley.

He is survived by his brother, William James Hauser, and his wife, Ruby, of Bedford. Indiana, and two sisters, Sarah Hauser Scott and Gypsie Hauser Kauffman, both of Benkelman, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held Monday, February 11, 1991, at 10:30 a. m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and Richard Bartholomew the soloist. Selections included "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art" and "God Be With You Until We Meet Again."

Bearers were Loyd Howsden, Glen Lemon. Thomas Deyle, William Howsden, Gary Maier and Byron Ham.

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

Printed in the St. Francis, KS Herald , August 2008

Travis John Havel

Travis John Havel, 20, died July 30, 2008, at Cheyenne County Hospital.

Travis was born to Brian and Sharon (Finley) Havel on Dec. 9, 1987, in Imperial, Neb.

He graduated from St. Francis Community High School in May 2007.

Travis was an active member of the 4-H program and the FFA Chapter. He participated in many livestock events and received many trophies and awards. He was a team player on the St. Francis Community High School basketball team.

As a child, Travis was involved in dance with the Dance Ranch Studio in St. Francis.

Some of the things he enjoyed most in life were horses and being with his friends. Travis enjoyed working with Lyn Wiley helping him with his livestock at different times.

He spent most of his life riding and training horses.

Travis had a smile that would brighten up a room and make others want to smile also.

He is survived by his parents, Sharon Havel, Benkelman, Neb., and Brian Havel and wife, Jennifer, Parks, Neb.; sisters, Amber Havel, Colby and Dakota Havel, Parks; grandparents, John Finley III, St. Francis, Edward and Karol Havel, Imperial, Neb.; great-grandparents, Ruth Havel. Atwood and Twila Miller, Dodge City; and goddaughter, Mike Gilliland Killingsworth, St. Francis. Travis is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by grandmother, Bernadine Finley, and great-grandparents, Otto and Nora Bunjes, Dorothy Finley, Ralph Havel and Verle Miller.

Pastor Jeff Landers, First Christian Church, officiated at the funeral service.

Honorary pallbearers were sisters, Amber Havel and Dakota Havel and cousins, Jonathon Finley, Taylor Kennedy Finley, Brendan Finley, Austin Sramek, Mandy Sramek, Mariah Sramek, Shaun Michael Hopkins, Wesley Hopkins and Aaron Hopkins.

Casket bearers were Lyn Wiley, Kenny Richers, David Northrup, Craig Zweygardt, Kelly Zweygardt and cousins, Tyler Finley and Tyler Willis.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, at First Christian Church, St. Francis.

Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery by horse-drawn carriage.

Memorials may be made to the Travis Havel Memorial.

Arrangements were by Knodel Funeral Home, St. Francis.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1978

Rose Neoma Leona (Carrell) Havlik

Rose Carrell Havlik was born Jan. 18, 1895, at Valley City, Illinois, the daughter of George Carrell and Sarah Jane (Jennie) Septer Carrell. She was christened Rose Neoma Leona Carrell. She died in her sleep at the St. John's Center in Kearney, Nebr., on Fri., March 3, 1978, at the age of 83 years, one month and thirteen days.

At the age of four years she moved with her parents and two brothers, Clarence Edward and Arthur Leslie, to Melrose, Iowa, where she lived until she was twelve years of age. The family then moved to Hemingford, Nebr., where she grew to womanhood.

On Sept. 5, 1917, she was married to John Havlik of Ellsworth, Nebr. After a few weeks spent in a one-room cabin on their homestead in the sandhills north of Ellsworth, John was called to serve in the United States Army. Rose lived at Hemingford until his return from the service, and in March of 1920 they moved to a farm north of Haigler, Nebr.

John and Rose were the parents of three daughters, Arlene Rose, Emily Jennette, and Kathleen Carrell.

Rose joined the Methodist Church in Hemingford at an early age. At her own request she was baptized by immersion in the Niobrara River north of Hemingford. She was a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church for more than fifty years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Federated Women's Club, the Haigler Study Club, and a charter member of the Haigler American Legion Auxiliary. She resided in Haigler until December of 1977 when she moved to St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney, Nebr.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Arthur.

She is survived by her three daughters. Arlene Jones of Kearney, Nebr., Jennette Keeney of Boise, Idaho: and Kathleen Early of Denver, Colo.; her son-in-law, William Jones: five grandchildren, Stanley Jones of Kearney. Nebr.; Dean Jones and wife, Dianne, of Archer, Nebr.; Gary, Kyla, and Jack Keeney, of Boise, Idaho; and two great-grandchildren, Brady and Carmen Jones. She is also survived by one brother, Clarence Carrell and wife Agnes of Hemingford, Nebr.; several nieces and nephews, and other relatives including a cousin, Carl Albright and wife Mildred, of Norton, Kansas, and many friends.

Services were held at the Haigler United Methodist Church on Mon., March 6, 1978, with the Rev. Tom LeClerc officiating. A personal tribute was given by Wallace Early of Denver, Colo. Two songs, "I Love to Tell the Story" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," were sung by a quartette, Don and Virginia Harford, Helen Woods, and Duane Wall. Dale Faylor song a solo, "In the Garden." Organist was Mrs. Florence Daniels. Casket bearers were Richard Wall, Royal Woods III, Dallas Brown, Robert Simmons, Jay Flaming, and Otto Clegg, Honorary bearers were Royal Woods II, Basil Rook, Melford Andres, Lester Adams, Robert Schorzman, and Carroll Jenkins.

Further services were held at the United Church of Christ Congregational Church in Hemingford, Nebr., at 10:00 a.m. on Tues., March 7, 1978, with the Reverend Bob Brauninger officiating.

Casket bearers were grandsons. Stanley Jones. Dean Jones. Gary Keeney, Jack Keeney, and nephews Tim Riggs and Jim Elder. Interment followed in the Hemingford Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November? 1971?

Wendy Ann Hawkins

Tragedy befell a well-known South Fork community family on Sunday when a highway accident west of St. Francis claimed the life of Wendy Ann Hawkins, five, of Englewood, Colorado, and sent her grandparents. Ward A. Harvey, 53, and Evelyn (Dorsch) Harvey, 55, to the Cheyenne County Hospital with back injuries.

Colorado State Patrolman Albert English said the westbound Harvey car driven by Mr. Harvey, was attempting to pass another car when it struck the eastbound tractor-trailer truck, driven by Morris A. Bidwell, 50, of St. Francis. Bidwell was also injured in the accident and was taken to the hospital at St. Francis for treatment.

Fog and icy road conditions contributed to the accident. The collision was almost head-on. The truck jackknifed and the Harvey car was involved with a second collision with the trailer. The Harvey car spun into the ditch and the three occupants were all thrown from it. The child was dead at the scene.

The accident was witnessed by the child's mother, Mrs. Carol Hawkins, and her sister. Karen Harvey, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Harvey. In the car with them was another Hawkins child, an infant son. They and the Harveys were enroute to Stratton, Colorado, to attend a post-Christmas dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Sawyer. Mr. Hawkins was in Denver where he was a patient in a hospital.

Reports from the hospital in St. Francis are to the effect that both Mr. and Mrs. Harvey sustained back injuries in addition to cuts and bruises. Mr. Harvey also sustained a concussion.

The Colorado State Patrol placed the accident scene as four miles west of the Kansas-Colorado state line on U. S. 36. The time was said to have been between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1994

Adda Louise (Strickler) Hawkinson

STRATTON--Adda Louise Hawkinson, age 90, died Thursday, May 26, 1994,. at her home in Stratton, Nebraska, after a short illness.

She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, August 20, 1903, and was adopted when nearly three years old by Frank and Lydia (Guffin) Strickler after both her parents died.

Adda graduated from high school in Trumbull, Nebraska, and took nurse's training at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska, after which she did practical nursing.

It was through her nursing that she met Andrew Hawkinson whom she married on August 25, 1929, in Holdrege, Nebraska. They made their home on the farm south of Stratton which Andrew's father homesteaded in 1884.

Two sons were born to this union, Arthur and Loren.

Adda and Andrew moved from the farm in 1963 into the home they had built in Stratton where Adda continued to live until her death. She spent many enjoyable hours working outside in her yard and with her flowers.

She became a Christian in her youth, was a member of the Methodist Church in Trumbull and on September 23, 1930, transferred her membership to the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton. She was recently recognized for her 63 years of membership in this congregation. Through the years, there was seldom a worship service which she did not attend and she served her church in many capacities: Sunday school superintendent, pianist and home superintendent for 21 years during which time she visited and planned activities for the elderly, often visiting them in their homes and playing the piano or accordion for them. For many years the ladies' Sunday school class session was closed in prayer which Adda led. She and Andrew gave the two flags in the sanctuary to the church in 1976.

Adda's interests were her flowers, her travels where she appreciated God's revealing Himself through nature, taking pictures, painting on fabric and piecing quilts. Each of the family prizes one of the quilts. Residents of nursing homes in Trenton and Benkelman are warmed by the many lap robes which she made and gave as recently as two years ago.

Adda also enjoyed her family which included sons Arthur and his wife, Willa, and Loren and his wife, Wilma, all of Stratton; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; her sister, Guinivere Gaymon, of Hastings, all of whom survive her.

Her home was always open to them and to nieces and nephews as well.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, on December 3, 1987, her parents, a sister and two brothers.

Services were held Saturday, May 28, 1994, at 2 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Organist was Marie Kleinschmidt. Dan Rife, Phillip Goodenberger, Elmer Case and Don Rife sang "In The Garden" and "Rock Of Ages."

Bearers were Dean Hawkinson, Melvin Duvel, Rick Shafer, Curtis Hawkinson, Kenneth Pierce, John Shepherd and Larry Hubl.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1987

Andrew Hawkinson

Andrew Hawkinson, age 88, died Thursday, December 3, 1987, at the El Dorado Manor Nursing Home in Trenton, Nebraska.

Andrew was born to Nils and Sophia (Carlson) Hawkinson, July 5, 1899, in a two-room house on his parents' homestead southeast of Stratton, Nebraska.

Andrew started school in 1905 in School District 34 and graduated from the eighth grade in this one-room schoolhouse. In his later life he served 22 years on the Board of Education of the same district.

On August 25, 1929, he married Adda Louise Strickler in Holdrege, Nebraska. They continued to live on the farm which his parents had homesteaded in 1884 after immigrating from Sweden. Two sons were born to this union: Arthur and Loren.

He farmed with horses in earlier years and raised cattle, corn, and wheat, which he delivered to town using the same horses. He moved from the farm to Stratton in 1963. Andrew then spent much of his time working in the yard with the lawn, flowers and vegetables, and was known for having a neat, beautiful yard.

He was baptized as an infant, accepted Christ in his youth, and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church on March 30, 1922. He served in various church offices and helped to build the present Community United Methodist Church of Stratton.

He is survived by his wife, Adda; two sons, Arthur and wife, Willa Mae, and Loren and wife, Wilma; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Anna League and Ellen League.

Services were held Saturday, December 5, 1987, at the Community United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. in Stratton, Nebraska, with the Rev. Randall F. Goeke officiating.

Organist was Marie Kleinschmidt. Daniel Rife, Robert Thomas, Mike Pruter and Phillip Goodenburger sang the selections "I've Found A Friend" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Dean Hawkinson, Melvin Duvel, Curtis Hawkinson, Larry Hubl, Rick Shafer, Kenneth Pierce and John Shepherd.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2006

Loren Thomas Hawkinson

STRATTON — Loren Thomas Hawkinson, 70, died Tuesday (Aug. 29, 2006) at Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born April 23, 1936, to Andrew and Adda (Strickler) Hawkinson on the family's homestead south of Stratton, in Hitchcock County. He attended school in Stratton and was a member of the graduating class at Stratton High School in 1955. After graduation, Loren went on to attend Parks School of Business Administration in Denver, Colo., where he earned his Associates Degree.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army in January of 1960 and served his country in Germany until receiving his honorable discharge in March of 1962. Loren then returned to Stratton to farm.

On Sept. 22, 1963, he married Wilma Penn at the Methodist Church in Stratton. They raised their family on the family farm south of Stratton. After his retirement in 1988, He was elected as Hitchcock County Assessor in 1988 and served in that position until his term expired in 1992. He then gained employment at the U.S. Post Office, Village of Stratton, and at United Methodist Church, where he maintained facilities and did custodial work.

He was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, the VFW, and Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Adda Hawkinson.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Hawkinson of Stratton; children, Gloria Duvel and husband, Mel of Benkelman, Avis Pierce and husband, Ken of Kearney, Deb Hubl and husband, Larry of Stratton, Glenda Shepherd and husband, John of McCook, Dean Hawkinson and wife, Lisa of Payton, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, 11 a.m., at Community Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.

Visitation is today, 3-6 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given in his name.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1971?

Lolo (Osborn) Hawks

Mrs. Lolo Hawks, wife of the late Earl Paul Hawks, passed away Friday, August 27, at the Manassas Manor Nursing Home in Manassas, Virginia. She will be remembered by many of the older residents of the Benkelman area, as she spent her girlhood and much of her married life in Benkelman. She was the daughter of George Osborn and Johanna Messersmith Osborn who lived for many years in the vicinity of Benkelman. Mrs. Hawks and her husband lived in Benkelman until the early 1940's when they moved to the Pacific Northwest. Later they retired to North Carolina where they lived for five years before moving to Arlington, Virginia, to be near their daughter, Mrs. Harry H. Lane of 871 North Longfellow Street, Arlington.

Mrs. Hawks enjoyed reasonably good health until the time of her husband's death last November. The day after his funeral she fell and broke her hip. This was followed by other complications from which she never recovered.

Besides her daughter Imogene, she leaves a son, Manley Hawks of Springfield. Illinois; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Miller of Salem, Oregon, and Mrs. Manilla Merklin of Benkelman and a brother, George Osborn of Longmont, Colorado. Also surviving are three grandchildren. Dr. Wayne Hawks of Alexandria, Virginia; Dean Hawks of Chicago, Illinois and Jane Ann Hawks of Springfield, Illinois.

Mrs. Hawks was active in Christ Methodist Church in Arlington and was a member of the Deborah Circle. She was also a member of the Emily Nelson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 117, Salisbury, North Carolina.

Funeral services were held at the Arlington Funeral Home on August 30, with interment in National Memorial Park Cemetery, Falls Church, Virginia.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1970

Earl P. Hawks

Earl P. Hawks of 5337 North 26th Street, Arlington, Virginia, passed away at the Fort Buffalo Convalescent and Nursing Home in Fairfax, Virginia, on November 17, 1970. Funeral services were held at the Arlington Funeral Home on November 19, with interment in National Memorial Park Cemetery, Falls Church, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Lolo, a son, Manley, of Springfield, Illinois, and a daughter, Mrs. Imogene Lane, of Arlington, as well as three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Older residents will remember Mr. Hawks who was a farmer and rancher in the Benkelman area from 1912 until the early 1940's. Earl and his twin brother, Ernest, were born in Dundy county on December 14, 1888. They were the sons of Robert S. Hawks, one of the early pioneers of Dundy County, who had come to Nebraska from Phelps, New York, seeking a climate. more beneficial to his health.

Earl grew to manhood in Benkelman, and there met and married Lolo Osborn. He continued living in Dundy County until shortly before World War II when he moved to Vancouver, Washington. After the war Earl continued to live and work in Vancouver—not retiring until he was almost 70 years old. He and Mrs. Hawks then moved to North Carolina where they enjoyed five years of retirement, but because of failing health they moved to Arlington some seven years ago to be closer to their daughter.

A favorite story which Mr. Hawks retold many times of his working as a young man in Benkelman grading the road, that went up the hill by the school and of unearthing a mastodon jaw bone which is now in the museum at Lincoln.

One of the highlights of Mr. Hawks' life came a few years ago when he visited the town of Hadley, Massachusetts, which his direct ancestor John Hawks helped found in the 1650's. He then continued on to Deerfield, Massachusetts. a town of many beautiful old homes that were built centuries ago. There the home still stands and is lived in today that was built by one of Earl's direct ancestors in 1702. Here he met one of the last Hawks of Deerfied, Miss Rachel Hawks. Some may have read of her work in the June 1969 issue of the National Geographic Magazine, in its article on Deerfield. Miss Hawks and Earl in tracing their ancestry found they had the same great great grandfather who performed patriotic service in the Revolutionary War. Here he also learned of the hardships endured by those early settlers during the French and Indian Wars which were later repeated to a certain extent in the settling of the west.

Although Earl often spoke of visiting Benkelman, he never re turned after going to the Pacific Northwest. A weekly occasion during his retirement years was the arrival of the Benkelman Post. There he could read about old friends and acquaintances , and all those familiar places that he remembered so well.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1985

Manford M. Hawks

Manford M. Hawks was born south of Benkelman, Nebraska, September 27, 1913, and departed from this life August 28, 1985, in Salem, Oregon. He was the son of Ernest and Lena Osborn Hawks.

Three months before Manford's birth, Ernest was killed by lightning while riding his horse to town to get a doctor for a neighbor.

After his birth, Lena and Manford lived with her parents, George and Joanna Osborn. In 1917, Lena married Levi Miller and moved to Doane where Manford went to school. He was a good student and graduated from Benkelman High School at the age of 15.

After working in Nebraska for a couple of years, he went to Wyoming where he met Elsie Petersen. They were married in 1937. To this union two sons and one !daughter were born. The family moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where he worked for General Foods Grain, retiring from there in 1976. He and his wife wintered in Yuma, Arizona, and spent their summers around Salem, Oregon. He was a devout Christian, and was loved by all who knew him.

Preceding him in death besides his father, were his mother, Lena Miller; brother, Willard Miller; and stepfather, Levi Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie; daughter, Delena Danielsen, and husband, Delbert, of Portland, Oregon; son, Ernest, and wife, Judy, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; son, Bob, and wife, Debbie, of Covena, California; brother, Allan Miller, of Wellton, Arizona; sisters, Alma Miller Smith and Luella Miller Troxell of Salem, Oregon; one stepsister, Ella Miller Cantrell of Fort Morgan, Colorado; and three granddaughters, Katie and Molly Danielsen and Karen Hawks.

A memorial service was held at St. Paul Episcopal Church on Friday, August 30, in Salem, Oregon.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2005

Manley Dallas Hawks

Manley Dallas Hawks, 87, of Columbia, Mo., passed away Monday, July 18, 2005, at the Ashland Healthcare Center.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia with the Rev. Katie Jackson officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hawks was born on Nov. 17, 1917, in Benkelman, Neb., to Earl and Lola Hawks. He received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in law enforcement from the University of Illinois.

He and Lettie Emken were married on Nov. 10, 1940. She preceded him in death. He married Hazel Howey on Sept. 26, 1987, and she survives. Mr. Hawks is also survived by his daughter, Jane Ann Gehrking, of Fountain, Minn.; sons: Wayne Hawks of Columbia and Dean Hawks of Dallas, Texas; his sister, Imogene Lane, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

During World War II, Mr. Hawks served in the U.S. Navy. He then worked 21 years as an agent in the FBI. Upon his retirement from the FBI, he served five years as the director of the Illinois Bureau of Investigation. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Mendota (Ill.) Elks Lodge. Mr. Hawks served as president of the Arizona Chapter of the Founders and Patriots of America. He was also president of the Arizona Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2006

Dale Glenn Hayes

Dale Glenn Hayes passed away on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, at Lutheran Hospice Center in Denver, Colo., after suffering may months of melanoma cancer.

He was born and raised in Oklahoma and spent five years and one month in the infantry during World War II. He remained active in the reunion of Co. L-402 and attended some of the reunions held every year until bad health forced him to miss them.

Dale retired in 1982 from Cudahy Packing Company and spent his retirement years fishing, enjoying all sports and caring for his lawn and roses.

He married Florence Fern Jones of Benkelman, Neb., and they raised Dan, Susan and Rick.

Dale was preceded in death by his son Rick, his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

His survivors are his wife. Florence Fern, of Denver; son Dan and Delores Hayes of Olympia, Wash.; daughter Susan Hayes of Goleta, Calif.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Charley and Betty Hayes of Coffeyville, Kan., and Bob and Clareanne Hayes of Miami, Okla.

Services were held at the Brentwood Methodist Church on Oct. 10, 2006, and entombment was in the Crown Hill Mausoleum at Wheatridge, Colo.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2000

Anita (Samler) Hayne

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Anita (Samler) Hayne, age 80, of Columbus, Ohio, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 4, 2000. She was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to Christian and Elizabeth (Knorr) Samler.

Anita was a retired lieutenant colonel of the United States Air Force, and a Registered Nurse for more than 45 years. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Westerville, Ohio, and the Order of Eastern Star in Nebraska.

She was known for her loving kindness and generosity.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Elwood L. Hayne. She is survived by her brothers, Jacob Samler, M.D., of Bakersfield, Calif., and Otto Samler of St. Francis, Kan., and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. at the Evans Funeral Home in Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2000, with the Rev. John Zimmerman officiating. Interment was in Floral Hills Memory Gardens at Ashville, Ohio. Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1997

Gerald Layne "Jiggs" Hayward

Gerald Layne "Jiggs" Hayward, a lifetime cattle rancher, died on July 3, 1997, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. He was 83 years old.

Jiggs was born on April 12, 1914, in Elk City. Kan., to George and Inez (Cox) Hayward. In 1915 the family moved to Rolla, Kan., from Elk City to start a bank. Rolla, in Morton County, Kan., was being homesteaded, and at that time was the end of the line on the railroad.

Gerald, known to everyone as Jiggs. was, according to him, given the name by the hired girl after the funny paper character, Jiggs, when he was about three. Jiggs, like everybody at the time, grew up riding a horse. He thought there was something wrong with someone who didn't like good horses and always pursued what he thought was the cowboy way. Jiggs could ride as far in a long trot, without a drink, as most anybody would want.

No stranger to hard times, he graduated from high school in 1932 in the grip of the depression in Morton County, touted as the heart of the dust bowl. Drought and a rather punk economy is what really educated Jiggs. His entire life was spent trying to make every shot count so you could make 'er through the next dry spell. Jiggs worked in the bank for a while but this was too confining, and as he put it, he was way too soft to be a banker.

His love was cattle and horses and in 1936 he purchased a ranch in Cheyenne County, Colo. He loved Colorado--the grass was good, the people were scattered and it was free open range. "Bangs" took his calf crop, and broke again, he went to work for the Matador Land and Cattle Company at Charming, Texas, in 1937. This was one of his favorite times in his life and he said this was ranching and cowboying the way it should be done.

Sometimes banks have a way of telling you what you'll do, and when he returned to ranching, he was in the steer business.

He was joined in marriage to Mable Della Leach Dec. 5, 1940, the most necessary and prized possession of his life.

1942: Greetings. Your friends, and neighbors have selected you to serve in the United States Army. North Africa, Sicily, England, Normandy, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany. Memorable places like Casablanca, Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge. Fiercely patriotic and proud to serve his country, he gave no quarter to men who would not. He said, "Don't volunteer for nothin', if they need you they'll let you know." He went where he was sent by his old Uncle Sam.

When —D-Day came, June 6, '44, he was sick in the hospital. The sergeant came down and told him, "Hayward, if you're going with us, get out of bed." Too weak to carry his bedroll, his buddies helped load up. When asked why he didn't stay there, he said, "After all they'd been through he wouldn't miss that for anything." Like the countless thousands of men in his circumstance, Jiggs placed an extreme value on loyalty.

Having seen the unbearable price exacted of young men in forgotten fields and bombed-out hamlets and cities, stifling heat and biting cold, sand and dust, mud, misery, and snow all stained by the blood of America's best, most selfless, and brave, he could not accept the fact that for an imagined easy ride a majority of the American people would prostitute themselves into dictatorship and socialism selling out the proud with them.

After his return from the war, one daughter and two sons were born: Kitty, Kelly and Casey.

In 1963, Jiggs and Della purchased another ranch and moved their family to Parks, Neb., where he continued to ranch as long as his health permitted.

Jiggs will be remembered as a Christian with dignity, integrity, generosity, a sense of humor and a love for music and animals. He was honest to a fault. He did not want what someone else had and a deal was a deal with him, a fact he had to reinforce some boys' memories on occasion. The ranch and the way of life it offered to his family is his legacy.

Jiggs is survived by his wife, Della: their daughter, Kitty, and her husband, Clarence Jones, of Grand Junction, Colo.; their sons, Kelly and his wife, Tami, of Parks, and Casey and his wife, Martha. of Maricopa, Ariz.; a widowed sister, Jeanne Daniels of Elkhart, Kan.; a brother, Jack Hayward, and his wife, Helene, also of Elkhart; nine grandchildren: Rochelle Kling, Monica Bosick, Holly and Kelci Hayward, Jessica, Nicholas, Blake, Buster and Brooke Hayward; four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Jiggs was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, J. W. "Cap" Daniels, and a grandson, Tyler Hayward.

A graveside service was held at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 6, 1997, at the Hayward Ranch. Prayers were offered by the Rev. Vernon Whetstone and remarks, by David Merklin. The musical selection by Kelly Hayward was "We Must Walk That Lonesome Valley." The U.S. flag presentation was by the American Legion and VFW and burial was at the Hayward Ranch. Bearers were Brian Kling, Don Donohue, Eddie Burns, Bob Krutsinger, Everett Stute, Eldon Boyington, Al Kasten, Greg Cox and Leland Stute.

***

This little poem has to do with an old cowman reminiscin’ about some of the beautiful sunrises he has seen and havin’ spent most of his life on cow ranches, he's had the opportunity to see a lot of ‘em. Cause if cow outfits have anything in common, it's the fact that they all start early in the morning, and many times on roundup the riders are scattered while it's still dark, and even after they're dropped off they may have to wait a little while for it to lighten up enough to see to start the day's drive, and that's where our poem begins.

“Picture if you will, this man astride a good horse, on a high vantage point, overlookin’ a vast expanse of space, uncluttered with smokin’ factories, busy shopping centers and congested highways. You might even in your mind's eye like to trade places with this man, who sees in the beauty of nature the handiwork of his Creator, and knows in his heart as his Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God.

“Have you ever topped out on a ridge in the cold, grey hours of dawn, and set there in your saddle waitin’ for the show that's comin’ on? All the tints and shades and colors, splashing out across the sky, a masterpiece of beauty by the architect on high. Always different, always changin’, never be the same again. Lock it deep within your memory, it will make your spirit sing.

“And somewhere in the future, when you're feeling gray and old, and seems there's nothin’ left for you but the darkness and the cold. Just remember that the dawn comes on, and changes things always. And somewhere in the distance you can hear The Master say, Awaken to the Son Rise, it's a Grand and Glorious Day. And son is spelled capital S-O-N.”

By: Jiggs Hayward



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1984

Esther O. (Wolles) Hazelwood

Esther O. Hazelwood died Monday, February 13, 1984, at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman at the age of 96 years.

She was born May 11, 1887, at Red Oak, Iowa, to Adolph and Emma Wolles.

Survivors include two daughters, Maxine Ferguson of Benkelman and Norma (Mrs. Stan) Dye of Oregon City, Oregon; two sisters, Mary Ruggles of Ohio and Marie Shell of Lincoln; two brothers, Henry Wolles of Coolidge, Arizona, and Frank Wolles of Columbus; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Anna; and three brothers, Walter, Ed and John.

Services were held Friday, February 17, 1984, at 11 a.m. in Lattin-Duggan-Chambers Chapel in Fremont, Nebraska. Rev. Harold Hamilton officiated.

The songs, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" were the selections.

Pallbearers were Dr. Vincent Kershaw, Michael Dye, Shawn Kershaw, William Ferguson, Brett Ferguson and Louis Quintana. Interment was in Fremont Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska. Lattin-Duggan-Chambers Service of Fremont, Nebraska, was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1991

Elsie M. (Gooder) Hazlett

NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-Elsie M. Hazlett, 78, a resident of North Platte, Nebraska, since 1984, died July 18, 1991, at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

Born April 2, 1913, at Phillipsburg, Kansas, to Royal and Hester (Dennis) Gooder, she was raised and attended schools in Kansas.

On July 4, 1936, she married Harold E. Hazlett at Norton, Kansas. He died January 22, 1986. Harold and Elsie resided in the Parks, Nebraska, area for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Charles of Parks and Eugene of Charleston, South Carolina; two daughters, Gertrude Hazlett and Linda Hazlett, both of North Platte; a brother, Gerald Gooder of Norton; a sister, Veva Wray, of Norton; six grandchildren, a step-grandchild and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Adams and Swanson Chapel in North Platte with the Rev. Garry Timmons officiating. Burial was in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens in North Platte. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home of North Platte was in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1995

Arthur Eugene Hazlett

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.--Retired Navy Senior Chief Arthur Eugene Hazlett, 50, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, head custodian with Goose Creek High School, died Saturday, January 7, 1995, in a Charleston hospital.

He was born in Norton, Kansas, a son of Harold E. and Elsie M. (Gooder) Hazlett.

Hazlett was a member of the Parks (Nebraska) graduating class of 1963, was an electronic technician in the Navy and was a member of the American Legion and Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow.

Surviving are his wife, Helen E. Hunter Hazlett; a daughter, Melyssa Henagan, of Norfolk, Virginia; two sons, Randall and Christopher, both of Goose Creek; a brother, Charles Hazlett, of Columbus, Nebraska; two sisters, Trudy Hazlett and Linda Hazlett, both of North Platte, Nebraska, and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 11, 1995, in Stuhr's Greenridge Road Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Entombment was in the Plantation Memorial Gardens with full military honors at the cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2005

Jennie Elsie “Jean” (Lucas) Headrick

Jennie Elsie “Jean” Headrick, 101, died on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at the Grand Island Veterans Home, Services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Grand Island Veterans Home Chapel. Burial was in the Veterans Home Cemetery at Grand Island, Neb.

Jennie was born on Dec. 12, 1903, to George and Agnes (Craddock) Lucas at her parents farm home at Palmyra, Neb.

Jennie attended grade school at Palmyra and graduated from the School of Agriculture in 1925 with her sister Nelle.

She was united. in marriage to Paul Robert Headrick on May 29, 1930 in Omaha, Neb, Paul was employed by International Harvester as a salesman. During World War II, they lived at Mead, Neb., where Paul was a guard at the Mead Ordnance Plant and Jennie was a homemaker, They moved to Benkelman, Neb., for three years, then to Holdrege, Neb., and to the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island in 1970. Paul died on Nov. 15, 1972.

Mrs._Headrick was a member of the Baptist Church, VFW Auxiliary, World War I Barracks 1260, American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society,

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Joyce McDonald, grandson Jody McDonald.; brothers Richard, George, Albert, Fred, Nicolas, Joe and Sam Lucas, and sisters Eleanor Callaway, Pauline Taine, Nelle Quinn, Dorothy Palmer and Helen Mattern.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Betty Joan and Gerald Pinkerton of Benkelman; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Clinton Headrick of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jon Clark and Jeanette of Lincoln, Neb., grandchildren and spouses: Bonnie McDonald of Moore, Okla., James Austin and Nancy McDonald of Duluth, Georgia, Gary E. and Siriluck Pinkerton of Bangkok, Thailand, Lisa and Randy Amos of Fort Worth, and Andrea and Jeff Reed of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; great-grandchildren Jennifer, Jeffrey and Emily McDonald and a sister-in-law, Pat Lucas, of Bothell, Wash.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1987

John Fay Headrick

IMPERIAL - John Fay Headrick died today (June 11, 1987) at the Chase County Community Hospital at the age of 73.

Survivors include his wife, Amelia A. (Tesar ) Headrick of Irnperial; one son, Merrill of Westminster, Colo : one daughter. Mrs. Ed (Mary Lynn) Vaughan of Plastonthill. Mo.; one brother, Keith of Denver; three sisters, Madge Knapp of Bird City, Kan., Merna Schnee of Atwood, Donna Dupuis of New Orleans, La.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. (MST) at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with the Rev. Jim Lucas officiating.

Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial. A memorial has been established in his memory and can be left at the funeral home. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 2-7 p m. at the Creveling Funeral Home of Imperial.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1972

Paul Robert Headrick

Military funeral services for Paul R. Headrick who passed away November 15, 1972 were held November 17 in the Chapel of the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island where he had been confined to the hospital section the past three years. Born May 16, 1897 at Alexandria, Nebraska, he was the son of J. Robert and Mildred White Headrick. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the Navy. On May 29, 1930 in Omaha he was married to Jennie E. Lucas of Palmyra, Nebraska.

Paul was a farm implement salesman much of his career except during World War II when he was a guard at the Ordnance plant at Mead, Nebraska. He was employed at the Ford garage in Benkelman from 1949 to 1953 when they moved to Holdrege. In 1969 Paul and his wife moved to Grand Island to reside in the Veterans Home.

Survivors include his wife Jennie; two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Betty Jo) Pinkerton of Benkelman and Mrs. James (Joyce) McDonald of Moore, Oklahoma; two sons, Clinton of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jon Clark (Amos) of Lincoln, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Gary Pinkerton, Bonnie, Jamie, and Jodie McDonald of Moore, Okla., and Lisa and Andrea Headrick of Fort Worth. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Hazel and two brothers, Adloi and Virgil.

Interment was in the Burkett Cemetery in Grand Island.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1978

Mary Nellie (Schulze) Heater

Mary Nellie Heater was born to August and Lina Schulze on April 5, 1899 in Dundy County, Nebraska near Benkelman and passed away Tuesday, December 20, 1977, at the Dundy County Hospital. She resided in this area during her entire life.

On May 15, 1918 she was united in marriage to Oscar Crowe and for five years they lived on the Darnell farm southeast of Benkelman. In the year 1923 Oscar and Mary began to acquire units of their own farm which is stated in this immediate vicinity and they lived there until 1956 when they moved to Benkelman. Oscar passed away October 11, 1961.

On January 10, 1965 Mary was united in marriage to Percie Heater of Max, Nebraska and they resided there for about nine months, then Mary moved bock to Benkelman.

She passed away after a period of illness on December 20, 1977.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Oscar Crowe; her second husband, Percie Heater, and by four sisters: Martha Kutz, Anna Hatch, Emma Hunter and Katie Wiley.

She is survived by her sister, Clara Cannon of Benkelman, brother-in-low, Adolph Kutz, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Mary was a member of the Church of Christ for a number of years and transferred to the Benkelman United Methodist Church in 1964 where she was a faithful and loyal member.

Mary Heater was a kind and loving person, a good neighbor and a friend to all who knew her.

Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Chapel at ten o'clock Thursday, morning, December 22nd with the Rev. Allan W. Martin officiating. A duet comprising of Velma and Wilbur Case sang "Saved By Grace” and "Going Down the Valley," accompanied by Phyllis Kirkman on the organ. Casketbearers were Byron Els, Jerry McDonald, Ben Gottschalk, Loren Mossburgh, Kent Helm and Jerry Novacek. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

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

George Phillip Heater

George P. Heater, 83, of Meridian, Idaho, a retired carpenter, died Tuesday morning, January 11, in a Boise, Idaho, nursing home after a long illness.

George P. Heater was born April 16, 1871, in Richardson county, Nebraska. He lived a number of years in Dickens, Lincoln county, Nebraska, moved to Stratton, Nebraska, in 1910 and in 1911 moved to Haigler, Nebraska, with his family. A few years later he moved to Stratton and in 1918 moved to Meridian, Idaho, and later to Eagle, Idaho.

He was married to Mary Schmelzer and to this union four children were born. She passed away in 1902. In 1903 he was married to Rosa Bell Suffield. To this union seven children were born. His wife preceded him in death in 1939; also three sons, two in infancy, and Efferd in 1923 at the age of 22.

He was always a kind and loving father and always ready to help a neighbor. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by three sons, Lester of Clackanus, Ore.; Curtis, Springfield, Ore.; Percie, Max, Nebr.; five daughters, Mrs. Meada Starr, Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Gladys Vermillion, Mountain Home, Idaho; Mrs. Loda Rutledge, Shelton, Wash., Mrs. Goldie Klein, Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Helen Kearns, Eagle, Idaho; three step-children, Mrs. Ethel Lind, Kiron, Iowa; Alwin Tidyman, Shelton, Wash.; Mrs. Edith Douglass, Haigler; three daughters-in-law, 40 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren.

He had spent the last several years with his children and the last few months with those at Eagle, Mountain Home and Boise, Idaho.

Services were conducted in the Church of the Nazarene in Meridian, Idaho, on January 14, Rev. Lester Braddock officiating. Interment was in Cloverdale cemetery under the direction of the Robinson Funeral Home of Meridian. Pallbearers were sons-in-law, Pat Klein, Ted Vermillion, Henry Rutledge and Carl Starr, and grandsons, Stewart Heater and Jess Vermillion.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1977

Percie Edwin Heater

Percie Edwin Heater, son of George and Mary (Schmelzer) Heater was born May 11, 1899 in Hayes County, Nebraska, and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital February 10, 1977.

He attended school in Hayes and Dundy County.

In 1917 he met and married Lizzie Huser. To this union three children were born: Stewart, Venus, and Doris.

Percie was employed by the Krotter Lumber Yards as a grain and lumber dealer in both Stratton and Max. He was a very dedicated and loyal employee for fifty years.

He received his 50 year pin in Robert Burns Masonic Lodge #173 A.F. & A.M. in i 1976.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Lizzie in 1963. He is survived by his children Stewart and Gladys Heater, Venus and Jock Jacoby all of Denver, Colo., Doris and Jeff McDonald of Stratton. Grandchildren Jerry and Brenda McDonald, Scott McDonald, Shirley and Frank Hamilton, and Bill Heater. Four great grandchildren, also one sister Meada Starr, Bosie, Idaho; one brother, Lester Heater, Portland, Ore., one half brother Curtis, 4 half sisters, Loda, Gladys, Goldie and Helen, and one step sister Edith, besides cousins and a host of friends.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1982

Stewart E. Heater

Stewart E. Heater died November 29, 1982, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Heater was born April 17, 1918, in Stratton to Percie E. and Elizabeth (Huser) Heater. He was married November 19, 1944, at Max to Gladys L. Raichart.

He was a World War II veteran and member of the following: Robert Burns Lodge 173 A.F. & A.M. of Stratton; Rocky Mountain Consistory No. 2 of Denver; and Denver Chapter No. 59, Order of Eastern Star.

Mr. Heater was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys of Denver; one son, William A. Heater of McCook; and two sisters, Mrs. Jeff (Doris) McDonald of Stratton and Mrs. Floyd (Venus),  Jacoby of Denver, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Masonic services were December 2 in the Jones Funeral Chapel of Benkelman with the Rev. Dale Coates officiating. The organist, Phyllis Kirkman, accompanied Velma and Wilbur Case in the selections "Softly and Tenderly" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand."

Pallbearers were Jerry McDonald, Kelly Raichart, Scott McDonald, Kevin Atkins, Jim Fasano and Steven McDade. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff McDonald, Verle Raichart, William Donze, Torsten Anderson, Melvin Campbell, Reginald Stahly and Burdette Randall. Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery with American Legion committal. The Jones Funeral Home Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1986

William Albert Heater

William Albert Heater was born January 31, 1942, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Bill was reared in Colorado and received his education in the Englewood, Colorado, schools. He attended Cherrelyn, Sinclair and Englewood High.

Mr. Heater enjoyed the outdoors and spent most of his life working on farms and ranches in Colorado and Nebraska. He worked for several years for his uncle, Verle Raichart of Benkelman, Nebraska, and then relocated in the North Platte area, where he was living when he suddenly expired while working on Tuesday, September 2, 1986, at the age of 44.

“Bill," as he was known by his family and friends, enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting in his leisure time. He also was a good bowler and had bowled on several leagues in Colorado and Nebraska.

BM leaves to mourn his passing, his mother, Gladys Heater of Denver, Colorado; his grandmother, Clara Raichart; his uncle, Verle Raichart, both of Benkelman, Nebraska; his aunt, Venus, and husband, Jake Jocby, of Denver, Colorado; and his aunt, Doris, and her husband, Jeff McDonald, of Stratton, Nebraska, many other relatives and friends in Colorado and Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stewart Heater, in 1982.

Services were held Friday, September 5, 1986, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Betty Erdman. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang the selections "Why Me, Lord" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand."

Bearers were Scott McDonald, Kenneth Criger, Jerry McDonald, Torsten Anderson, Kelly Raichart and Levoine Humphreys.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1982

Stewart E. Heater

Stewart E. Heater died November 29, 1982, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Heater was born April 17, 1918, in Stratton to Percie E. and Elizabeth (Huser) Heater. He was married November 19, 1944, at Max to Gladys L. Raichart.

He was a World War II veteran and member of the following: Robert Burns Lodge 173 A.F. & A.M. of Stratton; Rocky Mountain Consistory No. 2 of Denver; and Denver Chapter No. 59, Order of Eastern Star.

Mr. Heater was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys of Denver; one son, William A. Heater of McCook; and two sisters, Mrs. Jeff (Doris) McDonald of Stratton and Mrs. Floyd (Venus),  Jacoby of Denver, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Masonic services were December 2 in the Jones Funeral Chapel of Benkelman with the Rev. Dale Coates officiating. The organist, Phyllis Kirkman, accompanied Velma and Wilbur Case in the selections "Softly and Tenderly" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand."

Pallbearers were Jerry McDonald, Kelly Raichart, Scott McDonald, Kevin Atkins, Jim Fasano and Steven McDade. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff McDonald, Verle Raichart, William Donze, Torsten Anderson, Melvin Campbell, Reginald Stahly and Burdette Randall. Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery with American Legion committal. The Jones Funeral Home Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1986

William Albert Heater

William Albert Heater was born January 31, 1942, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Bill was reared in Colorado and received his education in the Englewood, Colorado, schools. He attended Cherrelyn, Sinclair and Englewood High.

Mr. Heater enjoyed the outdoors and spent most of his life working on farms and ranches in Colorado and Nebraska. He worked for several years for his uncle, Verle Raichart of Benkelman, Nebraska, and then relocated in the North Platte area, where he was living when he suddenly expired while working on Tuesday, September 2, 1986, at the age of 44.

“Bill," as he was known by his family and friends, enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting in his leisure time. He also was a good bowler and had bowled on several leagues in Colorado and Nebraska.

BM leaves to mourn his passing, his mother, Gladys Heater of Denver, Colorado; his grandmother, Clara Raichart; his uncle, Verle Raichart, both of Benkelman, Nebraska; his aunt, Venus, and husband, Jake Jocby, of Denver, Colorado; and his aunt, Doris, and her husband, Jeff McDonald, of Stratton, Nebraska, many other relatives and friends in Colorado and Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stewart Heater, in 1982.

Services were held Friday, September 5, 1986, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Betty Erdman. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang the selections "Why Me, Lord" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand."

Bearers were Scott McDonald, Kenneth Criger, Jerry McDonald, Torsten Anderson, Kelly Raichart and Levoine Humphreys.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1971

Hattie May (Lytle) Hedges

Hattie May Hedges, a Dundy County resident for many years, expired at Johnson County, Kansas on Sunday and was laid at rest in the Chase Cemetery at Imperial on Wednesday afternoon. She was 82 years of age.

She was born on December 20, 1888 near Dorchester, Saline County, Nebraska to Herman and Mary (Kuhns) Lytle. She was married to Archie William Hedges on August 22, 1913 at Grant, Nebraska. He preceded her in death in 1965.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James Willis (Alberta) of Olathe, Kansas, and Mrs. Olive Bolles of Kansas City, Missouri. There are five grandchildren: Merrill Headrick, Denver; Mrs. Shirley Irwin, Hastings; Meredith Bolles, McCook; Mary Lynn Salmons, Overland Park, Kansas; Judy Suda, Palisade, Nebr., and Merwyn Bolles of Kansas City, Missouri. Two sisters also survive. They are Myrtle May of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Grace Tuttle of Dewey, Oklahoma.

Funeral services were held at the Benkelman Baptist Church with Robert Sander officiating. The pianist was Mrs. John Ferguson and the singers, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sander. Bearers were John Ferguson, Ernest Graham, Milton Singley, Irvin (Bob) Brown, Wilfred Hansen and Marvin Hansen. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1983

Elsie (Blue) Hedke

Elsie (Blue) Hedke was born January 20, 1915, at Carbondale, Colorado to E.T. (Jack) and Kate (Waters) Blue. She departed this life February 22, 1983 at the Dundy County Hospital, Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 68 years, one month and two days.

She grew up in her beloved Trenton, graduated from Trenton High School in 1932 and on May 20, 1945 she married Ray I. Hedke. God blessed this union with a son, Rick I.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Flo Ethel Blue and Cassie (Blue) Seybold; two brothers, Thomas and Pat. Survivors include her husband, Ray, son Rick, and daughter-in-law, Cindy; three grandsons, Dustin, Quentin and Andrew of Trenton; two brothers, Roy of Austin, Nev. and Andy of Oxford; five sisters, Henrietta Kemp of Bellevue, Velma Reiser of Valentine, Edna Robb of Kingman, Az., Florence Chapman and Frances Blue of Trenton and a wealth of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 26, 1983 in the United Methodist Church in Trenton with Rev. Richard Atherton officiating. Burial was in the Trenton Cemetery with services conducted by Father Ernest Stoup.

Her enthusiasm and willingness to serve will be missed by the Legion Auxiliary, the Trenton Alumni Association, where she was secretary-treasurer for nineteen years, the Hitchcock County Historical Society, the Hitchcock County Red Cross and she was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Her commitment of service to these is a credit to both the organizations and Elsie herself.

In the past few years, a source of great joy for Elsie were her three grandsons, to which she devoted much time and love.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2000

Dorothy Elaine (Brown) Heilers

St. HELENS, Ore.--Graveside services for Dorothy Elaine Heilers of St. Helens were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2000, at the Columbia Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Columbia Funeral Home.

Mrs. Heilers died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in a Portland hospital. She was 84.

She was born Oct. 25, 1915, in Max, Neb., to John and Ellen (Breedon) Brown. She moved to St. Helens in 1941 and was employed in the print room at the St. Helens bag factory for 33 years before her retirement.

Mrs. Heilers was one of the original residents at Spring Meadows Assisted Living in St. Helens and was well-known among the residents there for her love of gardening and care of the facility's flowers. She was also known for her silk flower arrangements, which she shared with friends and family. She demonstrated her love for animals with her many bird feeders.

Her husband, Leonard Henry Heilers, died in 1973.

She is survived by her sons: Leonard L. of California and William J. of St. Helens; brothers: Clyde Brown of Benkelman, Neb., and Don Brown of Warren, Ore.; a sister, Elizabeth Phillips, of Max; grandchildren: Theresa Trotter and Duffer Vick, and two great-grandchildren.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December? 1933?

Velma Mae (Ketler) Heisterkarnp

Velma Mae Heisterkarnp died Mon., Nov. 26 at Ord, Nebraska, at the age of 72. She was born at Bloomington, Nebraska, April 28, 1907 to the late Carl and Roberta Ketler.

She married Ernest Heisterkarnp Oct 2, 1944 and he preceded her in death Aug. 27, 1966. She was a member of St. Albans Episcopal Church, a charter member of Daughters of the Nile, DAR member, and was a member of Eureka Chapter No. 86 OE. She was employed by Bureau of Reclamation in McCook before retirement several years ago. She had made her home in Ord for two years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mildred French Wilson, Lincoln, and Marilyn Mick, Denver, Colorado; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and one sister, Marguerite Van Pelt, Mt. Vernon, Washington.

Funeral services were held at St. Albans Episcopal Church Wed., Nov, 22 at 3 p.m. wth the Rev. Rodney Moore officiating. Interment was beside her parents in the Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook, NE under the direction of the Herrmann Funeral Home.

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

Jennie (Trembly) Helms

Jennie Helms, 75, died Wednesday in Beloit, Kan.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the United Methodist Church, Wray.

Attending from this area were Mrs. Floyd Trembly and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Trembly, Haigler, and Mr. and Mrs. John Busby and Hazel Douthit, St. Francis. Jennie was a sister of Floyd and Earl Trembly and Mrs. Busby.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1984

John Fredrick Hemming

John Fredrick Hemming, son of Wilhem and Sophia Flemming, was born January 28, 1903, at Chalco, Nebraska. He passed away at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, on July 25, 1984, at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 27 days.

John moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas, with his family in 1910 where he spent his youth and attended school until the seventh grade.

In 1927 John married Della Mae Dungan. He owned and farmed his father's farmstead. To this union were born four children: Loretta May, who died in infancy; Alvin John, who passed away at the age of seven months; Jo Eugene and Delbert Dale. Della's health kept failing and she passed away in 1937.

John's Christian faith was a source of comfort and strength. He was baptized and confirmed in early life.

John was always a good Christian man, loving and caring for his family and friends. He was always a jolly and happy person.

John and Sylvia lived on the farm for years. Then in 1977 they moved to Bird City. He always enjoyed tilling the soil, farming, gardening and his flowers.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, infant son and daughter, brother, Pete, and sisters, Alma Harriman, Clara Zielke and Emma Richardson.

He leaves his loving wife, Sylvia; his sons, Jo and wife, Nadine, and Delbert and wife, Janice; sisters, Hulda Peters, of Bird City, Kansas, and Olga Zielke, of Lemmon, South Dakota; brothers, Albert, of Benkelman and Hans, of Oberlin; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Services were held Saturday, July 25, at the United Methodist Church in Bird City, Kansas, with Rev. Dan Waters officiating.

Laura Lee Jones, organist, accompanied the quartet, Karen Flemming, Shawn Carson, Greg Waters and Beth Latschar, as they sang "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Bearers were Larry Flemming, Douglas Hemming, Dale Hemming, Dave Flemming, Darrel Petz and Roger Brenner.

Honorary bearers were Raymond McNabb, Don Creason, Douglas Waters, Robert Bellis, Larry Hubbard and Lon Sulley.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1999

Leta Bernice (Little) Henderson

ST. FRANCIS, Kan. — Leta Bernice Henderson, 77, died Sunday (April 4, 1999) at Goodland Regional Medical Center at Goodland, Kan.

She was born Aug. 2, 1921, at Dundy County to Frank Benjamin and Gladys Marie (Williamson) Little.

She was married to Otis Henderson. They lived in the St. Francis area and in Bird City, Kan. She worked as a dispatcher for the Cheyenne County Sheriffs Office.

She was a member of the First Christian Church at St. Francis; the Rebekah Lodge No. 675; and the Ladies Auxiliaries to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Otis, on Aug. 25, 1986.

Survivors include one son, Dallas E. Henderson of Albany, La.; three daughters, Donna J. Scoby of Greeley, Colo., Vickey Hill of St. Francis, and Beverly Howland of Goodland; one brother, Charlie Little, Aurora, Colo.; three sisters, Mabel Hanson of Benkelman, Wilda Alsbury, also of Benkelman, and Delores Conley, Many, La.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services are Wednesday, 2 p.m. (CDT) at the First Christian Church at St. Francis with Pastor Joe Briseno officiating. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery.

Visitation is today until 9 p.m.

Memorials will be accepted for the Rebekah's Scholarship Fund.

Knodel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1988

Jack Lee Henderson

Jack Lee Henderson was born March 7, 1937, at Brush, Colorado, and died September 25, 1988, at Evanston, Wyoming.

He is survived by five daughters: Cheryl Lovell and husband, Jim, of Loveland, Colorado, Susan Nabors and husband, Mark, of Memphis, Tennessee, Debbie Spencer and husband, Dennis, of Fay, Arkansas, Peggy Norman and husband, Warren, also. of Fay, and Tricia Lee Henderson of Haigler. Nebraska; three stepdaughters: Joie Brown and husband, Alan, of Idalia, Colorado, Mary Pevler of Kearney, Nebraska, and Julie Pevler of Benkelman, Nebraska; one sister, Mabel Ann Smith and husband, Bob, of Sinclair, Wyoming; one brother, Kenneth and wife, Sharon, of Ft. Morgan, Colorado; six granddaughters: Nicki, Misty, Barbie, Megan, Desirae and Kristen; three step granddaughters: Amber, Toni and Anni, several nieces, nephews and friends.

His daughter, Cheryl, noted: “We were deeply saddened by his tragic death. I found out the true quality that my dad was through his many friends and members of the family. My dad was a unique man in that he sometimes came across as a free spirit and enjoyed life to the fullest, but he was always dedicated to his work as a truck driver and his love for the rodeo.”

Services were held Friday, September 30, 1988, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Haigler, Nebraska, with Pastor Barbara Hart officiating. Kelly Hayward sang “The Great Speckled Bird" and "Amazing Grace."

Bearers were Robert Henderson, Kenny Henderson, Ryan Henderson, Larry Penfoldt, Denny Cumley and Dean Toner. Honorary bearers were John Buckridge, Mick Reynolds, Randy Merritt, Dick Archer, Stan Shafer and John Owens.

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

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, March 26, 2002

Malvin Dean Hendrickson

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

BENKELMAN -- Malvin Dean Hendrickson, 97, died Saturday (March 23, 2002) at his home in Benkelman.

He was born July 10, 1904, in Hebron to John Otto and Della (Cain) Hendrickson. At the age of two, he moved with his mother to Haigler where they lived with his grandparents. When he was eight, his mother married Otis Edwards and they moved to the Pleasant Valley area.

On April 10, 1929, he married Rosella Ernestine DeHart. He shelled corn and worked for Dundy County. He served as a County Commissioner for 24 years. The Dundy County Hospital, Dundy County Senior Center, and the Benkelman Housing Authority were built during his tenure.

He was a member of the Nebraska Association of County Officials, and served as chairman of that organization in the Southwest District for eleven years. He was also a member of the Benkelman School Board, the Benkelman Friends Church, Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite of Free Masonry 32nd Degree Tangier Temple of Omaha, Elks Lodge No. 1432, and the Benkelman Federated Garden Club.

He was an active member of the Benkelman Housing Authority since it's inception in 1963 through 2001, and served as vice-chairman of the board for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosella; infant son, Marlin Dean; and three brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Jean Hendrickson of Omaha/Benkelman, Phyllis Sandsted of Tamarac, Fla.; son, Eldon "Chub" and wife, Eileen Hendrickson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; brother, Ray and wife, Mildred Edwards; sister, Velma Harms; sisters-in-law, Ruth Edwards, Lucille Edwards, and Mildred Wilson.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Revs. Robert Sander and Bill Leach officiating. Services will conclude at the chapel with a private inurnment at a later date.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of usual remembrances, the family asks that memorials be made in his name to the Benkelman Women's Club Library, or the Dundy County Hospital Foundation.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1998

Rosella Ernestine (DeHart) Hendrickson

Rosella Ernestine (DeHart) Hendrickson was born Aug. 7, 1907, to James Floyd and Felicity Blanche (Barnhart) DeHart on the farm of her grandparents, George Jackson and Saray (Corey) DeHart, in Calhoun County, near Lake City, Iowa. She was the youngest of six children including an older half-brother.

At the age of 90, she died on Sunday, May 31, 1998, while a patient at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb.

Due to her mother's ill health in the rainy climate, the DeHart family decided to move west to Dundy County, Neb., where her father had previously purchased land. Eventually the trip was accomplished when they arrived in Benkelman, county seat of Dundy County. Her father soon built their home some 18 miles northwest of Benkelman. This was her home until her marriage.

She attended the nearby rural school and graduated from the eighth grade with the Class of 1922. In those days, graduation exercises were held for all rural eighth-graders who successfully passed the state examinations held in the county courthouse. When it became time for her to attend high school, there were not sufficient finances, so she reviewed the eighth grade one year. The next year, she stayed with an older sister and husband near Wauneta, Neb., and rode her pony to a rural school four miles away where the teacher was teaching the ninth grade. By taking summer courses from the county superintendent, she was able to complete high school in three years. She graduated with her original class in 1926, receiving her certificate in Normal Training. She taught in the county's rural schools and loved every minute of it.

On April 10, 1929, she was married to Malvin Dean Hendrickson, a farm neighbor. This union was blessed with four children: two sons and two daughters. The firstborn son, Marlin Dean, died in infancy. Their family includes Marilyn Jean, a teacher, Phyllis Eileen, a speech therapist and counselor, and Eldon LeRoy "Chub," a civil service employee.

Mrs. Hendrickson was employed for many years as a clerk In the J.C. Penney store and in the Ireland Department Store in Benkelman. After retiring from clerking, she was an Avon representative for more than 25 years.

To fill the void after the children were gone from home, she became interested and involved in Garden Club objectives and work. She studied and took the required courses and met the requirements of a Master Judge in the National Flower Show Schools. She received her Master's Certificate and judged in many of the area flower show competitions. She was active in the organization and served as president of the local club for many terms. Other hobbies included reading, music, poetry and visiting her many friends.

At an early age, she received Jesus Christ into her heart and life as her personal Savior and strived to live a consistent committed Christian life, willing to serve her Lord, her church and her community in any way possible.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant son on Sept. 23, 1932: her half-brother, Floyd Harrison DeHart; three sisters: Eva Kitt, Hazel Durbin and Lela Little, and a brother. LeRoy "Roy" Coleman DeHart.

Survivors include her husband, Malvin, of Benkelman, and their children: Marilyn Jean of Omaha, Neb., Phyllis and husband, Bill Sandsted, of Pensacola, Fla., and Eldon and wife Eileen of Loveland, Colo.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Roy Edwards, and his wife, Mildred. of St. Francis, Kan. ; and four sisters-in-law: Lucille Edwards of Benkelman, Ruth Edwards of Burlington, Colo., Mildred Wilson of Grant, Neb., and Velma Harms of Hebron, Neb., other relatives and many friends.

A memorial service for Ernestine Hendrickson was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, 1998, at the Friends Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Keith Haisch officiating. Mary Baney was the organist and Iola and Don Egle sang “Beyond The Sunset" and "Going Home." Honorary guests were all of Ernestine's friends. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2005

Eva Endora (Howard) Hendrix

Eva Endora Hendrix was born north of Grainton, Neb., to Bly H. and Leta L. (Gerdes) Howard on Nov. 12, 1930. As a young girl, she moved with her parents to a farm in Cheyenne County, Kan., where Eva attended the East White Rural School through the eighth grade. She attended high school in St. Francis, Kan., before moving with her grandparents, Fred and Abigail Gerdes, to Benkelman, Neb.

Eva gained employment at the Moses Drug Store in Benkelman in 1947 and worked there until marrying Lloyd H. Lunzmann on June 30, 1951, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman. The couple settled on the South Divide on the Lunzmann farm. They moved to Imperial, Neb., in 1953 where they made their home. Lloyd passed away in March 1967 and Eva began working at the Stanbar Animal Hospital.

Eva married Lyle J. Hendrix on Aug. 10, 1972, and the couple moved to the Hendrix homestead in the Hiawatha community south of Imperial where they made their home. Lyle passed away in 1988 and Eva moved near Imperial and began working at Chase County Hospital in Imperial in 1992.

At the age of 74, Eva passed away Saturday, April 9, 2005, at the Linden Court Care Facility in North Platte, Neb.

Eva was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Imperial. She had many hobbies including sewing, crocheting, quilting, gardening and canning and she loved to cook.

Survivors include her son, Timothy Lunzmann, of Imperial; a daughter, Cathy Belau, and husband, Rod, of Imperial; a brother, Maynard Howard, of Fredericksburg, Texas; a sister, Karron Donley, and husband, Mike, of Thorton, Colo., and six nephews and four nieces.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, nephew David Armknecht, niece Denise Armknecht and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services for Eva Hendrix were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2005, at the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial with the Rev. Keith Wellman officiating. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman. Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1994

Alice Lorine (Schillinger) Hendrix

BENKELMAN— Alice Lorine (Schillinger) Hendrix was born June 2, 1908, in Dundy County, Nebraska, to Jesse F. and Delia 0. (Roemmich) Schillinger and died August 17, 1994, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 86 years.

She grew up in Dundy County and attended Dundy County schools.

She married Paul H. Hendrix October 18, 1930, at Benkelman. They lived on their farm north of Haigler, Nebraska, after their marriage.

Later they moved to a farm north of Benkelman in Hoover Precinct until they retired and moved into Benkelman.

Mrs. Hendrix was a good neighbor and friend and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed working in her yard, growing flowers and listening to music.

In 1989 she moved to the Hester Memorial Home due to declining health.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; her brother, Drury "Bud" Schillinger, and her three children, infant twins Royal and Roseland and infant son Allan.

Surviving her are three sisters-in-law, June Arnold of Cleveland, Texas, Margaret Doyle of Olympia, Washington, and Bess Hendrix of Benkelman; two brothers-in-law, Junior Hendrix and his wife, Virgil, of Napoleonville, Louisana, and Johnnie Hendrix and his wife, Mabel, of Grand Island, Nebraska; nieces; nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held Friday, August 19, at 10 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating.

Betty Erdman was the organist and Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Johnnie Hendrix, Neal Homer, Larry Wiese, Mardelle Dixon, Floyd Parman and Bill Osborn.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1978

Ella Ottillie Hendrix

Ella Ottillie Hendrix passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Nov. 2, 1978. The daughter of Louis and Rosa Madlina (Jourdan) Talmon, was born May 29, 1894, in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Ella was baptized in infancy and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.

At the age of about eight years she moved with her mother Rosa and sister Bertha to Southwest Nebraska where she grew to womanhood in the Rollwitz community.

On March 18, 1915 Ella was married to Joseph Guy Hendrix, at Benkelman, Dundy county, Nebraska and living the rest of their lives in the Hiawatha community. To this union were born two children, Elsie Rosa Kessler and Lyle Joseph.

Guy and Ella celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on March 18, 1965, at their home in the Hiawatha Community.

On July 16, 1966 her husband preceded her in death, also her parents, a step-father Charley Mundt, sister Bertha Lutz, half-brother Carl Mundt.

She leaves surviving her son Lyle Joseph and wife Eva of Benkelman, Nebr., Elsie Rosa and husband Mike Kessler of Benkelman, Nebr., one granddaughter Cheryl and husband Richard Hamilton of Wauneta, Nebr., half-sister Eda Schwartz of Benkelman, Nebr., sister-in-law Geraldine Mundt, of Benkelman, Nebr., many nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1982

Harry A. (Dick) Hendrix

Harry A. (Dick) Hendrix died Wednesday, February 2, 1982, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born March 2, 1912, in the Hiawatha community of Dundy County to William and Nellie V. (Collins) Hendrix.

He joined the service in March 1941 and served overseas in England. After his discharge from the service, he returned to Benkelman and began his career as a carpenter. Dick retired from his profession nine years ago.

On February 2, 1943, Dick married Bessie Jean Seitz. To this union three children were born: Judy, Richard and Trudy.

Mr. Hendrix was a member of the American Legion Post 65 in Benkelman.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Roy and Paul; and one infant sister, Opal.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie, of Benkelrnan; two daughters, Trudy (Mrs. Larry) Wiese and Judy (Mrs. Bill) Aeby, both of Benkelman; a son, Richard, of Stratton; six grandchildren; one sister, June (Mrs. Forrest) Arnold, of Bolivar, Missouri, and three brothers, Cecil of Boulder, Colorado, Junior of Cortex, Colorado, and Johnny of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Funeral services were Saturday, February 5, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, with Father Conrad Marrarna officiating.

Assisting with the services was Kelly Wallace, singing "The Great Speckled Bird," "The Lord's Prayer" and "How Great Thou Art" Pallbearers were the American Legion members.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with military committal by Martin F. Bowles Post 65. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1983

Harry "Dick" Hendrix

Harry "Dick" Hendrix died this morning at the Dundy County Hospital. He was born March 2, 1912 in the Hiawatha community of Dundy County to William H. and Nellie V. ( Collins) Hendrix.

He was married Feb. 2, 1943 at St. Francis, Kan., to Bessie J. Seitz. He was a WWII veteran and a carpenter by trade. He was a member of the American Legion Post 65 of Benkelman.

Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Opal, and two brothers, Ray and Paul.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie of Benkelman; two daughters, Trudy (Mrs. Larry) Weise and Judy (Mrs. Bill) Aeby, both of Benkelman; a son, Richard of Stratton; six grandchildren; one sister, June (Mrs. Forrest) Arnold of Boliver, Mo., and three brothers, Cecil of Boulder, Colo., Junior of Cortez, Colo., and Johnny of Grand Island.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m.MST at the Jones Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Conrad Marrama officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery with military committal by Martin F. Bowles Post 65. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 3-2-1912 and a death date of 2-2-1983.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2000

Jack H. Hendrix

DENVER, Colo.—Jack H. Hendrix, 84, formerly of McCook and Trenton, died Saturday (Nov. 25. 2000) in Denver, Colo.

He was born in Traer on Feb.24, 1922. He graduated from Decatur County High School and attended the University of Nebraska where he earned his teaching degree and later his law degree.

He served as a first lieutenant in the army artillery during the Second World War, was stationed primarily in the Philippines and was twice awarded the Bronze Star.

He served as County Attorney for Hitchcock County from 1948 until 1967 when he was appointed District Judge, and served in that capacity until he retired in 1991.

He was active in the Rotary Club and was President of both the McCook and Trenton clubs. He was the past President of the Nebraska District Judges Association, and past Grandmaster of the Masons of Nebraska.

He is survived by his wife more than 60 years, Betty of Greenwood Village, Colo.; children, Susan Hendrix and husband. Glenn Blauvelt of Boulder, Colo., and Lynn Hendrix and wife. Teri of Centennial, Colo.; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at St. Alban's Church in McCook at a future date to be announced.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1988

Lyle Joseph Hendrix

Lyle Joseph Hendrix, the only son of Guy Joseph and Ella 0llillie (Talmon) Hendrix, was born December 31, 1920, on the farm where he spent the rest of his life in Dundy County, Nebraska. Lyle passed away October 1, 1988, at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, at the age of 67.

Lyle helped his father from an early age with the farming—from horses to modern-day tractors. Lyle liked his horses and he helped break them to work as well as to ride and kept a horse on the farm. Lyle had a full life.

On August 10, 1972, Lyle Joseph and Eva Eudora (Howard) Lunzmann were married at the Lutheran Church at Imperial, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Ella Hendrix.

Those surviving are his wife, Eva; stepchildren: Timothy Lunzmann of Benkelman, Nebraska, and Cathy and husband, Rod Belau, of Imperial; one sister, Elsie, and husband, Mike Kessler, of Benkelman; a niece, Cheryl, and husband, Richard Hamilton, of Wauneta, other relatives and friends.

Services were held Tuesday, October 4, 1988, at 11 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in

Benkelman with Pastor Earl Martell officiating. Organist was Jackie Wilson. Richard Bartholomew with guitar accompaniment sang "Life's Railway To Heaven" and "The Great Speckled Bird."

Bearers were Marlon Berry, Randy Bartlett, Robert Grams, Brad Dixon, Leroy Grams and Wes Cooley. Honorary bearers were Wayne Berry, Bernard Nelson, Claude Wood, Harry Grams, Leonard Eskew, Harry Steier and Reinhardt Lunzmann.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1973

Paul Henry Hendrix

Paul H. Hendrix, a lifelong resident of Dundy county passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Saturday. He had been in ill health for several years. He was 65 years of age.

Paul was well known in Dundy county. He was born and reared in the Hiawatha community,the son of Blanche Passmore and the late Harley Hendrix. After his marriage to Alice Lorine Schillinger, he continued a resident of his home community and farmed there until his retirement a few years ago when he and Lorine moved into Benkelman. He was a pleasant fellow to know and enjoy and was a favorite among the members of the IOOF Lodge of which he was a member. He could view adversity with courage and a sense of humor and his friends enjoyed his manner of lightening the weight of their problems.

He is survived by his widow, Alice Lorine; his mother, Blanche Passmore of the Hester Home; four brothers, Cecil of Boulder, Colorado, Harry of Benkelman, David of New Orleans, La., and John of Grand Island and one sister, Mrs. June Arnold of Hiawatha, Kansas.

Funeral services were conducted at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Fred Cain officiating. Mrs. LaNeta Anderson was the soloist and Jackie Wilson, the organist. Casket bearers were Vic Stasser, Gene Hansen, Glen Fish, Bud DeWester, Oliver Gapen and Mardelle Dixon. The IOOF Lodge was in charge of the interment at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Paul Henry Hendrix was born to William Harley and Nellie Blanche Collins Hendrix on April 16, 1907 and passed away at the Dandy County Hospital, Saturday, November 4, 1972 at the age of 65 years, six months and 18 days.

On October 18, 1930, he was married to Lorine Schillinger, and to this union three children were born who preceded him in death at an early age. They were twins, Royal and Roseland and a son, Allen.

Also preceding him in death were his father, Harley; a sister, Opal; an elder sister who died at the age of six months and an older brother, Roy, who passed away in December 1971.

Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Lorine; his mother, Blanche of the Hester Home; his brothers, Cecil of Boulder, Colorado, Harry of Benkelman, David of New Orleans, La., John of Grand Island; a sister, Mrs. June Arnold of Hiawatha, Kansas, many distant relatives and a host of friends and neighbors.

Paul was a farmer at heart as he was born on a farm northwest of Benkelman and continued farming until his health failed and then he was forced to retire in the spring of 1969. He and Lorine moved to their home in Benkelman.

Paul was a good neighbor, always there in time of need and ready to help those who needed help.

He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge and was a faithful member until his health prevented him from attending.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1994

Richard "Rick" Harry Hendrix

BENKELMAN--Richard "Rick" Harry Hendrix was born at Benkelman, Nebraska, on January 23, 1948, the son of Harry and Bessie (Seitz) Hendrix. He attended the Benkelman schools and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1966.

In August 1969 in Benkelman, he was united in marriage with Ginger Wiggins. One son, Shawn, was born to this marriage.

Hendrix worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Benkelman for 4 years and then for the Miller Manufacturing Co. in Stratton, Nebraska, for 10 years. He also worked for the street and roads department of the city of Stratton for 3 years.

He played bass guitar with the original Beecher Island Three Mile Band and with the Outer Limits band and several other musical groups.

Hendrix became ill with cancer 1 1/2 years ago. He died at the University of Nebraska Hospital in Omaha on December 10, 1994, at the age of 46 years, 10 months and 17 days.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry "Dick" Hendrix, who died in 1983, and by his sister, Trudy Wiese, who died in 1990. Rick had donated bone marrow for his sister, Trudy, in her illness, and he took it very hard when she died. He donated his eyes to the Lions' Club Eye Bank.

He is survived by his mother, Bessie Hendrix, of Benkelman; his son, Shawn Hendrix, of Fremont, Nebraska; his sister, Judy Aeby, of Benkelman; nieces, nephews, other relaives and many friends.'

Services were held Wednesday, December 14, 1994, at 11 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Organist was Jackie Wilson and Kelly Hayward sang "Peace In The Valley" and "Life's Railway To Heaven." Bearers were Jim Powell, Burdette Geihsler, Larry Clark, Larry Wiese, Rod Wiese and Jim Willis. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1972

Roy Michael Hendrix

Roy Michael Hendrix passed away at Vancouver, Washington, on Christmas Day at the age of sixty-five years. He had been in very poor health for the past two months of a terminal illness. He was involved with the illness when he visited family members and friends here in July.

Graveside services are planned for Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., at the Hiawatha Cemetery with the Rev. Fred Cain officiating. Arrangements are in charge of the Jones Funeral Home.

Roy Hendrix was the son of Blanche Passmore and the late Harley Hendrix. He was born in Dundy county on January 18, 1906 and was reared in this community. He became a carpenter by trade and worked in many states. He was married to Margaret Godawitch in Benkelman.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Vancouver; his son, Doyle of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughters, Mrs. Shirley DeGregorus, Rye, New York, Mrs. Della Vaughn, Castle Rock, Washington, Mrs: Carolyn Markel and Mrs. Shirley Nelson of Pullman, Washington. There are four grandchildren.

He is also survived by his mother, Blanche Passmore of the Hester Home, Paul and Harry Hendrix of Benkelman, Cecil Hendrix of Boulder, Colorado, David E. Hendrix, New Orleans, John Hendrix, Grand Island and Mrs. June Arnold of Hiawatha, Kansas.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Hiawatha cemetery show a date of birth of 1-28-1906 and a date of death of 12-25-1971.)

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, May 25, 2007

Jack, Betty and Sally Hendrix

Friday, May 25, 2007

Jack and Betty Hendrix

Feb. 24, 1922 - Nov. 25, 2006

Dec. 31, 1924 - March 18, 2007

Jack Hendrix died on Nov. 25, 2006, and Betty Hendrix died on March 18, 2007, both in Denver, Colo. Both lived in the Southwest Nebraska area for over 80 years.

Jack was born in Traer, Kan., on Feb. 24, 1922, to Charles and Mary Hendrix. He graduated from Decatur County High School and attended the University of Nebraska where he earned his teaching degree and later his law degree.

Jack was in the ROTC and before completing his law degree he was called into service for the Army. He served as a first lieutenant in the Army artillery during the Second World War, was stationed primarily in the Philippines and was twice awarded the Bronze Star.

Betty was born Betty Lee Parker in Wilsonville Dec. 31, 1924, to Frank and Rachel Parker. She graduated from Wilsonville High School and attended the University of Nebraska where she majored in business and was a member of the Sipila Kappa sorority.

Betty and Jack were married on Dec. 10, 1943, during a leave Jack had from the Army. After the war Jack finished his law degree and they then made Southwest Nebraska their home. Betty and Jack had three children, Susan, Lynn and Sally.

They lived first in Culbertson and then later moved to Trenton when Jack was elected Hitchcock County Attorney. He served as County Attorney from 1948 until 1967 when he was appointed District Judge and served in that capacity until he retired in 1991.

Betty and Jack were very active in many community activities throughout their life. Jack was active in the Rotary Club and was President of both the McCook and Trenton clubs. He was the past president of the Nebraska District Judges Association, and past Grandmaster of the Masonic Lodge of Nebraska. Jack was also an active Shriner.

Betty participated in a number of activities and was active in the Eastern Star and several bridge clubs.

Jack and Betty are survived by Susan and her husband, Glenn Blauvelt of Boulder, Colo., and Lynn and his wife, Teri of Centennial, Colo.; grandchildren, Cindy Metzler, Sally Jean Spence, Paige Hendrix, Parker Hendrix and Pierce Hendrix; and great-grandchildren, Ashton Hallett and Jacob Hallett.

Sally Hendrix

Sept. 18, 1954 - Aug. 8, 1971

Sally was born to Jack and Betty on Sept. 18, 1954, in the McCook hospital.

She attended the Trenton schools. She died prior to hcr senior year on Aug. 8, 1971, as a result of an automobile accident.

She had planned on being an exchange student in Finland and wanted to become a nurse. She was active in the school band where she played the French horn. She also played the piano and played the organ for the Congregational Church in Trenton,

Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook with the Rev. R. Samuel Williams officiating. Inurnment for Jack, Betty and Sally will be in St. Alban's Columbarium.

Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1936

Anna (Hallenberger) Henkel

Mrs. John Henkel, nee Anna Hallenberger, was born on the 27th of February, 1862, at Engelbach, Hessen-Nassau. Germany. In compliance with the Lord's instructions she was dedicated to the Lord in Holy Baptism in early infancy. After a thorough course or instruction in the teachings of the Bible she became a communicant member of the Lutheran church in the rite of confirmation. She remained true to her baptism and confirmation vows until the end.

At the age of 21 years she emmigrated to the United States, coming to Reading. Pa., in the year 1883. Here she met her future husband, Mr. John Henkel, to whom she was joined in matrimony the 27th of December of the same year.

Mr. and Mrs. Henkel made their home at Reading. Pa., for three years. They then moved to Filmore county, Nebraska, where they lived on a rented farm for one year. They came to Cheyenne county, Kansas on the 15th of March, 1887 during the early pioneer days, taking up a homestead, the present Henkel farm about 6 miles southwest of Benkelman. Here they endured the privations and hardships of the early settlers. Hard work and saving and God's abundant blessings, helped them over those days so they could spend the evening of life without anxious worries for the necessities of life. They moved to Benkelman in 1919 and have since lived in the present John Henkel building.

Mrs. Henkel was in comparatively good health until about three years ago when she began to be troubled with asthma. She became bedfast about three weeks ago. Seemingly she was improving, but on Tuesday it became evident that her end was near. She passed away peacefully last Wednesday evening at 9:30 o'clock. She reached the age of 73 years, 11 months and 2 days. Two years ago, she and her husband were privileged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary amid children and children’s children. Theirs was a long and happy married life. Their union was blessed with seven children, all of whom but Henry Henkel survive. They are Mrs,. Elizabeth Lowe, Bird City, Kansas; John L. Henkel, Benkelman, Mrs. Anna Roemmich, Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Lena Deyle, Benkelman; Mrs. Emma Dorsch, Bird City, Kansas; Mrs. Lillie Burk, McDonald, Kansas. These with her sorrowing husband mourn her departure. She is also mourned by thirty-six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Lean Getz of Reading, Pa., whom she visited with her daughter Mrs. George Dorsch in 1929. She had not seen her for 45 years.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Lutheran church, Rev. H. F. Meyer officiating. Interment was made at the Benkelman cemetery. The well attended funeral gave testimony to the high esteem in which the departed was held.

With Mrs. Henkel another sturdy pioneer has gone to her reward,. She was a true mother indeed. The welfare of her family was always at her heart. Her husband has lost in her a devoted wife, her children, a loving mother, her church, a faithful member. She loved the services of God’s house and when her strength permitted she was seen at her accustomed pew at divine service, thus setting a fine example to all.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 2-26-1862 and a death date of 1-29-1936.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1974

John Leebrick Henkel

Death came on Friday to John L. Henkel who had been suffering from a leg fracture on September 14th, 1973. He had been hospitalized for most of the time since his misfortune. He was 86 years of age and until his misfortune had enjoyed good health and had been very active.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Otto L. Zeilinger officiating. Monty Crandon was the soloist and Jackie Wilson, the organist. Casket bearers were Noble Dorsch, Edwin Deyle, Lewis Dicke, Norman Dorsch, Leland Dickie and Bud Lowe. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.

John Leebrick Henkel was born February 8th, 1887 at Geneva, Nebraska. His parents moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas in 1889. Later, on his own, he farmed near what is known as the Roy, Miller farm.

In 1909 he was united in marriage to Rosie Talman, who passed away shortly after childbirth. On May 28, 1918 he was united in marriage to Emma Dicke. To this union five sons and three daughters were born and also a daughter who died in thfaricy. Emma Henkel expired on January 8, 1967.

In 1940 John moved to Benkelman but continued to farm. In later years he spent his time with a large garden and shared the fruits with his neighbors and friends. He was often seen driving his tractor about town plowing and cultivating gardens. Moving to town benefitted the children and family in school, Bible school and church. He was a communicant member of Lon Lutheran, Benkelman.

September 14, 1973 he suffered a broken leg from which he never recovered after months of hospitalization. He passed away January 4th at the Hester Home, Benkelman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons. Albert and Donald and a daughter Lucille; also his parents, one brother, Henry, and two sisters Lena Deyle and Emma Dankenbring.

He leaves to mourn his passing two daughters, Eleanor Bennet and husband of Tecumseh, Michigan, Darlene Clark and husband Don of Adrian, Michigan; three sons, Elmer, Everett and their wives and family of Hudson, Florida and Elvin and wife of New Port Richey, Florida; three sisters, Mrs. Lizze Lowe and family, Benkelman, Mrs. Anna Miller of Drain. Oregon and Mrs. Lillie Burk and husband Will and family, McDonald, Kansas.

He attained the age of 86 years, 10 months and 27 days.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1911

John L, Henkel. Sr.

John L, Henkel. Sr., pioneer, passed away at the family home in Benkelman last Friday morning. His passing did not come as a surprise to either members of his family or to . friends since he had been in declining health for the past two years and more especially during the last few months and it was evident each day that the end of his earthly journey was growing near at hand.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. A. Hoferer at the Lutheran church Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of the Laughlin Funeral Home. Singers were Mrs. Chester Scheel, Mrs. DeWayne Schneider, Mrs. Glenn Schneider and Mrs. August Schrader, with Mrs. Arnold A. Hoferer at the piano. Numbers rendered were "Jesus Lover of My Soul," and "Asleep In Jesus." Casket hearers consisted of six grandsons, they being Edwin Doyle, Neal Dorsch. Henry Lowe, Chester Lowe, Donald Henkel and William Burk, Jr.

John L. Henkel, Sr., son of John P. Henkel and his wife Elizabeth, was born on March 2, 1857 in Wolfgruben, Hessen Nassan Germany. He was baptized into the name of the triune God in early infancy and later confirmed.

Mr. Henkel had always been a member of the Lutheran church and was one of the few remaining charter members of our local church. He always enjoyed sharing in its activities, distributing the good will created.

He immigrated to America in the spring in the year of our Lord 1883 , and settled in Reading, Pennsylvania. On December 27th of that same year he was united in holy wedlock to Anna Hollenherger. To this union was born seven children - two sons and five daughters. One son, Henry, preceded his father into death. The couple resided in Reading for about four years where he was engaged in the trade of engraver as an employee of the Reading Hardware Co., and which trade he had learned in Germany. As this work proved injurious to his health, he followed the advice of his physician and moved with his family to Nebraska, joining his parents at Geneva, Nebraska and residing there one year. He came to Cheyenne county, Kansas in 1887 where he homesteaded, rearing his family. Hardships were encountered on the homestead and to provide sustenance for his family, Mr. Henkel spent a short time working in Denver while his wife and children remained at their home. They lived on the homestead for 28 years, moving to Benkelman in 1919 and where he resided until his death.

He enjoyed telling of the early years in this vicinity and even of the hardships they endured and upon which he looked back in fondest memory.

Mr. Henkel was permitted, with his wife, in December 1933 to observe in the circle of their children the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day. His wife died in January of 1936 and since that time the deceased had resided some of the time alone in his home in Benkelman and at others some of the children or grandchildren staying with him. It was not until two years ago that Mr. Henkel's health became so that it entailed the care of a doctor. He remained with the children, going from one to the other and since he was not fully content to remain away from his own home, his daughter, Mrs. Lowe, consented to remain with him constantly.

He became bedfast about four months ago and needed constant care.

Mr. Henkel attained the age of 89 years, 8 months and 13 days, when God sent His final summons to our departed brother early Friday morning, November 15th.

Those of the immediate family who are saddened by his demise are his daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Lowe, Benkelman, Nebr.; Mrs. Anna Miller, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Lena Deyle, Benkelman, Nebr.; Mrs. Emma Dorsch, Bird City, Kansas; Mrs. Lillie Burk, McDonald, Kansas and one son, John Henkel of Benkelman, Nebr.; 34 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren and 4 nephews.

Mr. Henkel placed his faith in the redemptive work of our Saviour and will be missed by the members of Zion Lutheran church.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1980?

Paul Edward Henry

Services for Paul Edward Henry of Louisville were held Friday in First United Methodist Church in Louisville. Burial was in Louisville.

Henry, who lived at 1465 McKinley Place, died Wednesday in University Hospital, where he was undergoing experimental research treatment for a rare form of cancer. He was 37. He was born July 4, 1943, in Denver. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1961. After serving in the Navy in Vietnam from 1962 to 1966, he attended Metropolitan State College and graduated summa cum laude.

Henry was a programmer and analyst for Systems and Programming Resources in Denver.

He married Renee Petersen on March 18, 1967 in Denver.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Chad and Todd Henry of Louisville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henry of Aurora; a brother, David Henry of Platteville; and a grandmother, Edna Lingo of Benkelman, NE.

Paul can best be remembered here by the many summers he spent on the farm with his uncle, Dale Lingo.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1972

Maude Marie Fiechter Herren

Maude Marie Fiechter Herren was born August 31, 1891 at Lyle Kansas to John Fiechter and Eliza Hale Fiechter. She passed away at the Dundy County Hospital February 11, 1972 at the age of 80 years, five months and 11 days.

She was one of the true pioneers, in every sense of the word. Traveling by covered wagon to Saint Joseph, Mo., and back as a small child was an experience that she fondly recalled. When she was five years old, she moved with her parents to Lebanon, Nebraska, where she received her education. After finishing school she became a seamtress and was much in demand.

On February 22, 1911, she was united in marriage to Lester Leroy Childers at Lebanon, Nebraska. To this union six children were born. They settled in eastern Nebraska where they engaged in farming and the raising of livestock. In 1924 the family moved to a farm northeast of Bird City, Kansas. Mr. Childers passed away in 1934 and she continued keeping the family together on the farm.

On April 29, 19l2 she was united in marriage to Henry Herren at McCook, Nebraska. They resided on the farm, later moving to Benkelman. Nebraska. Mrs. Herren was employed at the Hester Nursing home for several years.

Mr. Herren passed away in 1957 and she continued making her home in Benkelman until two years ago when she suffered a stroke and spent several months in the hospital.

She was brought to Bird City where she was cared for by her daughter, Lila Lee Blythe. She enjoyed her friends and relatives and the many visits and cards which helped to enlighten her days.

Never worrying about herself, she was constantly concerned about other people, although she had to give up many of the daily activities she loved.

She became a member of the Methodist Church at Utica, Nebraska, in 1920 later transferring her membership to Bird City in 1924 and finally at Benkelman, Nebraska, where she remained a faithful member until her health failed. She was active in Woman's Society of Christian Service always ready to render her services.

She was preceded In death by her parents her brothers, Ernest and Lenard Fiechter, sisters, Elizabeth Horton and Emma Knight, husbands Lester Childers and Henry Herren and one granddaughter, Donna Faye Blythe.

She leaves to mourn her passing her six children, Hattie Lamb and husband Guy, Bertram Childers and wife Adeline, Russell Childers and wife Martha, Darren Childers and wife Betty, all of Bird City, Keith Childers and wife Marie of Rosemead, California and Lila Lee Blythe and husband Don of Goodland, Kansas; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Benedict of Wilsonville, Nebraska; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a host of friends and other relatives. She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1965

Arthur Lee Herrick

Artnur Lee Herrick, well-known brand inspector, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Friday of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday night. He was 48 years of age and had been a resident of the Benkelman community for 14 years

Mr. Herrick sustained severe chest injuries on Wednesday night five miles west of Benkelman while riding a newly acquired motorcycle. He said that the lights went out on the machine and he lost control. He was thrown from the machine and is thought to have struck a fence post in his chest region. His injuries were very painful from the outset.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church on Monday morning with the Rev. Jerry Elrod officiating. Mrs. Paul Erdman was at the organ and the quartet consisted of John Baer, Ross Druliner, Jr., Lee Gallatin and Harold Ferguson. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Arthur Lee Herrick was born January 16, 1917, in Adair County, Iowa, and passed away at Benkelman, Nebr., November 12, 1965, at the age of 48 years, nine months and 27 days.

He spent most of his younger years in Frontier county in farming operations.

He married Rachel Bible in July, 1938. To this union five children were born: Maxine Balderson, Patsy Maranville, Roger, Ronald and Joyce, all of Benkelman.

Arthur and his family moved to Benkelman in 1952 and they have resided here ever since.

Survivors are his wife, Rachel, and children; three grandchildren; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Herrick, of North Platte; six brothers, Wilbur of Curtis, Vincent and Lynn of Fremont, Harlan and Ted of North Platte, and Norman of San Diego, Calif.; a host of other relatives and friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1990

Esther Muriel (Hilsinger) Herring

BENKELMAN--Esther Muriel Herring was born October 30, 1896, at Norton, Kansas, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hllsinger, and died Saturday, December 8, 1990, at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, at the age of 94.

She attended school in rural Norton County at the Frog Pond School and graduated from Kansas City Normal Training High School. While teaching she attended Greeley State Teacher's College and Fort Hays State College to further her education and took correspondence courses through the University of Nebraska.

On October 30. 1924, she married Thomas R. Herring at Wray, Colorado. They moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas, to farm and Esther taught school. She taught at Green Valley, Mount Hope, Porter and South Fork Schools in Cheyenne and Decatur counties.

She taught a total of 42 years. She was elected county superintendent of Cheyenne County and was a member of the NEA, Kansas NEA, PTA and involved with community and school activities. She was also a member of the Norton, Kansas, O.E.S.

In 1978, Esther and Tom moved into Benkelman, Nebraska. Tom died in 1980 and she lived alone until she moved to the Hester Memorial Home in 1982.

Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; infant son, Morris Herring; four sisters, Mable, Myrtle, Ruth and Daisy, and five brothers, Harry, Gould, Burton, Russell and Horace.

Survivors include one daughter, Muriel, and her husband, Tom Jones of Pratt, Kansas.; one son, Tommy Herring of Benkelman; two grandchildren, Tom Jones III and his wife, Deb of Pratt, and Diane Shutts and husband, Bob of Joliet, Illinois, and four grandchildren, Heather and Ryan Jones and Sara and Cindy Shutts, other relatives and friends.

Services were held Tuesday, December 11, 1990, at 11 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Betty Erdman was the organist and Richard Bartholomew the soloist. Selections in- , eluded "Amazing Grace" and "What A Friend We Have in Jesus."

Bearers were Tom Maranville. Stanley Haines, Sheridan Magnani, Wesley Donohue, Paul
O'Brien and G.B. Loker.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1975

Mora (Hunton) Herring

Mora Hunton Herring was born on November 21, 1893 at Wheatland, Wyoming to John and Mora Evans Hunton. She passed away at the age of 81 years on October 1, 1975.

She was married to George B. (Ted) Herring on September 15, 1920 at Wheatland, Wyoming. Her husband preceded her in death on September 30, 1965.

Mora served as secretary for Hines & Hines attorneys for many years in Benkelman. She was active, too, in community responsibilities and received a certificate for ten years of leadership in the March of Dimes Infantile Paralysis program. She was an observer for the Ground Observer Corps of the USAF in World War II and received a gold watch from the Benkelman Chamber of Commerce when she was voted the “Lady of the Year.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and several brothers.

She is survived by a brother-in-law, Tom Herring, and wife, Esther of Benkelman; sisters-in-law, Inez Wigby of Minneapolis, Minn., Pearl Carroll and husband Don of Benkelman, Dorothy Nemeth and husband Frank of North Lawrence, Ohio, Ruth Hoffman and husband Carl of Roswell, New Mexico and Jennie Hunton of Denver, Colorado; a nephew, Dr. Donald Hunton of Cheyenne and a niece Genevieve of Australia.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1965

George B. ''Ted" Herring

George B. ''Ted" Herring passed away at the Lutheran Hospital at Denver on Thursday after a terminal illness which befell him on the previous Friday. He was 77 years of age.

Funeral services were conducted at Jay's Funeral Chapel on Saturday morning, with the Rev. Jerry D. Elrod in charge of the meditation, Mrs. Jerry Elrod and Mrs. Dale Bauer were the soloists and Mrs. Boyd Benge the organist. Leon C. Hines delivered the eulogy. Casket bearers were Lee Bowers, Bill Jones, Harley Howard, James Baney, Jack Martin and Thomas Herring, Jr. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

George B. Herring was born on July 5, 1888. at Falls City, Nebraska, the eldest son of Thomas B. and Lyda Calvert Herring. In 1891, the family moved to the tri-state area, which has been the family home. On September 15, 1920, he was united in marriage to Mora Hunton of Wheatland. Wyoming. and their home has been in Benkelman. Mr. Herring is survived by his wife, Mora; sisters. Grace Overfelt, Inez Higgins, Pearl Carroll, Dorothy McKay and Ruth Hoffman. and a brother, Tom Herring.

With the passing of "Ted" Herring is a part of the romance and the saga of the old west, for no matter how closely or remotely one was in his associations with this man, he represented a tradition of the area that is passing quickly into history. Mr. Herring was born too late for the "Old West" which he loved, yet he maintained such an intimate contact with it that he became a part of it. As a man in his middle years, he carried the flowing white hair and beard of those who wrestled the west from the Indians. He was the old west in appearance and actions. His speech and polite manners were that which we would like to think as being characteristic of the "ole cowboys" of the plains. He had the bearing of greatness in this role and in no situation did he permit his prestige to be violated.

As a young man Ted pursued the "Old West" to the last frontiers of that area. He roamed the west and worked and enjoyed the great experiences of cowboy life on the big spreads. He worked in lumber camps and reveled in the great quiet of nature in the forests. He was a student of nature and compiled hundreds of stories of the great outdoors. He was always most polite to the ladies and affectionate to the children, and if he was your friend he knew no limits. If, however, you failed to measure to his likes, it was your fate to feel the polite chill of snow covered mountains.

To the public, Mr. Herring's stately manner astride his Palomino will be recalled with fondness as a feature of the one-time famous rodeos and booster trips. To those who knew him better will be the sad thought that another living tribute to the "Old West" has ridden into the sunset. No matter what has transpired or what is to come, one fact remains constant. The familiar greeting, "Hello Cowboy" will be heard no more. The man who loved the title, "The Old Ranger," has gone on his way and he was true to the legends he loved to his last day. Even in his last illness, he remained “tall in the saddle.”

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1980

Thomas Ray Herring

Thomas Ray Herring was born March18, 1893 in Cheyenne County, Kansas and passed away Sat, June 14, 1980 at the age of 87 years.

He was married at Wray, Colorado to Esther M. Hilsinger.

His parents were Thomas B. Herring and Lyda Calvert Herring.

Thomas was a member of the Farm Bureau, had served on the School Board, was active in the Parent-Teacher's Association and attended the South Fork Church.

He was a farmer and rancher until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Esther, of Benkelman, NE; a daughter, Muriel Jones, and her husband Tom of Pratt, KS; a son, Tommy and his wife, Beverly, of Benkelman, NE; one grandson, Thomas Jones II of Pratt, KS; one granddaughter, Diane Shutts of Joliet, IL; one great granddaughter, Sarah Shutts; sisters Pearl and her husband Don Carroll of Benkelman, Ruth and her husband Carl Hoffman of Rosewell, NM, Dorothy and her husband Frank Nemeth of North Lawrence, OH and Inez and her husband Ed Wigby of Minneapolis, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Blanche and Grace, a brother Ted, a half-sister, Rose and a half-brother, Willie.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1987

John F. Hertlein

John F. Hertlein, son of Fredrick and Minnie (Knauck) Hertlein, was born on January 22, 1896, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and died on March 18, 1987, at Heritage of Wauneta in Wauneta, Nebraska, at the age of 91.

John was united in marriage to Marie Haecker Schutte on June 22, 1919, in Byron, Nebraska. This union produced one daughter, Viola. The family moved to Hitchcock County in the early 1920's. John was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church. He was a farmer of the North Divide and caretaker at Rose Hills Cemetery.

After retirement he lived at the Restmore Motel and frequently rode his tricycle around Stratton, Nebraska. Later he resided at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, and at Heritage of Wauneta.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, in 1969; his daughter, Viola, in 1967; his parents, brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his sister, Emma Hansel of Beatrice, Nebraska; four grandchildren: Diana Summerhayes of Montebello, California, Kent Summerhayes of Arcadia, California, Pamela Summerhayes of Burbank, California, and Cindy Summerhayes of Denver, Colorado; two great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Services were held Monday, March 23, 1987, 10:30 a.m., at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Marie Kleinschmidt. Wallace Gummere sang the selections "In The Garden" and "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow."

Bearers were Morrison Sutton, Reginald Stahly, Willard Latta, Leland Dicke, Seth Ragan and William Brott.

Honorary bearers were Willis Brannan and Robert Forch Sr.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1943

Minnie Belle (Kimberling) Hester

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Elmer E. Hester at the Benkelman Methodist church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Milo W. Rose in charge, assisted by Rev. J. C. Foster. Singers were Lloyd Boswell, Mrs. Jack McEvoy, Mrs. Harry Ough and John Baer, with Mrs. D. L. Ough at the piano. Pallbearers were E. W. Artist, Fred Pringle, George Russell, Lee Hamilton, Jacob Bauer, and Hugh McKay. Joe Laughlin was the funeral director. The services at the grave were in charge of Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Minnie Belle, daughter of Vinton and Harriet R. Kimberling, was born near Corydon, Wayne county, Iowa, March 15, 1879, and passed from this life to that home, "not made with hands" on May 18, 1943, at the Morehouse hospital, aged 64 years, 2 months and three days.

She came to Chase county, Nebraska, with her parents in the spring of 1887. She attended public schools of Chase county, finishing her education at Fremont College at Fremont, Nebraska, and then taught in the schools of her county for fifteen years.

On March 3, 1915, she was united in marriage with Elmer E. Hester at McCook, Nebraska. Since then she has made her home in Benkelman, Nebraska.

Early in life she was converted and became a member of the United Brethern Church, at Crete, Chase county. She was active in the Sunday school of that church, teaching a group of young people, who, grown to manhood and womanhood, still remember much scripture committed to memory under her leadership.

Since coming to Benkelman she transferred her membership to the Methodist church. She has been active in the Woman's Society of Christian Service of the Church, has taken a good part in the Woman's Club, the Red Cross and the P. E. 0., and has been treasurer of Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star for the past twelve years.

It is said, "We build our own monument in the lives of those who know us." This was surely true of her. Her strong, forceful, Christian character has left its imprint on the lives of relatives and friends.

In her passing she leayes in sorrow, her husband, Elmer E. Hester; her son, Vinton P., and his wife, Marjorie; two brothers. Pearl P. and Charles C. Kimberling of Champion, Nebraska, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, a sister Nellie Piedalu, and a brother, Glen G. Kimberling.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1978

Etta Katherine (Shrum) Hester

Etta Katherine Shrum Hester, the second child of Ira and Teresa Hahn Shrum was born at the farm house of her parents near Wauneta, Nebr. on Dec. 9, 1897. Following a short illness, she returned to her Creator on October 31, 1978 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebr., at the age of 80 years, 10 months, 22 days.

When Etta was three years old her father preceeded her in death. Etta's mother took her three small children and homesteaded in the Rollwitz Community, north of Parks, Nebr. Here Etta spent her growing up years in a pioneer home knowing the hardships and satisfaction of accomplishment that went with being part of a loving pioneer family. She attended her grade school years in the Rollwitz country school and worked for her room and board in the Murray Evans home that she might be able to attend high school in Benkelman where she graduated in 1918. Following her graduation she taught school for two years.

On April 21, 1920 she was united in marriage with Elmer Charles (Boon) Hester. To this union were born four daughters: Delphia, Betty, Billye and Patty. Boon preceeded her in death on July 7, 1956. They spent most of their married years on the Hester ranch north of Haigler and Etta moved to Benkelman upon the death of her husband in 1956.

Etta lived her life for her family and each new grandchild and great-grandchild brought her happiness to brighten her way. She was of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and her Bible and related readings were her constant companions.

She is preceeded in death by her husband, Boon, her parents, one daughter Betty Denny, two grandsons, Larry and Randy Burr, and two great grandchildren, Derek Burr and Monique McGooden.

She leaves to mourn her passing her daughters Delphia Burr and husband Marv, Billye McGooden, Patty Denny and husband Ike, nine grandchildren: Kelly Burr, Pam BrekiI, Jerry, Mary Etta, Penny Jo Denny and Jim, Mike, Patrick and Roger McGooden. Also fifteen great grandchildren: Tiffany, Shawn, Jeff, Shay, Nickole, Nate, Barry, Shane, and Cassey McGooden, Janelle and Jennifer Denny. Lara, Greg, and Timothy Brekel, and Lindsey Burr. Also surviving are her sister Lola Mullanix and brother Bill Shrum, many nieces and nephews, and three slsters-in-law Gladys Shrum, Ethyl Hester, Joy Miller, and one brother-in-law Lon Hester.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1965

Carrie Bell (Strobridge) Hester

Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Hester were held at the Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, February 6, at two o'clock. Mrs. Hester passed away at her home on Monday. February 1. Mrs. Royce Anderson was the soloist. accompanied by Mrs. Anna Benge at the organ. The casketbearers were her grandsons. Interment was in the Ben, kelman Cemetery.

Carrie Bell Strobridge Hester. the sixth of seven children of Robert and Hannah Strobridge, was born June 12, 1874, at Goodland, Indiana, and passed away at her home in Benkelman. Nebraska, on February 1, 1965, at the age of 90 years, seven months and eighteen days.

At the age of 12 she moved with her family to a homestead near Champion, Nebraska. On November 29, 1893. she was united in marriage with Eli A. Hester at Imperial, Nebraska. They moved to Mr. Hester's homestead between Champion and Haigler, Nebraska, and lived there until health forced them to leave the ranch in 1932. Five children were born to them here: Alice, Elmer, Georgie. Marie and Alonza. In 1910, they established a second home in Benkelman to educate their family; their youngest daughter, Joy, was born here.

In 1907 she was baptized as a member of the Christian Church. Upon coming to Benkelman she worshiped with various congregations, feeling her Lord was always there.

She became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1916. and as long as health permited she was an active member. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors, WSCS, and the Missionary Society of the United Presbyterian Church.

In her younger years she was an active member in the various organizations around Benkelman and always did all she could for the community and her children. There are many who remember the good times and good things from her kitchen when as young people Mr. and Mrs. Hester's home was a popular gathering place. Even in fairly recent years there were more than a few people who stopped for a cookie from "Aunt Carrie's" cookie jar.

While raising their own family, Mr. and Mrs. Hester also made a home for four nephews when disaster took their own home from them.

Mrs. Hester knew the hardships of pioneer life, and can truly be considered a figure in the history of Dundy county. She had many years as a healthy active citizen and was fortunate indeed in having so few years of poor health.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Eli; sons; Elmer (Boon), and Georgie, who died in infancy; also three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren’; three brothers and two sisters; also in her family were seven half-brothers and sisters.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Alice Ewing, San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Marie Denny, Benkelman; Mrs. Joy Miller, Goodland, Kansas; one son, Lon Hester, of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sons-in-law, Earl Denny and Bennett Miller; two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Lon Hester and Mrs. Etta Hester; thirteen grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great, great granddaughter; one sister, Mrs. Alice McCoy, of Los Angeles, Calif.; also many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1981

Alonzo Henry Hester

Alonzo H. Hester, the fifth child of Eli A. Hester and Carrie Strobridge, was born July 1, 1904 on his parents' ranch north of Haigler, NE.

Here he grew up knowing the joys and hardships of a boy on a cattle ranch as he learned to ride, accept responsibility, and realize the ever present changing of good times and bad times from one year to another.

As his father, who came to Nebraska as a homesteader, increased his ranching operation and desired educational opportunities and better things for his family, he purchased a home in Benkelman, NE. Here Lon (as he was affectionately known by all) spent his time between the ranch and attending his latter years of grade school and high school. Following this, he spent a few years back at the ranch and then decided to attend business college in Grand Island, NE. Upon completion of the schooling he desired, he moved to San Bernadino, CA. to work in the finance business.

On July 13, 1927 he married Ethyle Allison of Parks, NE in Riverside, CA. To them was born one son, Robert William Hester of Alachua, FL and one daughter who died at birth. They decided to make Los Angeles their home in 1939 and here Lon opened the Hester Finance Company in East Los Angeles in 1944.

Lon and Ethyle decided to try retirement in 1957, but found they still needed the associations and activities of a working business; hence, in 1958 they together opened the Ethylon Finance offices in East Los Angeles and continued this business until 1972. In 1973 Lon suffered a severe illness, so they moved to Gainesville, FL in 1974 to be near their son and his family. Here he also enjoyed the constant pleasures of being near his five grandchildren.

On January 25, 1981, while enjoying a round of golf with Ethyle he was stricken with a fatal heart attack.

He was a Past President of the East Los Angeles Rotary Club in which he had thirty years perfect attendance. He was also a Past President of Los Angeles Breakfast Club and of the Los Angeles Forum Club.

The things Lon enjoyed the most were visiting with his family and many friends. His fondest memories were of his years on the Nebraska ranch with his father and brother.

He is survived by his wife Ethyle, son Robert and wife Vivian, and five grandchildren; one sister, Joy Miller, of Goodland, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

Lon was a loving husband and father, a doting grandfather and a successful and civic minded businessman.

He was buried in Forest Meadows Memorial Park, Gainesville, FL on Jan. 28, 1981.

Services were in charge of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home of Gainesville. Dr. Layfette Walker of Stetson University, Deland, FL., was clergyman. Pallbearers were Marshall Lane, Henry Poppell, Robert Northridge, Dr. George Bantleon, C.B. Daniel, and Dr. Halbert Smith. Honorary bearers were Ralph Cellon, Sr., Wade Harrison, Everett Fauts, Melvin Gillespie, Rae Weimer and Dr. Robert McCullough.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1940

Charles Albert Hester

On January 30, 1853 in the home of David and Sarah Ann Hester of Pattonsburg, Illinois, a son was born and was given the name of Charles Albert Hester. Here he lived with parents, brothers and sisters till the age of 16 years when he felt the urge of making his own way so he left the little home and went to Missouri and on through to Texas. He was perhaps one of the oldest riders over the Chisholm Trail where he assisted in driving herds of cattle from Texas to different places as far north as Ogallala and Nebraska City, Nebraska. He spent 9 years in this work before returning to his home in 1878 at Cornell. Illinois.

On May 21. 1882. he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie King at Cornell, and went immediately to Clemens Grove, Iowa. Here three daughters and a son were born.

He made his home in different parts of Iowa until 1892 when he decided to bring his family to Kansas and started on the Journey by covered wagon arriving in Phillips county, Kansas, November 7. Here he spent several pleasant years. He united with the Christian church of Lone Tree, Kansas. He especially loved the singing and many of his old friends still remember his bass voice as he joined in the sacred hymns which were his favorites.

While here two more daughters and a son, John Orville Hester, were born. But God needed this little son and gathered him to His fold on January 4, 1902, at the age of 11 months, 25 days.

On February 10, 1913, he brought his family to Dundy county, Nebraska, and on October 24, 1913, his loving wife was called to be with the little son who had gone on before.

With increasing age he found the duties of farm life too strenuous and he retired to Benkelman with his daughter Orpha, who with her husband, Melvin T. Wagner, made his last years a joy to him.

Five daughters and one son are mourning the loss of a loving father. They are Mrs. Ada Davis. Englewood, Colorado; Mrs. Eva Peugh, Kirwin, Kansas; Mrs. Nellie Roundtree, Parks, Nebraska: Mrs. Irene Lawrence, Basalt, Colorado: Mrs. Orpha Wagner, Benkelman, Nebraska, and the son, Harry Hester, Parks, Nebraska. Only one brother, Elmer E. Hester, of Benkelman. Nebraska, of his father’s family remains. and he with the children lovingly cared for him during his last days of suffering

But he grew so weary and on the morning of August 11, 1940 at 8 o'clock, his spirit passed on to a better world where age and suffering are unknown, leaving him a life span of 87 years, 7 months and 5 days.

He leaves 19 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a faithful member of the Justice Lodge No. 180. A. F. & A. M. of Benelman, Nebraska, and always found pleasure In meeting with them.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Benkelman wednesday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster, assisted by Rev. E. E. Pengelly. The local Masonic brethren attended in a body and then the remains were taken to Naponee, Nebraska, for interment beside those of his departed wife and son on Thursday. Services there were in charge of the Naponee Masonic lodge.

During his long years spent to Dundy county, Mr. Hester won a very high standing In lodge and community circles generally. He was of an exceptionally optimistic nature and met the problems and disappointments of life with a fortitude and reliance that commanded respect and admiration for him that continued until the death angel called him to his reward eternal.

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

Charles Alvin Hester

Charles Alvin Hester, a former Dundy County resident, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colorado, on July 1.

He was born at Parks, Nebraska, December 25, 1917, to Harry L. Hester and Grace L (Gordon) Hester. He graduated from Parks High School in 1935.

He worked in and around Parks and Benkelman until his induction into the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he worked for the Burlington railroad.

He moved to Aurora, Colorado, where he lived for about 40 years and worked for the Postal Service. He retired from the Postal Service in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Maizie, of Aurora, Colorado; daughter, Michelle Beheiter, and husband, Stephen; granddaughter, Tera Beheiter, of Aurora, Colorado; two sisters, Agnes Davis of Winslow, Arizona, and Beth Schrader of Benkelman.

Services were held July 6 at Olinger Chapel in Aurora, Colorado. Interment was at Chapel Hills Memorial Gardens in Denver.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1981

Donald "Don" Hester

The graveside service for Donald "Don" Hester, 60, of 625 Stevens St., Medford, OR., who died Wed., April 8th, was held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Administration National Cemetery, Eagle Point, with Pastor Bob Gass of Harvest Baptist Temple officiating. Perl Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Mr. Hester was born Oct. 29, 1920, in Parks. NE. During World War I,I he served in the U.S. Army. He moved to White City in 1974 from Wyoming and to Medford in 1977.

Survivors include one brother, Charles Hester, Aurora, CO; and two sisters, Agnes Davis, Winslow, AZ., and Beth Schrader, Benkelman, NE.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1949

Elmer E. Hester

Elmer E. Hester was born February 1, 1866 in Cornell, Illinois, and passed away at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska, September 18, 1949, at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 17 days.

He received his common school education in the schools of IIlinois. He came to Oxford, Nebraska, in a covered wagon in 1885 but stayed only a short time, returning to Dixon, Illinois, where he entered the Dixon Normal and Business College for two years.

He returned to Nebraska in 1887 but taught school in Phillips county, Kansas, during the school year. On March 26, 1889, he arrived In Benkelman, Nebraska. With his twin brother, Eli A. Hester, he went to Arikaree City, now known as Anton, Colorado, to file on preemptions near that point. Mr. Hester made final proof and returned to Dundy county where he has since resided continuously.

He was married to Minnie B. Kimberling on March 3, 1915, Mrs. Hester preceded him in death on May 18, 1943.

He joined the Methodist church March 27, 1921 and was always a loyal member. He took a leading part in the financial affairs of the church and his counsel and support will be greatly missed in the work of this church. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge January 25, 1918 and a Shriner of the Hastings Consistory on November 4, 1942. Mr. Hester was a past worthy patron of Benkelman Holly Chapter 233, 0. E. S., in 1940.

Mr. Hester was the last member of the family of his generation. He is survived by his son, Vinton, Crete, Nebraska and by many nieces and nephews. For the past two years his niece, Mrs. Adah Hester Young, has been with him assisting in the work of the home and acting as his secretary.

Mr. Hester came to Dundy county in the days of pioneering. He experienced all the privation and difficulties of early settlement. He persevered and was abundantly rewarded in material goods. His farming and ranching operations were successful due to his tremendous energy and keen foresight. And he turned is wealth to constructive ends. His assistance was given to many worthy institutions. Every church in town and most of them in the county—he gave the land and contributed heavily to the building of the Rollwitz church which was his first venture in building churches in the county; the public schools; Nebraska Wesleyan University; Iliff School of Theology; 4-H Clubs and the Boy Scouts all received of his generosity. He gave scholarships to young men preparing for the ministry. Two ranches have been given to separate philanthropies—The Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home for the aged and the Elmer E. Hester Foundation, the latter to provide a recreation building for the youth of the community.

Mr. Hester was a forthright, man. No one had to guess where he stood on questions of right. His convictions were definite and he was not afraid to contend for what he believed to be right.

Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Church Thursday, September 22, 2 p. m., with the Laughlin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The pastor, Rev. H. T. Slagg, was assisted by Rev. Bert Bessire, Crete, Nebraska, Rev. J. W. Woodworth, local Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Homer Clements, Haigler and Rev. Paul Martin, Holdrege, Nebraska.

Music was provided by a male quartette, Lloyd Boswell, John Baer, Harry Ough and R. D. Druliner, with Mrs. Ann Benge accompanist at piano and organ. Pall bearers were William Morrison, Dr. J. C. Ough, Lee Hamilton, Ward McGlashan, Alvin Lorance and Kenneth E. Brown. Honorary pall bearers were Clode Krutsinger, C. L. Ketler, John Kitt, Reece Hardwick, Hugh McKay, John Brown, George Kuhlman and W. C. Hanson. Graveside services were in charge of Justice Lodge No. 180, A. F. & A. M., with W. C. Edwards as WM.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1914

Sarah Ann Hester

Mrs. Sarah Ann Hester passed away at the home of her son, E.E. Hester, in this city on Saturday afternoon, December 5, aged 91 years, 10 months and 22 days.

In the passing of Mrs. Hester, Dundy County loses one of its best and oldest citizens. That she had a remarkable career goes without saying. She practically lived a pioneer life. When a child she moved with her parents from Pennsylvania to Clinton County, Ohio, where as the oldest member of the family she had to help her father in clearing the land for cultivation.

From Ohio she went to Illinois, where she was married to David Hester, and again entered the clearing of the land with her husband. Twenty-six years ago, she moved to Dundy County and again encountered the hard experiences of the early settlers.

That she was a woman of strong physical constitution combined with noble and courageous fortitude is proved by the fact that for almost 49 years she was a widow, and single-handedly and alone shouldered the responsibilities of training a family of nine children.

Probably the most remarkable fact in her life, and one that largely explains the others, was the fact that for almost 74 years, she was a noble Christian woman. Such a career is worthy the imitation of all and will be cherished by all.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1994

Catherine M. (Mabon) Heuermann

NORTH PLATTE--Catherine M. Heuermann was born December 18, 1904, at Blairsville, Pennsylvania, the second of three children born to Charles and Flodie (Repine) Mabon. She died Tuesday, December 28, 1993. at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska, at the age of 89 years and 10 days.

The family moved to Hamilton County in Nebraska in 1910 where Mrs. Heuermann attended country school. She attended high school in Phillips, Nebraska, and graduated with the Class of 1922.

She spent the next several years teaching elementary grades. Students from country schools in Hamilton County, Diller, Milner and Aurora, Nebraska, still recall her classroom days.

She was married to William "Bill" W. Heuermann at Nora, Nebraska, June 4, 1930. They moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, where her husband was the first county extension agent in Dundy County.

They moved back to Lincoln in 1936 where her husband was affiliated with the University of Nebraska Rural Extension Service.

In 1942 the family moved to Imperial , Nebraska, and, in 1943, they moved to Grant, Nebraska.

Mrs. Heuermann continued to maintain her home in Grant following the death of her husband in 1970 until 1988 when she moved to Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.

She worked for many years as an income tax preparer for H&R Block, Kreider Agency and Herbert Jackman, attorney-at-law.

She was a long-time member of the Grant United Methodist Church and had been active in the United Methodist Women.

She had been a member of the Friendship Circle Extension Club and maintained membership with the Eastern Star No. 234 in Phillips.

She also served as a substitute school teacher in several of the communities where she lived.

Mrs. Heuermann's independent spirit, caring attitude, unselfishness, kind words and smiles provided support, encouragement and inspiration to those whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers. Clarence and Robert Mabon, and her husband, William W. Heuermann.

She is survived by her sons, William C. and wife, Patty, of Stockton, California, Donald L. and wife, Betty, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Robert D. of Julesburg, Colorado; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Heuermann were held Friday. December 31, 1993, at 11 a.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Dr. Julian Miguel officiating.

Organist was Dolores Sexson and soloist was Katherine Carlson. Selections included "My God And I," "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Jesse Deaver, Keith Olsen. Richard Kurkowski. Larry Pankonin, Jerry McArtor and Dave Kedrowski. Interment was in the Grant Cemetery with Bullock-Long Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1970

William Walter Heuermann

William Walter Heuermann was born April 11, 1902, near Phillips, Nebraska to Fredrick Wm. and Elva Masters Heuermann. Friday morning, October 23, 1970, he succumbed to a fatal heart attack while driving his car one mile west of Grant while enroute to visit his wife, Catherine, who was hospitalized in Denver, Colorado. He had attained the age of 68 years, six months, and 22 days.

After graduating from the School of Agriculture at Lincoln he farmed with his father near Phillips prior to continuing his education at the University of Nebraska. While at the University. he was a member of the livestock judging teams and the Block and Bridle Club.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska. Mr. Heuermann was associated with the Agricultural Extension Service for 15 years. During this period, he was Dundy County's first Extension Agent. Following his tenure in Dundy County, he was associated with the University's Agricultural Economics Department, and obtained an advanced degree in Agricultural Economics. He also served as Chase County Extension Agent. Bill was selected for membership in Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of Agriculture. Farming interests in Perkins County resulted in him leaving the extension service in June of 1943. Since that time, the family home has been at Grant.

Bill was united in marriage to Catherine Mabon on June 4, 1930, and their first home was in Benkelman.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bernard and Edward.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine: three sons and their wives: William Charles and Patty of Fountain Valley, Calif.: Donald Lee and Betty of Lincoln; Robert Dean and Carol of Diller; five grandchildren; one Mary Heuermann of Grand Island,; nieces and newphews.

Bill Heuermann will also be remembered by other relatives, numerous friends and associates.

Services for Mr. Heuermann were held Monday, October 26, at the Grant United Methodist Church with Rev. Marion Knoell officiating.

Katherine Carlson sang "0 Love Thou Wilt Not Let Me Go" and "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by organist Dolores Sexson.

Casket bearers were Jesse Deaver. Stanley Eisen. Lyle Holaway. Floyd Richmond, Albert Mahnken and Richard Kurkowski.

Honorary escorts were Charles Moser, Jack Slagle, Darryl Klinck, George Kucera, Herman Pankonin, Ed Ourada, George Slagle, Walter White, Cliff Gaddis, Frank Tharp and Max Kurkowski.

Interment was in the Grant Cemetery. Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1970

Edward H. Heye

Edward H. Heye, son of Henry and Nancy (Trembly) Heye was born at Hastings, Nebr., on August 1, 1898. He passed away August 18, 1970, at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska, at the age of 72 years and 18 days.

In spite of being a victim of polio when a very small child, he lived a happy, useful life. In early childhood he moved to Dundy County with his parents. He farmed in Dundy County and later continued this occupation near Wallace, Kansas.

In 1939, he purchased in joint partnership with his father and brother a ranch south of Wray, Colorado. Even though he was handicapped physically he loved the farm and made for himself special devices to assist him in harnessing horses and in husking corn.

In 1942. he opened a cobbler shop in Haigler, Nebraska. His work was widely known. He later moved this shop to Wray, Colorado, where he was living when he retired.

Eddie entered the Kinder Kare Rest Home in Wauneta, Nebraska, May 15, 1970. He was taken to the Hitchcock County Hospital May 19 and was there until July 13. He returned to the Rest Home until August 1 when he was rushed to Mary Lanning Hospital. Even during his illness he reflected an interest and concern about others.

He was united in marriage on May 29, 1930, to Lulu Mae Keller. To this union, one son, Daniel Henry, was born.

He leaves to mourn his passing his son, Daniel, daughter-in-law, Janet, three grandchildren, Mike. Terry. and Daniel, Jr., two brothers, Gene of Troy, Idaho, and Raymond of Downers Grove, Illinois, one sister, Esther Rousselle of Wauneta, Nebr., 17 nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends, Preceding him in death were his parents, one sister, Margaret Harte, and one brother, Bemjamin.

Funeral services were held at Eden Missionary Church on Friday. August 21, 1970, with Rev. Olen Schlatter officiating. Interment was in the Mr. Zion Cemetery under the direction of the Brunkhorst Funeral of Wauneta.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1941

Henry Frederick Heye

Death came early Sunday morning, May 19th, to Henry Heye, respected farmer of Dundy county, leaving as a heritage of the true pioneers of this western country, a better place than they found it.

Funeral services were held the following Wednesday at Mt. Zion with Rev. J. J. Christner in charge, assisted by Rev. Allan Martin, pastor of the Mt. Zion church. Those who bore the body of all that remained mortal of their friend were Ben Trembly. Delbert Thompson, Loren Fisher, Walter McBride, Harold Moon and Robert McBride. Those who sang were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kitt, Vearl Kitt and Blanche Schwenk, with Mrs. Vearl Kitt at the piano. The songs were “Jesus Hold My Hand,” “The Upper Garden,” and "No Disappointment In Heaven.”

Henry Frederick Heye, son of John and Anna Heye, was born August 14, 1868, in Ogle county, Illinois. and departed this life May 18, 1941, the age of 87 years, 9 months and 4 days. Moving from Illinois in his early childhood with his parents, they settled in Adams county. Nebraska.

On February 2, 1892, he was united in marriage to Nancy M. Trembly at Hastings, Nebraska. One year later they moved to Dundy county. To this union six children were born, Maggie Harte of Pasadena. California, Ben Heye of Denver, Colorado; Ed Heye of Wray, Colorado; Gene Heye of Troy, Idaho, Esther Rousselle of Wauneta and Raymond Heye of Gering, Nebr.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and six children. fourteen grandchildren, three brothers. Louis and August Heye of Glenvil and Dick of Hastings, and two sisters, Lena Stimbert of Hastings and Minnie Flasner of Doniphan. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

With a true pioneer spirit, Mr. and Mrs. Heye toiled and worked on their land In Dundy county which they had chosen for their home. accepting the lean years along with the years of plenty, as a place to love and to call home and to raise their family. Mr. Heye was a friend to all and a joy to those with whom he worked and lived. This country was their home except for about two years spent in Wauneta where they purchased a home. but the lure of the country called and It was there he was the happiest. About five years ago he fell and broke his hip which had slowed him considerably but he was far from being an invalid and attended to his daily duties as usual. Two years ago be developed a heart ailment but this did not get him down and only on last Saturday he spent much of the day in his garden. At about ten o’clock Saturday night he was taken with a serious heart attack and death came shortly after midnight.

Following is an article printed in 1937 in the Wray, Colo., Gazette from a book “The Frontier Legion,” by Ray Hersey.

It Is interesting to note in talking with these old timers, that almost without exception they look back on hardships and privations with a feeling that almost approaches reverence. My old friend, Henry Heye, now living on his farm on the Ough Divide south of Wauneta, Nebraska. rose warmly to occasion when I spoke of the hardships which the settlers endured in the early days in this western country.

"Hard times” he countered. “I'm here to go on record that the times are harder now than they were then. It is true that we endured privations and gave up much of our liberty and pleasures when we located on our homesteads. Many of us had reverses and discouragements that literally knocked us out. More than once I have plowed my field with a team composed of a horse on one side and a long-horn steer on the othe. Many times I have had no fuel for the shanty but cow-chips picked up on the prairie. Many times I have roasted beans and ground them up to make coffee from them. But you must remember that taxes on good 160 then were about $5.00. Now they run something like $80. I bought the best hand-made harness that money could buy for $22.50. I took my team to the harness maker and he fitted the harness right onto the horses, collars and all, for $22.50. Now a good harness costs from $80 up, and not one bit better, either. I've still got that harness. and still use it on my horses. Come out to the bam—I want you to see it."

I followed him out to the big barn, and he pointed with pride to the harness hanging on the hooks at the rear of the building. Sure enough, it was a better harness today than many of newer manufacture.

He took me outside, and called my attention to his broad sweeping acres. “I bought this quarter for $300,” he said, “the best land in the country, and later I bought that other quarter adjoining on the south for little more. Now a man would have to dig up #15,000 to buy the place. Nancy and I have seen hard times here, God knows, but we made a living and got along better than we do now. And when people talk about the hardships of the old days—well, I'd take them all over again if I could.”

Mr. Heye moved to Hastings, Neb., in 1875 when he was 7 years old. Hastings, at that time, was a small town about the size of Laird, Colorado, or Parks, Nebraska. A family by the name of Trembly had come from Missouri two years previously, and located at Hastings, and the Heyes settled on a place about two miles from the Trembly farm. In due course of time, young Heye fell in love with one of the Trembly girls, and on February 2, 1892, Henry Heye and Nancy Trembly were married. Shortly thereafter Henry and some other men drove out to the Wauneta country to look it over, traveling in an old wagon fixed up like a prairie schooner. They liked the looks of the western country and the newlyweds decided to locate there for their future home. They got an emigrant car on the train, loaded all their belongings into it, and turned their faces to the new land of the west. They built a one-room soddy on their place, and 13 people lived in this one room until they could build a larger house.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1975

Anna Susanna Bertha (Talmon) Heyman

Anna Susanna Bertha Talmon, daughter of William and Theresia Talmon, was born November 27, 1904 at Omaha, Nebraska. She was also baptised there.

In the spring of 1920 she was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Benkelman, Nebraska. She was united in marriage to Clarence Heyman on April 24, 1937. After her husband's untimely death on December 31, 1957, she moved to Benkelman (July 20, 1958) to make her home with her sister, Louise.

During the last months she had not been feeling well and finally entered the Benkelman hospital for treatment. She seemed to be doing better and returned home on Saturday, the 4th. On Monday, October 6th, she was suddenly stricken with a heart attack and passed away quietly.

Anna was known for her generosity towards her friends and always welcomed her pastor and his visits.

Surviving are her sister, Louise Gerdes, Benkelman, two brothers, Henry Talmon of Omaha and Louis Talmon of Lawrence, Kansas.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, three sisters, Bertha, Madeline Jones. Caroline Jones, and two brothers, John and William of Omaha.

She attained the age of 70 years, 10 months and 9 days.

Funeral services were held at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, October 9, 1975 at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Pastor Otto L. Zeilinger officiating. A duet, Howard Ochsner and Edwina Roesener sang "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Jackie Wilson on the organ. Casket bearers were Herbert Talmon, Arlyn Myers, John Talmon, Foster Gerdes, Sam Jones, Jay Marquis, Carl Gunther and Lyle Hendrix. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1984

Gladys (Kauffman) Hickman

Gladys Hickman, 93, of Princeton died Thursday, September 27, 1984, at Eastview Manor Care Center where she resided. Services were held Sunday, September 30, at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Leland Heriford and Rev. Charles Sexton officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Gladys Kauffman Hickman was born in Mercer County October 30, 1890, and was the daughter of U.G. Kauffman and May Perkins Kauffman.

She was married to Rev. Hadley J. Hickman November 2, 1910. They enjoyed a happy and useful life in the state of Nebraska, living on what is now the E. J. Stamm farm in the Pleasant Valley community northwest of Benkelman from 1919 to 1930, and in Mercer County, Missouri. He preceded her in death July 27, 1975.

Gladys was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church where she and the Rev. Hickman were active members.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Harry (Ruby) Moore; three grandchildren, Don J. Moore, Terralyn Hobbs of Princeton and Sharon Clark of Spickard, Missouri; eight great-grandchildren, Mark, Mike and Matt Moore, Jami, Jay and Jodi Hobbs, all of Princeton, and Serene and Chad Smith of Spickard; four great-great-granddaughters, Amanda, Ashley, Staci and Stephanie Moore; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two sisters.

Honorary bearers were Everett Stamm and Gene Stamm of Benkelman. Bearers were Laren Hickman, Mark Moore, Matt Moore, Hudson Moore, Wayne Moore and Mike Moore.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1908

Albert LeRoy Hickman

Another fatal accident was added to Dundy County's list last Sunday morning about 7:30 o'clock when Albert L. Hickman accidentally discharged the contents of a shotgun into the thigh of his left leg, horribly mangling the same and causing an injury which in a few moments over two hours thereafter resulted in his death caused from the great loss of blood coincident with such injuries.

As near as we are able to ascertain, Mr. Hickman, who was employed on the railroad section at Max, in company with two Greeks who were also in the railroad's employ, left in the morning to make the usual trip over the section on the handcar. Quite often the boys would take guns with them as was the case with both Mr. Hickman and one of the Greeks on that morning.

On the way out, one of the Greeks quit the party to hunt and the others continued the trip, and were on their way homeward when they met a freight train and stopped preparatory to setting the car off the track until the train had passed. Mr. Hickman reached for the gun and when removing it, struck the lock against the car in such a manner as to cause the instant discharge of its contents with results as above stated.

The Greek at once removed the injured man to the car and made his way to Max, where a physician was summoned but before he could arrive, death had relieved the injured man of his sufferings.

(Researcher note: Benkelman cemetery burial records show a date of birth as 9-4-1882 and a date of death as 10-11-1908.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1937

Charles Jefferson Hickman

Charles Jefferson Hickman was born near Memphis, Missouri, July 16, 1848 and passed away at the home of his daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Logan, in the wee hours of the morning on April 19, 1937, aged 88 years, 9 months and 3 days.

For some time it was evident that the effects of old age were slowly but surely creeping upon him, that the sands of life were running very slowly and he was glad to go to meet his Saviour.

For the past three weeks he had been bedfast. Many times he said, "I have no physical pain, but I am so weak, so worn out." While not a member of any church he had confessed his Saviour as very dear to him.

Leaving home when a very young man he saw many and varied phases of pioneer life. He came to Dundy county in 1877, serving as foreman of the Circle ranch for a number of years.

On January 2, 1881, he was united in marriage to Viola M. Ostrom at Max, Nebraska. To this union were born two children, Albert Leroy and Katye E. Besides his daughter and husband, he leaves to mourn his loss three grand-daughters, Blanche B. Logan, Florence M. Logan and Mrs. Clyde Foster with her husband and family of two boys. Dale and Marvin; one brother-in-law, A. H. Ostrom, and numerous friends. His early years were spent as a cowboy in Dundy county, Colorado and Montana. As the years advanced, riding was too strenuous and he became interested in a former hobby, irrigation farming. He was one of the promoters of the Hickman-Delaware ditch which is still in use.

Being a great reader he was always interested in civic affairs, also loved. to meet old cronies and talk over the days when the cowboy held sway, and the development from then to the present.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church on Tuesday afternoon with Rev. G. A. Schwabaser in charge and burial was in the Benkelman cemetery.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 30, 1891

Hiram Hicks

Was Soldier in 5th Indiana Calvary

Died: Hiram Hicks, Tuesday, January 26. 1891, at 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Hicks was born in Ohio, May 14, 1837, was a soldier in the 5th Indiana Calvary, was in service of his country and defense of the Union for two years.

He contracted the disease consumption in the Army that terminated in death. He was a member of the Baptist Church. His remains were interred in the Benkelman Cemetery.

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

Doris Dicke (Dicke) Hiergesell

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Doris Dicke Hiergesell, 57, a resident of Northern Virginia since 1964, died Thursday in her home in Falls Church. She was a native of Nebraska and was civilian employee of the Army Air Forces during World War II. From 1956 to 1964 she lived in Johannesburg, South Africa where her husband worked for U.S. Steel and she became president of the American Society of Johannesburg.

She was a member of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax where she was president of the women's association and was an elder. She was a chaplain of a chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in Falls Church. Mrs. Hiergesell was also active in fund-raising activities for the J.E.B. Stuart High School scholarship fund.

Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by three sons, Richard Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., Robert of Lincoln, Nebr., and David of Falls Church; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dicke of McCook; two brothers, Leonard Dicke of McCook, and Henry Dicke Jr. of Kearney, and three sisters, Donna Warlick of Lincoln, Marjorie Foster of Benkelman, and Letha Sutton of Denton, Texas.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1970?

Curtis Donald Higgins

Funeral services were held for Curtis Don Higgins, 74, at Jay's Funeral Chapel on Monday morning, September 28th, with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating with Mrs. Betty Erdman at the organ. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Curtis Donald Higgins was born to Milton A. and Mettie I. Higgins in New Hampton, Missouri on October 17, 1896 and passed away in Chicago. Illinois, on Friday. September 25th after a two years illness with Parkinson's disease.

He accompanied his parents to Haigler at an early age and graduated from the Haigler High School in 1915. During his youth he was widely known in semi-pro baseball circles as a pitcher for the Benkelman and Haigler town teams. He attended the University of Nebraska where he graduated in 1925. He then moved to Chicago where he was employed as a dental technician until retiring two years ago.

He leaves to mourn his death, one sister, Mrs. Eva Lorenzen, Benkelman; two brothers, Paul Higgins of Slayton, Minnesota, and Milton Higgins of Wray, Colorado; one nephew, Val Higgins, an attorney in Minnetonka, Minnesota. and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Inez Wigby of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

Merle C. Higgins

Merle C. Higgins, a merchant until 1917, has, since 1919 been in the banking business. Born at Bethany, Missouri, July 14, 1892, he is the son of Milton A. and Mettie I. (Cornelison) Higgins. The father, a native of Bethany, born January 13, 1963, was for many years engaged in the mercantile business. He is now a banker. His ancestry is Irish.

Mettle I. Cornelison was born in Madison County, Iowa, January 13, 1868, of Swedish ancestry. Both parents reside in Benkelman.

Upon his graduation from the Haigler, Nebraska, High School, Merle C. Higgins attended Cotner University for a short tune. Thereafter for several years he was engaged in business with his father, leaving to enter military survice in 1917. He served two years in the World War, as a sergeant in Co. B, 355th Infantry.

Upon his return to Benkeltnan, Mr. Higgins became vice president of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank, which position he still holds. For a short period in 1928, he was bank examiner. He has held all offices in the American Legion, has been treasurer of the Red Cross since 1920, and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce since 1925.

Mr. Higgins is a member of the Christian Church, the Masons, the Parent-Teachers' Association and the Nebraskana Society. His favorite sports are golf and horseback riding, and his social clubs are the Rod and Gun and the Golf Clubs.

On July 26, 1919, he was married to Inez R. Herring at Benkelman. Mrs. Higgins, who was a teacher before her marriage, was born in Cheyenne County, Kansas, March 21, 1896, and is descended through the maternal line to Lord Baltimore. They have one son, Val M., born May 17, 1925. Residence: Benkelman.

(Researcher note: This was in with the obituaries but is more like a biography of a living person. I have no other info.)



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1943?

Milton A. Higgins

Milton A. Higgins, 80 years old, a resident of the Iona community for the past two and one-half years, departed this life last Thursday, November 18, at the Higgins farm home, following a stroke which he suffered the previous day. He had been in failing health since coming here from Nebraska to live with his sons.

The deceased was born January 13, 1863, in Harrison county, Missouri, where he grew to young manhood. . He 'was united in marriage to Miss Nettie C. Cornelison, of Bethany, Mo., on October 1, 1890. In 1906 he moved with his family to western Nebraska, where he resided until two and a half years ago, when he came to Iona to make his home with his sons.

Mr. Higgins was active and influential in civic and church affairs and aided greatly in the development of western Nebraska. He gave many years of untiring effort to the building of highways and irrigation projects in that new country. He also served his county as county commissioner and was the president of his home-town bank. Other business activities which engaged his interest were in the fields of merchandising and ranching. He was an ardent lover of nature and derived genuine pleasure in seeing things grow. He was a devoted husband and father and a friend known for his kindliness and unbounded loyalty.

Besides the wife of 53 years he is survived by a daughter, Eva wife of Dr. G. H. Lorenzen, Benkelman, Neb.; four sons: Merle C., Fairmont; Paul and Milton, Iona, and Curtis D.. of Chicago. One grandson, Cadet Val M. Higgins, Corpus Christi, Texas. one brother, Robert A. Higgins, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and other relatives also mourn his passing.

Funeral services were conducted from the Peick Funeral chapel Monday afternoon, with the Rev. Rose, of the Presbyterian church of Fulda, officiating. Masonic rites were conducted by Murray Lodge of Slayton at the cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1986

Milton R. “Whacker” Higgins

Milton R. Higgins was born at New Hampton, Missouri, on April 11, 1899, to Milton A. Higgins and Mettie C. Cornelison Higgins, and departed this life at his residence in Benkelman, Nebraska, on Saturday, August 30, 1986, at the age of 87 years, four months and 19 days.

In 1906 the family moved to Dundy County, Nebraska, locating at Haigler. Here Milton grew up and attended grade school and high school. He later attended Lincoln Business College at Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 1920 the family moved to Benkelman and Milton was employed at merchandise stores in Benkelman and later in McCook until 1932. In 1933 he moved to Minnesota and was employed there for 11 years. After the death of his father in 1943, Milton returned to Benkelman in 1944 to be near his ailing mother who passed away in 1946. During these years he was employed at merchandise stores in Benkelman and Wray, Colorado. His last employment was with Bea's Shoe Store at Wray, until the store was sold in 1978 when he returned to Benkelman to retire.

Milton loved the outdoors and nature. He had a big interest in farming and enjoyed spending days in the country admiring the good crops and fine livestock. He was an ardent sports fan and a longtime Nebraska Cornhusker fan.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, three brothers: Paul, Merle and Curtis, and one sister, Eva Lorenzen.

Survivors include one nephew, Val M. Higgins, and wife, Jo, of Long Lake, Minnesota; one great- nephew, Mark Higgins, of Long Lake. Minnesota; one sister-in-law, Inez Wigby, and husband, Ed, of Edina, Minnesota; numerous cousins and other relatives, and a dear fnend, Mrs. Albert (Bea) Hansen, who has written the following:


MILTON "WHACK" HIGGINS

A dear friend and trusted employee for around 40 years. By choice a bachelor, living alone. Always a gentleman, honest and decent.

Whack, a quiet man, loved God, family, his country and friends. A complete nut of sports, especially football and baseball. He could call all the players by name and never missed a game if he could help it.

Milton received the nickname "Whacker" as a child growing up in Haigler. He would drag a stick along the fences to listen to the noise, and this nickname stayed for his friends.

Whack had a great mind and memory. He could remember dates of happenings most of us have long forgotten, and many people would ask him to recall events that happened in their own lives which they had forgotten.

In all the time spent in Omaha, on tests, Whack became sort of a pet to the doctors there. They would ask him questions about various things happening before their time. On one occasion when my family went into his hospital room they were gathering around his bed talking about the thirties, and about the panic of the stock market crash. He could recall these events and give days and dates. He was employed at DeGroff's Department Store in McCook at this time, and he told how all the whistles and bells started ringing. The manager came through the store and fired everyone in the store, then the store was closed. There were church bells still ringing when they left the store.

Now at 87 he wrote an article for the Haigler Centennial, recalling the Higgins family when they lived at Haigler.

Albert and I are glad Whacker was our friend.

Mrs. Albert "Bea" Hansen

Services were held Tuesday, September 2, 1986, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman Nebraska. with Rev. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Gwen Bauer. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang the selections "How Great Thou Art" and “Why Me, Lord."

Bearers were Dale Bauer, Dennis Pinkerton, Bud Cline, Harold Allen, Glen Spears and John Ham.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1973

Paul Higgins

Funeral services for Paul Higgins were held at the Jones Funeral Home on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Higgins passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Tuesday of last week. He had been a resident of the Sarah Ann Hester Home.

The Rev. Allan Martin officiated at the service. Mrs. Dale Bauer was the organist and Mrs. LaNeta Anderson the soloist. Casket bearers were Dale Bauer, Ross Druliner, Jr., Max Earnest. Wayne Ketler, Glenn Spears and Harold Barnes. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Mr. Higgins is survived by his sister, Mrs. Eva Lorenzen, brother, Milton Higgins of Wray, nephew, Val Higgins of Long Lake. Minnesota and sister-in-law, Inez Wigby of Minneapolis. Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Merle and Curtiss.

Paul Higgins was born to Milton A. and Mettie Cornelison Higgins at Hampton, Missouri on January 19, 1895. He came to the Haigler community as a small boy and was reared on a ranch near there. He came to Benkelman with his family to establish the .Farmers & Merchants State Bank. In the mid 1930's he moved to Slayton, Minnesota which was to become his home until illness befell recently and he moved to Benkelman to be near family members. He was a bookkeeper for a newspaper in Slayton for a quarter of a century and was the secretary of the Masonic lodge there for most of that period. He was a member of the Christian Church.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 1-19-1895 and a death date of 1-16-1973.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1970

Lillie Eileen (Cain) Higley

Lillie Eileen Higley, a pioneer Dundy county resident expired at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home on Sunday at the age of 92 years. She had been in failing health for most of the past year and had been hospitalized at the Dundy County Hospital before entering the Hester Home. Her sister, Mrs. Minnie Williamson passed away a year ago.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Thompson, of Benkelman, a son, Delbert Higley of Hutchinson, Kansas: four grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren; one sister, Jessie Wood of Pueblo, Colorado, and one brother, the Rev. Fred Cain of Benkelman.

Funeral services were conducted at the Benkelman United Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon with Pastor Edwin E. Mindt officiating. Mrs. Paul Erdman was the organist and Mrs. Royce Anderson the soloist. Bearers were Royce Anderson, Frankie Lutz, Doran Jessee, Gaile Dunn, Ray Buffington and Boyd Blair. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were by Jay's Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lillie E. Higley, daughter of Thomas B. and Mary Jane Cain, was born near Maryville, Mo., July 31. 1877, and departed this life at the Hester Memorial Home, January 4, 1970, at the age of 92 years. five months and four days. She had been in failing health the last four years. On December 30 she suffered a severe stroke. She moved with her parents to Dundy County in the spring of 1886. With the exception of a few months, she spent her entire life in Dundy County.

On April 10, 1895, she was married to Oscar E. Higley. To this union two children were born , Delbert N. Higley of Hutchinson, Kansas. and Myrtle M. Thompson of Benkelman. She was preceded in death by her husband January 24, 1953: two sisters Etta and Minnie, and one brother, Roy. She was a member of the Methodist church for 59 years. She received her 50 years membership pin in the year of 1961. She was a member of the WSCS and was an active member as long as her health permitted.

She leaves to mourn her passing. her son, Delbert and wife. Pearl, her daughter. Myrtle and husband Arthur of Benkelman, one sister , Jessie M. Wood of Pueblo, Colorado, and one brother Fred B. Cain. and wife Grace of Benkelman, four grandchildren, three great great, one niece, three nephews and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1982?

Maude R. (Reynolds) Higley

Mrs. Maude R. Higley, 96, of Greeley, Colorado, died Sunday, October 3, at Kenton Manor.

She was born May 20, 1886, to Milton C. and Mary (Gamble) Reynolds at Culbertson, Nebraska.

In 1909, she was married to Ward C. Higley at Culbertson.

Mrs. Higley helped in her father's drugstore at Culbertson and later was an elementary school teacher in Nebraska. Her husband died in June 1958. She moved to Greeley in 1958.

She was a member of the Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star at Wauneta, Nebraska.

Survivors are a half sister, Mrs. Elaine Peters of Longmont, Colorado; a half brother, Manny Reynolds of McCook; two granddaughters, Mrs. Sally Koch of Greeley, Colorado, and Mrs. Patricia Kelly of Arlington, Virginia; a son-in-law, Lester Kline of Greeley, Colorado, and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Lester (Corinne) Kline, died in June 1982.

Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 5, at the Macy Allnutt Drawing Room with the Rev. David Finley officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1919

Nettie Florence (Hamilton) Hildibrand

Again the shadows of death have fallen across the threshold of one of Benkelman's homes, and another wife and mother is taken, for just after noon on Wednesday, June 18th, from her home in Benkelman. Nebr., the spirit of Mrs. C. M. Hildibrand quietly passed to the unseen shore, leaving the body which for years had suffered much.

Mrs. Hildibrand, whose maiden name was Nettie Florence Hamilton, was born in Randolph county, Illinois, December 2, 1862. She was married to C. M. Hildibrand October 19, 1882. Two children were born to them, Miss Lula, of Benkelman, and Floyd, of Latham, Kansas. These, with her husband, an aged mother, one sister and two brothers, of Benkelman, and one brother of Denver, Colorado, survive.

Mrs. Hildibrand had been a member of the United Presbyterian church since childhood, and sometimes, though suffering intensely, would say, "God is love, and will do what is best." The summons came rather suddenly, but having been ready for many years, she quietly loosed from the shores of time and passed sweetly on into the morning of God's eternal day.

Funeral services were conducted from the United Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon, the 21st. Then, followed by loving friends with flowers and tears, the body was tenderly carried to the cemetery and committed to the earth, to await its call to rise.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a date of birth of 12-2-1862 and a date of death of 6-18-1919.)



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1945

Charles M. Hildibrand

Charles M. Hildibrand, Dundy county pioneer and resident of Benkelman for nearly a quarter of a century, passed away at his home in Benkelman on February 18th. A short memorial service was held at the McEvoy Mortuary Wednesday afternoon following which regular funeral services were conducted by Rev. Leslie E. Scott of the United Presbyterian church. Singers were Lloyd Boswell, John Baer, Ross Druliner and Jacob Bauer, with Mrs. Anna Ough at the piano. Those serving as pallbearers were Thomas Humphrey, Ward Artist, John McEvoy, W. H. Brown, Wm. Woodworth and Glenard Phelps. and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. Miss Lizzie McEvoy was in charge as funeral director.

Few men in our county's history have enjoyed a greater degree of esteem than had Charley Hildibrand. The greater part of his life had been spent as a farmer and thruout the trying times in Dundy county history when the sky was dark so much of the time for those who carried on in the farming effort, Charley remained cheerful and always able to see the sunny side of life and he reflected this spirit of tolerance, hope and good cheer wherever his lot was cast. He was a devout churchman and a man of honesty and conscientious endeavor thruout all the years that Dundy county was his home and his many friends, hundreds of whom have preceded to the great beyond, loved and admired him and the hundreds who are left will sorrow with his children in his passing now.

Charles M. Hildibrand was born near Indianapolis, Indiana, August 16, 1859, and died February 18, 1945, in Benkelman, Nebraska. He was the last of a family of three sisters and four brothers. His father died when Charley was just a boy and he had to make his own way in the world.

The family moved to southern Illinois where he grew to manhood and on October 19, 1882, was married to Nettie F. Hamilton. They had two children, Floyd and Lulu.

In the fall of 1887 they came with a caravan of people from Illinois to Dundy county, Nebraska, and took a homestead northeast of Parks. They knew well the trials of pioneers in the dry years of the '90's. When his wife's health failed he moved to Benkelman, bought a home and here Mrs. Hildibrand passed away in June, 1919.

He was selected as custodian of the new court house and served for about 20 years, until his health failed. He was very faithful to his duties and appeared to have a gift for raising trees and flowers. Even the little grove he planted on his homestead was an "oasis" during the worst dry years when most trees died out. The fine trees and lawn on the court house yard are living testimony to his faithfulness and care.

He was blessed with a very cheerful outlook on life and it served him well, for it seemed to his friends that he had more than his share of sickness in the family, but he never lost his patience nor his cheerfulness.

He has been a loyal member of the United Presbyterian church for 60 years or more and was Ruling Elder for the past five years, but was not able to attend very much of the past year on account of ill health.

He leaves to mourn his going his son Floyd, of Latham, Kansas, and daughter, Lulu, at home; two grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, several nephews and nieces and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1969

Daisy M. (Davis) Hill

Mrs. Daisy Hill, mother of Mrs. Irene Elliott, expired at the Dundy county Hospital on Monday afternoon after a long illness. She was 89 years of age.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Erwin Mindt officiating. Mrs. LaNeta Anderson was the soloist and Mrs. Betty Erdman the organist. Casket bearers were Ray Buffington, Lee Bowers, Royce Anderson, Don Anderson, Bill Damrow and Harold Barnes.

Graveside services were under the direction of Sheba Chapter 321 of the Rebekah Lodge, of which Mrs. Hill was a charter member. She had been a member of the :Methodist Church since 1927.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Elliott, and husband, F. Wilber Elliott, her grandson, Wilber Dale Elliott; her sister, Mrs. Maude Hamilton, and busband Lee and several nieces and nephews.

Almost from the beginning of telephone in Benkelman and until 1948, Daisy Hill was a faithful and efficient operator. Her long service at the communications center equipped her for many unusual services allied to her work for as an operator she almost always knew when someone was at their home or place of business and became knowledgable about their habits of going and coming and in an emergency could almost make instant contact with them. In those days of personalized telephone service in a small town, it was important that the operator be discreet and to respect the measure of confidence that her position required. In this Daisy Hill was never questioned and was always most trustworthy. She almost always knew where the doctors were or other persons whose skills are needed in emergencies and she was swift at rendering emergency communication services of all kinds. For these special services and the thousands of hours of waiting to serve, those who !ived in that era will always hold her in kindly regard. She was a kind and thoughtful person and one whose friendship was valued.

Daisy M. Hill, daughter of J. H. and Margaret Davis. was born on September 19, 1880, in Fremont County, Iowa, near Nebraska City, Nebraska, and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on Monday afternoon, September 29,1969, atthe age of 89 years and 15 days.

She resided with her family in Fremont county and later at Riverton, Iowa, until the age of seven years when the family moved to a farm north of Haig,- ler. where they resided for seven years, moving to Missouri for a ' few years and then returning to a farm north of Haigler, and she was to spend the remainder of her life in Dundy county.

She was united in marriage to William Abbington Hill in May, 1899. and to this union were born two daughters, Irene Virginia and Mabel, the latter of whom expired in infancy. Mr Hill passed away on February 23, 1942.

Mrs. Hill is survived by her daughter, Ire.ne, and her husband, Wilber Elliott, her grandson, Wilber Dale Elliott, her sister, Mrs. Maude Hamilton and husband Lee; and several nephews and nieces.

She became a member of the United Methodist Church on October 30, 1927, and was a member of the Womem's Society of Christian Service. She was a charter member of the Rebekah Lodge and a member of the Benkelman Woman's Club.

Her identity with the community was established by her long and faithful service as a telephone operator in Benkelman in the long term from the earliest days of the service to the time of the activation of the newer facilities in 1948. Her service was over that long period when telephone operators gave personalized service, establishing priority for information and speeding information and help when needed. In times of family tragedy her assistance was of great value and in emergencies she could be depended upon to search out the whereabouts of wanted persons quickly

Those who remember the years of personalized telephone service always think of Daisy Hill, and those thoughts kindle pleasant memories. She was an efficient, kindly and pleasant person whose labors helped to make this community a better place in which to live. She will not be forgotten.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1942

William Abbington Hill

Funeral services for William A. Hill were held at the Methodist church in Benkelman last Friday afternoon, being in charge of Milo W. Rose, pastor. Singers were Mrs. Dr. J. C. Ough,Mrs. Jack McEvoy, Lloyd Boswell and R. D. Druliner, with Ann Benge at the piano. Pall bearers were Fred I. Pringle, Eugene Ham, Austin Edwards, C. E. Uphouse, Ward Artist and J. A. McDonald and honorary pall bearers were D. F. Shaw, Jerry Walsh, James Gorthy, C. M. Hildibrand, W. A. Finch. George Pringle and Harry Hamilton.

Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

William Abbington Hill, son of Abraham and Mary Hill, was born in Marshall county, Iowa, June 29, 1861, and departed this life at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska, on February 25, 1942, at the age of80 years, 7 months and 27 days.

Mr. Hill was one the few early settlers left in this section of Nebraska, having come west when he was 17 years of age, settling first in western Kansas and later coming to Nebraska. In May, 1899, he was united in marriage to Daisy M. Davis and to this union two daughters, Irene and Mabel, were born, the latter passing away in infancy. Mr. Hill united with the Methodist church in Iowa at the age of 15, transferring his membership to the Methodist church in Benkelman in 1927 since which time he has been an active member and the care of the church building was one of his duties in the past few years and it was a duty which he thoroughly enjoyed.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, one daughter, one grandson, one step-brother and sister and various other relatives.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2002

Betty Jean (Zorn) Hillman

BURLINGTON. Colo.-- Betty Jean Hillman, a longtime resident of Burlington, passed away on Monday. June 24, 2002. She was 75.

Betty was born in Oshkosh. Neb., on Oct. 12, 1926, the third of four daughters born to Edward H. and Marie Elizabeth (Vocke) Zorn. She grew up in Benkelman, Neb., where she and her sisters spent most every night popping popcorn and ushering patrons at the Zorn Theater which her father built. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1943.

Betty worked as a teller at the First National Bank in Burlington where Douglas Lee Hillman conducted business. Both attended the First Christian Church and later the Burlington Christian Church where they were married on March 23. 1966.

Those who knew Betty remember her as an energetic homemaker who was devoted to her family and dedicated to her faith.

She enjoyed riding with Doug each spring to see If any of their brood mares had given both to a foal during the night and checking wheat fields as harvest neared. She had a tendency to grow attached to certain horses which she fed and brushed and although she didn't like to see buyers take her favorite horses, she knew that was part of the business.

She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed nothing more that to watch her family enjoy a feast at Thanksgiving or Christmas These two holidays featured her turkey arid homemade stuffing and crescent rolls. Her family relished her homemade spaghetti, au gratin potatoes and chocolate sheet cake. She always had a batch cinnamon rolls to go with a fresh pot of coffee when family came to visit.

She encouraged her children in whatever activities they chose at school and their careers. She found great enjoyment in watching them find pleasure and satisfaction in whatever path they chose.

She dearly loved her grandchildren, who remember her for teaching them to ride horses and preparing Easter baskets for them every year, usually after they helped her to color eggs at the kitchen table. She always had fun games and projects and loved to play cards, especially. pinochle which was a Zorn family favorite. Getting her grandchildren to laugh brought her pleasure and anytime there was a silent moment she always had a story to tell.

At church. Betty made fast friends and particularly enjoyed the fellowship of many different ladies and Bible study groups over the years. She taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school for many years. Whether in church or at home, she loved to praise the Lord--or as she often called it "making a joyful noise."

Through her illness during the past two years she did her best to maintain that loving, faithful, appreciative outlook that characterized her life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her well.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents: a sister, Mary Druliner, a daughter, Judith Kay (Lamb) Bollwinkel, and a great-granddaughter, Ava Marie Towey.

Betty is survived by her husband, Doug, sons Tom Lamb of Idaho Springs, Colo., Mike Lamb and wife, Catharine. of Burlington and Mark Hillman of Burlington: four grandchildren: Kelly and husband, Martin Towey, of Grand Forks, N.D., and Brooke, Gabe and Zach Lamb of Burlington; a great-granddaughter, Remy Kay Towey of Grand Forks; two sisters: Dorothy Baney and husband, Leland, of Burlington and Joan Deeds Hatch and husband, Fran, of Bird City, Kan., and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Funeral services for Betty Hillman were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Evangelical Free Church in Burlington with Pastor Ron Lee presiding. Burial followed at the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington. Arrangements were entrusted to Love Funeral Home, Burlington.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1965

Mary (Dassel) Hillmann

Mrs. Mary Hillmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dassel, was born March 17, 1877, in Chicago, Illinois, and departed this life on January 21, 1965, in the Good Samaritan Home at St. Francis, Kansas, at the age of 87 years, 10 months and three days.

The certificate of her baptism was illegible, and other details about her youth and maidenhood life in Chicago were not available. This much is known, that she was married to Mr. Oliver Tanrath. who preceded her in death. To this union two sons were born, George Tanrath of Chicago, Ill., and William, who preceded her in death in 1949.

On November 29, 1928, she entered marriage with Mr. Fred Hillmann of Enders, Nebr., who preceded her in death on June 12, 1952. Also a step-daughter, Minnie (Hillmann) Duhm, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hillmann was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was a regular attendant and enjoyed the worship services and fellowship of the congregation as long as her health permitted. She was also a member of the Ladies' Aid and Missionary Society of the St. Paul congregation.

Mrs. Hillmann is survived by her son, George Tanrath, of Chicago, and locally by two stepdaughters, Mrs. Emma Burnside of Stratton, Nebr., and Mrs. Anna Wicke, Wauneta. She also leaves six step-grandchildren and eleven step-great grandchildren, besides her friends in the local community and other relatives.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 23, the Rev. John T. Schmidt officiating. Interment was in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1981?

Gene M. Hilty

Gene M. Hilty of McCook, age 49, died Friday at the Community Hospital of McCook.

Mr HiIty was born Nov. 17, 1932 at McDonald, Kan to Floyd and Wanda Hilty and attended schools in Bird City, Kan. He was a member of McCook B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge; Eagles Club, McCook; and Memorial United Methodist Church, McCook.

Survivors include one son, Douglas of Goodland, Kan.; two daughters, Ann Marie Liggett and Tracie Gayle Donohue, both of Boulder, Colo.; three grandchildren; his parents, Floyd and Wanda Hilty of Goodland, Kan ; and three sisters, Glenda Hinz at Lakewood, Colo., Gayla Buethe of Buena Vista, Colo., and Gorda Adelgren of Gunnison, Colo.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. MST in the Sage and Smith Funeral Chapel of Goodland, Kan. Burial will be in the Goodland Cemetery under the direction of the Sage and Smith Funeral Home of Goodland, Kan.

This announcement is courtesy of the Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home of McCook.

October 1995Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post,

Rosie (Blecha) Himberg

St. FRANCIS, Kan.--Rosie Himberg was the second oldest child of Joseph and Mary Blecha. She was born May 29, 1908, in Burchard, Neb., into a growing family that eventually included brothers and sisters Joseph, Mary, Rudolph, Anna, Clara, George, Harry and Mable. Rosie moved with her family to Akron, Colo., in 1924 and then to Haigler in 1928.

She married Glenn Himberg in 1928 and lived on a farm near Tecumseh, Neb., where their only child, Arnita, was born. Rosie and her family then moved to Haigler, Neb., in 1931 where she enjoyed raising chickens, working with the cattle and hogs and growing enormous gardens. When Rosie wasn't working on the farm, she could be found with Glenn at the lake in their camper--"gone fishing."

Rosie and Glenn retired to a life of travel in their camper in the early '70s and enjoyed their winters spent in Arizona. Glenn died from cancer in 1980 and Rosie continued living on the ranch until 1983 when she moved to St. Francis, Kan., to be near daughter, Arnita, and son-in-law, Bob Yost. In 1993 Rosie had a series of strokes and came to live with the Yosts, where she stayed until she was admitted to the Good Samaritan Village in 1995. Mrs. Himberg died at Cheyenne County hospital Tuesday,

Oct. 3, 1995. She was 87 years old.

Mrs. Himberg is survived by brothers Joseph and Harry; a sister, Mable; her daughter and son-in-law and their sons and wives, Steve and Terry Yost and Dave and Pat Yost; great-grandchildren Jason, Jon, Shelly and Tina Yost, and many nephews and nieces.

Rosie left a legacy of happy memories with everyone who knew her.

Services were held Oct. 5, 1995, at 1:30 p.m. at the Haigler Lutheran Church with the Rev. Chris Farmer officiating. Casket bearers were Ray Stute of Haigler, godson of Rosie and Glenn; and nephews. Ron Crowe of McCook, Neb., Don Meister of Tecumseh, Neb., Marion Blecha of Longmont, Colo., and Gary and Stuart Blecha of Wray, Colo.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1980

Glenn Henry Himberg

HAIGLER — Glenn Henry Himberg died Sunday at the Dundy County Hospital. He was born Sept. 15, 1905 in Elk Creek to John and Sophia (Heubach) Himberg and was married Dec. 19, 1928 at Wray, Colo., to Rosie Blecha. He was baptized in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Steinauer, and was confirmed in St. John's Lutheran Church, Tecumseh. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Haigler.

Survivors are his widow, Rosie; one daughter, Mrs. Robert ( Arnita) Yost of St. Francis; two grandchildren, Steven and David; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence and Arthur, both of Tecumseh; four nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Estella, Laura and Minnie, and two brothers, Benjamin and John.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. (MST) Tuesday at the Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Otto Zeilinger officiating. Burial will be in the Haigler Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home, Benkelman.

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Haigler cemetery show a birth date of 9-15-1905 and a death date of 1-13-1980.)



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1978

John Henry Himberg

John Himberg, second son of John and Sophia Heuboch Himberg was born at Elk Creek,Nebraska on December 24, 1908 and departed this life on May 15, 1978 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkel man, Nebraska. He received his schooling at Elk Creek.

In 1930 he moved to Dundy County in the Haigler community and worked at farming and ranching the remainder of his life with the exception of the three and one-half years, from March 1942 until October 1945, when he served his country during World War II. He served as an Airplane and Engine Mechanic while in the Service. He was discharged as a staff sergeant. He was a member of the Haigler American Legion Post No. 134 and VFW Post No 8009.

After returning from the service he and Joseph Blecha formed a farming and ranching partnership north of Haigler. He was always willing to help anyone in need.

He was baptized in infancy into the St. Peters Lutheran Church in Elk Creek and was confirmed in the St. John Lutheran Church in Tecumseh. Nebr.

Preceding him in death besides his father and mother were a brother, Benjamin of Tecumseh and three sisters: Minnie Himberg, Laura Meister, and Stella Campbell. Survivors include: Brothers, Glenn and wife, Rosie of Haigler, Clarence and wife, Vivian, Arthur and wife, Renee of Tecumseh. There are seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 18th at 2:00 P.M. of the Lutheran Church in Haigler, Nebraska with Pastor Otto Zeilinger and Jones Funeral Home making the arrangements.

Kaye Kamla was organist and Debbie Webster and Cindy Haskell song the selections, -“Beautiful Saviour” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Bearers were Murray Evans. Oscar Samler, Richard Stasser, Don Webster, Wayne McVey, and Orval Stute.

Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery with services by Haigler American Legion Post No. 134.




Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, September 3, 2004

Anne E. Hines

Friday, September 3, 2004

May 14, 1922-Aug. 28, 2004

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Anne Elizabeth Hines, 82, formerly of Benkelman, died Saturday (Aug. 28, 2004) at the Lifecare Center of Gwinnett near Atlanta, Ga.

She was born May 14, 1922, to Thomas Raymond and Mary (Mimms) Rosser in Broadway, N.C. She was raised near Broadway on the family's tobacco farm. She graduated from high school in 1937. She then attended a two-year business college. During World War II, she was in several administrative positions at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.

On Aug. 12, 1946, she married 2nd Lt. Leon C. "Bill" Hines in Fayetteville. The couple then moved to Nebraska. They lived on the family's ranch house west of Benkelman for several years before moving in to town.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, the PEO Chapter ER of Benkelman, the United Methodist Women and a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon C. "Bill"; her daughter, Patricia Wahrman; her sister, Frances Elder; and brothers, Albert and Raymond Rosser.

Survivors include her daughters, Lib Carse and husband, Jim of Atlanta, Ga., and Barb Hines and husband, Jim Holly of Venice, Fla.; sister, Eunice Campbell; brother, Paul Rosser and wife, Jan; sisters-in-law, Louise and Grace Rosser; one granddaughter; and four grandsons.

Services are Saturday, 10:30 a.m. (MDT), at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery with committal by PEO Chapter Er.

Visitation is today until 7 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.

Memorials may be given in her name.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1982

Keturah Ellen (Sipe) Hines

Keturah Ellen Hines, daughter of James and Adelaide Sipe, was born February 16, 1894, at Cambridge, Nebraska. She grew up at Bartley, Nebraska, and was the sole member of Bartley's high school graduating class in 1910. She drove a horse and buggy to teach in nearby country schools.

In 1914, Kate came to Benkelman, to teach seventh and eighth grades in the Benkelman Schools. She was married to Leon L Hines, on June 20, 1917, and lived here the rest of her life. To this union were born one son, Leen C. Hines, a lawyer of Benkelman and one daughter, Marjorie Anne, who died in infancy.

Kate became a member of the United Methodist Church at Bartley at an early age and Dorcas Chapter number 144 of the Order of the Eastern Star at Bartley invited her to be a member in 1912. She remains a Fifty-Year Member in good standing of both organizations.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood was an important part of Kate's life. She was instrumental in helping organize Chapter E Rat Benkelman in 1939. She was Chapter E R's second president and served from 1942 to 1944. Kate's interest in P.E.O. and in supporting its many projects for furthering the education of young people remained with her throughout her life.

Kate was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Anna and Thelma; her brothers, Francis; and Clifford; her husband and infant daughter.

She is survived by her brother Harlan Sipe, and sister-in-law, Lena, of Denver; her daughter-in-law, Anne; son, Leon C.; her granddaughter, Elizabeth Carse, husband James, and sons, Ashley and Nicholas; her granddaughter, Patricia Wahrman, husband John, daughter, Amy, and son, Paul; her granddaughter, Barbara Turner, and husband, Kelly; her nieces, Margaret Roberts and Ellen Yates; her nephews, Harlan Kendle and Francis Cochran, and the many beautiful friends who loved and looked after her.

To the end of her life, Kate was teacher; she never tired of "playing school," first with her son, then with her granddaughters and then with her great-grandchildren.

She had great pride in their academic achievements. She was a self-effacing woman who lived through her family. She rejoiced in their triumphs and shared the sorrow of defeat.

Her greatest pride was in her self sufficiency—being able to live alone, drive her car and maintain an optimistic attitude toward life.

All who loved her rejoice with her that she could have had so peaceful a passing in her own home after an enjoyable day.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1997

Leon Clifford "Bill" Hines

Leon Clifford "Bill" Hines was born in Benkelman, Neb., on June 10, 1922, to Leon L and Keturah E. (Sipe) Hines. He died peacefully at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 14 days.

Bill had a tremendous gift with the written word. His ability to see directly to the core of a situation and then to write about it with incredible wit and wisdom made most every writing of his a pleasure to read, and often reread. In 1991, as a gift to his children, Bill wrote a 75-page "book" titled "My Story." This tribute to Bill will often quote from that book.

Bill was raised in Benkelman by Leon and Kate. Bill wrote, "Leon was a lawyer but also a thwarted show-man: He acquired three little silent-movie theaters at Haigler, Benkelman and Stratton which we had until I started school." He continues, "One of my early recollections is being unmercifully teased by Ward Bond of the later Wagonmaster TV fame. Ward and a fellow named 'Bill' worked at the Benkelman movie theater. In fact, this tale is the source of my name Bill: I really never cared for the name of Leon so I adopted the name of my pure hero, at about age four—and it has stuck. Bill wandered off and didn't turn out to be much and by the time Ward got famous, I was way too damn old to start calling myself 'Ward.' Ah well. win some, lose some."

Bill enjoyed his schooling in Benkelman and graduated as valedictorian in May 1939. After high school Bill went to the University of Nebraska, College of Business Administration. Of his decision to pursue a career in law, Bill wrote. "I was wavering pretty badly between law and medicine, so I signed up for the latter. We had the day when they sorted out the ribbon-clerks by seating us in an overhanging balcony where it was hot, ether-saturated and dark, to watch surgery in progress. Lordy, what a bloody mess. I could see right off that my future laid more in the direction of sorting ribbons. So to law school I went for the year 1942-43."

But World War II intervened. He wrote. "After seventeen weeks of Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, I finally got my prized commission and officer's ID card." In September 1944, Bill was assigned to the 106th Infantry division and deployed in the European Theater of Operations. Of his departure from New York, Bill wrote, “Watching the Statue of Liberty sink into the western horizon was about the low point of my life as I surely never expected to see it again.. On Dec. 16, 1944, Bill was engaged to the Battle of the Bulge. “I was, in a sense,” he wrote, “lucky to be the Forward Observer that day. The initial bombardment was concentrated clear to hell and gone behind me. Well, this left me and my driver beautifully camouflaged and of no danger to anybody, totally stranded all by ourselves with nobody to talk to because the G-2, totally terrified, jerked out the switchboard, threw it in his command car, and was never seen again.” As many of the young men of this time. Bill found WWII to be at once terrifying and exhilarating. He tells many war stories, stories of fear and fatigue, of victories and losses, and all are filled with the antics and stunts of young boys convinced their lives are nearly over. Shortly after VE day, Bill became ill and was air-evacuated back to the States. “As we neared home” he wrote, “our pilot, really a hotdogger, even by Dundy County standards, descended to 200' altitude coming up the river, flat-out, made a 360 around the Statue of Liberty, and slammed her down in Larchment, NY. All of us were in tears- -sure never expected to see that Lady again.”

In April 1946. Bill met Anne Elizabeth Rosser in Fayetteville, N.C., just prior to his discharge from the Army. After his return to Nebraska, he and Anne maintained close correspondence and decided to get married. He thought it would be a good idea for Anne to see what she was gettng into so she made the long bus trip from North Carolina to Dundy County. “Always the joker, I took her first out to the South Place which runs a close second for inhospitality to the Two Buttes, CO area. It is perched on top of the most god-forsaken hill you ever saw. She was a good sport about it, though, and figured things could only improve.” They were married Aug. 12, 1946, in Fayetteville and things certainly did improve.

Bill and Anne moved to Lincoln, Neb., where Bill resumed law school. They had such good times during the law school days and made many friendships that have lasted throughout their lives.

After law school. Bill says, "I worked a little bit at the office; but mostly at the ranch where I maintained my distinguished record of getting hurt and losing money." Bill and Anne bought the house east of Dale and Gwen Bauer, and Lib came to join them on May 10, 1951. Patty was born on Aug. 4, 1953, and Barb on Dec. 16, 1955. Bill, Anne and the girls had a lot of fun over the years. There was a wide circle of friends, each with children of about the same age. and parties abounded. Whether at the lake, at home. at an NU football game, all the kids would be put in one place while the adults gathered in another and each group claimed that they had had the better time. As Marilyn Jones said just recently, "No one has ever had more fun than we did in those days."

Bill's father was stricken with lung cancer in October 1955 and died in February of the following year. Of him, Bill wrote. "He was a genuinely good man and a very hard act to follow, alone, in the law business." But follow him he did. Bill actively practiced law until his death, though he had slowed down some the past several years. Of his law career, Bill wrote. "It is difficult, at this point in life, to give much of a summary of the forty-seven years of law practice in Benkelman, NE. The law business has changed unbelievably since I started. It used to be that there was a camaraderie among the lawyers; we were all seeking justice--for our client; and, if that happened to coincide with the statute or the case law, so much the better. But afterward we were still friendly. Probably my generation of lawyers has caused, or at least heavily contributed, to the present lack of camaraderie where each lawyer is out to get the other, almost irrespective of the client's rights.. The friendly spirit after the case was over has become only a sham. Everyone wants to be the 'top-gun' and cares little how he manages to do it." He continued, "It would also be difficult to give much of a synopsis on my career in the law business without expressing my great respect and gratitude to Mora Flunton Herring and Edith VanHorn Roundtree who, between them, have kept the place in such state of organization as it has been since 1935." Finally, of his career he wrote. "One thing that I have done, and of which I am proud, was to build forty-two low-rent housing projects containing 1,642 dwelling units, as well as three 'farmer's country clubs.' All of these were done with federal money and were virtually free to the towns so benefited; free in the sense that the government was going to squander our money somewhere and, if it was unavoidable anyway, we might as well get some of it back."

Bill was a modest man. He didn't talk (or write) about all the help, guidance and advice he provided to folks in Southwest Nebraska over many years. He didn't talk about how a client would come in with a great idea for a new business venture and leave understanding that maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all. He didn't talk about his understanding of our now litigious society and liability exposure and how his insistence that his clients early appropriate insurance coverage prevented much financial loss and heartache. He didn't talk about the confidence his clients had in his advice because he hadn't steered them wrong in 30 or 40 years. He just did that because it was his job. His client needed help and it was his job to do it--and win.

Bill had many sayings he taught his children to live by. "Never pack more than you can carry:" "Always pull your own weight:" "You can't make everyone happy:" “The more successful you are, the more people will dislike you--don't worry about it." But the one that has remained most vividly with his children through the years is "Always leave a place better than you found it." He lived by that adage and in country, community, friendship and family, Bill Hines truly did leave this earth a better place than he found it.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin sisters, an infant son and his daughter, Patricia Anne Hines.

Surviving him are his wife, Anne; daughters Barbara Hines of Lawton, Okla., and Elizabeth "Lib" Carse, her husband, Jim, and sons, Ashley, Nicholas and Steven, all of Atlanta. Ga.; his granddaughter, Amy Beesley. and her husband, Chris, of Lawton: his grandson, Paul Wahrman, of St. Francis, Kan.: and Anne's family: Francis Elder, Eunice and Robert Campbell, and Paul and Jan Rosser, Louise Rosser, Grace Rosser, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, all of North Carolina. and many Iong-time friends and associates.

Final rites for Bill Hines were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. The congregational hymn was "Hymn Of Promise." After the reading of the eulogy, Richard Bartholomew sang Frank Sinatra's "My Way" accompanied by Betty Erdman. The postlude was a selection of Bill's favorite Louie Armstrong songs leading with "What a Wonderful World."

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Ashley and Nicholas Carse, and longtime friends and associates Stan Jones, Dave Stogin, Randy Raffle and Tom Roundtree. Honorary bearers were Mason Jones, Vinton Jones, Jesse "Ike" Denny, Lee Gallatin, Ed Burke, Boyd Adkinson, Kent Nehrboss, Harold Brunswick, Hal Tecker, John Ham, Jack Hendrix, Bill Reade and Wilbur Case.

Committal services were by the American Legion Post No. 65. VFW Post No. 4178 and Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1956

Leon Llewellyn Hines

Leon L. Hines was laid at rest in the Benkelman cemetery on Friday afternoon after funeral services at the Methodist church with Rev. R. W. Sandsted in charge. George Hastings, an attorney from Grant, Nebraska, read the obituary. Mrs. Anna Benge was the organist and soloists were Mrs. Dorothy Woodworth and Ross D. Druliner, Jr.

Casket bearers were Mason Jones, Harold Hall, Alvin Lorance, Harold Knoles, Kenneth Buffington and George Robertson. Honorary pallbearers were John C. Ough, H. L. Anderson, Miles Jones, Lee Clegg, Ned Tecker, J. H. A. Peck, G. A. Morehouse, Norval Diehl, John J. Kitt and George Hoffmeister.

The graveside services were conducted by Justice Lodge No. 180 AF&AM with W. C. Edwards, WM. The service was arranged by the Laughlin Funeral Home.

Leon Llewellyn Hines, son of David G. Hines and Cordelia G. Smith was born at Imperial, Nebr., on the 25th day of September, 1891. He departed this life at Benkelman, Nebraska, on the 14th day of February, 1956, at the age of 64 years, four months and 19 days. His infancy was spent in the village of Imperial with his parents where his father was engaged in mercantile business.

At the age of six years the family moved to Haigler, Nebraska, remaining there until the year 1901. At that time the family moved to Benkelman, Nebraska when his father established a law office in the county seat of Dundy county. The early formative years of his life were spent in attending the public schools of Benkelman. After finishing the courses provided in his home town, he attended high school at McCook, Nebraska, from which he was graduated in 1908.

The early years of his youth were spent in the tradition of the law. His father maintained an office in Benkelman and for 16 years served as county attorney of his county. Possessed of strong intellectual capacities and coupled with an intense desire for higher education, Leon then entered the University of Nebraska. He combined the study of the arts and sciences with the law. He was graduated in 1915. Immediately following his graduation he was admitted to practice law in Nebraska, and subsequently in the federal courts and before the Treasury Department of the United States.

His father's extensive business interests and his law practice and the appeal of his home community drew him back to Benkelman. In this community he lived and devoted his life.

Mr. Hines was a man of great versatility and of many interests. He matched his professional career with numerous business and financial enterprises. Early in his career he successfully operated theaters in Benkelman, Stratton and Haigler. At the time of his death he was engaged in the livestock industry and had acquired extensive real estate properties which he managed and operated.

For a period of more than forty years Mr. Hines continued without interruption in the practice of the legal profession. He served as county attorney from 1926 to 1930. In the practice of law he was a vigilant and successful advocate, always respected by his adversaries and always held in the highest esteem by his brothers at the bar. He possessed an unusual ability to penetrate legal propositions and once he had determined upon his solution of a question he pressed his position with great skill and energy. He had an unerring sense of justice. When he undertook the representation of a client he served him with fidelity, skill and determination. He was a tireless worker; zealously he followed the practice of law not only to serve his clients but to establish and maintain justice. Because of his wide business experience, he represented clients interested in oil and gas, mining and water rights and irrigation. His professional life led him into the fields of corporate law, real property and probate. To the end of his career he maintained an unflagging concern for the professional matters entrusted to him and throughout his career he displayed the highest degree of professional competence.

Among the many interests of this versatile man was his concern for the political issues of his time. He believed in political parties as the means of crystallizing public opinion. For himself he was not interested in the honors of public office though he could have had them for the asking. Invariably he refused to stand for public office. On one occasion he accepted the appointment by the governor to the office of state senator to complete the term for the years 1935 and 1936. His innate sense of modesty led him to refrain from seeking political honors. He preferred to spend his life among his own people in his chosen profession. But his political views were known. He had no hesitancy in expressing his opinions and he did so with vision and with clarity.

An outstanding achievement of his professional career was in the field of public service. He was largely instrumental in developing the rural electrification program in an area which covered parts of three states. He fought for low cost public power. By sheer force of his leadership he initiated the program of rural electrification and brought to thousands of people the benefits of low cost energy. He was the organizer and project attorney of three separate projects in wide areas of Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado.

Without reservation. he gave of his time, his talents, his money and his leadership in local and community enterprises which he recognized to be for the good of all. Typical of him was his leadership in the March of Dimes. Sympathetic with suffering children, he served for many years as chairman of the March of Dimes in his community. He organized the local chapter and was its leader in many campaigns for funds. He gave his services as chairman of the Dundy county Red Cross chapter and continued in that capacity for several years.

He was baptized in the faith of the Methodist church and remained a member of it to the time of his death.

In the midst of this busy life with its wide interests and its far-flung activities, he met every occasion with a fund of humor and good will; he carried no malice in his heart. He used people. He found pleasure in work and in all of life. He lightened the burden for himself and all about him with his smile, his chuckle and his friendly greeting. His personality endeared him to all who knew him. In his student days he enjoyed a wide acquaintance and was popular among his friends. He was a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity and in the law college he joined Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

He was a member of Justice Lodge No. 180 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

On June 20, 1917, he was married to Keturah E. Sipe at Bartley, Nebraska. To this union was born one son, Leon Clifford, who continues in the family tradition, the practice of law in Benkelman, and who is now serving as county attorney of Dundy county as the father and grandfather had done before him.

Twin daughters preceded him in death. Mr. Hines is survived by his wife, Keturah E., his son Leon Clifford, his daughter-in-law Anne, three grandchildren Elizabeth Susan, Patricia Ann, and Barbara Ellen; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Bauer of Benkelman and Mrs. Eunice Hjelte of Kirkland, Wash.; an aunt, Mrs. Mabelle Fisk of Benkelman, and a host of friends who will always remember him as a loving husband, a kind and understanding father, a generous neighbor and an outstanding citizen.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1997

Lloyd Lewis Hines

HERINGTON, Kan.--Services for Lloyd Lewis Hines, 79, were held on Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at Brockmier Funeral Chapel at Herington. The Rev. David Jones officiated. Graveside services were at 3 p.m. at the Gaylord (Kan.) Cemetery.

Mr. Hines died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at the Herington Municipal Hospital. He was born Jan. 11, 1918, at Rexford. Kan., a son of Otto L. and Alta (Murphy) Hines.

He was a retired mechanic for Duntz-Rounds Motor Company of Smith Center, Kan. He also farmed.

Mr. Hines had been a resident of Herington for the past seven months. He formerly lived at Gaylord.

Survivors include his wife, Irma L. (Austin) Hines of Herington; a son, Ray E. Hines of Lindsborg, Kan; two daughters: Beverly J. Campbell of Hope, Kan., and Katheryn Kuhlmann of Carbondale, Colo.; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ilow Twite in 1972, and a grandson. Johnny Campbell in 1961.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 25, 2009

Donald "Don" Burton Hink

CHAMPION -- Donald "Don" Burton Hink, 81, of Champion, died Monday (Feb. 23, 2009) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.

He was born Aug. 7, 1927, to Edward A. and Pearl E. (Lindsey) Hink, on his grandfather's homestead in Dundy County. He attended the Crete Grade School and Chase County High School before entering the U.S. Army in February of 1946.

He was discharged in 1947, and returned to Southwest Nebraska, where he began a life-long career working at the local lumber yard, which changed from Krotters, Chaco and presently Adams Lumber.

On Aug. 17, 1958, he married Henrietta Anna Marie Brandt in Hot Springs, S.D. They made their home in Imperial where they lived until his death. Along with working in the lumberyard he was a farmer for most of his life. He also worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission from 1992 to 2004.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and American Legion Post of Imperial.

Survivors include his wife, Henrietta of Benkelman; sister, Darlene Day of Yuma, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Della Hink of Thornton, Colo., and Elaine Hink of Imperial; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, 2 p.m., (MT) at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with the Rev. David Kahle officiating. Interment will follow in the Crete Cemetery in rural Champion.

Visitation is today from 2-6 p.m., (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial.

Memorials may be given to the Champion Community Center and the Zion Lutheran Church Library.

Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1978

Edward Adolph Hink

Edward Adolph Hink, son of Henry and Lenora Harmon Hink, was born on the family homestead at Lamont, Nebr. on Oct. 17, 1894, and passed from this life on March 25, 1978 at the Chase County Community Hospital at the age of 83years, 5 months and 8 days. He was the eldest son of eight children.

He received his formal education at the Lamont School. His boyhood days were enjoyed on the form until he entered the military service in July 1918. He received his training at Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and served in the Military Police until his honorable discharge in January, 1919 as a P.F.C.

He was united in marriage to Pearl Lindsey on Feb. 1,1922 and to this union four children were born_ They made their home on the family homestead in Dundy

County for six years and then moved to the Crete Community where they lived the next 31 years. In 1961 they moved to their home in Champion, Nebr. where he lived the remaining years of his life.

Ted, as he was affectionately known, was a member of the United Brethren Church and was actively involved in the Crete church and later in the Champion Community Church.

He served as Superintendent of both congregations and on the board. He was on the Crete school board. He loved music and was especially happy when his family sang during the services.

His live revolved around his faith, family and community. He loved and cared for people. especially children. He seemed to have a knack for taking care of people and was often found at the side of those in need. He enjoyed being out-of.doors and disliked inactivity. A comment often heard from him was that his hardest task was doing nothing. so he filled his life with activity. With his family life. community and church work, chores and farm work it was not difficult to find plenty to do. Even in recent times when physical problems kept him from some activities. he was often found at work with a hobby or studying from his worn Bible. Ted had suffered from failing health for some months and now has laid down the armor of this battle and retained his Lord in the promised rest.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Roy, Fl;oyd and Ellis, and two sisters, Mae Munson and Marie Davidson.

He leaves to remember his passing. his wife. Pearl; three sons, Earnest A. and wife Della of Thornton, Colo., Donald and wife Henrietta of Imperial, Nebr., and Leo E and wife Elaine of Champion, Nebr., one daughter, Darlene Day and husband Clifford of Yuma, Colo., eleven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one brother, Arthur Hink of Bieber, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Cleo Priest of North Platte, Nebr., and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1968

Kelly Louise Hinkle

Kelly Louise Hinkle passed away at Children's Hospital in Denver on May 7 at the age of nine years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob West of McCook and had been taken to that hospital on May 5 when it was learned that she suffered from a liver ailment of a terminal nature.

She was the first great granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reece Hardwick and the first granddaughter of Mrs. Erma Veal and the late Carl Veal. Her mother was Carol Veal (Hinkle) and her father was Jerry Hinkle. She was born at Wray, Colorado, on January 5, 1959. She attended the Benkelman public school for her first two years and was a pupil in the McCook public schools with the third grade class.

Funeral services were conducted at Jay's Funeral Home on Friday, May 10, with Tom Volz officiating. Dola Johnson was the organist and the bearers were Frank Hill, Larry Black, Duane Wagner and Lara Eickmeier. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1969?

Charley Hitch

Mrs. Grace Brynoff received word of the death of her brother) in-law. Charley Hitch, in Salkuin. Washington.

Mr. Hitch passed away Sunday, September 28, at the age of 89. Mr. Hitch farmed in the Max community for several years in the 1920's.

He and his wife and family moved to Washington State in 1930. He is survived by his wife, several children and grandchildren.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March? 1976?

Rosa Henrietta Hitch

Mrs. Rosa Henrietta Hitch, 80, of Graham, a former Salkum resident, died Sunday at Graham.

She was born June 5, 1895, in Max, Nebraska and came to . Salkum from Nebraska in 1934.

Mrs. Hitch was a member of the Onalaska Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a son, Ralph of Seattle ; three daughters, Mrs. Mardelle Hadaller, Graham; Mrs. Blanche Nelson and Mrs. Laura Bogar, both of Onalaska; a sister, Mrs. Molly Stahley, Yuma, Colo.; a half-sister, Mrs. Selma Howward, Max, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Fir Lawn Funeral Chapel, Toledo, with the Rev. Reed Zachary officiating. Interment will follow at the Toledo Cemetery.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1974

Florence (Stock) Hixon

Services were held for Mrs. Cleo (Florence) Hixon Monday, February 11, 1974, at 2:00 p.m. from Wauneta's United Methodist Church following a long illness. Mrs. Hixon was born November 14, 1886 and had passed on February 8, 1974, at the age of 87.

Rev. Ernest D. Neufeld officiated. Mrs. Marcia Brunkhorst accompanied Mrs. Bonnie Bley, Mr. Don Egle and Mrs. Iola Egle who sang "In the Garden" and "The Pearly Gates Will Open".

Escorts were Harlan Stock, Billy Stock, Byron Stock, Harry Hixon, Delvin Claymon and James Jones.

Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. Brunkhorst Funeral Home was in charge of the service.

Florence, daughter of St. Clair and Mary Stock, was born November 14, 1886 on the homestead in Dundy County located five miles south of Wauneta, Nebraska and passed away about one o'clock a.m. on February 8, 1974 at the age of 87 years, two months and 25 days.

She grew to womanhood in this community and received her education in the county schools in Dundy and in Wauneta. Florence attended church and Sunday School at Mt. Zion in her younger days and was converted at that church on August 16, 1920. Rev. Mattlin and Rev. Galloway were ministers at that time. She was sanctified at the same place one year later.

She lived a dedicated and consistant Christian life from that time until her departure. She was married to Cleo Hixon on January 7, 1925. They lived the first fourteen years of their married life north of Wauneta and then moved to their present location south of Wauneta.

She was instrumental in helping organize the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Imperial and was a member of that church until about 1954. From that time on she attended the Eden Missionary Church southeast of Wauneta until her health prohibited her from attending.

She was a dedicated Christian and spent her entire life after conversion in Christian work. She was a dedicated and loving wife and was always willing to give of her time and money to help all people she came in contact with.

She leaves to mourn, her husband, Cleo, nine brothers-in-law, nine sisters-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one sister, Maud Kerns and one brother, Chester Stock, preceded her in death.

Florence was a great lover of the Bible and her favorite Bible verses were the 23rd Psalms and the 91st Psalms.—Wauneta Breeze.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1990

Guy H. Hixon

Guy H. Hixon died Sunday (Feb. 25, 1990) at Community Hospital at the age of 74. He was born June 4, 1915, at Wauneta to Albert C. and Rose (Foster) Nixon.

Prior to moving to McCook 17 years ago, he lived in the Imperial area for 33 years.

He was married Dec. 24, 1938, to Lorena M. Evans.

He was a member of the Egan Park Baptist Church, the McCook Elks Lodge No. 1434, and the Lions Club.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Claude; and one sister, Gladys.

Survivors include his wife, Lorena of McCook; two sons, Jerry of McCook and William of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; four daughters, Sharon Hupf and Patricia Nelson, both of McCook, Beverly Wilson of Lakewood, Colo., and Cathy 0'Shea of Kizer, Ore.; three sisters, Helen Ruebesam of Woodburn, Ore., and Ina Martin and Ruby Goin, both of Wauneta; five grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Egan Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Murphy officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial. Memorials may be addressed in his name and left at the funeral home. Services will be under the direction of the Bullock-Long Funeral Home. Visitation and local arrangements are by the Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home of McCook.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1973

Eunice (Hines) Hjelte

Benkelman friends were saddened Saturday to learn of the passing of a former resident, Mrs. Eunice Hjelte, who expired at Kirkland, Washington, that day. She was 75 years of age.

Mrs Hjelte was the sister of Mrs. Jacob Bauer and an aunt of Leon C Hines. Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. David G Hines.

She was reared in Benkelman. She was married to the late Richard Gibb and resided in Denver until his death. She then made her home at Kirkland, Washington, for the remainder of her life. Her husband, Ed Hjelte, is deceased. She is survived by six children. Funeral services were held at Kirkland on Monday with burial at that city.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1986?

Barbara (Skiles) Hobbs

Barbara Hobbs died recently at Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mount Vernon after four years of ill health at the age of 33. She was born November 7, 1953, at McCook, Nebraska.

She was married October 4, 1973, at Overland, Kansas, to Noah Hobbs.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Skiles; her grandfather, Charles Rosecrans, and a niece, Melinda Lou Skiles.

Survivors include her husband, Noah; two daughters, Stephanie Hobbs and Andrea Hobbs, both of the home; her mother, Elva Skiles of Benkelman; two brothers, Kenneth Skiles of Gillette, Wyoming, and Glen Skiles of Columbus; and two sisters, Mary Lou Allison of Evansville, Wyoming, and Beverly Jane Burton of Cambridge, and close friend, Charles Kier, and families.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1907

George Hocknell

The body of George Hocknell, a former prominent citizen of Nebraska, arrived from Sacramento, California, yesterday, and was buried in the Longview Cemetery of this city.

Mr. Hocknell was a member of the Nebraska Legislature of 1884. He organized and for 20 years was president of the First National Hank of McCook. He was a pioneer of western Nebraska and a leading spirit In the development of McCook. For several years he had made his home in Los Angeles, California, where his wife and daughter now reside.—Special to the Lincoln Star November 6.

Mr. Hocknell will be remembered by some of Dundy County's pioneer settlers having been engaged in the lumber business here in Benkelman's early history.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1994

Alice Viola (Bunning) Hofer

BENKELMAN--Alice Viola (Bunning) Hofer was born to Fred and Viola (Scott) Bunning on August 15, 1907, at Benkelman, Nebraska, in Dundy County, and died November 14, 1994. at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home to Benkelman at the age of 87 years and 3 months.

She attended rural school in Dundy County to the eighth grade.

She was united in marriage to Harvey Hofer July 1, 1925, at Benkelman. She was a lifelong resident of Dundy County.

She and her husband were some of the first members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1948. Mrs. Hofer was a Sabbath school teacher, Bible school teacher and Pathfinder leader for the church and enjoyed the young people of the community.

She worked with her husband on the family farm and raised sheep, her favorite animal.

She was a good mother and grandmother as she loved children and they all loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1974; an adopted daughter, Donna Klebel, two brothers; Ted and Wesley "Bud," and a sister, Ruby "Cub" Dasky.

Mrs. Hofer is survived by four sons: David and his wife, Sally, of Benkelman, Lynn and his wife, Carol, of Seward, Nebraska, Alan of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Robert and his wife, Laticia of Rock Springs. Also surviving her are 12 grandchildren; 19 great-

grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; two sisters; Ruth Parker of Broken Bow, Nebraska, and Fern Tanksly of Chahalis, Washington; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends and neighbors.

Final rites were held Thursday, November 17, 1994, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Pastor David Hoover officiating. Richard Bartholomew was the musician and with guitar accompaniment sang “In The Garden" and “The Old Rugged Cross." Bearers were Greg Hofer, Mark Hofer, Shawn Hofer, Eric Hofer, Russell Stamm and Jack Bunning. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2001

Catherine Alice “Alice" (O’Leary) Hofer

Catherine Alice “Alice" Hofer was born January 31, 1917 and died September 1, 2008. She was the daughter of Thomas J. and Margaret E. (Burns) O'Leary.

Alice is survived by five children, Marcia Bastik of Elyria, OH, John Michael Hofer of Pantego, TX, James Hofer of Memphis, TN, Diane Krayer of Hernando, MS, Craig Hofer of Cordova, TN; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, John Hofer, son-in-law Robert Krosky, grandson Michael Krosky, her brothers William and James and her sisters, Agnes, Josephine and Mary.

Alice was an elementary school teacher prior to her 51 year marriage to John. She was very involved in community service and charity through the Catholic Church by her associations with the Ladies of Charity, Mother Cabrini and Saint Luke's Circle along with her private acts of kindness.

Her joy in life was her family and friends and her strength was her faith in Jesus Christ and her devotion to Mary and the Holy Family through the power of the Rosary.

The funeral service was held at St. Paul Catholic Church, Memphis, TN, followed by entombment at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Peter Villa.

Arrangements by Forest Hill South Funeral Home.



Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, March 4, 2002

David Harvey Hofer

Monday, March 4, 2002

BENKELMAN -- David Harvey Hofer, 67, died Sunday (March 03, 2002) at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.

He was born April 19, 1934, to Harvey and Alice (Bunning) Hofer in Pine River, Minn. He attended a rural school east of Benkelman, and graduated from high school at the Platte Valley Church School in Shelton in 1952.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan. 25, 1956, where he served for two years aboard the USS Newport News, Atlantic Fleet. He remained a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve until Jan. 24, 1962.

On Jan. 24, 1959, he married Sally Anstine at Seward. He lived near Seward and Staplehurst, working at the Burlington Northern Railroad shop in Lincoln until Aug. 1, 1978, when he moved to the family homestead near Benkelman where he farmed and ranched for 24 years.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 65 of Benkelman, and was a past member of the Staplehurst Volunteer Fire Department where he also trained in Emergency Medical Services. He was a leader of Boy Scout Troop 255, and was a hunter safety course instructor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Alice Hofer.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; daughter Angie and husband, Russell Stamm of Benkelman; sons, Greg and wife, Diane Hofer of Seward, Shawn and wife, Terry Hofer of Ogallala; three brothers, Lynn Hofer and wife, Carol Hofer of Seward, Alan Hofer, Robert and wife, Latisha Hofer, all of Rock Springs, Wyo.; three sisters-in-law, Kathleen and husband, Del Peters of Seward, Becky and husband, Ward Grosser of Tioga, Texas, Candy Herrold of Seward; two brothers-in-law, Paul Anstine of Kona, Hawaii, Don and wife, Kathy Anstine of Seward; and five grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation will be at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the family's request, the casket will remain closed.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1994

Harry Hofer

WASHINGTON, lowa--Harry Hofer was born April 8, 1917, at Benkelman, Nebraska, the son of John and Sophie (Miller) Hofer. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman on October 23, 1917. He attended schools in Benkelman and graduated from Benkelman High School.

On January 1, 1938, he was united in marriage with Hazel Stine of Goodland, Kansas. They lived in Sidney, Nebraska, for 23 years where he was a crew chief fire fighter at the Sioux Army Depot. That time was interrupted while he served for a brief period in the United States Army at the end of World War II.

In 1964. the Hofers moved to Hanover, Illinois, where he was also a crew chief fire fighter at the Savanna Army Depot for 10 years. They lived at Hanover for 27 years. He. was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Hanover and served as a trustee of the church.

He was also an active member of the Sportsman's Club in Hanover. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, and he especially enjoyed fruit trees.

Because of his failing health, the Hofers moved to Washington, Iowa, two years ago. He died at the Washington County Hospital on March 12, 1934, at the age of 76.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Washington at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Harry, three brothers, Harvey and John, and Leslie who died in infancy, a sister, Rosie Straub, and another sister, Frieda, who died at the age of seven.

He is survived by his wife,. Hazel, of Washington; his sons, Rick, and his wife, Phyllis, of Washington and Donald and his wife, Jeanne, of Denver, Colorado; a daughter, Joan and her husband, Wayne Westcott, of Harrisburg, Missouri; four sisters; Annie Straub of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Marie Artz of Longmont, Colorado, Lena Guick of Portland, Oregon, and Amelia Andres of Haigler, Nebraska, and six grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday, March 16, 1994, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Organist was Jackie Wilson and Shauna Pursley sang "Amazing Grace" and "God Will Take Care Of You."

Bearers were David Hofer, Lynn Hofer, Alan Hofer, Raymond Straub, Pat Redden and Russell Stamm.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1974

Harvey Christian Hofer

Harvey Christian Hofer, a lifelong resident of this community, expired at the Dundy County Hospital on Sunday at the age of 79 years. He has been in ill health for some time.

Funeral arrangements were made for Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Jones Funeral Chapel. Pastor Don Dronen of the Seventh Day Adventist Church will officiate. Interment wilt be in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Mr. Hofer was the son of John Hofer and Sophia Miller, pioneers of Rawlins County, Kansas and later Benkelman residents. His birthdate was January 8, 1895. He was married to Alice Viola Bunning on July 1, 1925 and they farmed east of Benkelman.

He is survived by his wife Alice; four sons, David and Lynn of Seward, Nebraska, Allan of Green River, Wyoming and Robert of Rock Springs, Wyoming; an adopted daughter, Donna Klepel; four sisters, Ann Straub, Ramah, Colorado, Amelia Andres, Haigler, Nebr., Marie Arts, Longmont, Colorado, and Lena State, Portland, Oregon; brothers, John Hofer of Memphis, Tenn., and Harry Hofer of Hanover, Illinois. There are twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rosie Straub and a brother and sister in infancy.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1942

Johan Christian Hofer

Johan Hofer passed away at the family home in Benkelman on Saturday evening of last week, following a long affliction that had troubled him more and more for several years past, being largely due to rheumatism.

Funeral services were conducted at the Benkelman Lutheran church Monday by the pastor, Rev. Lillich. Singers were Lloyd Boswell, Mrs. C. D. Mason, Mrs. C. A. Ratcliffe and R. D. Druliner with Florence Hopkins at the piano, and pallbearers were Fred Gerdes, D. L. Ough, Ed Schwartz, Fred Deyle, Jake Bauer and Roy Ham. Burial was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Mr. Hofer was a resident of Dundy county of pioneer standing, locating on a homestead east of Benkelman in 1886 and had been a resident of this community ever since. During his active life he was one of our county's most successful farmers, devoting himself faithfully to the task of building home and community in what was then the virgin prairies of the West. He saw all the hardships and privations of the early settler and withstood them with a determination and fortitude that bespoke true character.

Johan Christian Hofer, son of John George Hofer, and his wife, Rosine Katherine Daiber, was born February 13, 1864, in Waldhausen, Welzhcim, Germany. In early infancy he was baptized in the name of the Triune God in the Lutheran church, and in 1878 he was made a communicant member of the Lutheran church by the rite of confirmation.

In the year 1884 he emigrated to America, living in the state of Iowa until the year 1886, at which time he came to Nebraska, where he made his home on the farm southeast of Benkelman. On April 19, 1892, he was united in matrimony to Sophia Miller in Dundy county. To this union ten children were born, two of whom preceded him in death, Freda Eda and Leslia Bennie.

The departed enjoyed good health until he was stricken with rheumatism a number of years ago, which affliction he endured until his death. After his long illness, the angel of death relieved him of his suffering, calling him to his heavenly home at 2:49 p. m., March 14, 1942, at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 1 day.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Sophia; eight children, Harvey Hofer of Benkelman; Rosa Caroline Straub of Haigler; Anna Straub of Wallace, Kansas; Marie Artz of Longmont, Colorado; Lena Stute of Greeley. Colorado; John, Jr., of Ontario, Canada; Amelia Andres of Haigler and Harry Hofer of Benkelman. He also leaves one sister, Nannie McKittrick of Benkelman. Two sisters preceded him in death. Besides the children and sister, twenty-six grandchildren and many friends mourn his passing.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1991

John Hofer

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--John Hofe,. 77, of Memphis, Tennessee, owner of Piling and Repairs Inc., died Sunday, September 1, 1991, at Methodist Hospital South.

He was born in Dundy County, Nebraska. on July 26, 1914.

Mass was said at 10:30 a. m. on Wednesday, September 4, at St. Paul Catholic Church, where he was a communicant, with entombment in Calvary Mausoleum. Forest Hill Funeral Home South was in charge of arrangements.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Chapter 5062 and Knights of Columbus Cardinal Stritch Assembly.

He leaves his wife, Alice Hofer; two daughters, Mrs. Marcia Bastik of Grafton, Ohio, and Mrs. Diane Krayer of Cordova, Tennessee; three sons, Michael Hofer of Arlington, Texas, James Hofer of Memphis and Craig Hofer of Cordova; four sisters, Mrs. Amy Andres of Haigler, Nebraska, Mrs. Annie Straub and Mrs. Marie Artz, both of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Mrs. Lena Gueck of Portland, Oregon; a brother, Harry Hofer of Hanover, Illinois, and 10 grandchildren.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1981

Andres Christian Hoff

Andres Christian Hoff, son of Hans Andersen and Karen Dorothea (Christiansen) Hoff, was born February 12,1894, at the farm home southeast of Benkelman, Neb. At the age of 87, Andres passed away Tuesday noon, Dec. 1, 1981, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb.

In September, 1889, Andres' parents, Hans and Dorothea Hoff, came to America from Denmark to live in Benkelman, Neb., to be near Hans brothers; Chris, Mads, Anders and Carl Andersen.

In 1900 Hans' wife, Dorothea, died leaving four children: the twins, Andres and Elizabeth (Walters), age 6, Maria Hoff, age 4, and Carrie (Foster), age 2.

Hans wrote to his cousin, Annie Christiansen, who lived in Salt lake City, Utah, to come and help care for his children and home. In 1901, Annie Christiansen married Hans' brother, Chris Andersen, and they were helpful neighbors all their lives.

When the four children first started to school, they could speak very little English. However, it didn't take long until English became the speaking language in the Hoff home.

Andres helped his father and neighbors with the farm work. He especially had fond memories of helping the Gerdes family thresh most of the bundled wheat in the neighborhood each year from 1912 to 1930.

Andres was baptized in the Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman, and was confirmed when he was 12 years old. He was a faithful member and attended church regularly until his health began to fail. Since 1917, Andres has been a loyal member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and the Sheba Rebekah Lodge in Benkelman. He held all the offices except the secretary's position. He was very proud of his 50-year and 60-year Odd Fellow Lodge membership pins.

Andres was also a member of the Tri-State Antique Engines and Threshers Association. Every summer he looked forward to attending the annual Bird City Stearn and Thresher Show.

In the 1960's, Andres built a 2/5 model steam engine from scrap iron. It was always a big event to watch Andres fire up the engine with coal and watch the steam build up in the boiler. The biggest thrill came when it was your turn to drive the engine.

Andres gave his steam engine to the Dundy County Historical Society to be displayed in the museum at Benkelman.

In 1967 when Andres was stricken with heart trouble, his doctor advised him to move to town. He had a sale of his livestock and household furniture. The Foster brothers bought the farm to keep it in the family.

Andres moved to Benkelman to live in the government housing project. In 1978 he moved to the Hester Memorial Home.

Preceding him in death were his parents; twin sister, Elizabeth Hoff Walters; Marie Hoff, and Carrie Hoff Foster: and three nephews, Eugene Walters, Leonard Foster, and Harry Foster.

Survivors include four nephews: Dewey and Barbara Walters, Tracy (Mrs. Eugene Walters) Hall of Aurora, Colo., Dale and Marian Walters of Lincoln, Neb., Lloyd and Marjorie Foster and Donald Foster of Benkelman; three nieces; Dorothea Foster of Benkelman, Carolyn and Willard Pearson of Brady and Bernice and Robert Jensen of Cozad; six great-nephews, eleven great-nieces and several great-great nephews and nieces.

Andres will be remembered as a kind, loving uncle, friend and neighbor.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 5, 1981 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Benkelman, Nebraska. Pastor Lynn Parsons officiated. Julie Ochsner played the piano and Jackie Wilson played the organ. Soloist was Howard Ochsner singing "God Will Take Care Of You" and "My God And I."

Bearers were Jim Hardwick, Bill Bradley, Bill Martin, Jack Kihlthau, Gene Miller and Lawrence Campbell.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Nebraska. Committal Service: I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 381.

Funeral arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc., Benkelman, Nebraska.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1942

Hans Anderson Hoff

Hans Anderson Hoff, son of Anders Hans and Boletta Hoff was born at Denmark February 8, 1857. He was baptized in infancy and was confirmed the age of 14 in the faith of the Lutheran church.

At the age of 20 he left Denmark for Australia where he stayed one year. He then came to New Zealand where he remained for ten years. He then went back to Denmark where on the 6th day of August, 1889, he was united in marriage to Kern Dorthea Christensen. He and his wife then came to America and settled in Dundy county, Nebraska, on a farm on September 6. 1889, at which place he lived until his death.

To this union four children were born, one boy and three girls, Anders and Marie Hoff of Benkelman, Nebraska, and Mrs. Elizabeth Walters and Mrs. Carrie Foster of Max, Nebr. His wife preceded him in death in 1900. He leaves to mourn his departure all of his children and ten grandchildren and four brothers, Christian and Anders Andersen of Benkelman, Nebraska and Mads and Terkel Anderson of Denmark. At the time of his death he was eighty-five years, two months and twenty-eight days of age.

He had been in poor health for about the last year and on the 27th day of March he was confined to bed and from that time on his condition became worse and about ten days ago he realized that this earthly stay was drawing to a close and he called his children to his bedside and bid them good-bye, after which he slept most of the time.

He was a kind and loving father and enjoyed a high degree of respect from all who knew him.

Funeral services were held at the home last Thursday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster. Singers were D. E. Gallatin, Robert Pass more, Mrs. Beth Rickard and Mrs. Basil Crook and pallbearers were Fred Gerdes, August Gunther, C. H. Harpe,. Charles Deyle, Harvey Hofer and Floyd Rickard. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October1984

Doralee Wood Hoffler

Doralee Wood Hoffler, 48, of Newport News, Virginia, a Benkelman native, died Wednesday, October 17, 1984, at a Richmond, Virginia, hospital after a lengthy illness.

She was born February 17, 1936, in Benkelman. In 1967 she graduated from the University of Nebraska where she received a B.A. in music education. She taught music in several Nebraska elementary schools.

After moving to Virginia, she was a member of the Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church and its Dana Tyson Ladies Circle. She was a member of the Beechwood Garden Club, the Beechwood Homemakers Club and the Denbigh Band Boosters.

She was a former choir director for the kindergarten school of St. Jerome Catholic Church. She also was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and a former member of the Peninsula Community Band.

She is survived by her father, Claude Wood of Imperial; her husband, Marvin of Newport News; one daughter, Pamela Lynn of Harrisonburg, Virginia; one son, Edward Clayton of Newport News; one sister, Annette Wilson of Omaha and one brother, Keith Wood of Imperial.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, at the Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church at Newport News with the Rev. Jeremy Q. Galloway officiating. Burial followed in the Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.

Janelle-Umphlett Funeral Home in Newport News was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established to the Organ Fund of the Warwick United Methodist Church, 38 Hoops Road, Newport News, VA 23602.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Wood, Keith Wood and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson attended the service.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1990

Rosa May (Andres) Hoffman

BENKELMAN– Rosa May (Andres) Hoffman was born on October 31, 1892, to John and Tena (Mennenga) Andres in Newman Grove, Nebraska, and died on August 8, 1990, at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 97 years, 9 months and 8 days. She was the eldest of six children.

On September 27, 1911, she was unite in marriage to Phillip Hoffman at Bloomington, Nebraska. To this union three children were born.

They lived in Naponee, Nebraska, until 1926 when they moved to Dundy County. They farmed around the Haigler, Nebraska, area until 1958 when they retired and moved into Haigler.

Philip died on November 28, 1961. Rosa continued to live in Haigler until the spring of 1984 when she moved into the Hester Home because of health problems.

During her life, Rosa gave to everyone she knew and never asked for anything in return. She had a long and prosperous life and enjoyed it to the fullest.

In her years at the Home, she enjoyed playing bingo and doing ceramics with all her gifts going to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her great-grandchildren were the sunshine in her life.

She was preceded In death by her parents, husband, Philip, one son, Lynn, and four brothers, Roy, Vern, Emory and Melford.

Survivors include her daughter, Erma Soehner and husband, Dale, of Wray, Colorado, and son Lyle and wife, Fern, of Haigler, Nebraska. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Cheri Steinhoff, and husband, Ed, of Ely, Nevada, Randy Hoffman and wife, Theresa, of Wray, and Jann Clark and husband, Mike, of Haigler.

Additional survivors are her eight great-grandchildren, Cindy (Steinhoff) Hoffman and husband, Edward, of Caldwell, Idaho; Nikki and Trac Steinhoff, Amber, Ashley and Chelsea Hoffman and Michael and Mark Brunswig, and one great-great-grandchild, Austin James Hoffman.

Also surviving are her sister, Edna Vining and husband, Art, of Las Cruses, New Mexico, sister-in-law, Amelia Andres of Haigler, nieces Kaye Kamla and husband, Marvin, of Haigler, Shirley Ruth Weaver and her husband, Mel, of Parker, Colorado, and Andrea Huggins and husband, Wendell, of Evergreen, Colorado, many great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Saturday, August 11, 1990, at 2:30 p.m. at the Haigler Cemetery with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone and the Rev. Brad DeHaven officiating.

Bearers were Craig Kamla, Mark Kamla, Ron Kamla, Ed Steinhoff, Randel Hoffman and Mike Clark.

Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 6, 2002

Karen LeAnn (Foster) Hoffman

Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Karen LeAnn (Foster) Hoffman

OMAHA -- Karen LeAnn (Foster) Hoffman, 50, died Monday (Jan. 28, 2002) at her home in Omaha.

She was born Jan. 9, 1952, to Valgene and Maxine (Stover) Foster at McCook. She grew up in the Max, Benkelman, Wauneta and Rising City communities and graduated from Rising City High School in 1970.

On Nov. 26, 1972, she married Rick Hoffman at Rising City and they made their home in Omaha. She received her bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska and was employed as a resource and media specialist at the Rockwell Elementary school in the Millard School District.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Maxine; two sisters, Valerie Jean and Lillian DeLora Foster; and one step sister, Nancy Mossburgh.

Survivors include her husband Rick of Omaha; two sons, Eric and Dustin both of Omaha; her father, Valgene and step mother, Ila Mossburgh of Racine, Wis.; three sisters, Roni and husband, Marty Vapenik of Johnson Lake at Elwood, Wilma O'Neil of Omaha, and Lois and husband, Glen Clatterbuck of Omaha.

Local survivors include her uncle, Kenneth Foster and wife, Marlene of McCook.

Services were Jan. 31, at the Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha with the Rev. Kip Tyler officiating. Inurnment was in the Rising City Cemetery at Rising City.

Memorials may be given in her name.

Announcement courtesy of Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1973

Maude Ardella (Clark) Hoffman

Maude Ardella Clark Hoffman, the third child of Lewis Clark and Lydia Allard Clark, was born at Allerton, Wayne county, Iowa on June 22, 1879 and passed away at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman at the age of 93 years, 11 months and six days.

She accompanied her parents to Cheyenne county, Kansas in a covered wagon in 1884 and settled in the South Fork community along the South Fork of the Republican river. She was a true pioneer and suffered many trials and hardships in the new country by doing what had to be done.

She married Franklin Fletcher Merklin on November 12, 1901. Two children, twins, were born to this union: a son, Harold Morgan Merklin, and a daughter, Hattie Maude Merklin Chipperfield. Both preceded her in death, Harold in 1968 and Hattie just over a month ago.

Frank Merklin passed away in St. Francis, Kansas on April 15, 1945. She met and married Julius Hoffman in 1947. Mr. Hoffman passed away in 1957.

Mrs. Hoffman returned to Dundy county, Nebraska, and after a while entered the Hester Memorial Home. She suffered a broken hip about three years ago and has been bedfast ever since.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, one sister and four brothers, her first husband, Frank Merklin; second husband, Julius Hoffman; one son, one daughter and one grandson.

Survivors include one sister, Florence Roach, Florence, Colorado; one son-in-law, Harold Chipperfield, Benkelman; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Stella Merklin, Cheyenne, Wyoming; six grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. The six pall bearers were nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Home in Benkelman at two o'clock, Thursday afternoon, May 31, 1973, with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Donna Merklin was the soloist accompanied by Anna Benge at the organ. Bearers were Stanley Merklin, Donovan Merklin, Ozro Gray, Ross Merklin, David Merklin and Herbert Talmon. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1997

Ruth Alice (Herring) Hoffman

ROSWELL, N.M.– Ruth Alice (Herring) Hoffman of 1203 E. Walnut, Roswell, N.M., died at the home of her son, Kent, and daughter-in-law, Annette, 6620 Willowridge Dr., Oklahoma City, OK, at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997. Memorial services were held at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2911 N. Main, Roswell, NM 88201, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 1997.

Ruth was born on the family ranch in Cheyenne County, Kan., on Aug. 17, 1904. She was the youngest of nine children of Thomas B. and Lyda Herring. There were also two step-children. She attended school at Benkelman, Neb., and taught school in Haigler, Neb.

On Jan. 30, 1926, she married Carl S. Hoffman in Wray, Colo. Carl was born and raised in Illinois and was teaching in the Haigler High School at the time. They had one child, Kent K., who was born at Atwood, Kan., in November 1932.

Carl and Ruth then resided in Danbury, Neb., where Carl was superintendent of the Danbury schools. In the late 1930s, they moved to Casper and then to Shoshoni. Wyo., where Carl was an educational advisor for the Civilian Conservation Corps. When World War II started, Carl became superintendent of the public schools at Pavilion, Wyo.

In late 1943, Carl joined the service to the Armed Forces department of the American Red Cross. In that capacity he and Ruth resided in Deming, N.M., Brownsville and Galveston, Texas, Roswell, and Fort Riley, Kan.

In 1958 they were assigned to Europe for five years and resided at Warrington, England, Ayr, Scotland, and Frankfurt, Germany. In 1963 they returned to Roswell to their home at 1203 E. Walnut and retired in 1965. Carl preceded Ruth in death on April 24, 1990.

Having suffered a stroke in December 1991, Ruth then went to live with her son and daughter-in-law in St. Louis, Mo., and since November 1992 in Oklahoma City.

Ruth loved gardening and maintained a beautiful yard at their Roswell home. She was interested in crafts and was an active member of the Quilting Group at St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church of which she and Carl were active members.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; a grandson, Trevor, of St. Louis, and a sister, Inez, of Minneapolis, Minn.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1990

Carl Steven Hoffman

ROSWELL, New Mex.— Carl Steven Hoffman, age 88. of 1203 E. Walnut. Roswell, New Mexico. died Tuesday, April 24. 1990.

Carl was born August 29. 1901. in Mount Pleasant. Iowa. to Dr. Charles and Emma Kipp Hoffman.

He married Ruth Herring on January 31, 1926, in Wray. Colorado.

Mr. Hoffman was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Roswell Lodge No. 18, A.F. & A.M.. Roswell, Anna Lodge No. 520 A.F. & A.M., Anna. Illinois, Kappa Chapter Theta Pi Fraternity and National Association of CCC Alumni.

Education

He attended public schools in Anna and graduated from Anna Jonesboro Community High School in 1920. He attended Southern Illinois University and Carthage College and graduated from Carthage College is 1924 with an A.B. degree. He then attended graduate school at the University of Wyoming and received an M.A. de gree in secondary school administration in 1937.

 He taught math and science and served as high school prin cipal and superintendent of schools in several school systems in Wyoming and Nebraska. including Haigler. Nebraska. over a 16-year period.

Armed Services

He served four years as camp educational adviser in Civilian Conservation Corps camps from 1938 to 1942. From 1943 to 1966, he served with American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces at Deming Army Air Field, New Mexico: Brownsville Army Air Field, Brownsville. Texas; Fort Crock eft, Galveston. Texas: Walker Air Force Base. Roswell; Fort Riley, Kansas. and overseas in Korea. Japan. England. Scotland and Germany.

After the Korean truce In 1953. he was assigned to the Joint United Nations Red Cross team to inspect conditions in POW camps and monitor the exchange of POWs.

He was active in the Boy Scout program and served as a member of the local committees and assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster for several years.

Mr. Hoffman retired in Roswell in 1966 and did substitute teaching in the Roswell public schools from 1969 to 1972.

Survivors

Survivors include his wife, Ruth. of the home, one son and

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March1987

Lynn Robert Hoffman

Lynn Robert Hoffman was born at Naponee, Nebraska, August 29, 1912, the eldest of three children. He died at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, March 14, 1987, at the age of 74.

He was also known as "Smoky" a nickname given to him by friends at a very young age.

At an early age he moved with his parents to Haigler, Nebraska, where he grew up and farmed with his father.

He entered the Hester Memorial Home in December of 1983 where he resided until his death.

He always enjoyed visiting with his friends who stopped by, and especially his grand-nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father on November 24, 1961.

He is survived by his mother, Rosa Hoffman of the Hester Home; brother, Lyle Hoffman, and his wife, Fern, of Haigler; his sister, Erma Soehner, and husband, Dale, of Wray, Colorado; nieces, Jann Brunswig of Haigler and Cheri Steinhoff of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, and nephew, Randall Hoffman of Wray, many other relatives and friends.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 17, 1987, at 1:30 p.m. in Haigler with the Rev. Ross Kershaw officiating.

Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery in Haigler, Nebraska.

The service was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1980

Twila Faye (Hansen) Hogsett

IMPERIAL— Twila Faye Hogsett of Lamar died Monday in Sterling, Colo., at the age of 58 years.

Survivors include her husband, Oliver, of Lamar; one son, Dennis of Ft. Collins, Colo., one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Olive) Keefer, Denver; her mother, Mrs. Grace Hansen, Imperial; one brother, Lavern Hansen, Ft. Collins, Colo., and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. MDT at the United Methodist Church in Imperial with the Rev. Robert Call officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Imperial under the direction of the Creveling Funeral Home.

A memorial has been established in her name.



Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, April 19, 2004

Marvin Earl Hollenbaugh

Monday, April 19, 2004

Oct. 18, 1929-April 16, 2004

BENKELMAN -- Marvin Earl Hollenbaugh, 74, died Friday (April 16, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.

He was born Oct. 18, 1929, to Lewis and Florence Aileen (Ferguson) Hollenbaugh Yount in Julesburg, Colo. He moved several times with his family before settling in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., in 1945. He attended school in Cheyenne Wells and was the salutatorian of his graduating class. In 1951, he was drafted in to the Army and was sent to Korea and Japan before returning to the United States where he was stationed at Camp Irwin (Fort Irwin), Calif., in a tank battalion.

In 1955, his battalion was sent overland to Salt Flatts, Nev., where they were the first to be one mile from an atomic bomb that was dropped from a tower. In 1956, he transferred to Fort Hood, Texas. He was gyro scoped to Germany in 1957.

On Oct. 14, 1956, he married Sally Ann Hudson. He was sent to Kentucky for a short time before returning to Texas. The battalion was sent to Germany. The battalion spent most of their time on the Czechoslovakian border.

In 1960, his tour of duty was up and he moved to Monterey, Calif., where he entered the Army Language School to learn Russian. He received his warrant officer status while in Monterey and was accepted into the intelligence division.

In 1961, he was sent to Sinop, Turkey for one year. When he returned, the family moved to Fort Meade, Md., where he was a member of the National Security Agency until they were sent to Germany (Frankfurt) again, where they lived for four years.

The family returned to Fort Meade. He received his honorable discharge and retired in 1971.

In 1972, his family moved to Benkelman and he used his GI Bill to become a veterinarian technician and worked for Twin Forks Clinic for 16 y ears.

He was a member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Cecil Yount; and two brothers, Richard and Dean.

Survivors include his wife, Sally A. (Hudson) Hollenbaugh of Benkelman; two daughters, Adrea Fye and husband, Ted of Stratton, Colo., and Stacey Crow of Stuart, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Services with military honors are Tuesday, 10 a.m. (MST), at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Cindi Prather officiating.

A private inurnment will be Tuesday, 4 p.m., in Cheyenne Wells, Colo.

Memorials may be given in his name.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1979?

Chester HoIliman

Another recent death that affected people in this community was that of Chester HoIliman, 77. He passed away of a sudden heart attack Dec. 3.

Services were held on Dec. 5.

He and his wife ran a grocery and meat business in St. Francis, and retired after 40 years.

Chet was born at the western edge of this community and was a brother of Mrs Vera Gorthy.

(Newspaper’s Editor’s Note: The following information was submitted for publication by Burnetta Holberrt.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1995

Donald Holbert

CHANDLER, Ariz.– Donald Holbert, son of E. Jane Smart and grandson of Donald McDonald, died Nov. 29, 1995.

He graduated from Benkelman (Neb.) High School in 1936 and was involved with motorcycles and 18-wheelers, mostly gasoline transports, and worked in defense plants in Wichita, Kan., and Denver, during the war. He drove 18-wheelers through every state in the union.

His stepdad was M.V. "Chet" Smart who worked for Harper and then Youngson. Later he managed a Youngson station in Wallace. Don's mother, Chet and his sister, Gladys, are deceased.

Don and I left Benkelman in the early 1940s and ended up in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1955 where he worked for the Phoenix High School and college district in the warehouse delivering supplies to the schools.

Don and I were married for 56 years. I am the daughter of W.C. David who was the secretary of the Benkelman Cemetery for 30 years. I worked as a secretary for Victor Westermark in the late 1930s and early '40s. My brother and sister were Ronald and Neressa. I keep in touch with Lyla and my nephews, Carroll and Kyle.

Don and I had two children, Maurice and Jody. Maurice's family includes his wife, Sharon, and sons, David and Stephen. Jody Ann Coffey was preceded in death by her husband in April. Genevieve Peirano of Benkelman is a cousin of Don.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1974

Vada E. (Dean) Holden

Vada E. Dean Holden departed from this life on October 8, 1974 at the age of 54 years, one month and 14 days after a brief illness.

Vada, more lovingly known by her many friends as Dee, was the second daughter of the late Rufus C. Dean and Dorothy Mae Dean in Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska on August 24, 1920.

She married Louis Alvin Holden on February 10, 1941 and moved to Colorado where they farmed before moving to a farm in Kingston, Arkansas where they resided until her death.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Louis, her mother, Dorothy Mae Dean of Benkelman; brothers, Lein Dean of Ogallala, Nebraska, Doyle Dean and wife of Norfolk, Virginia, Harold Dean and wife of Greeley, Colorado, Ben Dean and wife of Kearney, Nebraska; sisters, Vera Dean Mendenhall of Ogallala, Nebraska, and Rosalie and husband Kent, Helen of Denver, Colorado. A number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and a host of friends. Vada will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Out-of-town relatives attending the funeral services in Kingston, Arkansas were Lein Dean and daughter Pamela, Harold Dean and Vera Mendenhall of Ogallala, Nebraska, Dorothy Mae Dean of Benkelman and Ben Dean and family of Kearney, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1975

George Holl

George Holl was born August 12, 1886 at Valentine, Nebraska, to Conrad and Margaret Werner Holl. Together with his family he moved to Stanford, Nebraska, when he was five years old where he grew into young manhood.

He was united in holy matrimony to Althea Loyal Kuhl April 24, 1912 at Long Island, Kansas. The young couple made their home near Orleans, Nebraska, for five years at which time they moved to a farm northwest of Bird City where they lived until they retired in 1959, moving into Bird City at that time. God blessed his marriage with three duaghters: Luella Diekhoff of Lincoln, Nebr., Velma Hilty of Bird City, Kansas, and Fleda Raile of St. Francis, Kansas.

Goerge was instructed in the Christian faith at St. John's Lutheran Church, Bird City, where he publicly confessed his faith in the Tribune God and Jesus Christ as Lord in 1920. He departed from this life anxiously awaiting his Lord's call, at Dundy County Hospital on Friday, August 1, 1975. He reached the age of 88 years, 11 months and 11 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Albert; two half-brothers; one half-sister and his son-in-law, George Diekhoff. He leaves to mourn his wife, Althea, at home; one sister-in-law, Jewell Holl of Denver, Colo.; three daughters, two sons-in-law; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren in addition to many other friends and relatives.

Memorial services were held at St. John's Lutheran Church on Monday, August 4, with Pastor C. G. Miller in charge. Pall bearers were Bill Burr, Norman Haack, Robert Sager, Willis Burr, David Meyer and Walde Hempler with interment in the Bird City Cemetery. Arrangements by Kramer Chapel, St. Francis, Kansas.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2003

E. Mildred Hollenberger

E. Mildred Hollenberger, 96, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb.

She was born on Dec. 30, 1906, to Arthur and Lillie Mae (Davis) Carpenter in Kankakee County, Ill. The family moved to Hildreth, Neb., when she was an infant. She attended and graduated from Hildreth High School and was later employed as a telephone operator.

Mildred met and married Edgar "Holly" Hollenberger in Hildreth on April 24, 1930, and moved to Benkelman where Holly was a partner with his father in a jewelry store. They had one daughter. Jeauanne "Jody."

Mildred worked as a clerk at Ireland's Department Store for 20 years until the store closed. She enjoyed church activities at the United Methodist Church where she was a member for more than 72 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and of the Order of Eastern Star, Holly Chapter No. 233, for 51 years. She spent many hours crocheting afghans, playing cards and reading. She looked forward to volunteering her time at the Dundy County Senior Center and at bloodmobiles.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband: two sisters, Lola Schou and Aura Harman, and a brother, Wilbur Carpenter.

Survivors include her daughter, Jody Menikheim and husband, John, of Broomfield, Colo.; grandchildren Cathy Livingston and husband, Carl, and Kevin Menikheim and wife, Christine; a great-grandson, Nathan Livingston; a great- great-granddaughter, Kendal Livingston, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mildred Hollenberger were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Cindi Prather officiating. Mary Margaret Powell was the organist and Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace." A committal service was by Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of Eastern Star.

Casket bearers were Wayne Clark, Doran Jessee, Jim Russell, Dennis Pinkerton, Greg Burrows and Randall Raile. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Memorials may be given in her name to the Benkelman United Methodist Church.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1947

George Hollenberger

George Hollenberger passed away at a local hospital at about 9 o'clock Tueeday morning. Great as was the shock, not alone to the wife and children, but the community as well, it had been feared for some time that Mr. Hollenberger's life journey was rapidly reaching the close since he had been failing to a marked degree during the past few weeks. His illness had its beginning almost two years ago, due largely to a heart affliction and complications and altho he visited specialists and hospitals in Omaha, it seemed that the course of his affliction could not be stayed and he gradually lost ground from that time until the end. Last Friday he was brought to the hospital and Monday night Doctor Hoffmeister was called in consultation but there was little indeed that could be done.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church at 2:30 Friday afternoon and will be conducted by Rev. M. W. Rose. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 to 2:30. It will be a Masonic funeral and members are requested to meet at the lodge hall at one o'clock. Burial will be in the Benkelman cemetery.

Mr. Hollenberger, with his family, came to Benkelman in 1921 and located in:the, jewelry business in which he continued until the last. He was in the railroad station service during his earlier life. His home was Western, Nebraska, before coming to Benkelman. Shortly after his arrival here he bought a dwelling and became one of our dependable, highly respected citizens and for more than twenty years of continuous residence. here he remained, beloved and esteemed by everybody for the longer you knew and mingled with George Hollenherger in business and community life, the greater your esteem and respect grew for him.. If he had faults and shortcomings, no one ever discovered them. He was so truly honest and upright in all his dealings, so considerate and kind to his fellow man, so conscientious and tolerant in his everyday life that one could not help but notice and admire him for it. Few men have lived in Benkelman who enjoyed a more enduring or higher degree of esteem, and while the family will mourn deeply the passing of a splendid husband, and a kind and indulgent parent, so will the community mourn the going of one of its most beloved and highly esteemed citizens.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1988

Ruby Magdalena (Case) Holliman

Ruby Magdalena Case Holliman was born at her parents' farm home in northeast Cheyenne County, February 4, 1906. After a brief illness she died in Cheyenne County Hospital June 15, 1988. She attended rural school and graduated from the St. Francis High School in 1926.

After teaching three terms of school in Cheyenne County, she married Cecil Holliman, April 28, 1929. Their children are Josephine Ford of St. Francis and Kay Lampe of Salina, Kansas, who, with their husbands Jack Ford and Larry Lampe and their ten children and eleven grandchildren, made their families complete.

Other than her family. her greatest interest was perhaps the church where she contributed so much through her great musical and teaching abilities. She was an excellent pianist and played for the church more than sixty years. She accompanied many and was greatly appreciated by all.

She loved gardening and sewing, and she was known for her beautiful pillowcases. She was the South Fork community's correspondent to the Benkelman Post for 40 years. Other activities include South Fork Circle and studies in the various genealogies of the family tree.

Ruby and Cecil spent some time in Oregon during the war, but returned home to Cheyenne County and lived on the home place after her parents moved to town.

Ruby was preceded in death by her father, Charley Case, in 1966, her mother, Lena Bernice, in 1957, a brother, Dwayne, one of the twins in 1932, a brother, the Rev. Lyle Case of Indiana, in 1979, and strangely, the other twin brother, Dwight, died the day after Ruby passed away.

Shortly before her death, Ruby and Cecil bought a house in St. Francis. They were happy in their new home and their new church home, the St. Francis Christian Church.

She leaves her husband Cecil, her daughters, Josephine and Kay, and their families, her brother, Wilbur, and family of Benkelman, many cousins and unnumbered friends who will miss her in innumerable ways but will celebrate her joyous and fruitful Christian life, which radiated to all who knew her.

Her faithfulness in the South Fork Friends Church brought many responsibilities and opportunities for Christian service, one of which was General Secretary of the Tri-State Quarterly Meeting of the Friends Church.

Her gay and happy disposition made all who knew her better and stronger in their own lives.

Services were held June 18 at 2 p.m. at The First Christian Church in St. Francis, Kansas. Officiants were the Rev. Bill Leach and the Rev. John Bartlett. The organist was Pat Leibrandt. The songs, sung by the congregation, were "My God And I" and "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder." The grandsons served as pall bearers; Phillip Lampe, Elroy Lampe, Ed Ford, Raymond Lampe, Bruce Ford, Doyle Ford, Bryan Ford, Norman Jacobs and Darrell Ford. Arrangements were by Kramer Chapel of St. Francis.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1992

Cecil Raymond Holliman

ST. FRANCIS, Kan.– Cecil Raymond Holliman was born in Beatrice, Nebraska, on September 30, 1902, to Arlie and Sylvia (Simmerman) Holliman. He died September 20, 1992, in St. Francis, Kansas.

When he was 10, the family moved to Riverton, Iowa. In 1920 the family loaded their belongings into a railroad boxcar (including a live pig) and came to Cheyenne County, Kansas, to the South Fork area to farm.

Cecil spent two years working in Schneider Brothers garage as a mechanic. He then accompanied Harold Confer and Lem Miller to Montana for a summer on the Campbell Farms, an extensive wheat production firm in the Hardin area.

Cecil married Ruby Case of the South Fork area on April 28, 1929. They lived in the "canyon house" where their two daughters were born.

They farmed for several years, then during World War II moved to Oregon where Cecil joined his brother. Lawrence, in shipbuilding at Commercial Ironworks Shipyard in Portland.

Returning to Cheyenne County in 1946, they resumed farming on the parental Case farm which they had purchased.

The Hollimans worked willingly for their church and community. Cecil was the Sunday school superintendent for 20 years and Ruby was a Sunday school teacher and pianist.

Music, books, church, neighborhood activities, friends and family played a major part in their lives.

Ruby died June 15, 1988. Cecil resided in his home and enjoyed seeing family, friends and especially grandchildren. He also liked going to the senior citizens center for dinner and to visit.

Preceding Cecil in death were his parents, Arlie and Sylvia; his wife, Ruby; a sister, Leona, and brothers Lowell and his wife, Elsie. Lawrence and Donald.

Surviving are daughters and husbands; Josephine and Jack Ford and Kay and Larry Lampe: grandchildren, Ed and Michelle Ford, Jacquelyn and Matt Brydich, Gwendolyn and Norman Jacobs, Phillip and Sondra Lampe, Elroy and Jo Lampe, Bruce Ford, Doyle and Monica Ford, Darrell Ford, Bryan and Loretta Ford and Raymond and Jill Lampe; 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Also surviving are a brother, Kenneth, and his wife, Naomi; a sister, Lola, and her husband, Hurb Graves; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Wilbur of St. Francis and Fairy Holgren of Washington, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held September 23, 1992, in Ye Olde Country Church in St. Francis, which was formerly the South Fork Friends Church, with the Rev. John Bartlett officiating.

Tally Case accompanied Elmer Case with the selections "Amazing Grace" and "It Is No Secret."

Bearers were grandsons Ed Ford, Phillip Lampe, Elroy Lampe, Bruce Ford, Doyle Ford, Darrell Ford, Bryan Ford, Raymond Lampe, Norman Jacobs and Matt Brydich.

Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery with arrangements by Kramer Chapel of St. Francis.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2004

Delbert Joe Holloway

On Aug. 18, 1932, Willie Frank "Bill" and Vera (McDaniel) Holloway were blessed with a healthy baby boy, Delbert Joe.

From an early age, Del was a take-charge type man. When he was two Del was sittin' on the seat of the wagon while the rest of the family was pickin' maize by hand, throwin' it in. Bill was reining his horses with voice commands and Del called down to his daddy, "Who's drivin' these horses?'

Del was a Texan through and through. If you were "his," you were the best--his home state, hometown, Mama and Daddy, his team, his game, his notion or thought, his partner, his kid or his grandkid.

Del's young life was spent on that "best" Texas farm doing what all little boys do. In Del's own words, he milked a jillion cows in that barn. Being the oldest of Bill and Vera's three boys, Del took on a lot of responsibility. Being the responsible one, he knew when you could see Mama's dust coming' from town, it was time to stop ridin' the calves and get the chores done.

Del was an athlete in all the sports Petersburg (Jock City) High had to offer. He was very proud of the fact that he and one other freshman made the varsity football team even if it was just for the bigger guys to have someone to knock around. Del played his last senior football game with a cast on his arm, but he got his reward when the varsity team got to go to the Cotton Bowl game.

February 1950 Del married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Fulghan. He had to sneak her across the New Mexico state line to Clovis where they were of age to marry. The young couple made their home in Petersburg. Del farmed with his dad for a while, then did custom farming. Aug. 16, 1951, JoAnn and Del were blessed with a baby girl, Brenda. Del said "she was the preddist, I mean preddist baby."

In 1969 Del moved to Fort Morgan, Colo., to work for Cooper Feedlot, then Valley Feed and Seed in Wiggins, Colo.

May 1969 Del married Barbara (Blecha) Mears and became the father of Brian, Melanie and Todd. In 1972 Del moved the family to Wray, Colo., to manage the Elks. Del bought the El Patio from John Osmus, made it a thriving business and sold it in 1976 and took his family to Scottsdale, Arz. He owned a liquor store. In 1978 they moved back to Wray and built the Sandhiller Restaurant and Motel.

Del had four great loves: golf, his two best friends, Dick Amos and Jack Alberta. and he married the last--Gladys--on April 28, 1989, at the Wray Golf Course on the 9th green. It was a package deal: Gladys had Lisa and Abbi and Del had 38 putters and a roomful of golf bags and clubs.

Del was a little superstitious, sentimental and a very caring, generous and fun-loving man. He stayed away from black cats and never threw his hat on the bed. He gave away a lot of food, drink, golf equipment and a little advice. In 1990 Del sold the Sandhiller. He then owned Daylight Donuts for awhile, then managed the Golf Shop at the Wray Country Club.

Del had some health issues but he continued to play golf and his tournament partners didn't mind carrying the long game because he had the short game. Del called everyone Partner. One day one of the grandkids said, "Grandpa, how many partners do you have?”

Whether it was at the Biltmore in Arizona or a small golf course in Colorado, someone would recognize Del and call him by name. If you'd ask who that was, he'd say, "I don't know,” but he always remembered the ladies' names and usually got a hug and a kiss.

He used to say, Take care of the little ones; that's who will care for you in your old age" and he was right. Not only his kids and grandkids made an extra effort to sit and visit, but a lot of his young friends would stop by and make sure Del knew what was happening in their lives and how their golf game was.

Del was a great husband, dad, grandpa and friend. He paid his dues up front and took good care of a lot of people for a long time so it was easy to take care of him when he most needed it.

Del was preceded in death by his father, best friend Jack Alberta, brother Jesse Holloway, parents-in-law Dick and Anna Wheaton, sisters-in-law Lois Williams and Elizabeth Cobb and brothers-in-law Cotton Wheaton and Jack Henderson.

He leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Vera Holloway; his best friend Dick Amos and wife Lynne; wife Gladys; children and spouses; Brenda and Doug McGregor, Brian and Connie. Mears, Melanie and Ronn Stevens, Todd and Katja Mears, Lisa and Leon Spelts and Abbi and Paul Garcia; grandchildren Jason and wife Lori McGregor, Jay and Brian Mears, Chance and Kiley Stevens, Zach and Zoe Mears, Briann and Kortnee Spells and Austin Del Garcia; a great-grandchild; Avery Douglas McGregor: a brother, Bob Holloway and wife Kaye; sisters-in-law Barbara Holloway and JoAnn Henderson; brother-in-law Lee Cobb, and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Del Holloway were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004 at the First Christian Church in Wray with the Rev. Steve Wynkoop officiating. Spellman Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1942

Samantha Ellen (Edwards) Holt

Samantha Ellen Edwards was born October 14, 1922 at Albion, Iowa, and passed away November 3, 1942, at the Premer hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, after a long illness. She moved to Haigler about eight years ago and attended the local schools. On September 28th, 1940, she was united in marriage to James Holt, Jr. To this union two children were born.

She is survived by her husband James E. Holt, Jr., twin sons, Larry and Jerry, her mother Mrs. Bessie Edwards, all of Haigler; two brothers, John Edwards of Fort Benning, Georgia, and Thomas Edwards of Haigler; two sisters, Mrs. Virgil Long of Wauneta, Nebr., and Mrs. Eddie Mosier of California, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the Holiness church in Haigler, Saturday, November 7, 1942, at 2:00 P. M., with Rev. Jeffries of the Haigler Methodist church officiating. Burial was in the Hinshaw Cemetery north of Laird, Colo.

MEMORY
God met me with a smile a while ago,
Changed my fears and cheered my heart aglow,
And vanished all my woes.
Then someone took my dusty case,
And he chuckled, You and I will share in heaven up there."

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November1987

Phyllis (Byers) Hoover

Phyllis Byers Hoover, 72, died November 3, 1987, in Denver, Colorado, following a long illness.

Mrs. Hoover, who was born June 25, 1915, in Bird City, Kansas, was the daughter of Earl and Ilone Byers.

She graduated from Bird City High School in 1933 and was married to William Hoover in St. Francis, Kansas, in 1934.

The Hoovers spent the early years of their marriage in Dundy County, Nebraska. In 1945, they moved to the Denver area, where she resided until her death.

Phyllis was a divine cook, skilled seamstress and loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, William Hoover of Arvada, Colorado; two daughters, Rita H. Anker and Roxie J. Flail, both of Denver; a sister, Doris B. Lane, and a brother, Willard W. Byers, both of Denver; and four grandchildren, William T. Anker, Dan R. Anker and Christopher M. Hall, all of Denver, and Richard A. Hall of San Diego, California.

She is also survived by two great-granddaughters.

Phyllis was pre-deceased by her parents, Earl and Ilone Byers.

Inurement was at Crown Hill Mausoleum.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Metro Denver, Inc., 450 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1977

Bertha (Powell) Hoover

Bertha Hoover was born October 2, 1900 at Norcatur, Kansas. She was the daughter and one of six children born to George and Gertrude McCarty Powell. When Bertha was very young, the family moved to Benkelman, Ne., where she spent her early years.

Bertha was married to Wade R. Hoover at Wray, Colorado, January 7, 1920. They spent their 57 years of marriage in Haigler, Neb. This union was blessed with three sons and three daughters.

Bertha was a Charter Member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Chapter 134 and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Haigler, Nebr.

She entered the Wray Hospital June 20, 1977 and went to her rest on August 4, 1977.

She is survived by her husband, Wade, three sons Rodney of Fresno, Calif., Russell of Vacaville, Calif. and Richard of Gustine. Calif. Three daughters, Marcia Griffin of Redlands, Calif., Colleen Butler of Doniphan, Nebr., and Wyona of Haigler. Ten grandchildren, one great grandson, two sisters, Bessie Brethower of Holyoke, Colo., and Neva Menge of Vancouver, Wash., and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services were held August 8, 1977, at Kramer Chapel in St. Francis, Kans.

The casket bearers were three of her grandsons, David Butler, Keith Butler, Brad Butler, also John Corder, Ercil Goodeii and Carl Samler,

Interment was in St. Francis, Kans.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1984?

Wade Russell Hoover

Funeral services for Wade Russell Hoover, 88, who died Saturday, April 6, at the Intercommunity Community Hospital in Fairfield, California, were held Tuesday, April 9, at the Vaca Hills Chapel, Vacaville, California. Officiating was Pastor Alden Studebaker.

Wade was born in Nuckolls County, Nebraska, on September 12, 1896. Mr. Hoover and his family lived for many years in Haigler, Nebraska. He had lived in Vacaville and California for the last eight years. He was a retired road maintenance worker and a veteran of World War I. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an honorary member of the American Legion Post No. 134 of Haigler.

Mr. Hoover is survived by three sons, Russell of Vacaville, California, Rodney of Fresno, California, and Richard of Gustine, California; three daughters, Colleen Clark of Garden City, Kansas, Marsha Griffin of Redlands, California, and Wylma of Fresno, California; two sisters, Irene Bacon of Saratoga, California, and Sadie Fergusin of Colorado; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery of St. Francis, Kansas, with the Kramer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Haigler American Legion Post No. 134.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1989

William A. (Bill) Hoover

William A. (Bill) Hoover was born on a ranch near Benkelman, Nebraska, on June 25, 1913, to William Eugene and Margaret Ann (Allen) Hoover. He grew up on the ranch as the youngest of five children. Bill graduated from Benkelman High School with the Class of 1932. On December 23, 1934, he was united in marriage with Phyllis Byers at St. Francis, Kansas. They continued living in Nebraska for a few years, moved to eastern Colorado and then eventually settled in the Denver area.

Bill had several professions throughout his lifetime. He farmed, ranched, sold cars, life insurance and securities, owned a Gambles store, sold real estate and eventually bought and managed several apartment buildings. He did enjoy the apartment buildings because this was something that he and "Phid" (Phyllis' nickname) could do together. They did enjoy each other so very much and spent almost all of their time together. Bill once said after Phid had passed away, “That woman was my life.”

The family was dear to them both. All will remember that they really looked forward to that annual three-day weekend mountain trip for the whole bunch. Phid would prepare homemade bread and food for the whole family.

After 54 years of marriage, Phyllis died in November of 1987. A lot of Bill died at that time. He never got over missing her daily.

In his younger years, Bill was an excellent athlete. He also learned the Bible starting at a young age attending the Presbyterian Church with his family. Throughout the years, he was also active in the Masonic and Elks Lodges.

Bill Hoover passed away May 7, 1989, at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, al the age of 75. He will be missed, but we cannot wish for him back among us. He is now united with Phid in death as they were in life. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Richard J. Hoover; his parents; one grandson, Steven F. Anker; and three sisters, Flossie Spears, Winnie Green and Laura Hoover.

Survivors include two daughters; Rita Anker and Roxie English; four grandsons,

T. Anker Jr., Daniel R. Anker, Richard A. Hall and Christopher M. Hall, all of Denver; and one sister, Mildred P. Baney of Benkelman.

Memorial services were held at the Crown Hill Tower Of Memories Chapel on May 12, 1989, with inurement of cremains in the Tower Of Memories Mausoleum. Arrangements were by the Crown Hill Mortuary of Denver.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1999

Wyoma Elaine Hoover

FRESNO. Calif.--Wyoma Elaine Hoover, 74, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1999, at her home in Fresno. She was born April 27, 1925, in Haigler, Neb., to Wade and Bertha (Powell) Hoover.

She attended high school at Haigler and moved to California to be closer to her family in 1977 after the death of her mother.

She enjoyed all crafts especially embroidery, playing bingo and ceramics.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Left to mourn her passing are sisters Marsha Griffin of Redlands, Calif., and Colleen Clark of Dodge City, Kan.: brothers Rodney Hoover of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Russell Hoover of Vacaville, Calif., and Richard Hoover of Tustin, Calif., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A graveside funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at the St. Francis (Kan.) Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman, Neb., was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1981

Sara M. (Blanke) Hopkins

Sara M. Hopkins, daughter of John and Euphu Grey Blanke, was born on Oct. 7, 1897 at Lamar, Nebr., where the family had homesteaded. She died May 11, 1981 at McCook Community Hospital.

Sara spent her childhood in the Lamar community and several years of her early life teaching school in North Dakota and Nebraska.

She was married to Bert W. Hopkins (a lifetime resident of Southwest Nebraska), on June 1, 1920. They celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage in 1970 at their home in Palisade. Previously they farmed in Chase and Hayes County, moving to Palisade in 1954.

Since her husband's death in 1970, Sara maintained her home in Palisade and was active in the grain business. She was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star for 45 years, American Legion Auxiliary, and Daughters of the Nile.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert, a daughter, Eileen; one son, Eldon; and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Ardon (and wife, Nadyne) of Mead, Colo., Irvin (and wife, Irene), of Palisade; one daughter, Illa (and husband Bill Beesley), of Aurora, Ill., one brother, Fred Blanke of Benkelman; two sisters, Lena Clark of Englewood, Colo., and Golda Foster of Salida, Colo., also ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; a host of friends and relatives in the area.

Sara enjoyed a lot of life in the years granted her. Her values and learnings were demonstrated along with humor and enjoyment in the family household. She cared cared for family and strangers alike. Shewas a woman of great strength, character and will, bouncing back several times from illness, yet accepting death graciously and peacefully when inevitable. One appreciates many other thingsabout her in their relationship and experiences and now trust her to God’s care.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1962

Florence (Specker) Hopkins

Florence Specker, only child of Carl and Ida Hamilton Specker, was born on her parents' homestead north of Parks, Nebraska, on January 17, 1890, and passed away at the Pringle Memorial Hospital Sunday evening, September 2, 1962. With her parents, she came to Benkelman in the late 90's and lived here all her life.

After her school days, she was a postal clerk for a few years. Later she learned photography under Mr. Frank Byerly and opened a studio in the old Druliner building in 1912. Because of her poor health, she closed this work lin 1938.

On September 10, 1925, she was married to Sam F. Hopkins. They established their home in Benkelman and have lived here since.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1979

Loretta Jeanette (Williams) Horan

Loretta Jeanette Williams Horan, youngest daughter of Tom and Cora Williams, passed away Dec. 26, 1978, in Oakland, CA, at the age of 56.

Interment was at Lone Pine Cemetery in Oakland.

She had resided in Oakland, CA the past 25 years.

Survivors are her husband, Jack Horan, Oakland, CA; two sisters, Daisy Goodyear, Glendale, Arizona; Nellie Blume, Carson City, Nevada; brother, Tommy Williams, Sunnyvale, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1951

Mary Ellen (Holmes) Horn

Mrs. A. J. Horn, pioneer resident of Dundy county and one of its most highly respected and esteemed citizens, passed away at the Morehouse hospital Sunday evening.

Her demise was not unexpected since from the time she was stricken ill almost three weeks before, her condition developed progressively worse and on last Thursday morning she was moved from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Buffington, to the hospital when alarm was felt for her recovery but her physicians had held out but little hope for her from the start. Mrs. Horn had been seriously ill over a year ago and her condition was almost equally as bad but her wonderful courage and determination to live carried her thru and it was upon this thin thread of hope that her children felt that once more she would be victorious in her battle to live for she was of a most optimistic nature and loved life and especially those about her whom she so faithfully served even to the end.

Mrs. Horn had spent the winter at Phoenix, Arizona, where her string of racing horses for the winter events and the climate there seemed to agree with her, but when the time came for Mr. Horn to take his horses to St. Louis for the racing season, she expressed a desire to come home and came to Denver by rail, visiting there for a few days with her son Babe and then came on to Benkelman and seemed to be feeling even better than usual when her last illness overtook her.

When her condition so suddenly became alarming her son-in-law called Mr. Horn at St. Louis. He had only twenty minutes to catch a plane to Chicago and upon his arrival there had but ten minutes to board the Zephyr which he did , despite the fact that he had no reservations. When the conductor learned this he told him that every reservation had been taken and that there would be no room for him but when Bert explained his mission and the reason for his haste, the conductor took him to the smoking compartment where he stood up for three hours until the conductor came for him, telling him that there was at last a vacant heat. So it was that Mr. Horn reached McCook the next morning where his son Babe was waiting for him. Mr. Horn received the sad message at 12 o'clock CST Thursday and reached Benkelman the next morning which was a record within itself.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. H. R. Slagg delivering the sermon. Singers were Mrs. Hattie Borchert, Mrs. LaNeta Anderson, Lloyd Boswell and Ross D. Druliner, Jr., with Mrs. Gwen Bauer as organist. Pallbearers were Frank Weiss, Lee Hamilton, Claude Wood, Tom Ballard, Boone Hester and William Shrum. Arrangements were in charge of the Laughlin Funeral Home and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Mary Ellen Holmes, second daughter of John and Eliza Holmes, was born July 18, 1877 at Hastings, Nebraska, and passed away at the Morehouse hospital on June 24, 1951, at the age of 73 years, 11 months and 6 days. At the age of nine years she moved with her parents to Palisade, Nebraska, in the year 1886. She was united in .marriage to Albert James Horn at Palisade, Nebraska, on June 27, 1897.

In 1900 they moved to a homestead in Dundy county.

To this union eight children were born, of whom five have preceded her in death, namely: Walter Edward at the age of 30 years, Nellie Gladys, age 7; Cecil Clinton, age two years, and two others in infancy. Also her father and mother and one sister, Lillie Gardner.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Horn were members of the First Christian church of Rollwitz, Nebr., which they helped build and organize in 1906.

In 1927, they moved to Parks where they operated a store for many years. Mr. Horn also carried mail for several years. They made their home at Parks until recent years when they sold their home and came to Benkelman. They would have been married 54 years on June 27th.

At several intervals during her life she was in poor health, but was always one to bear her burdens well and think only of others.

She especially liked to be with and help care for her family. Her last thoughts seemed to be for her grandchildren whom she loved so much. She was indeed a loving and devoted wife and mother. She found much help and consolation in reading her Bible.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Albert James Horn; one son, Albert F. Horn of Denver; two daughters, Mrs. Leonard Lawson and Mrs. Kenneth Buffington both of Benkelman, all of whom were at her bed side during her brief illness. Besides these, one daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, nine grandchildren and one great grandson, one brother, Edward Holmes of Hamlet, Nebr., and two sisters, Annie Hahn of Emmett, Idaho, and Emma Loveland of Parks, and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1981

Mary Edwards (Stute) Horn

Orval Stutes received word Wednesday that his Aunt Mary Edwards Horn had passed away that morning in ber sleep. She would have been 103 years old April 14.

She is the last of the pioneer Fred Stute family. Her brothers and sisters were Bill Stute and Carrie Gall of Haigler, Frank Sr. and Otto Stute of Benkelman, Emma Welch of Stratton, NE. Mary was the middle of 12 children.

She made her home with her daughter Elise Crump of Marshfield, MO at whose place she passed away.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December? 1912?

Infant Horn

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. A J. Horn of Rollwitz died last Friday morning after a brief illness of inflammation of the bowels.

Interment took place Sunday in the Rollwitz Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2003

Lester Arden Horn

Lester Arden Horn, son of Robert E. and Mary E. (Stute) Edwards Horn, was born on Sept. 23, 1911, near Seymour, Mo. He departed this life on Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Glenwood Healthcare in Seymour at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 28 days.

On Dec. 17, 1933, he was united in marriage to Edna L. Crump, and to this union a daughter and a son were born. Edna passed away on Oct. 16, 1983.

In 1984 he was united in marriage to Olive Morris who preceded him in death in May 2002. He also was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; Carl Edwards and Orbie and Bobby Horn, and a sister, Emma Beck.

Lester is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jim Higgins, of Sun City, Ariz.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Phyllis Horn, of Leesburg. Fla.; five grandchildren; Shannon Fontenot of Meridian, Idaho, Robin Horn of Ohio, Richard Horn of Bell Haven, N.C., and Scott Horn and Charity Gurskey, both of Churchton. Md.; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Horn, and his wife, Mary, of Seymour; two sisters: Elsie Crump of Marshfield, Mo., and Ruth Locher of Omsted Falls, Ohio; a number of nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Lester was a cousin of Orval Stute of Haigler.

He was raised in the Gentry community near Seymour. After he and Edna were married, they made their home on their farm near Seymour and lovingly raised their family. Lester moved to Marshfield for a short time, but then returned to Seymour. Throughout his life he owned and operated a farm.

Lester made his profession of faith in Christ early in his life, and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Diggins, Mo.

He belonged to the Seymour Saddle Club and enjoyed riding horses. He liked life on the farm and being outdoors whenever he could. His family was very important to him and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

Lester was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle and was a caring neighbor and friend.

Funeral arrangements were by Holman Howe Funeral Homes of Seymour.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January? 1905?

Matthew E. Horn

Sunday evening about 6 o’clock Coroner Walthal was notified that Matthew E. Horn had taken his own life at the residence of Albert Edwards about 25 miles northwest of Benkelman, where he was temporarily stopping.

The facts, as near as we are able to obtain them, are as follows: Sunday, Christmas day, Mr. Edwards and family attended exercises at a near by school house, leaving Mr. Horn at the residence with his little 18 months old son. It is supposed that he occupied the time during their absence brooding over his troubles and writing letters, one of which he addressed to his little son, the only one left of a once happy family, the wife and mother and an older child having died in California about a year ago in which he explained the reasons for the rash act he was about to commit, and asking that the letter be preserved until the child became old enough to understand, when it should be given to him.

The others were to Mr. Edwards and his brothers, Milo and Bert Horn, who reside in that community. In the letter to Mr. Edwards he requested that he adopt his child, and give it such care as his circumstances would permit, mentioning at the close that “it is now 15 minutes to 4 o’clock and I see you coming,” from which it is inferred he killed himself a short time afterwards, as he was dead when they reached the house.

In the letter to his brothers he stated that the loss of his wife and child and the breaking up of his home was more than he could bear, and that he had decided to end it all in death. The weapon used was a single-barrel shotgun, the muzzle of which he placed tightly to his forehead, the discharge completely severing the upper portion of his head.

He was about 34 years of age and came to Dundy county about eight months ago. To comply with a previously expressed wish, that he wanted to be buried beside his wife and child in California, his relatives at first decided his wish should be fulfilled and the body shipped there for interment, but being advised of the serious illness of relatives in that state, it was decided best that interment be made here.

He was buried in the Benkelman cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1998

Neal E. Horner

Neal E. Horner was born in Friend, Neb., on Jan. 3, 1947, the ninth child of 10 born to the Rev. Ernest E. and Ruth L (Stuemky) Horner. Neal was diagnosed with colon cancer in February 1997. He died Thursday morning, Sept. 10, 1998, at the Dundy County Hospital In Benkelman, Neb., at the age of 51.

Neal was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Daykin, Neb. He attended first and second grades at a small one-room schoolhouse near his parents' farm just east of Exeter, Neb. After the schoolhouse was destroyed by a tornado In 1956, he finished the remainder of his elementary years in Friend.

Neal graduated from Friend High School in May 1965, and in August began attending classes at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. While at Nebraska Wesleyan, Neal played linebacker for the Plainsmen football team. He lettered three of his four years and was selected as a captain by his teammates his senior year. 1n 1969, Neal graduated from NWU with a bachelor of arts in education.

It was at Nebraska Wesleyan that he met his future bride, Barbara J. Kollmorgen. They were married on May 24, 1969, at the United Methodist Church in Stratton, Neb., by Neal's father and the Rev. Kim of Stratton. In the coming years. the couple was blessed with two sons: Trevor and Justin.

Later in 1969. Neal and Barb moved to Cedar Rapids, Neb., where Neal taught and coached for five years. In 1974 the couple returned to Lincoln where he coached as a graduate assistant at Nebraska Wesleyan and attended graduate courses at the University of Nebraska.

In July 1975, the Horners moved to Benkelman where he joined the faculty and staff of the Benkelman High School. He taught physical education, German and driver's education courses and was the head coach of the football, boys track and girls basketball teams.

Neal thoroughly enjoyed his role in education, but in 1979 he accepted an offer to work for League Builders Supply which was to be opening soon in Benkelman. He spent 19 years in that capacity until his death.

Although Neal was no longer an employee of the educational system, his role as a teacher and his involvement in the community and the local school system never diminished. He was a member of the Dundy County Public Schools Board of Education since 1981 and served as the board secretary since 1986. He was the recipient of the 1994-95 Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Outstanding School Board Member of the Year.

Neal was a very active member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and the Benkelman Area Chamber of Commerce. He established the Benkelman T-ball

programs in 1980. coached many years on various Benkelman baseball teams and served as president of the Southwest Nebraska Baseball Association. He was also a very important part of the youth basketball and wrestling programs in Benkelman.

In the late '80s, Neal started a tumbling program that was followed by open gym on Wednesday nights, Many people will remember Neal as a good sport with competitive spirit in the town team basketball and golf leagues in which he participated. He was an official for countless football, basketball and baseball games and a member of the Benkelman Lions Club.

For his efforts in the community, Neal and his wife, Barb, were honored with the Chamber of Commerce "Good Guy" award in 1988.

In 1998, Neal was the recipient of the first-ever Distinguished Service Award during the Dundy County High School Athletic Banquet. He was very appreciative of this and his other awards, but the accomplishments that his "students" made throughout the years were his greatest source of pride.



Neal was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Robert.

He is survived by his wife, Barb, of Benkelman, their sons; Trevor and his wife, Molly, of Omaha, Neb., and Justin, a student at Doane College in Crete, Neb.; his mother, Ruth, of Friend; five sisters; Ann and her husband, Ron Hoback, of Crete, Dorcas and her husband, the Rev. Paul West, of Shiprock, N.M., Mary Jo Sabata of Hastings, Neb., Erma and her husband, Dave Sebek, of Wilbur, Neb., and Grace and her husband, Vernon Thomsen, of Marshalltown, Iowa; three brothers; Roy and wife, Helen, of Friend, Paul and wife, Ida Lou, of Lincoln, and John and wife, Judy, of Lee's Summit. Mo., and a sister-in-law, Terri Horner, of Seal, Ala.

Final rites for Neal E. Horner were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Mary Margaret Powell was the organist and Betty Erdman was the pianist. The community choir, under the direction of Richard Bartholomew, sang "Open The Gates" and "Victory In Jesus.” Choir members were Carole Coates, Janet and Anne Davis, Marilyn Zarkowski, Edwina Roesener, Sally Hudson, Becky Baney, Audrey Bartholomew, Amanda Fries, Cindy Haskell, Betty Van Dyke, Shirley Adkinson, Val Fries, Loraine McCartney, Paul Erdman, Bob and Derek Beck, Gary Coates, Steve Stroup, Gregg Loghry, Tony Ham, UrlIn McCartney and Keith Haskell.

The congregational hymn was “When We All Get To Heaven.”

Bearers were Denis and Roy League, Don Davis, Mike Ohrman, Jim Decker, Dallas Watkins, Randall Raile and Bob Krutsinger. Honorary bearers were members of the Dundy County School Board of Education; Jerry Fries, Randy Baney, Mike Blecha, John Metzger, Scott Olson, Gerald Jessee, Rita Jones and Tom Roundtree.


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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1994

Robert Lee Horner

ZAMBIA. Africa–Robert Lee Horner, 51, formerly of Benkelman, Nebraska, died Saturday, June 4, 1994, in Kafue, Zambia, Africa.

He was born March 6, 1943, in Friend, Nebraska, to Ernest and Ruth Horner, graduating from Friend High School in 1960.

He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and subsequently the University of Nebraska.

On November 24, 1968, he was united in marriage to Teresa “Terri" Lee Burris in Lincoln, Nebraska. To this union three daughters were born; Joy, Sandra and Linda.

He attended a Seventh-day Adventist seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and taught in church schools for several years.

The family moved to Benkelman in 1975 where he served the Seventh-day Adventist Church and worked in the school system.

In 1990, Robert ,Terri, Sandra and Linda began their mission at Riverside Farms in Kafue, Zambia, Africa.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; three daughters, Joy and her husband, Solve Weum of Norway, and Sandra and Linda of Madagascar; his mother, Ruth, of Friend; his brothers, Roy and wife, Helen, of Friend, Paul and wife, Ida Lou, of Lincoln, John and wife, Judy, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, and Neal and wife, Barbara, of Benkelman; his sisters, Erma and husband, David Sebek, of Wilbe,. Nebraska, Ann and husband, Ronald Hoback of Elizbethtown, Kentucky, Dorcas and husband, Paul West of Shiprock, New Mexico, Grace and husband, Vernon Thomsen of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Mary Jo Sabata of Hastings; a host of nieces and nephews, and friends.

A memorial service is planned in July.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1985?

Bill C. Horton

Services for Bill C. Horton of Wheat Ridge were conducted recently with interment in Crown Hill.

Mr. Horton, 58, was born January 26, 1927, in Guide Rock, Nebraska, and attended the University of Denver. During World War II he served with the Navy. In 1963 he was married to Helen Modig.

Mr. Horton was employed by Mountain States Bean Company, then was president of Centennial Commodities. He was a member of Lakewood Country Club and president of the Rocky Mountain Bean Council. He served as a delegate to the National Dry Bean Council. He was active in community sports.

He is survived by his wife; a son, James E., both of Denver; two brothers, Jack D. Horton of Golden and Dean Pursley of Benkelman; and three sisters, Jean Nippert of Oregon and Patty Higgins and Anita Mundt, both of California.

Contributions may be made to World Vision, Box 0, Pasadena, CA 91109.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1997

Ellen M. (Moses) Horvath

TRENTON—Ellen M. (Moses) Horvath, 91, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. She was born on Feb. 4, 1906, on the Moses Brothers farm southwest of Trenton, Neb., to John and Elisabeth (Jones) Moses.

She graduated from Trenton High School and Kearney State College with a bachelor of science degree.

On Jan. 12, 1938, she married F. L. "Butch" Horvath. To this union three children were born: Roberta, Gwen and John. The Horvath family lived on the Moses homestead until 1960.

She was a lifelong active member of the United Methodist Church of Trenton during which time she was president of the United Methodist Women for 10 years and served on various statewide committees. Ellen was a charter member of Business & Professional Women and was an active member of Eastern Sta,. Retired Teachers of Nebraska and Delta Kappa Gamma.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 6, 1957; two brothers; Evan J. "Bud" and William T.

Survivors include her daughters, Roberta and her husband, Byron Loescher, of South Sioux City, Neb., and Gwen and her husband, Larry Klawunder, of Kenai, Alaska: a son, John, and his wife, Kathy, of Culbertson, Neb.; a brother, Stan, and his wife, Dorothy, of Sun City, Ariz.; a sister-in.law, LaVeda Moses of Santa Ana, Calif.; three grandsons; Brian Loescher and his wife, Kathi, of Portland, Ore., and Nick and Mark Horvath of Lincoln, Neb.; a granddaughter, Belinda and her husband, Marc Whitman, of Yuma, Ariz., and six nieces and nephews.

Final rites for Ellen Horvath were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Trenton with the Revs. Don Mortor and Katherine Bullard officiating. Organists were Marjorie Redfield and Jan Williams. Ron Schoenberger sang "Old Man River" and 'Wind Beneath My Wings." The congregational hymn was "How Great Thou Art." The committal service was by the Order of the Eastern Star.

Bearers were Brian and Byron Loescher, Nick and Mark Horvath, Tom Moses and Larry Klawunder.

Burial was in the Trenton Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman and Stratton was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1979?

Wyna (Gay) Hosea

OBERLIN, KAN. — Wyna Hosea, age 68, died Saturday in the Decatur County Hospital.

Mrs. Hosea was born Dec. 2, 1911 in Decatur County to Charles Alanzo Gay and Olive Pearl Sheney. She grew up in the Lebanon area and attended schools there. On Feb. 28, 1928, she was married to Forrest Helt and lived in Lebanon until his death in 1945.

She then married Robert Edward Hosea Dec. 2, 1950 at McCook and they lived in Lebanon and Ogallala until his death in March 1973. Mrs. Hosea lived in the Culbertson and McCook area until moving to the Good Samaritan Center of Oberlin, Kan., in 1979. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors Lodge and was preceded in death by her two husbands, three brothers, Freeman, Truman and Clifford, three sisters, Ona, Elsie and Helen and one great-grandson.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Haward (Peggy) Lockhart and Mrs. Richard (Twila) Carter, both of Norcatur, Kan., and Doris Jeffres of McCook; one brother, Claire Gay of Tremonton, Utah; one sister, Glenne Stephens of McCook; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Faith Lutheran Church of Oberlin, Kan., with the Rev. Larry Arganbright officiating. Interment will be in the Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of the Corcoran-Bateman Funeral Home of Oberlin, Kan.

Memorials may he given to the Decatur County Hospital.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May? 1932?

Clinton B. Hosick

The community around Max was greatly shocked last Saturday morning to learn of the death of Clinton B. Hasick during the night. Mr. Hosick, whose home is in Lincoln, lived here several years ago, and who at this time was here helping his brother Howard on the ranch.

Mr. Hosick made many friends during his residence here, and all who knew him held great respect for him. His death came as an after effect of the flu.

Mr. Hosick joined the United Presbyterian church at Oskaloosa, Iowa, in his early age, and has lived a christian life since.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Hartman of Lincoln, three sisters, Miss Hattie Hosick and Mrs. Ada Tate of Lincoln and Mrs. E. W. Sampson of Jewell, Kansas, and one brother, Howard of Max, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

A short service was held at Max at 1:30 p. m. Sunday, after which the remains were taken to Lincoln for further service and burial.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1962

H. Howard Hosick

Max and Dundy county friends learned of the death of their friend and neighbor, H. Howard Hosick, in Portland, Oregon, on Friday, April 20th. Mr. Hosick passed away at a Portland hospital that day as a result of a stroke and short illness. He had been in relatively good health up until Tuesday, April 17th, when he was forced to enter the hospital and passed away the following Friday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Hosick lived on and operated a farm near Max from 1924 until 1943. They moved on a farm near Red Cloud that year and lived there until 1959, when they retired and moved to Portland to be near a daughter and family. During their residence in Dundy county they participated in community affairs and continued to maintain a lively interest in county happenings during their Webster county residence and in their Oregon retirement home.

Funeral services were held at the Grace Presbyterian Church at N. E. 60th and Prescott Street in Portland at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23rd, with the Rev. Gary Hutchins officiating. Mrs. Marjorie Phillips was the soloist, accompanied by Mrs. Olive White, Organist. Casket bearers were Jack Charley, A. E. Douglass, George Gibson, Ward Abelein, Clair Alspach and Leroy Charley. George Abelein and Simon Abelein were honorary bearers. Interment was in the Rose City cemetery under the direction of the Ross Hollywood Chapel. Inc., of Portland. Oregon.

H. Howard Hosick, 85, of 4332 N. E. 57th Ave., Portland, Oregon, died April 20th, 1962, in a local hospital.

Mr. Hosick was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on October 7th, 1876. He moved to Tecumseh, Nebraska, as a small boy. There he married Anna Nelson on February 18th, 1903, where he resided in the country as a farmer until 1912 when he moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for his health.

Within a year Mr. Hosick returned to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he worked as a carpenter.

In 1924. Mr. Hosick moved to Max, Nebraska, where he went back to his first love, farming.

In 1943, Mr. Hosick moved to a farm near Red Cloud, Nebraska, where he lived until 1959, when he moved to Portland. Oregon, to be near his daughter and family.

Mr. Hosick worked with the Federal Soil Conservation from 1939 to 1943.

Mr. Hosick was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church of Portland, Oregon. Throughout his entire life he was devoted to church work and he served the Lord in many capacities, including usher, trustee, choir, treasurer, Sunday school superintendent and elder.

Mr. Hosick was an inspiration to all who knew him and is mourned by his many friends and relatives.

Surviving are his widow, Anna N. Hosick; a son, Arthur H. Hosick of Cheyenne, Wyoming; a daughter, Mrs. H. R. Gartrell, of Portland, Oregon; a sister, Mrs. Belle Sampson, Wray, Colorado; and four grandchildren.

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

Wayne Hoskins

Wayne Hoskins, age 57, a lifelong resident of Chase county, was killed Friday morning, May 28, from wounds of a .410 shotgun he used to train his dogs.

Sheriff Dwayne Newman stated Mr. Hoskins had taken the gun out to work with some of his Vizsla dogs, which he trains for hunting. The sheriff said the dog, Lucky, was out of his pen and was apparently being worked by Wayne when the gun accidentally discharged and struck Mr. Hoskins.

Following the accident a doctor and the sheriff were summoned immediately. Mr. Newman stated that he had died instantly.—Imperial Republican.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1965

Ida Leora (Beeson) Howard

Ida Leora Beeson was born in Washington County, Kansas, on December 15, 1884, and passed away at the Cheyenne County Hospital at St. Francis on February 1, 1965, at the age of 80 years. one month and 16 days.

She was the daughter of Ann and Alva Beeson. She came to Rawlins county as a girl.

On April 1902, she was married to Charles E. Howard. who preceded her in death on August 15, 1964. To this union were born six children; John and Charlie of McDonald, Verne Climer of Bolivar, Mo., Glenn of Goodland, Vivian Opell of Washington, Indiana, and Vida Gillispie of Alliance, Nebraska.

She leaves 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Robert and Omar Beeson of McDonald, Fred Beeson of Scott City, and one sister, Julia Jackson, of New Castle, Colorado.

Funeral services were held on February 2 from the Federated Church with Rev. C. L. Swihart officiating. Interment was in Grace Cemetery of McDonald.— Atwood (Kans.) Citizen-Patriot.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1987

Helen Cora (Boehning) Howard

Helen Cora (Boehning) Howard was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 9, 1901, the daughter and only child of George and Margaretha H. (Fluegel) Boehning. She was baptized on May 19, 1901, and confirmed in the Christian Faith on March 28, 1915. She attended Blair Grade School, Yeatman High School and taught Sunday School while living in St. Louis.

Helen moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1923, and was employed by the Sunshine Sanitorium. She met and married Alva G. Howard of Enders, Nebraska, who had gone to Grand Rapids to obtain work. They were married on June 19, 1924, at the home of her mother. To this union were born six children, George, Janet, Joyce, Jean, Tom and Doris.

They moved back to Nebraska and farmed in Chase County until 1932 when they moved to Dundy County near Doane. In 1935 they moved to a farm near Max, Nebraska, and lived there until 1943 when they bought a farm adjoining Max. In 1976 they sold the farm and bought a home to retire in Benkelman.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, a 4H club leader and member of the Max Woman's Club for many years. She was a resident of the Hester Home in Benkelman at the time of her death on Thursday, January 8, 1987, at the age of 85.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alva; one son, Thomas; one grandson, Richard Howard, and one son-in-law, Walter Blecha.

She is survived by a son, George and wife, Margaret Howard, of Chino, California; daughter, Janet, and husband, John Haines, of Benkelman, Nebraska; daughter, Joyce, and husband, Arden Ham, of Benkelman; daughter, Jean Blecha of Goodland, Kansas; daughter, Doris, and husband, Phillip Albert, of Fort Lupton, Colorado; 14 grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, January 10, 1987, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with Pastor Earl Martell officiating.

Organist was Peggy Roesener. Helen Lutz and Vicky Powell sang the selections "Asleep In Jesus" and "In The Sweet By And By." There was a congregational singing of "Children Of The Heavenly Father."

Bearers were Eugene Ham, Kevin Howard, Stanley Haines, Larry Blecha, Larry Moreno, Monte Nordhausen, Jerry Fries, Roger Howard, Steven Hunt, James Hunt, Jay D. Ham, Alan Blecha and Russell Christensen.

Honorary bearers were Clyde Daniels, Ray Daniels, Henry Krug Sr., August Schrader, Chris Andersen, Richard Gardner and Verle Raichart.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1996

Selma Christina (Brynoff) Howard

MAX--Selma Christina Howard was born March 18, 1918, in Max, Neb., to Freda (Anderson) and Nils P. Brynoff, and died Monday, Oct. 28, 1996, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Neb., at the age of 78.

She lived her life in the Max community, attending school there and graduating from high school in 1935. On July 15, 1936, she was united in marriage to Harley D. Howard. in Stratton, Neb. They were blessed with one daughter, Phyllis Nadine.

Mrs. Howard was a 64-year member of the Max United Methodist Church, where she was active in various roles. She belonged to the United Methodist Women and the Woman's Club, both of Max. She worked with Harley in the operation of their Texaco Service Station in Max, and the Dundy County Bowling Alley in Benkelman. Neb.

She enjoyed working with and meeting people, and after Harley's death in April 1980, she volunteered her time at Grandview Center in Stratton and the Dundy County Senior Center and the theater in Benkelman.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death, besides her husband, were her parents; a twin brother, Samuel Alfred, in April 1918; twin half-brothers Leslie and Leonard Johnson; two other half-brothers, Bro and David Brynoff; five half-sisters; Mollie Stahley, Mary Hayward, Anna Lusk, Rosa Hitch and Ruth Anderson.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Leslie Kirkman, of Max; her grandson, Neal Howard Kirkman, of Lincoln, Neb.; a half-sister, Ruth Shillington of Benkelman; a sister-in-law, Dola Johnson, of Rawlins, Wyo.; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Final rites for Selma Howard were held Thursday, Oct. 31, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Organist was Diana Ham and Janet Davis sang "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and "God Be With You."

Bearers were Oscar Manning, Roger Shillington, Merrel Martin, Bill Osborn, Tim Hanes and Glen Lemon. Honorary pallbearers were Lee Gallatin, John Sutherland, Guy Billington, Byron Ham, Duane Rousselle, True Howard, Harry Martin, Torsten Anderson, DeWayne Caress, Verle Raichart, Derald Rickard and Nels Brynoff. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1953

Abbie (Cannon) Howard

Mrs. Abbie Howard passed away at the Morehouse hospital at near three o'clock Wednesday morning after a brief and critical illness. She had been brought to the hospital on Tuesday morning in critical condition and failed to respond to treatment. She had suffered for several years with diabetes and had undergone surgery for the amputation of one foot as a result of the disease in 1951.

Mrs. Howard is survived by her son, True Howard; daughter, Mrs. John Wright of Mount Vernon, Washington, and a grandson, Jimmy Howard, who is in the Marine Corps. The funeral will be held at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning at the Laughlin Funeral Home chapel.

Mrs. Howard was the youngest of the four children of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Cannon, early and prominent pioneer citizens , the section some four or five miles east of Benkelman and their fine ranch is still in the family name, at present being owned by Elmer Cannon, youngest son, and who is now the only surviving member of the immediate family. Lulu, eldest daughter, passed away many years ago in California. and Murray, eldest son, likewise died in Texas quite a nultber of years ago.

Mrs. Howard's physical difficulties had their beginning with the advent of diabetes which gradually developed more precarious until the foot amputation was necessary. The courage which was so much a part of the Cannon family, sustained her thru the years that followed and her light of hope burned brightly until the end.

For the past few months she had lived with her old-time friend. who in her girlhood days, was known as Miss Leona Snodgrass, likewise a popular young lady of the Max section in her day, who had long since resided in a hotel at Denver and Mrs. Howard joined her there last spring and though Mrs. Howard was in constantly declining health, they nevertheless found much pleasure together, even though Mrs. Howard had so reluctantly closed her beautiful Benkelman dwelling to leave her friends and scenes of her native Dundy county which had been her home from childhood on.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1998

Violet Luella (Carter) Howard

Violet Luella (Carter) Howard was born on Jan. 23, 1914, at Goltry, Okla., the daughter of James Edward and Grace Augusta (Shoemaker) Carter.

As a young woman she worked at several jobs as a hired girl. She then was a waitress in Chicago, Ill. During the second world war, she worked at the Boeing Aircraft assembly plant in Cheyenne, Wyo., as a riveter building bomber planes. She also was an employee of the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne.

While in Cheyenne she met and married “Tommy" Thompson. and later they lived in West Virginia.

Due to health problems she moved to Max, Neb. She met Virgil Wayne Howard and on Feb. 21, 1969, at McCook, Neb., they were married. They lived in Springdale, Ark., for a year or so, managing a mobile home park. They moved back to Max to retire. Mr. Howard died in 1992.

Mrs. Howard lived in Benkelman, Neb., for about two years. She enjoyed traveling and loved to feed and watch squirrels and birds. She was hospitalized in Greeley, Colo., then entered Hlllcrest Nursing Home in McCook on June 23. She died on June 26, 1998, at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 3 days.

In addition to her husband. she was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers: Franklin in infancy, Melvin, Leo, James and Leonard.

She is survived by her sisters Ethel and her husband, Everett Gerdes, and Ruby Stute, who reside in Benkelman, a brother, Ernest, and his wife, Vila, of Russell, Kan., nieces and nephews.

Final rites for Violet Howard were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 1998, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Jackie Wilson was the organist. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "Peace In The Valley." "It Is No Secret" and "Going Down The Valley." Bearers were Barry, James P., Mark and James Carter, Daryl and Kenneth Stute and Jim Dailey. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial, Neb., with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1999

Maude Emmaline (Edwards) Howard

Maude Emmaline (Edwards) Howard was born March 17, 1906, to Walter L. and Emma Z. (Kirkpatrick) Edwards on a rural Dundy County, Neb., homestead in the Rollwitz community. She died May 21, 1999, in the Dundy County Hospital, Benkelman, Neb.

After the sale of the homestead, the family moved to Kansas for a short period of time, then returned to Benkelman and built a home (now owned by the Krutsinger family). They sold that house and moved to a smaller home (at present a part of the Rainbow Fountain Park). She attended the Benkelman schools and graduated in 1924. Maude taught two terms in the rural schools.

Maude and Merrel L. Howard were married Oct. 19, 1924, in Holyoke, Colo. They spent 63 wonderful years together. She was his "helper" in every phase of life. They had a dray business, a trucking business and in 1936 they moved to a farm. In 1954 they purchased a farm of their own and spent the remainder of their lives improving it, with the help of their families. After retiring from active farm work, Maude and Merrel traveled many miles in their motor home named “The Ark."

On Nov. 16, 1926, a daughter, Merrella, arrived, and on Nov. 19, 1928, Elaine was born.

After Merrel's death in January 1988, she spent a few years on the farm tending to her business and enjoying the activities of her grandchildren and their friends as they came by to operate the farm.

When daughter Elaine became very ill, she stayed in their home helping as best as she could. Elaine's death in 1992 was very traumatic to her, as parents were not supposed to live longer than their children.

In May 1996, Maude moved into an independent living apartment of the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. She preferred to have her "own" things around her and didn't want to move into family members' homes. Her family and church were her life. She so enjoyed her grandchildren: Terry, Kathy, Merrel, Derrel, Deb and their spouses. When great-grandchildren arrived, Maude related to them with equal love and pride.

She will be sadly missed by family members: daughter and son-in-law, Merrella and Harry Martin; son-in-law C.O. Frasier; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Deb Frasier, Russell Mack and Shelby, Terry and Verla Martin, Kathy, Lonny, Scott and Lori Stahlecker, Derrel, JoAnn, Jennifer and Kim Martin, Merrel, Linda and Steven Martin, Sara and Mike Muirheid, Stacy and Mike Coleman, Shalia Sanford, and Brandon Sanford, Davina and Faylee, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.

Family members preceding her in death were her husband; daughter Elaine Frasier; her parents; a sister, Daisy Bisgard. and brothers Dick, Eric, Louis and Gerald Edwards.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Kelly Hayward the vocalist. Selections included “The Old Rugged Cross" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." Pallbearers were Terry, Steven Merrel and Derrel Martin, Lonny and Scott Stahlecker and Russell Mack. Honorary bearers were Shelby Frasier-Mack, Stacy and Mike Coleman, Sara and Mike Muirheid, Lori Stahlecker, and Jennifer and Kimberly Martin. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March1986

Emma Rose Howard

Emma Rose Howard, daughter of Carl Paul and Rosa Bertha (Tolman) Frenzen, was born March 22, 1912, at Benkelman. She passed away at her residence on March 5, 1986, at the age of 73 years, 11 months and 11 days.

She was baptized November 29, 1914, and confirmed on July 19, 1925, in the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman.

Emma attended and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1930. She was married April 5, 1930, to Ralph L. Riemer. Into this union two daughters were born, Loretta Lee and Carolyn Rose. Mr. Riemer passed away July 8, 1934.

She attended Beauty College in Denver, Colorado, and later bought her own shop in Benkelman which she ran for 13 years.

Emma married True Howard on July 26, 1944, at Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Her family was her whole life. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother who will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, one brother, Henry, and one grandson, Greg.

Survivors include her husband, True of Benkelman; two daughters: Loretta and husband, Jim Powell, of Benkelman, and Carolyn, and husband, Floyd Edmonds, of Lyons, Colorado; four grandchildren; Carolyn June and husband, John McDonald, of Benkelman, Jimmie and wife, Nan Powell, of Longmont, Colorado, Larry and wife, Jill Edmonds, of Longmont, Colorado, Debra and husband, Derrel Taylor, of Katy, Texas; four great-grandchildren; Corey and Trinity Powell, and Brian and Jenny Fox; two sisters; Marie and husband, Troy Knapp, and Suzann and husband, Loyd Hall, both of Los Molinos, California, and two sisters-in-law; Leone Frenzen of Benkelman, and Madge Rice of Stanwood, Washington, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Saturday, March 8, 1986, at 10:30 a.m., in the Zion Lutheran Church at Benkelman. Peggy Roesener was organist and accompanied Monty Crandon with the selections "Let There Be Peace In The Valley" and "The Lord's Prayer."

Bearers were Jim Powell, Floyd Edmonds, Jimmie Powell, Larry Edmonds, John McDonald and Derrel Taylor.

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


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1978

Leta L. (Gerdes) Howard

Services were held Sat., Oct. 21, 1978, for Leta L. Howard, 73, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebr.

Mrs. Howard was born on May 8, 1905 in Rawlins County, Kansas, and passed away on Oct. 17, 1978 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebr.

Officiating the services was Rev. Delbert Callaway. Organist was Mrs. Jackie Wilson playing for Edwina Roesener and Shirley Adkinson the selections, "How Great Thou Art" and "Asleep in Jesus."

Bearers were Herbert Talman, Harold Jensen, Reinhart Lunzman, Bud Cline, Charles Draper and Loren Mossburgh. Honorary bearers were Robert Gish, Everett Gerdes, August Schrader and Al Anderson.

Interment was held in Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebr.

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

(Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 5-8-1905 and a death date of 10-18-1978. It also shows her maiden name as “Gerdes”.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2001

Lillie Dell (Lathrop) Howard

WAUNETA--Lillie Dell Howard was born Feb. 19, 1904, at Sherwood, N.D., to Lon and Hattie Mae (Foster) Lathrop. As a young girl, Lillie moved with her family from North Dakota to Burlington, Iowa, to be near relatives because of her father's health. She attended grade school in Burlington and at the age of 12 moved with family to Lamar, Neb.

Lillie attended high school in Lamar before marrying Ira Elwin Howard on Feb. 15, 1921, in Imperial, Neb. The couple settled in Imperial for a short time before moving to Max, Neb. Lillie and Ira then moved to a farm north of Enders, Neb., where they raised cattle. Later they moved 18 miles northwest of Wauneta, Neb., where they farmed. The couple also lived in Palisade, Neb., before moving into Wauneta in 1939.

Lillie and Ira owned and operated the Wauneta Grocery Store and a welding and iron salvage shop for many years. After Ira's death in 1954, Lillie became a Licensed Practical Nurse and was employed at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial from 1960 until retirement.

Lillie passed away early Sunday morning, May 20, 2001, at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home. She was 97 years of age.

Lillie was a member of the United Methodist Church of Wauneta and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, riding horses in her younger years and blue rock shooting.

In addition to her husband, Lillie was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Edward; three sisters: Alta Eilers, Sylvia Brass and Lilas Huffrrian. and three sons: Jewel, Johnnie and Ira "Bud."

Those surviving her are her daughter, Shirley Moreland, of Houston, Texas; her daughters-in-law; Patty Howard of Goodland, Kan., and LeVeta Howard of Palisade; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Lillie Howard were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta with the Rev. Richard Brian officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta. Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1990

Elsie Irene (Moreland) Howard

BENKELMAN— Elsie Irene Howard, eldest child of Clarence H. and Verna I. (Kirk) Moreland, was born September 30, 1907, on a farm in rural Norton County, Kansas. She died at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, on November 18, 1990.

Elsie moved with her family from Norton County to a farm southwest of McDonald in Rawlins County.

She attended rural schools in both Norton and Rawlins counties and later graduated from McDonald Rural High School with the Class of 1925. She completed Normal Training School that summer and taught three years in rural schools in Rawlins and Cheyenne counties.

Elsie accepted Christ as her Saviour in her teen years and became a member of the McDonald Federated Church. She attended faithfully and served many years as Sunday school teacher and later as junior Sunday school superintendent.

On June 15, 1927, she was united in marriage to Charlie Everett Howard at the Methodist parsonage in Colby, Kansas. After a long muddy drtve to their new home 12 miles north of McDonald, they had to assemble their new cooking stove before she could cook her first meal.

Their home was blessed with the birth of four children: Royce Duane, who died at age five, Lois Jeanne, Kenneth Elwin and Lynn Veldon.

She enjoyed membership in the North Divide Extension Club and served several years as secretary of the McDonald Alumni Association.

In the middle 1950s, she and Charlie purchased the McDonald Clothing Shop which she managed for more than 20 years. She greatly appreciated her customers as well as those who helped her with the operation of the store

Elsie enjoyed her retirement years gardening, traveling and visiting the family. She especially enjoyed attending activities of her grandchildren as often as her health would permit.

After a brief stay in the Dundy County Hospital with a mild stroke, she was transferred to the Hester Home in April of 1988. She remained there until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her eldest son, Royce, and a brother, Lyle

She is survived by her daughter, Lois Simon and her husband, Edwin of Studley, Kansas, sons Kenneth and his wife, Phyllis of rural McDonald, and Lynn and wife, Rebecca, of Pointblank, Texas; eight grandsons, five granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brothers Leon of Jerome, Idaho, Ernest and wife of Apache Junction, Arizona, Dale and wife of Lancaster, California, Lewis and wife of Goodland, Kansas, and Richard and wife of Boulder, Colorado; sisters Dorothy Smith and husband of Lovington, New Mexico, Verla Smith and husband of Apache Junction, Verda Smith of Lovington and Delores Craig of Burlington, Colorado; sister-in-law Lavena Moreland of Apache Junction, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held November 21, 1990, at the McDonald Federated Church with Pastor Greg Moyer. assisted by Pastors Clarence Swihart and Greg Hubbard. officiating.

Music was provided by Mrs. Owen Wingfield, organist, and Mrs. Greg Moyer, soloist. Bearers were her grandsons.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1994

Margaret Pauline (Shelley) Howard

CHINO, Calif.--Margaret Pauline Howard, 80, of Chino, California, died November 15 at Chino Valley Medical Center.

She was born in Victor, Colorado, and had lived In Chino 16 years. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Howard is survived by her husband, Alva George Howard; two sons, Myron Sherman of Denver, Colorado, and Lloyd Sherman of Las Vegas, Nevada: three daughters, Patricia Hall of Fort Lupton, Colorado, Donna Lou Blethen,of Albany, New York. and Diana Stuart of Taneville, Missouri; a brother. John Shelley of Pahrump, Nevada; a sister, Hazel Hale of Denver, 23 grandchildren, and four

sisters-in-law, Joyce Ham and Janet Haines of Benkelman, Nebraska, Jean Blecha of Goodland, Kansas, and Doris Albert of Phoenix, Arizona.

Graveside services were held Friday, November 18, 1994, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver with Pierce Bros. Griffith Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1979

Alva Guy Howard

Alva Guy Howard, beloved husband of Helen C. Howard, was born Sept. 7, 1903 at Enders, NE, the son of Adrian M. Howard and Addie D. Clotfelter Howard.

He attended school at the Pioneer District 1 in Chase County. He farmed at home with his brother Lee, then he worked at the Baker Ranch. In 1923, he and several other young men went to Grand Rapids, Michegan and secured employment.

While there he met Helen Boening who was working at the Sunshine Sanitarium at the time.

On June 19, 1924, Alva and Helen were married at Lowell, Michigan. About this time, Alva's father became very ill, so the young couple went back to Enders, NE, to be near his family. Here, Alva farmed the home place and rented other farm ground.

They moved to rural Imperial and farmed land owned by F.C. Krotter. Alva accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Imperial in 1928.

In 1932, the family moved to Dundy County and farmed near Doane. In 1935, they moved to Max, NE, and continued farming. During the Depression years and as the family enlarged, Alva started working at the carpenter trade, but continued farming.

As times improved, Alva began contracting buildings and homes. In time he became a master carpenter. After 40 years residing in and around Max, Alva decided to retire and bought a home in Benkelman, NE. He had sustained three severe heart attacks besides other illnesses. But he didn't retire completely while living in Benkelman. He continued to use his skills. He built many beautiful homes, besides the hundreds of smaller jobs for the many friends and neighbors. Among the accomplishments that he was especially proud of was the remodeling of the Max Women's Club community building, the enlargement of his own church, the original Lutheran Church building and renovation of the local mortuary.

Alva and Helen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June, 1974.

During Alva's years in Max, he served on the school board for 15 years and was active in community affairs besides being a 4-H leader for many years. He received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding dedicated service for 20 years from the Dundy County Agriculture Society.

Alva Loved gardening, flowers and vegetables and these he shared with family and friends. Alva loved people and he enjoyed visiting his friends and having them come to visit him.

He was happy with his family, children and great grandchildren; they were his joy.

Alva passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1979 at 7.50 am. at his home. His wife and family had been with him during the last weeks. After a lingering sickness he went to his Eternal Rest

Those who survive him his wife Helen, two sons, George Howard and wife Margaret of Chino, CA; and Tom Howard of Max, NE. Four daughters survive, Mrs. Janet Haines and husband John, Mrs. Joyce Ham and husband Arden, Mrs. Jean Blecha and husband Walter, all of Benkelman. Mrs. Doris Alber and husband Phillip of Brighton, CO; and brother Virgil Howard and wife Violet of Max; a sister Mrs. Oneta Cecil of Imperial; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lillie Howard of Wauneta, 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends survive

Preceding Alva in death were his parents, a sister Mrs. May Cecil, three brothers, Ira, Lee, and Delmer and one grandson, Richard Robin Howard.

Alva was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church and attended services regularly while his health permitted. He was a member of the Benkelman Lodge 36 of the I00F.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1941

Alvin Howard

Funeral services for Alvin Howard, who passed away so suddenly and unexpectedly at the Morehouse hospital last Thursday morning while under examination for a heart condition, was held at the Laughlin funeral home at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, being conducted by Milo W. Rose. Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Ough sang three duet numbers, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Sweet Peace the Gift of God's Love," and "Have Thine Own Way Lord." Mrs. D. L. Ough presided at the piano. Pall bearers were Jesse Mowery, Arthur Sherbert, Miles Jones, Harry L. Ough, Harry Martin and Roy Lingo. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Alvin Howard, son of Lazarus and Margaret Howard, was born January 16, 1876, at Des Moines, Iowa, and died December 4, 1941, at the age of 65 years, 10 months and 17 days.

Mr. Howard came to Max, Nebraska, in March, 1899, at the age of 23 years and was married to Abbie Cannon July 21, 1902. They lived on the old F. C. Phillips ranch for two years and then Mr. Howard took a homestead 12 miles south of Wauneta where they lived for three years and then he bought the Prouty farm, which he still owned at the time of his death, and they made their home there for 14 years and then, because of the better educational advantages for their children, they moved to Max where they resided for 14 years and then in 1935 they bought their present beautiful home in Benkelman and had resided here since with the occasional exception of spending a few weeks or months at a time on the ranch. During all these years Alvin devoted his time to the ranching business which he loved so well and in which he was very successful. Although he liked people and enjoyed meeting them, he was a man of marked energy and he was always happiest when he was busy on the ranch or in selling and buying cattle. He couldn't be idle and kept going even though at times he did not feel well, even up until the end.

In the closing days of his life his greatest delight was in his little grandson Jimmie and his love and devotion for him was intense and every minute that he could spare from his work was spent at home with Mrs. Howard and Jimmie. Mr. Howard, while a busy man always, also found time to busy himself in the promotion of community affairs and he was one of the moving spirits in the Dundy County Fair Association all the years he lived here and later took an equal interest in the county fair and rodeo, spending freely of his time and energies in making these events successful. He enjoyed his friends and neighbors and sought to be worthy of them. He never spoke ill of anybody nor did he complain of the trials and. tribulations of life, even unto the end.

To Mr. and Mrs. Howard were born four children, two of whom preceded him in death—an infant daughter who died in 1903, and a son Glen who passed away in 1935. Besides the wife he leaves one son, True, of Benkelman, and one daughter, Mrs. Madge Yoerger of Mt. Vernon, Washington, and his grandson, Jimmie. Other surviving relatives are five brothers and two sisters, namely, Fred of Max, and George, Clyde, Ernest and Frank of Billings, Montana, and two sisters, Mrs. Orville Clark and Mrs. Earl Zahler, also of Billings. All were present at the funeral as was Mr. Yoerger.

Mr. Howard's body lay in state at the Laughlin Mortuary from Thursday until Sunday and dozens of his old friends and neighbors, many from considerable distances, called there during that time. The funeral was largely attended and the floral tribute was both extensive and beautiful.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1970

Bly Hardy Howard

Bly H. Howard, sexton tor the Benkelman Cemetery subce 1966 expired suddenly on Wednesday afternoon while at work at his duties at the cemetery. He was 69 years of age and had resided in this community since 1935. He worked for many years for the state highway department.

Funeral services were conducted at the Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday afternoon with Pastor Alvin Danielson in charge. The organists were Mrs. Burdette Wilson and Miss Vickie Pursley with the Lutheran choir singing. Casket bearers were Loren Mossburgh, Ray Draper, Royce Anderson, Charles Draper, Dan Ellis and Carl Gunther. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Bly Hardy Howard was born on September 4, 1900, at Palisade. Nebraska, the only child of Jesse La Rance Howard and Lillian May Hardy. He passed away on January 1970, at the age of 69 years, four months and three days.

When he was one year old, his family moved to Randolph, Nebraska, where he grew to manhood. Later he lived near Hershey, Nebraska, and moved to Benkelman in 1924. He was married on December 15, 1926, to Leta L. Gerdes and the young couple at first lived near Sutherland, Nebraska. They returned to the Benkelman area in 1936 and farmed until 1950, when they moved into Benkelman. He worked for the State of Nebraska Hi-way department until 1960. In 1966 he began work as a sexton at the Benkelman Cemetery. He passed away peacefully while at work.

He became a member of the Zion Lutheran Church on October 15, 1944. He has been a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge No. 361 in Benkelman since 1954.

He leaves to mourn him, his wife Leta; son Maynard M. of Imperial Beach, California; daughters, Eva E. Lunzmann of Imperial, Nebraska, and Karron K. Gates of Denver, Colorado; eight grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren, and one son-in-law.

Mrs. Howard has one living brother, Foster Gerdes, of Benkelman and two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Schwartz of Richards, Missouri, and Mrs. Elsie Rossi of Denver, Colorado. Two of her brothers have passed away, Dewey Gerdes and Chester Gerdes.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1989

Charlie Everett Howard

Charlie Everett Howard, the second son of Charles Edgar and Ida Leora (Beeson) Howard, was born June 15,1905, in a sod house four miles northeast of McDonald, Kansas.

The family then moved to McDonald for a short time while the parents operated a grocery store. In 1916, the Howard family moved to the farm 12 miles north of McDonald.

He began his education in a one-room school, and later graduated from McDonald Rural High School with the Class of 1923.

He began farming with his father and older brother, John. He enjoyed growing wheat and took great pride in their herd of Hereford cattle. He picked corn in the fall to supplement his income.

Charlie accepted Christ as his Saviour in his teen years and became a charter member of the McDonald Federated Church. He served many years as Sunday School clerk-treasurer.

On June 15,1927, he was united uin marriage to Elsie Irene Moreland at the Methodist parsonage in Colby, Kansas. Their home was blessed with four children; Royce Duane, who died at age five, Lois Jeanne, Kenneth Elwin and Lynn Veldon.

In the middle 1950's, he and Elsie purchased the McDonald Clothing Shop. He enjoyed helping with the maintenance and other chores as much as his farming would permit.

Charlie did much of his own mechanical work and would make a part if the proper repair was not available.

He enjoyed studying the weather. Kenneth built a weather house for his various instruments, and his first chore each morning was to check the recording thermometer and the rain gauge.

For many years, Charlie took his family on fishing trips, usually to the Colorado Rockies. He would study maps and find a stream which would not endanger the safety of his family. He taught the children the thrill of trout fishing, carefully baiting the hooks and telling how to look for just the right pool of water.

He loved his grandchildren. He often took them along to see a new calf, a deer fawn, or a rainbow. He took time to repair their toys and often had one or more on his knee.

After Elsie's illness confined her to the Hester Home, he drove to Benkelman each day to take the mail and the laundry to her. They both took part in the chapel services at the Home.

He became ill on June 7, 1989, and underwent major surgery at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska. After a brief battle with massive infection, God called him home on June 12, 1989, just three days before his 84th birthday.

Memorial services were held on June 17, 1989, at the McDonald Federated Church with the Revs. Greg Moyer. Clarence Salhart and Greg Hubbard in charge. Music was provided by Mrs. Owen Wingfield, organist, and Fred Waters, soloist. Selections were “Blessed Assurance,” "In The Garden,” and the congregation sang "Blest Be The Tie That Binds.”

Pall bearers were his grandsons: Todd Howard, Kris Howard, Rob Howard, Tim Simon, Mike Brannick, Delbert Harvey, Treg Vyzourek, Steve Brocleman, Kelly Howard, Cody Beeson, Justin Jenik and Wade Harvey.

Honorary pall bearers were Fran Hatch, Orville Knapp, Gene Moser, Dale LeBow, Claude Pickett, Ross Wingfield, Ilan Hubbard and Dave Hubbard.

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

He was preceded In death by his parents and eldest son, Royce.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years; daughter Lois Simon and husband, Edwin of Studley, Kansas; sons, Kenneth and wife, Phyllis, of rural McDonald and Lynn and wife, Rebecca, of Commerce, Texas; eight grandsons; five granddaughters: five great-grandchildren; brothers, John and wife of McDonald and Glenn and wife of Goodland, Kansas; sisters, Verne Swanson of Bolivar, Missouri, Vivian Opell and husband of Washington, Indiana, and Vida Gillispie of Kearney, Nebraska, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1960

Fred Howard

Fred Howard was born to Lazarus and Margaret Howard on March 30, 1882 in Des Moines, Iowa. At an early age he came to Union County, where he grew to manhood and was married to Nellie Dement on March 10, 1907, and shortly afterwards moved to a farm north of Max, Nebraska.

To their union was born Etha Elizabeth and Harley Douglass. Etha passed away on February 28, 1929.

In March 1929 he retired from the farm and moved into Max, where on July 19, 1932, his wife, Nellie, passed away.

Since 1936 he had made his home with his son and family until his death on May 31st, 1960. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Alvin, George, Otis and Bert.

He is survived by his son Harley of Max; a daughter-in-law, Selma; granddaughter and husband, Phyllis and Les Kirkman; three brothers and two sisters, namely, Ernest Howard of Ashland, Oregon; Clyde Howard and Mamie Zahller of Huntley, Montana; Frank Howard and Ada Clark of Billings, Montana; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Otto W. Michel at the Laughlin Chapel Thursday afternoon. A male quartet, composed of Ray Balderson, Harry Ough, Ross Druliner, Jr., and John Baer sang, "Beulah Land" and "Rock of Ages." Mrs. Gwen Bauer presided at the organ.

Interment was made in the Benkelman cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1935

Glen Larue Howard

The body of Glen Howard was returned to Benkelman Friday evening and funeral services were held at the grave Sunday afternoon by Rev. J. C. Foster, and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Glen's brief life came to an end at 5 o'clock Thursday morning, August 15th, following fatal burns sustained at near eleven o'clock the day previous when he fell backwards into a small geyser. He was fishing at the time, had landed one fine fish and had hooked another and in his interest in reeling it out of the water, forgot for the second the location of the burning pool behind him, stepping backwards into it. The walls of the pool had a sloping surface and realizing that once reaching the center, one is hopelessly lost as many of the geysers have no apparent bottom.

Glen exercised rare presence of mind in his efforts to escape, succeeding to the third trial. But he was burned, hopelessly burned, up to his collar bone. He removed all of his clothing in order that the cool air could reach him and about that time a forest ranger came upon him. Mr. and Mrs. Howard, who were about a quarter of a mile away at the camp were notified. The park ambulance service was immediately put at the disposal of the unfortunate youth, and he was taken to the government hospital at Mammouth Hot Springs about eighty miles distant, in the park_

There some of the best doctors in the government service ministered to him and Alvin also sent to Livingston, Montana, for a highly repoted specialist along this particular line. But there was nothing that really could be done.

Hospital doctors explained that in falling into ordinary boiling water one might be scalded to death but in falling into boiling geyser water, one is burned to death. The acid and mineral content of this water is very similar to hot lead and in contacting it, the flesh, and every tissue in it, is seared and can never be rebuilt. The circulation is also naturally practically put out of commission. But there is no suffering from geyser burns such as comes from other forms. Both Mr. and Mrs. Howard, who were with Glen from the time of the accident until his death, said that Glen said he had no pain whatsoever and that he was feeling reasonably good. For an hour preceding his passing, he begged his parents to lay down and get some rest, assuring them that he was feeling alright.

Glen was a splendid boy. He was thoughtful and considerate of others to the point far beyond his years. He was fairly charged with energy and his greatest pleasure came in accomplishing things. He begged his parents to move to the ranch this spring when school was out so that he could farm and keep busy. And when they finally acceded to his wishes, he carried on like a veteran all summer, never seeming to tire of his work and this in the face of one of the most discouraging growing seasons in years. His parents felt that he should have a rest and planned the trip to Yellowstone with Glen uppermost their minds.

He loved outdoor sports, hunting and fishing and these were his favorite diversions. He liked his school work but God's great out-of-doors, admidst its hills and valleys, surrounded by the beautiful setting so profusely provided by the Creator which we so often confuse as the work of nature, had a terrific appeal to him and he breathed, lived and enjoyed it as it is given few to appreciate and enjoy.

He counted his friends by the hundreds—everybody liked Glen—you just couldn't help it. And in his tragic passing the tears of many admiring friends are mingled with those of his heart-broken parents, brother, and sister.

Glen Larue Howard was born July 30,.1919, near Max, Nebraska, and passed away August 15, 1935, at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park. Practically all of hts brief life was spent in school at Max and on the ranch. He is survived by the parents, Alvin and Abbie (Cannon) Howard, one brother, True Howard, and one sister. Mrs. L. B. Gallagher. An infant sister preceded him in death.

So short the span of life; so tragic in its passing!



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1980

Harley Douglass Howard

Harley Douglass Howard was born to Fred and Nellie Dement Howard north of Max on July 15, 1915, and went to his Heavenly home April 18, 1980 at the age of 64 years, 9 months and 3 days. He attended country grade school and graduated from Max Rural High in 1932.

Following the death of his siste,r Etha, in 1929 Harley and his parents moved to Max, Nebraska, where his mother passed away in 1932. On his 21st birthday in 1936, he was united in marriage to Selma Brynoff in the Stratton Parsonage. Phyllis Nadine was born in June 1937 and the family made their home with his father, Fred.

Harley opened his own service station in 1935 and he was associated with the Texas Company for 25 years.

On May 12, 1957 he was baptized and joined the Max Methodist Church where he held many offices and was faithful in attendance.

Harley enjoyed serving the public and was County Commissioner for 16 years, was one of the original owners and a part-time worker in the Dundy County Bowling Lanes, Past Master of Justus Lodge 180 AF&AM of Benkelman, and was a member of McCook Elks No. 1434.

He served his community and county in many capacities. For several years, he thoroughly enjoyed driving a bus for Benkelman Public Schools.

In February of 1979 his failing health was diagnosed as A .L.S. or Lou Gehrig's disease, for which there in no medical help. With a courageous will to live, he struggled against the disease, but had to enter the hospital in Kearney on March 7, where he continued to fight for the life he loved. He was an ardent outdoorsman and a student of nature. He leaves an empty place in our lives that can never he filled.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister. Harley is survived by his devoted wife, Selma. loving daughter Phyllis and husband Les, and his much loved grandson, Neal, all of Max, Nebraska, his uncle, Clyde Howard of Huntley, Montana, and aunt, Veda Howard of Billings, Montana, many cousins, including True Howard and Merrel Howard of Benkelman, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held Tuesday, April 22, 1980 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Dean Pofahl and Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Organist was Gwen Bauer who accompanied Chris Barenberg with the  selections "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again".

Bearers were Bill Osborn. Duane Rousselle, Kenneth Gardner, Wayne Bascue, Howard Crow, and Edgar Powell.

Honorary bearers were Fred Scott, Quentin Kirkman, Torsten Anderson, Virgil Howard, Bob Bellamy, Leon.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1993

John Fredrick Howard

McDONALD, Kan.--John Fredrick Howard, oldest child of Ed and Ida (Beeson) Howard, was born September 4, 1903, four miles northeast of McDonald, Kansas, and died January 17, 1993, at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood, Kansas, at the age of 89 years, 4 months and 13 days.

He attended country school north of McDonald and graduated from McDonald Rural High School with the Class of 1922. His life's work included farming and ranching. He and his brother, Charlie, began farming on their own as teenagers 12 miles north of McDonald.

John was united in marriage to his first wife, Beulah Copper, in May 1922 at Benkelman, Nebraska. Two daughters were born to this union: Elaine and Joan. Beulah died April 10. 1946, and daughter Elaine Hoover died May 5, 1988.

He was united in marriage to Maxine Leebrick on November 22, 1946, at Denver, Colorado. To this union two children were born: Judy and Douglas. Maxine preceded him in death on December 6, 1989.

John was a member of the Federated Church in McDonald.

He was a devoted family man. One of his main interests was his cattle.

Preceding him in death were his parents; both his wives; a daughter and a brother, Charlie Howard.

John entered the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood January 13, 1992. and resided there until his death.

Survivors Include a son, Douglas Howard and his wife, Rita, of Benkelrnan; two daughters, Joan Lortscher and her husband, Don, of National City, California, and Judy Ketterl and her husband, David, of Herndon, Kansas; three sisters, Verne Swanson of Bolivar, Missouri, Vivian Opell and her husband, Jack, of Washington, Indiana, and Vida Gillespie of Kearney, Nebraska; a brother, Glen Howard and his wife, Ruth, of Goodland, Kansas; a son-in-law, R.M. Hoover of Sanford, North Carolina; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. January 19, 1993, at the Federated Church in McDonald, with the Revs. Greg Moyer and Clarence Swihart officiating. Burial was in the Grace Cemetery at McDonald.

Williams Funeral Home, Inc. of Atwood was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1999

Johnnie Edward Howard

WAUNETA--Johnnie Edward Howard was born Nov. 21, 1924, on a farm north of Enders, Neb., to Ira E. and Lillian D. (Lathrope) Howard. He attended rural school near Enders and grade school in Palisade, Neb. He attended high school in Wauneta, Neb.

He was inducted into the United States Army in 1943 and served in the European Theatre under Gen. Patton. After his discharge in 1946, he married LaVeta May Bernard on Feb. 24, 1946, at the Pleasant Valley Church in Dundy County, Neb. The couple lived and worked on a farm and feedlot in Dundy County, moving into Benkelman in 1949 where Johnnie was employed as a truck driver.

In 1950 Johnnie was called up again during the Korean Conflict and stationed at Ft. Leonard wood, Mo., where he was joined by his family. After his discharge in 1951, they moved to Sidney, Neb., where Johnnie worked in the ordnance plant as an ammunition inspector.

In 1954 they moved to a farm north of Palisade where they made their home until the present.

At the age of 74 years, Johnnie passed away Tuesday evening, April 13, 1999, at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home.

Johnnie was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wauneta and the American Legion Post No. 318 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7028, both of Palisade. He was a life member of the V.F.W. and served as the Post Commander for five years.

Johnnie enjoyed fishing and hunting and especially loved to care for his cattle.

Survivors include his mother, Lillian Howard, of Wauneta; his wife, LaVeta, of Palisade; sons Darryl and wife, Ronda, and Dean and wife, Mary Jo, all of Palisade, and Jimmy and wife, Marilyn, of Hayes Center. Neb.; a sister, Shirley Moorland, of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1954 and two brothers, Jewel and Ira Jr. "Bud."

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. MDT on Friday, April 16, 1999, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta with the Rev. Timothy Neumann officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta. Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1978

Leta Lena (Gerdes) Howard

Services were held Sat, Oct. 21, 1978 for Leta L. Howard, 73, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebr.

Mrs. Howard was born on May 8, 1905 In Rawlins County Kansas and passed away on Oct. 17, 1978 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebr. Officiating the services was Rev. Delbert Callaway. Organist was Mrs. Jackie Wilson playing for Edwina Roesener and Shirley Adkinson the selections, "How Great Thou Art" and "Asleep in Jesus."

Bearers were Herbert Talman, Harold Jensen, Reinhart Lunzman, Bud Cline, Charles Draper and Loren Mossburgh. Honorary bearers were Robert Gish, t Everett Gerdes, August Schrader and Al Anderson.

Interment was held in Beneklman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebr. Arrangements were made by Jones Funeral Home in Benkelman, Nebr.

She letves surviving her son Lyle Joseph and wife Eva of Benkelman, Nebr., Elsie Rosa and husband Mike Kessler of Benkelman, Nebr., one granddaughter Cheryl and husband Richard Hamilton of Watineta, Nebr., half-sister EdA.Schwarti of Benkelman, Nebr., Aer-in-law Geraldine Mundt, of Benkelnian, Nebr., many nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friehds.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1988

Merrel Lazerth Howard

Merrel Lazerth Howard was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 1, 1906, to Otis Blaine Howard and Lena Beal Howard.

He passed away in the Northern Colorado Medical Center on January 11, 1988, at 1 p.m. at the age of 82 years and 11 days.

At the age of eight he moved with his family to Huntley, Montana, then at the age of 12 to Benkelman, Nebraska, where he spent the rest of his life, except for two years spent in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

He was married to Maude E. Edwards on October 19, 1924, at Holyoke, Colorado. They were married in the Methodist parsonage by the Rev. Tyre. Witnesses were his father, Otis Howard, her sister, Daisy Edwards Bisgard. and Fred Waterman. To this union two daughters were born; Daisy Merrella Howard and Doris Elaine Howard Frasier.

He lived a varied life. He attended Benkelman School through the seventh grade. He rode race horses for his father until he became too heavy to ride, then he did hauling with a team and wagon. The material for the present courthouse, and old schoolhouse which was recently torn down, were projects he worked on. He spent two years working in one of the first filling stations and delivered gas, mostly kerosene, to the farms around. He then bought a dray team and wagon and did contract hauling, delivering groceries and freight to the stores from the depot before trucks were available.

In 1926 Merrel joined the Methodist Church and was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church at the time of his death.

In 1928 he bought a truck and began a trucking career with Vern Griffin. They did local hauling until the years of the depression when they began the first long hauling out of Benkelman. Many trips were made to Greeley and Denver, clearing $5 a trip. In 1936 he began farming for himself and this became his life's work. In 1954 he purchased his present farm. His family and his farm were his greatest pleasures. His family is closely knit, and the family gatherings were his number one pleasure.

At age 72 Merrel retired from active farming and he and his wife purchased a motor home and traveled, visiting much of the western part of the U.S. and part of Canada.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Maude of Benkelman; daughters; Merrella and husband, Harry Martin, of Benkelman, and Elaine and husband, C.O. Frasier, of Champion; five grandchildren and families; Debra Frasier, Terry Martin and Verla Bennett, Lonny and Kathy Stahlecker, Scott and Lori, Merrel and Linda Martin, Sara, Stacy and Steven Martin and Shalia and Brandon Sanford, and Derrel and JoAnn Martin, Jennifer and Kim; four sisters; Eva March, Irene Osborne and husband, George, Ruth Massey and Lucille Richmond and husband, Bill: one brother, Roy Howard, and wife. Freda: one sister-in-law, Daisy (Edwards) Bisgard; one brother-in-law, Lou Edwards, and wife. Mildred, many other relatives and a host of friends.

Services were held Friday, January 15, 1988, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Betty Erdman. Robert Andrews, Wilbur Case, M.D. Sailors and Steve Stroup sang the selections “The Old Rugged Cross" and “He's Got The Whole World In His Hands."

Bearers were Wes Cooley, Randy Bartlett, Darren Kilpatrick, Keith Wood, Gene Zimbelman and Ron Berry.

Honorary bearers were Joe Sidell, Harry Ough, Glen Osborn, Wayne Berry, Lee Gallatin, Glen Richard, Howard Miller, Walter Fries, Everett Alsbury, Bus Krutsinger and John Ham.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1985

Thomas Duncan Howard

Thomas Duncan Howard was born August 21, 1932, on a farm south of Doane, Nebraska, to Alva Guy and Helen Cora (Boening) Howard and departed this life December 21, 1984, in Benkelman, Nebraska.

He was baptized in the Lutheran Church December 11, 1932, and confirmed March 21, 1948.

The family moved to Max, Nebraska, in 1934 where he attended grade school and high school, graduating in 1950. ,

On January 14, 1951, he was united in marriage to Karoline Dora Stute. To this union were born four children, Richard Robin, Roger Thomas, Debra Lee and Kevin George. Preceding him in death were his infant son, Richard Robin, and his father, Alva G.

On October 12, 1984, he was married to Jean Newman of Benkelman. He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Benkelman; one daughter, Debra Nordhausen and husband, Monte of Wauneta; two sons, Roger Thomas of Fort Collins and Dr. Kevin George of Hastings; four grandchildren, Cory and Heidi Nordhausen, Heather and Megan Howard; his mother, Helen Howard of Benkelman; one brother, Alva George and wife, Margaret of Chino, California; four sisters, Helen Janet Haines and husband, John, Rosemary Joyce Ham and husband, Arden of Benkelman, Margaret Jean Blecha of Goodland, Kansas, and Doris Adaline Albert and husband, Phillip of Fort Upton, Colorado; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Tom was a master builder. It was a profession of 34 years that he learned from his father.

His family farm at Max was enjoyable for him because of his love for nature.

His love for his one grandson and three granddaughters gave him much happiness and times of enjoyment.

His life here on earth is left with this verse: "If I should die and leave you here a while, be not like others—sore, undone, who keep long vigil by the silent dust and weep. For my sake turn again to life and smile, nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do that which will comfort other souls than mine. Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine and I, perchance, may therein comfort you."

Services were held Monday, December 24, at Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman with Pastor Earl Martell officiating.

Peggy Roesener accompanied Betty Hansen and Shirley Adkinson with selections, "Just To Know I'm Your Child" and "My Faith Looks Up To Thee."

Bearers were Leo Williams, Eldon Hendrickson, Glen Mullanix, John Owens, Glen Lemon, Larry Hansen, Jerry Owens and Gene Hansen.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 2001

True Howard

True Howard. 92, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb. He was born Aug. 11, 1908, to Alvin and Abbie (Cannon) Howard on his family's ranch between Benkelman and Max. Neb. True rode a horse through the canyons to attend school in Max and graduated from Max High School in 1927.

In 1944 he was united in marriage to Emma Reimer, and with this union True was blessed with two daughters who he considered his own.

True was well-known throughout the area as an excellent rancher and horseman. He enjoyed trading and breaking horses, and bought cattle from or for many people throughout the area.

In his early years, True was an avid roper in all the area rodeos. In later years, he and his wife enjoyed traveling and attending rodeos from Texas to Canada.

True's wit and love of a good practical joke were well-known and could bring a smile to everyone. He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Emma, who passed away in 1986: a brother. Glen; a sister in infancy, and a grandson, Greg.

Those who survive hint include his daughters: Loretta and husband, Jim Powell. of Benkelman and Carolyn and husband, Floyd Edmonds, of Meade, Colo.; a sister. Madge Rice, of McAllen, Texas; a nephew, Jim Howard and wife, Anita, also of McAllen: four grandchildren: two great-grandchildren: two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews. relatives and friends.

Funeral services for True Howard were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Phyllis Kirkman was the organist, and Kelly Hayward sang "On The Wings Of A Dove" and “Trails To Lead Ol Cowboys Home."

Pallbearers were Drs. Tom Noffsinger and Michael Downey, Kevin Cawthra, Shane Sis, Casey Donohue and Richard Fries. Honorary bearers were Torsten Anderson, Drs. Don Hudson and Robert Rhoades, Lawrence Ham, Lee Gallatin, Bill Hall, Jim Sis, Roger and Roy Dean Parker and AI Reining.

Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Forch Funeral Chapel.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1992

Virgil Wayne Howard

MAX—Virgil Wayne Howard was born August 23, 1912, at Enders, Nebraska, the son of Adrian and Delitha (Clolselter) Howard. He was baptized and attended the Lutheran Church as a youth.

During the second World War he worked in a defense plant in Glendale, California, and remained in California until he returned to this area in 1967, and resided in Max, Nebraska.

He was united in marriage with Violet Luella Carter in McCook, Nebraska, on February 21, 1969. They managed a resort in Springdale, Arkansas, from 1970 to 1973. They returned to Max for retirement where he helped his neighbors at many jobs, including carpentry.

He was a member of the McCook Elks Lodge B.P.O.E.

He suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in the Dundy County Hospital at Benkelman, Nebraska, and then in Greeley, Colorado. He entered the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman on June 2, 1992, and re-entered Dundy County Hospital on June 10 where he died at the age of 79 years, 9 months and 18 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ira, Lee, Alva and Delmer, and two sisters, Oneta Nicholson and Mae Cecil.

He is survived by his wife, Violet; a son, Donald, in California; two daughters, Genevive Bryson of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Barbara Phorath of California; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Loyd

Nicholson of Cambridge, Nebraska, and a sister-1n-law, Lillie Howard, of Wauneta, Nebraska.

Services were held Monday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Organist was Jackie Wilson and Phyllis Kirkman sang "Peace In The Valley." "It Is No Secret" and "Going Down The Valley One By One."

Bearers were Barry Carter, James Carter, Mark Carter, Darryl Howard, Dean Howard and Jimmie Howard.

Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial, Nebraska, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Correspondence will reach Mrs. Vi Howard at PO Box 163, Max, NE 69037-0163.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1972

Clarence Raymond Howk

Clarence Raymond Howk, son of Marion and Emma Howk, was born September 26, 1886, on the family homestead east of Bird City in Cheyenne County, Kansas.

Death came at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on August 17th, 1972.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Lena, in 1951, and two brothers; Ellis, as a boy of 12, and LeRoy, his partner of many years.

Survivors include his son, Merle, who with his wife, Helen, shared his home, and a granddaughter, Merla Rae Hoffman, and her husband, Michael. His brother LeRoy's wife, Lavern, and her daughter, Laura Lee Jones, are among other relatives who survive.

As a youth, Clarence rode his bicycle daily to McDonald, Kansas, where he learned the mercantile trade under the supervision of Ed Dobbs. This early training could have been a factor in developing the sense of judgment and business he was to exhibit.

In 1909, he entered a partnership with his father and brother, LeRoy, in establishing the Howk and Sons General Merchandise in Bird City, Kansas.

Three years later Clarence was married to Lena Byers, who early in life developed a progressive paralysis. The tender care he administered to her throughout her lingering years won him the respect of those who knew him.

The Howk brothers saw a future in the fertile lands in the Bird City vicinity and sold their store interests to purchase more farm ground. They continued to operate as partners for a number of years.

Clarence was involved in many activities in the interest of his home community. He regularly attended the Methodist Church and served a number of years on the school board. As a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, he received his 60-year-pin in 1967. He worked on the hospital board and for the hospital building.

Clarence had the remarkable ability to carry on under adverse conditions. Whatever his burdens were—they were his burdens.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1979

Merle Raymond Howk

Merle Raymond Howk, son of Clarence and Lena Byers Howk, was born Feb. 21, 1914, at Bird City, Kansas. He died July 23, 1979, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 65 years, 5 months and 2 days.

Preceding him in death were his parents and an infant son. Survivors include his wife, Helen, one daughter; Merle Rae Hoffman and her husband, Michael, and one granddaughter, Beth. Other survivors include two aunts, Lavern Howk and Ilone Byers, and several cousins, other relatives, and many friends.

Merle's years at Bird City Rural High School were filled with achievements, both scholastic and athletic, culminating in his appointment by Congressman Charles I. Sparks to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Merle was president of the Senior class of 1932 and was elected to the National Athletic Association for his participation in basketball. He was proud that his team went to the State Basketball Tournament. His love of sports continued into his adult years when he played the position of catcher on the Bird City Town Baseball team for many years

Merle attended barber school and operated a Barber shop in Bird City for a time—a vocation which gave him great delight throughout his life in giving many youngsters their first haircut.

When family illness prevented his acceptance of the appointment to Annapolis, he attended Santa Monica (California) Junior College and Woodbury College in Hollywood, California. He later was employed at Eastman-Kodak for some time.

Following his service in the United States Army during World War II, he returned to Bird City and his chosen profession of farming. He was the last one carrying the Howk name to follow the tradition started by his pioneer grandfathers and their families who both homesteaded near Bird City in 1886.

Merle was a member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Bird City and the Everett Nelson Post of the American Legion.

Merle was united in marriage to Helen Morehouse on Dec. 6, 1943. Their home was blessed with one daughter, Merla Rae. Merle's yery special pride and joy the past years has been his granddaughter, Beth. Her devotion to her "Grampy" gave him much pleasure and consolation during the months of his final illness.

Merle's love and concern for his family and friends, and his hope and courage in times of illness and adversity will be a guiding memorial to those whose lives he touched.


This life's day has ended,
His toil and sorrow are o'er
His New Day has begun
Where there'll be pain no more
And though our hearts are heavy
And we will miss him so
We cannot wish him back
To this life of pain and woe.
His love will be a beacon
As we travel on our way
His courage a guide to follow
Till we begin our New Day.


Funeral services were held Thurs., July 26 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Bird City with Rev. Paul Gilbert, Jr. officiating. The organist was Mrs. Laura Lee Jones, and vocalists were Warren and Hal Sager. Casket bearers were Martin Rinehart, Fred Sager, Harold Nelsen, Mae Chapman, J. C. Gleason, and Robert Sweaty. Interment was in the Bird City Cemetery under the direction of the Kramer Chapel of St. Francis. The Everett L. Nelsen American Legion Peal 352 conducted graveside services.

Family and friends from a distance who attended were: Dr. and Mrs. J. Michael Hoffman, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Mrs. Doris Lane, Denver, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Haack and Mark Haack, Loveland, Colorado; Mrs. Delores Klotz, Aurora, Colorado; Mr. Cecil Morehouse, Wheat Ridge, Colorado; Mr. Scott Neilan, Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. and Mrs. E.E. Laws, Jr., Shawnee, Kansas; Mr. Warren Sager, Wathena, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde O'Mary, Geranamo, Oklahoma; arid Mr. David Trent, Ft. Doge, Iowa.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1999

Wyona Darlene (Keim) Hoyt

Wyona Darlene Hoyt, 81, of Culbertson, Neb., died Friday, March 19, 1999, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb., where she lived since 1994.

She was born Aug. 27, 1917, in Davenport to William and Lulu (Miller) Keim. She was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church of Davenport. She attended country school through the eighth grade then graduated from Davenport High School in 1935. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln as an English and Home Economics major. She taught two years in Phillips.

Wyona was married to James Thomson Hoyt on May 28, 1941, in Davenport by the Rev. Dumler. To this union were born four children. The Hoyts farmed 48 years near Culbertson.

Mrs. Hoyt actively participated in her community through extension, Federated Woman's Club, Legion Auxiliary. United Methodist Women and Gideon Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband,an infant son, and two brothers, Darrell and Myron.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice, and husband Lloyd Nellor of Beemer; her sons, Ronald and wife, Alana, and Dennis and wife, Janice Lynn, all of rural Culbertson; 10 grandchildren; Barbara and Jeff Hart, James and Dale Nellor, Paul and Sarah Hoyt, Anna and Tammy Hoyt, Nathan and Trina Hoyt, and Andre, Jeremy and Logan Hoyt; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Doris Keim, Kathryn Keim and Carol (Hoyt) and husband Harold Miller; a brother-in-law, Cloyd Hoyt, and his wife, Lola; nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hoyt were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Culbertson with the Rev. Don Morton and grandson Jeremy Hoyt officiating. Burial was in the Culbertson Cemetery. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1984

Charles Deroy Hubbard

Charles Deroy Hubbard was born at his parents' home in McDonald, Kansas, October 6, 1930, to Katherine Brumm and Charles 0. Hubbard. He passed away December 24, 1983, at his home at the age of 53 years, two months and 18 days.

In December of 1948, Deroy trusted in Christ as his Saviour at a young life youth camp at Star Ranch, Colorado, 35 years ago. Deroy graduated from McDonald High School in 1949. In 1950, he attended Rockmont Bible College in Denver, Colorado.

Deroy was united in marriage to Phyllis Leone Officer on August 10, 1952. They started their home one mile south of McDonald. To this union were born four children; Daniel Deroy, Davy Gene, Dixie Jo and Diane Sue. For 31 years, Deroy devoted his time, effort and love to his family, friends and the Lazy H Ranch. He made the Lazy H a productive dairy, cattle, horse and grain ranch as well as a place to enjoy good company, hospitality and fellowship for all who stopped by.

Foremost, Deroy dedicated his life to daily activities to the service of his Saviour, Jesus Christ. Deroy's active participation in the Gideon organization and the Federated Church of McDonald was a witness exemplifying his love for the Lord. He served on the church board as well as teaching Sunday School and being a youth leader.

Deroy was preceded in death by his father, Charles.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his sons, Dan and wife, Margie, and Dave and wife, Sylvia; his daughters, Dixie and husband, Lonnie Louderbaugh, and Diane and husband, Lonnie Moffett, and Karen and husband, Paul Bischoping and children; his grandchildren, Roger, Roy, Stacy, Dusty and Rochelle; his mother, Katie Hubbard; his brothers and sisters, Jean Skubal, Harlan Hubbard, Vaulene Watt, Janice Antholz and Rodney Hubbard; and a host of relatives and friends.

Services were held December 27, 1983, at the Federated Church in McDonald, Kansas, with Rev. Greg Moyer officiating.

Assisting with musical selections were Dixie Louderbaugh, Greg Hubbard, Mrs. Claude Kisling and Mrs. Greg Moyer. Songs were "When We've Walked The Last Mile Of The Way," "When We All Get To Heaven" and "Blest Be The Tie That Binds."

Bearers were Perry Cork, Edwin Simon, Gordon Crowdis, Lawrence Simon, Lynn Haigler and Kent Voorhies.

Leinwetter Service was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1928

Marie Jensena (Jensen) Hudson

The community was greatly shocked last Thursday morning when it became generally known that Mrs. Samuel Hudson had answered the Master's call and had entered onto that journey from which no traveler returns. Mrs. Hudson's illness had been of very abort duration and her death was due to influenza. She had only felt slightly ill for a few days preceding her death and no alarm was felt concerning her condition until Tuesday night when her Illness began to assume serious proportions and although physicians labored diligently to stop the progress of the disease, it was of no avail and she sank rapidly at the last.

Funeral services were held from the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. C. Smith and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. Mrs. Hudson had lived with her family in the South Fork neighborhood for the past three years and had endeared herself to the people of that community to a remarkable degree. She was a woman of great industry and of many fine qualities of character. She appreciated and prized deeply the true friendship that she enjoyed with those who knew her best and her life was lived in such a way as fully merited those endearing friendships. She was a wonderfully devoted mother and her greatest hopes and ambitions were centered around her children. Site planned and sacrificed for their education and looked forward to the day when they might be surrounded by all the advantages for their progress and development.

She was a splendid woman possessing such noble traits of character as inspired those around her to the more noble and worth-while things of life. She was a true and considerate wife, a dutiful and affectionate daughter, a wonderful mother and a trusted neighbor and friend and those nearest and dearest to her have the tenderest sympathies of all in their great lose and bereavement.

Marie Jensena Jensen was born in Hamilton county, Nebraska, May 6, 1891. She died at her home near Benkelman, Nebraska, Thursday morning, November 29, 1928, aged 37 years, 6 months and 23 days

In childhood she was baptized in the Lutheran church at Marquette, Nebraska.

At the age of 18, she graduated from the Central City high school.

Soon after graduation she moved with her parents to Benton county, Missouri and in 1909 was married to Samuel Hudson. Five sons were born to them, all of whom survive. They are Vern 18, Harold 14, Marion 12, Willard 8 and Howard 5.

They had lived in the vicinity of Stratton and Benkelman for 14 years.

Besides her husband and children, she leaves in her immediate family only her father, Nelson C. Jensen, who made his home with them.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, April 21, 2003

Lylas Elaine Hudson

Monday, April 21, 2003

STRATTON -- Lylas Elaine Hudson, 72, died Wednesday (April 16, 2003) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born March 18, 1931, in Wauneta, to Frank and Meta (Christiansen) Norman, and later moved with her family to their farm near Hayes Center. She was a graduate of Hayes Center High School.

On Aug. 10, 1949, she married Delmer D. Hudson at Hayes Center. When her husband returned home from serving in the U.S. Navy, she moved with her family to Palisade. They later moved to Benkelman, where they both worked for Southwest Public Power; he as line manager, and she as dispatcher - a job she held for more than 25 years. Following retirement in 1990, they moved to Wauneta. After her husband's death in 1999, she continued to make her home in Wauneta. In May of 2002, she moved to her residence in Stratton, to be closer to her family.

She was active at the senior centers in both Wauneta and Stratton.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Meta Norman; her husband, Delmer; sister, Marcella; and brother, Wendell.

Survivors include her daughter, Ronda and husband, Gaylord Vrbas of Stratton; sons, Randy Hudson and wife, Sally of Benkelman and Richard Hudson of Grand Island; sister, Betty and husband, Bob Carey of Palisade; brothers, Bud Norman and wife, Marilyn of Faribault, Minn., Jim Norman and wife, Cleone of Rochester, Minn., Merle Norman and wife, Anna Mae of Zumrbo Falls, Minn., and Elgin Norman and wife, Jean of Rochester; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. (MDT) in the Forch Funeral Home Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Interment will follow services at the Palisade Cemetery in Palisade.

Memorials may be given in her name.

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

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, August 1, 2003

Donald B. Hudson, DVM

Friday, August 1, 2003

NORTH PLATTE -- Donald B. Hudson, DVM, of North Platte, died Tuesday (July 30, 2003) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman at the age of 71.

He was born Oct. 25, 1931, to Byron and Betty (Shelly) Hudson in Arvada, Wyo. He attended primary school in Cheyenne Wells, Colo. After graduation, with a basketball scholarship in hand, he pursued a college education at Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colo. After graduating in 1952, he entered Colorado State University's Animal Husbandry Program in Fort Collins, Colo.

On Dec. 29, 1953, he married Ruth LaVonne Baker, his high school sweetheart, in Cheyenne Wells. The couple moved to Fort Collins where he graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry in 1954.

In the fall of 1954, Don proudly served his country in the United States Army and received his honorable discharge in 1956. His fondness for animals, particularly bovine and equine, compelled him to complete a degree in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University in 1960. During college he worked as a carpenter and competed on the college rodeo team. In June of 1960, the couple purchased Dr. L.F. Blanchard's veterinary practice in Benkelman.

On March 24, 1961, a daughter, Marta Lucille, was born as Don's beagle, Cindy, waited on the front steps of Dundy County Hospital. Two years later on June 20, 1963, a son, Nicholas Byron, was born.

In 1966, as Don's veterinary practice at Twin Forks Clinic thrived, the couple built a home overlooking the Republican River, which Don named Springhill. In 1975, the couple purchased the Clearview Ranch located one mile north of Doane. Don sold his veterinary practice in 1976 and moved his family to North Platte where he accepted a position as University of Nebraska Extension and Research Veterinarian. In 1987, he fulfilled a life-long dream of earning a master's degree in clinical studies from Colorado State University. Don retired from the University of Nebraska in 1997 after serving the farmers and ranchers of Nebraska for over 20 years. During his veterinary career that spanned four decades, Don was president of the National Bovine Association, The Society of Theriogenology and served on the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Examiners. He was also a member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.

Don's retirement plan included steer roping in the Senior Steep Roping Association, cattle ranching and restoring the ranch house circa 1907 and hayloft barn at the Clearview Ranch. Throughout his life, Don was a member of the United Methodist Church and he served communities by building houses for Habitat for Humanity, serving on the NebraskaLand Days Board of Directors and actively participating in Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow. Don was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He was first and foremost a great man and a cowboy who was fortunate enough to live his life with the woman he loved and doing the work that he loved until the moment of his passing. Don's special gift was his ability to see good in all people, his limitless work ethic and his resounding laugh.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Byron and Betty Hudson; infant son; and sister, Mae Pelton.

Those who survive him include his loving wife of more than 49 years, LaVonne Hudson of North Platte; daughter, Marta Hudson Ramsey and husband, Joe Ramsey, M.D. of Overland Park, Kan.; son, Nick Hudson of Strasburg, Colo.; sisters, Betty Jo Pennington and husband, Jack Pennington of New Jersey, Bobbie Dawes and husband, Les Wetmore of Colorado, Sally Hollenbaugh and husband, Marvin of Benkelman; brother-in-law, Dean Pelton of Cheyenne Wells; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Dr. Hudson will lie in state at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman on Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, from 2-8 p.m. (MDT). Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery. Memorials may be given in his name.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2003

Donald B. Hudson, DVM

NORTH PLATTE -- Donald B. Hudson, DVM, of North Platte, died Tuesday (July 30, 2003) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman at the age of 71.

He was born Oct. 25, 1931, to Byron and Betty (Shelly) Hudson in Arvada, Wyo. He attended primary school in Cheyenne Wells, Colo. After graduation, with a basketball scholarship in hand, he pursued a college education at Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colo. After graduating in 1952, he entered Colorado State University's Animal Husbandry Program in Fort Collins, Colo.

On Dec. 29, 1953, he married Ruth LaVonne Baker, his high school sweetheart, in Cheyenne Wells. The couple moved to Fort Collins where he graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry in 1954.

In the fall of 1954, Don proudly served his country in the United States Army and received his honorable discharge in 1956. His fondness for animals, particularly bovine and equine, compelled him to complete a degree in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University in 1960. During college he worked as a carpenter and competed on the college rodeo team. In June of 1960, the couple purchased Dr. L.F. Blanchard's veterinary practice in Benkelman.

On March 24, 1961, a daughter, Marta Lucille, was born as Don's beagle, Cindy, waited on the front steps of Dundy County Hospital. Two years later on June 20, 1963, a son, Nicholas Byron, was born.

In 1966, as Don's veterinary practice at Twin Forks Clinic thrived, the couple built a home overlooking the Republican River, which Don named Springhill. In 1975, the couple purchased the Clearview Ranch located one mile north of Doane. Don sold his veterinary practice in 1976 and moved his family to North Platte where he accepted a position as University of Nebraska Extension and Research Veterinarian. In 1987, he fulfilled a life-long dream of earning a master's degree in clinical studies from Colorado State University. Don retired from the University of Nebraska in 1997 after serving the farmers and ranchers of Nebraska for over 20 years. During his veterinary career that spanned four decades, Don was president of the National Bovine Association, The Society of Theriogenology and served on the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Examiners. He was also a member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.

Don's retirement plan included steer roping in the Senior Steep Roping Association, cattle ranching and restoring the ranch house circa 1907 and hayloft barn at the Clearview Ranch. Throughout his life, Don was a member of the United Methodist Church and he served communities by building houses for Habitat for Humanity, serving on the NebraskaLand Days Board of Directors and actively participating in Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow. Don was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He was first and foremost a great man and a cowboy who was fortunate enough to live his life with the woman he loved and doing the work that he loved until the moment of his passing. Don's special gift was his ability to see good in all people, his limitless work ethic and his resounding laugh.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Byron and Betty Hudson; infant son; and sister, Mae Pelton.

Those who survive him include his loving wife of more than 49 years, LaVonne Hudson of North Platte; daughter, Marta Hudson Ramsey and husband, Joe Ramsey, M.D. of Overland Park, Kan.; son, Nick Hudson of Strasburg, Colo.; sisters, Betty Jo Pennington and husband, Jack Pennington of New Jersey, Bobbie Dawes and husband, Les Wetmore of Colorado, Sally Hollenbaugh and husband, Marvin of Benkelman; brother-in-law, Dean Pelton of Cheyenne Wells; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Dr. Hudson will lie in state at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman on Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, from 2-8 p.m. (MDT). Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery. 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, April 2003

Lylas Elaine (Norman) Hudson

STRATTON -- Lylas Elaine Hudson, 72, died Wednesday (April 16, 2003) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born March 18, 1931, in Wauneta, to Frank and Meta (Christiansen) Norman, and later moved with her family to their farm near Hayes Center. She was a graduate of Hayes Center High School.

On Aug. 10, 1949, she married Delmer D. Hudson at Hayes Center. When her husband returned home from serving in the U.S. Navy, she moved with her family to Palisade. They later moved to Benkelman,, where they both worked for Southwest Public Power; he as line manager, and she as dispatcher - a job she held for more than 25 years.

Following retirement in 1990, they moved to Wauneta. After her husband's death in 1999, she continued to make her home in Wauneta. In May of 2002, she moved to her residence in Stratton, to be closer to her family.

She was active at the senior centers in both Wauneta and Stratton.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Meta Norman; her husband, Delmer; sister, Marcella; and brother, Wendell.

Survivors include her daughter, Ronda and husband, Gaylord Vrbas of Stratton; sons, Randy Hudson and wife, Sally of Benkelman and Richard Hudson of Grand Island; sister, Betty and husband, Bob Carey of Palisade; brothers, Bud Norman and wife, Marilyn of Faribault, Minn., Jim Norman and wife, Cleone of Rochester, Minn., Merle Norman and wife, Anna Mae of Zumrbo Falls, Minn., and Elgin Norman and wife, Jean of Rochester; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. (MDT) in the Forch Funeral Home Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Interment will follow services at the Palisade Cemetery in Palisade.

Memorials may be given in her name.

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

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, April 2003

Lylas Elaine (Norman) Hudson

STRATTON -- Lylas Elaine Hudson, 72, died Wednesday (April 16, 2003) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born March 18, 1931, in Wauneta, to Frank and Meta (Christiansen) Norman, and later moved with her family to their farm near Hayes Center. She was a graduate of Hayes Center High School.

On Aug. 10, 1949, she married Delmer D. Hudson at Hayes Center. When her husband returned home from serving in the U.S. Navy, she moved with her family to Palisade. They later moved to Benkelman, where they both worked for Southwest Public Power; he as line manager, and she as dispatcher - a job she held for more than 25 years.

Following retirement in 1990, they moved to Wauneta. After her husband's death in 1999, she continued to make her home in Wauneta. In May of 2002, she moved to her residence in Stratton, to be closer to her family.

She was active at the senior centers in both Wauneta and Stratton.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Meta Norman; her husband, Delmer; sister, Marcella; and brother, Wendell.

Survivors include her daughter, Ronda and husband, Gaylord Vrbas of Stratton; sons, Randy Hudson and wife, Sally of Benkelman and Richard Hudson of Grand Island; sister, Betty and husband, Bob Carey of Palisade; brothers, Bud Norman and wife, Marilyn of Faribault, Minn., Jim Norman and wife, Cleone of Rochester, Minn., Merle Norman and wife, Anna Mae of Zumrbo Falls, Minn., and Elgin Norman and wife, Jean of Rochester; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. (MDT) in the Forch Funeral Home Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Interment will follow services at the Palisade Cemetery in Palisade.

Memorials may be given in her name.

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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2001

Mildred E. (Wood) Hudson

STRATTON– Mildred E. Hudson, 97, died Wednesday, Sept. 26. 2001, at the Community Hospital in McCook, Neb.

She was born Nov. 26, 1903, to Amos A. and Jennie E. (Johnson) Wood on their farm in Hitchcock County, Neb. As a young girl, Mildred attended McCabe country school near her home south of Stratton and later attended Stratton High School where she graduated in 1923. Having attended normal school, Mildred was eligible to begin her teaching career, and she taught school in rural Dundy and Hitchcock counties while attending summer school to obtain her lifetime certificate.

On July 29, 1930, she was united in marriage to John H. Palmer at Stratton, and to this union two sons were born; Norman Dale and Kent Arlon. Mildred continued teaching for three more years; however, times were rough and money was scarce, so on Oct. 1, 1936, she opened a beauty shop behind her husband's barbershop, and it was here she began her career as a beautician that would last more than 33 years.

On Sept. 4, 1969, Mildred was united in marriage to Jesse D. Hudson at her home in Stratton, and together they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States visiting family and friends and seeing the country.

She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Stratton, the United Methodist Women, the Stratton Garden Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mildred loved to quilt and was often referred to as the "Quilt Lady." She made and donated several quilts to Grandview Senior Center in Stratton where they were used in fund-raising events, and volunteered her time to help with activities at the Center. She could often be found playing cards with friends and neighbors, and enjoyed watching game shows on television and working crossword puzzles.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her sons and sisters Austa Bennett- Clark and Florence Nelson.

Survivors include a stepson, Neal Hudson, and wife, Shirley, of Trenton, Neb.; a half-sister, Pearl Onita Pitner of Reno, Nev.; step-grandchildren Roger Hudson and wife. Debra, of Martell, Neb., and Jean and husband, Earl Ward, of Hays, Kan.; nephews Lyman Nelson and wife, Martha, of Richland, Wash., Wendell Nelson of Kennewick, Wash., Charles Nelson and wife, Alice, of Yakima, Wash., Jim Bennett and wife, Sharon, of Minneapolis. Minn., and Vincent Bennett and wife, Judy, of Colfax, Wis.; step great-grandchildren Grant Hudson and wife, Anne, Jennifer and husband, Steven Vanderpool, Chad Quick and wife, Kathy, Kyle Quick and Tisha and husband, Nael Samha; eight step great-great grandchildren; a stepsister-in-law, Velma Wood, of Portland, Ore., and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mildred Hudson were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at the United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Marjorie Redfield was the organist. Wallace Gummere, Robert Thomas, Phil Goodenberger and Michael Pruter sang "Amazing Grace" and "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow."

Casket bearers were Roger and Grant Hudson, Earl Ward, Jim and Charles Nelson and Kyle Quick. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Forth Funeral Chapel of Stratton was is charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December? 1974?

Byron B. Hudson

Byron B. Hudson, one-time Dundy County resident and the father of Dr. Don Hudson and Mrs. Marvin Hollenbaugh of Benkelman, passed away on Monday evening at St. Joseph's Hospital in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, where he had undergone major surgery last week. He had been critically ill for several days and members of the family had been summoned to his bedside. He was 74 years of age.

Mr. Hudson was a retired Colorado brand inspector and Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, was the family home altho he and his wife did reside on the Hines Ranch for a year and a half several years ago but returned to their home community later.

He is survived by his wife, Lucile; one son, Dr. Don Hudson and wife LaVonne of Benkelman; daughters, Sally Hollenbaugh and husband Dr. Marvin Hollenbaugh of Benkelman, Bobbie Dawes and husband Les of Fort Collins, Colorado, May Pelton and husband Dean of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado and Betty Jo Pennington and husband Jack of Pennington, New Jersey.

Funeral services were being, arranged to be at Cheyenne Wells, but further details were not available when The Post went to press.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1999

Delmer D. Hudson

WAUNETA- - Delmer D. Hudson, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999 at Heritage of Wauneta, Neb. He was born July 8, 1928, in Imperial, Neb., to Lloyd and Beulah (Scott) Hudson. He grew up in Palisade, Neb., where he attended school and graduated in 1947.

He was united in marriage to Lylas Norman on Aug. 10, 1949, in Hayes Center, Neb. He served his country in the United States Navy for four years before receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1953.

While in the Navy, Delmer received his education to become a licensed electrician. He was employed by Southwest Public Power District for more than 38 years, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Those who mourn his passing include his loving wife, Lylas, of Wauneta; two sons, Randy and wife, Sally, of Benkelman, Neb., and Richard Hudson of Grand Island, Neb.; a daughter, Ronda, and her husband. Gaylord Vrbas, of Stratton, Neb.; grandchildren Emily and Eleanor Hudson, Michael Todd, Shari (Todd) Hearon, Aubrey Vrbas and wife, Lisa, Chanta Vrbas and Jared Vrbas; great-granddaughters Nicole, Dana and Carli Jo Hearon and Taylor Todd, and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in Palisade with the Rev. Richard Brian officiating. JoAnn Ward was the organist and Ken Hazel sang "How Great Thou Art," "On The Wings Of A Dove" and "Be Not Afraid."

Bearers were Ron Janicke, Bill Lawless. Hugh Anderson. Frank Potthoff, Roger Britten and Lawrence Richard. Burial was in the Palisade Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Posts No. 318 of Palisade and No. 304 of Wauneta. Arrangements were by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1984

Jesse D. Hudson

Jesse D. Hudson was born on February 23, 1893, in a sod house at Hamlet, Nebraska, to Marion Edgar and Sylvia Jane (Colby) Hudson and departed this life on December 10, 1984, at El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Nebraska.

In 1894 the family moved by covered wagon to Tres Piedras, New Mexico, and returned to Hitchcock County in 1905. Jesse served a tour of military duty overseas during World War I and was a permanent member of William Egle Post 281. Following his military service, he spent several years at the carpenter trade.

On July 10, 1923, he was united in marriage to Leona (Jessee) Dunn at Imperial, Nebraska. To this union, one son, Neal Dowell, was born. They were engaged in farming in Dundy and Hitchcock counties until the time of Leona's death in 1968.

Jesse was married to Mildred (Wood) Palmer on September 4, 1969, and they made their home in Stratton, Nebraska.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Leona, his parents, his brother, Eddie Hudson, and one sister, Ida Mae Bancroft.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of Stratton; one son, Neal, and his wife, Shirley of Trenton; one stepson, Gaile Dunn, and his wife, Irma of Benkelman; two grandchildren, Roger Hudson, and his wife, Debra of Martell, Nebraska, and Jean (Hudson) Quick of Hays, Kansas; five great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Grant Hudson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Chad, Kyle and Tisha Quick of Hays, Kansas; one sister, Gladys Speicher of Wray, Colorado; and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held Friday, December 14, at the United Methodist Church of Benkelman with the Rev. Dale Coates officiating.

Marie Kleinschmidt provided organ music and accompanied Wallace Gummere, Arthur Hawkinson, Richard Stahly and Daniel Rife with selections "How Great Thou Art" and "Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere."

Bearers were Gene Kleinschmidt, Howard League, Howard Wyss, Dick Hannah, Gerald Paxton and Wilbur Wyss.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery of Stratton. Committal service was conducted by William Egle Post No. 281 and VFW Post No. 9155.

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

Lucile Hudson

Lucile Hudson loved the Lord and sought earnestly to do His work and will. Her parents worked faithfully in the Round Mountain, Texas church and she often told of her father helping baptize new members in the creek. She loved children and taught school in Wyoming where she met her future husband, Byron. During the years when she lived on isolated ranches where it was impossible to attend church, she held Sunday school weekly for her children.

Lucile was an ideal cowboy's wife as she had been a tomboy who worked with her father to train horses and mules. A fine horsewoman, she liked animals of all kinds and helped her husband with the stock on the ranch.

In Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, she happily joined the Methodist Church and began years of joyous service. For more than 20 years she was a Sunday School superintendent and nursery class teacher. For years she held an Easter egg hunt in her home for all Sunday school students.

Lucile was a member of Naomi Circle of W.S.C.S. where her joy was in serving and in helping others. Her fingers flew as she worked making things for the bazaar, serving dinners and cleaning up afterward. Always. she felt happy and useful at church which was truly the center of her life.

A devoted wife and mother, Lucile worked to instill in her children the values demonstrated by Jesus Christ. She stressed love, honesty, integrity and fidelity to her children and was proud that all five grew up to take their places in churches and communities and raise strong families.

She leaves behind to mourn her the following: sister, Hope Alexander; daughter, Betty Jo Pennington, and husband, Jack of Pennington, New Jersey, children, Steven, Shelly, Amy, Lucy and Beth; daughter, Mae Pelton, and husband, Dean of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, children, Carleton, Mark, Belinda, Hudson, Wade, Selmer, Elitha, Shane, Arlie, Kirby, Bonnie and Troy; daughter, Bobbie Dawes, and husband, Lesley of Salida, children, Robby, Melissa and Tina; son, Dr. Don Hudson, and wife, LaVonne of North Platte, Nebraska, children, Marta and Nick; and daughter, Sally Hollenbaugh, and husband, Marvin of Benkelman, Nebraska, children, Andrea and Stacey; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Lucile was preceded in death by three brothers, five sisters, husband Byron Hudson and two grandchildren.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, June 20, 2006

Nicholas Byron Hudson

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

June 20, 1963 - June 16, 2006

BENKELMAN - Nicholas Byron Hudson, of Laird, Colo., died Friday, June 16, 2006, at the home of his mother, Ruth LaVonne Hudson, in North Platte, at the age of 42.

He was born June 20, 1963 to Donald Byron and Ruth LaVonne (Baker) Hudson and attended primary school in Benkelman and North Platte. After graduation he worked on a ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska where he thrived on cowboy life. With a rodeo scholarship in hand, he pursued a college education at Casper College in Casper, Wyo. and completed a bachelor's degree in agriculture and business at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, Wyo. in 1987. Throughout high school and college Nick pursued his passion for rodeo and competed in bare back, saddle bronc, calf roping, and team roping. He won the regional title in bareback riding and competed at the national college rodeo finals rodeo. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association where he competed in bareback riding and steer roping. While in the PRCA Nick successfully placed in four rodeo events.

In 1987 Nick relocated to Pratt, Kan., when he accepted a position as Head Rodeo Coach and as an instructor in agriculture and business. The rodeo team learned that Nick's teaching methods included riding the rough stock, roping and handling the livestock himself to show them how to win and have fun.

In 1990 Nick moved to Laramie, to pursue his bareback riding career and work for Hamaker Excavation. On Nov. 12, 1994, Nick married Katie Smith and was married for six years. While living in Laramie, Nick used his expertise in construction and excavation to build a home. After winning the Laramie Rodeo, he fractured his neck and retired from bareback riding. As a cowboy, his rodeo career was far from over. Mounted on a big gray horse named Especiale, he started his career as a steer roper in the PRCA. He developed a talent and passion for rodeo announcing, which included announcing high school, college, and PRCA rodeos, not to mention the Daddy of 'em All at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyo. To promote high school rodeo around the country, Nick announced high school rodeos, which were telecast across the nation on television.

In 2000 Nick moved to Denver, Colo., to work for his long-time friend Greg Ressler where he managed a telecommunications company. He purchased a small acreage and built a roping arena and home in Strasburg, Colo.. After the death of his father in 2003, Nick sold his home in Strasburg in 2005, and moved to Wray, Colo., to be closer to his mother and her ranches, Clearview in Benkelman and While You're Here in North Platte. In 2004 he started a cattle business with his sister, Marta Hudson, and Roger and Lucille Herman, which gave him joy and strength until the moment of his passing.

On his 42nd birthday, June 20th, 2005 Nick was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. When he was given a prognosis that could potentially limit his life to one year, he pursued radiation and chemotherapy treatment with courage, a positive attitude and hope of recovery. He continued to announce rodeos, sell cattle for Superior Livestock Auction, and work with the cattle on the ranches. Despite his illness, he never ceased to lend a helping hand and care for his family and friends.

Nick was a devoted son, brother, and friend. He was first and foremost a great man, a cowboy who was fortunate enough to live his life with a passion for his work, a multitude of friends and dry sense of humor that made him "one of those guys that you always want to be around".

Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Byron and Lucile Hudson and Edward Russell (Rusty) Baker; father Donald Byron Hudson; an infant brother; uncles, Don Baker and Marvin Hollenbaugh; and aunt, Mae Pelton.

Those who survive him include his loving mother, Ruth LaVonne (Baker) Hudson of North Platte; sister, Marta Lucille Hudson of Shawnee, Kan.; aunts Sally Hollenbaugh of Benkelman, Barbara Baker of Venice, Florida, Bobbie Dawes and husband of Wetmore, Colo., Betty Jo Pennington and husband of Pennington, N.J.; uncles Laverne (Butch) Baker and wife of Spearman, Texas, Phillip Baker and wife of Longmont, Colo., and Dean Pelton of Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; and numerous other cousins and friends.

Funeral services were today, June 20, 2006, at 11. a.m. (MST) at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, Nebraska, with Rev. Brian Fong Officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Great Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice, 601 W. Leota, North Platte, Nebraska 69101.

Marta and LaVonne Hudson would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Great Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice staff and volunteers and the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte. for their support. To the many family and friends who visited Nick, helped maintain the ranches, telephoned, and sent their thoughts and prayers, we thank you.

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



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

Grace L Huey

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Yuma on Monday afternoon May 31 for Grace L Huey, prominent long-time resident of that community.

She died Saturday morning, May 29, in Yuma.

She is survived by her husband, George Huey; two daughters, Mrs John Pletcher of Lakewood and Mrs. Robert Seward of Yuma; and a son, Millard Huey, of Fort Morgan,—Wray (Colo.) Gazette.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1997

Almer R. Hughes

SUTHERLAND– Almer R. Hughes, 87, former Sutherland, Neb., area farmer, died Dec. 29, 1996, at the Sutherland Community Care Center.

He was born March 16, 1909, to George and Achsah Hughes in Custer County on his grandfather's place. He farmed south of Sutherland.

Survivors include 3 daughters: Ramona, Mrs. Pete Watrous, of Des Moines, Iowa, Betty, Mrs. Bud Friel, of North Platte, Neb., and Joyce, Mrs. Lloyd Boyer, of Sutherland; 2 sons, Bill and his wife, Evelyn, of Rapid City, S.D., and David and his wife, Betty, of Sutherland; a sister, Pamela Latimer of Lincoln, Neb.; 14 grandchildren and 27 great- grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his wives, Acenath and LeNora; a daughter, Lola; four sisters, and a brother.

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

Herbert J. Hughes

Imperial, Neb. — Herbert J. Hughes, 64, who promoted Nebraska wheat around the world, died Friday at his farm west of here, apparently of a heart attack.

He was one of the organizers of the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association, a past president of the National Wheat Growers Association and one of the leaders of the Great Plains Wheat Marketing Development Association.

As a delegate to the 1956 International Wheat Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, he won praise by scattering Nebraska wheat in the ashtrays around a conference table. Soon, the delegates were inspecting and even tasting the wheat. The stunt resulted in Swiss interest in importing the wheat.

Hughes was appointed by President Eisenhower to the Commodity Credit Corp. Advisory Board in 1953, later becoming chairman. President Johnson appointed him to the Food and Fiber Commission.

A delegate to the 1952 National Republican Convention, he also ran for the State Board of Education and the Legislature. Hughes received the Nebraska Agribusiness Club service award in 1967.

Rosary will he Sunday at 8 p.m. in Imperial and funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Zygumnd S. Rydz officiating.

Hughes is survived by his widow and four children.

From an Illinois paper, Stephenson county, Westpoint township, February 9, 1896

Delos Hulbert

Many of the readers of the STAR were surprised and grieved to learn of the death of Delos Hulbert in last week's issue. There are but few old settlers that did not know and kindly remember the deceased. He was a prosperous farmer of Oneco and later West Point township.

Three years ago he disposed of his farm and personal property and moved to Palisades, Neb. When he left here he was considered well-to-do but his trip west, the purchase of a farm, erection of buildings and failure succeeding failure reduced him until his fortune was swept away. His health failed him and he died a broken hearted and sorrowing man. A kinder or better man never lived and his friends here mourn his demise.

The deceased was born in Chautauqua county, N. Y. in 1835; two years later he came to this county and lived with his parents in Oneco until his marriage with Miss Elizabeth M. Solace in 1858, when he purchased a farm of his own in the same township and lived there until 1882, when he removed to West Point township, making his home here until 1893, when he sold out and went to Hitchcock county, Neb. Twelve children were horn to Mr. and Mrs. Hulbert, all but two of whom died in infancy. His wife and these two, now Mrs. Van Matre and Mrs. Wm. Gorin of Hitchcock county, Neb., survive him.

Besides these two he leaves a brother, John Hulbert, of Oneco, and a sister, Mrs. Wm. Diveley, of Waddams.

Mr. Hulbert was an upright, honorable citizen, both prominent and popular in the neighborhood where so much of his life was passed, a kind husband and father, a good neighbor and a substantial member of the community. He was a member of the Baptist church in the work of which he took an active part for several years. His death is deeply regretted by his old friends, who grow lonesome as one by one those with whom they have been associated all through life pass to the mysteries of the other world.

The remains were buried at Pleasant Ridge cemetery, the Rev. Mr. Duval conducting the services.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1910

Nathaniel H. Hull

Nathaniel H. Hull, an aged farmer, living about a mile and a half west of Parks, committed suicide sometime between Thursday night and Sunday morning, last, by hanging himself in his barn, where his body was found Sunday morning by a 14-year-old son of James Wickersham, a neighbor.

Coroner E.A. Pickens went to the scene of the tragedy Sunday and after viewing the body and making inquiry decided an inquest was not necessary. There could have been no reason for supposing the old gentleman met his death by foul means, for the body hung in such a way that if he had wanted to he could have prevented death, and on his person was found over $18 in money, there being more in the house, besides a bank book showing a deposit of about $800 in a local bank. He left no written word nor sign as a reason for taking his life, but it was known by friends that he was very lonesome, often complaining of life on that score, as he lived alone.

He was about 713 years of age. The last seen of him alive was Thursday afternoon, though a neighbor thought he observed a light in the old gentleman's house Saturday evening. However, the undertaker who prepared the body for burial expressed the opinion that the deceased had been dead at least 48 hours, as the body was beginning to putrify when taken down.

Nathaniel H. Hull had resided in Dundy County almost 25 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a pensioner of the government. He was a widower.

There are left to mourn his loss, three children: two sons, John Hull, an assistant yardmaster for the Burlington at Lincoln, and Harry Hull, employed by an electric company in Oregon, and a daughter, Mrs. Will Ellis, residing near Laird, Colorado, who was the only child present at the funeral services, which were held Monday at the home by the Rev. J.F. Hageman of Benkelman, interment being in the United Presbyterian Cemetery north of Parks.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2000

Mildred Francis (Dixon) Humphrey

Mildred Francis Humphrey, 86, of Benkelman, Neb., died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo.

She was born Sept. 3, 1913, on her family's homestead north of Benkelman, the firstborn child of Harry Lee and Selma Alfreda (Nelson) Dixon.

Having been born and raised in Dundy County, Mildred grew up on the family farm and attended school in Benkelman. She graduated from high school in 1931.

She attended the United Methodist Church.

In 1993, she moved to the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, and in June 2000 moved to Sunset Manor in Brush, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald W. Humphrey, in 1990; three brothers; Marvin, Maurice and Mardelle Dixon, and a son, Dick Humphrey.

Those surviving her include her daughter, Patricia Jean Lee, of Golden, Colo.; a sister, Madeline Mae Cox, of Imperial, Neb.; a grandson, Gregg Allen Lee, of Golden; two great-grandsons; Branigan and Nathanuel, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given in her name to Sunset Manor Alzheimer's Care Center, 2200 Edison St., Brush, CO 80723.

Forch Funeral Chapel is in charge of final arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1972

Blanche (Ensley) Humphrey

Blanche Ensley Humphrey died in New Haven, Connecticut on October 19, 1972. She was born in Tice, Illinois, the daughter of William and Lizie Tice Ensley. They moved to Dundy County when she was 13 years old.

Blanche Ensley and Seldon B. Humphrey were married in Dundy county on August 1, 1920 and subsequently lived in Missouri, Ohio and Connecticut. They had lived in New Haven since 1931. Surviving are one daughter, Helen Mary Stone (Mrs. L. Edgar Stone, Jr.) of Newport, Rhode Island and two grandchildren, Wesley and William.

Funeral services were held in New Haven, Connecticut on October 21st. Cremation followed and interment will be at a later date in the Oronoque, Kansas, cemetery.

The Ensley farm is still owned by Mrs. Humphrey and is worked by Paul Eaton. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hazlett live in the Ensley homestead.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1957

Boyd L. Humphrey

Boyd L. Humphrey, 36, was instantly killed in an aircraft accident at the New Castle airport near his home at Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday afternoon. Full details of the tragedy were not learned by Benkelman relatives by the time The Post went to press on Wednesday.

Information received here was to the effect that Boyd was testing electronic equipment in an aircraft in the normal pursuit of his occupation in connection with the RCA laboratories. Immediately after the crash, his wife, Virginia Ann, was informed of the tragedy and she communicated with her mother, Mrs. Mable Lewis, and other Benkelman relatives. Mrs. Lewis left by Zephyr from McCook on Tuesday evening enroute to Wilmington to be with her daughter and family.

Boyd Humphrey was born May 24, 1921 and was reared in the Benkelman community where he attended the public schools and graduated from the Benkelman high school. He attended McCook College and entered the service of his country in the Navy in December, 1942 and served as a night fighter pilot where he distinguished himself in action with the Pacific fleet, particularly in the Philippine Islands, Formosa and Tokyo area for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He is survived by his wife and four daughters; and three sisters; Mrs. Floyd Rickard of Benkelman; Mrs. Basil Crook of McCook and Mrs. Howard Merklin of Cheyenne. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 4, 2009

Curt Eric Humphrey

Curt Eric Humphrey of San Luis Obispo, Calif. died February 16, 2009.

He was born in July 1963 in Culver City, Calif., and attended Benkelman Grade School from kindergarten through fifth grade, before moving to Paso Robles, Calif., in 1974. Curt graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1981. Beloved Husband, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend.

Curt is survived by his wife, Gael; mother, Doris Lutz of Paso Robles, CA; brother, Greg Altig, currently residing in Saudi Arabia; niece, Melissa Altig and nephew, Cory Altig of Paso Robles, CA and his beloved Airedale, Grace.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alice and Edward "Bud" Ahlemeyer.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1997

Dick D. Humphrey

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo.– Dick D. Humphrey was born Sept. 3, 1935, in Dundy County, Neb., to Donald W. and Mildred F. (Dixon) Humphrey. He died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at the Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge. He was 61 years old.

The family lived in Arizona and Colorado when the children were growing up.

He was an electrical technician and worked in the aircraft industry in California before accepting an early retirement when he moved to Wheat Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred Humphrey, of the Hester Home in Benkelman, Neb.; his sister, Patricia, and her husband, Don Lee, of Golden, Colo.; a nephew, and other relatives.

Graveside services were held at the Benkelman Cemetery on Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1990

Donald W. Humphrey

GLENDALE. Ariz.—Funeral services for Donald W. Humphrey, husband of Mildred F. (Dixon) Humphrey, of Glendale, Arizona, will be held Saturday, December 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Mr. Humphrey died December 8, 1990, at the Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital in Glendale.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Glendale; one son, Dick D. Humphrey, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado; one daughter, Patricia J. Lee, and her husband, Donald G. Lee, Sr., of Denver, Colorado; one grandson, Greg A. Lee, and his wife, Shawn, of Denver, and one great-grandson, Branigan J. Lee.

Mr. Humphrey was a resident of the Benkelman area for the first 24 years of his life and left the area in the late '30s.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1987

Clara (Artist) Humphreys

Clara Humphreys, daughter of Jacob and Laura Artist, was born December 10, 1896, in the Hiawatha Community of Dundy County, Nebraska, in a sod house on her parents' homestead. She departed this life December 5, 1987, at the age of 90 years, 11 months and 25 days.

Clara led an active life until arthritis forced her to slow down and eventually made it necessary to go to the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska.

She helped her parents on the farm and when later asked about the hardships that the early settlers of this area faced, she replied, “We never felt like we had hardships. The Lord took care of us. He saw to it that we had enough to eat, clothes to wear, and satisfled our basic needs. Mother always had a big garden and dried the surplus and Father raised his own meat."

On November 6, 1917, she was united in marriage to Tom Humphreys. The Rev. Mrs. Oda Woodward performed the ceremony and was in attendance for their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 1967.

In her younger years Clara was an active Christian. Their home was a place of fellowship with friends and family. Their lives were filled with service to others and for years they delivered fresh milk from their farm to homes in the Benkelman area. She and Tom often invited folks to their home for a meal and often entertained church evangelists and other visitors.

For years they helped in the Pleasant Valley Friends Church and later they were both active in planning the new church, which later became known as the Benkelman Friends Church. She and Tom were both charter members of this new work. She was faithful in attending the services and later when unable to attend because of health, she welcomed her church friends to visit her. Many remember stopping by for a brief visit and finding her reading the Bible.

She leaves to mourn her passing several nieces and nephews who were her only family, and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, Ward and Earl, and four sisters, Vada, Maude, Flossie and Loa.

Services were held Tuesday, December 8, 1987, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. James Brackett officiating.

Organist was Mary Baney. James and Debbie Brackett sang the selections "How Great Thou Art" and "Oh To Be Like Thee."

Bearers were Mearl Richard, Wesley Wheeler, Nason Wilson, Eugene Hansen, Jim Battey and Duane Wilson.

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

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, July 11, 2005

Opal (Lemon) Humphreys

Monday, July 11, 2005

Oct. 5, 1916-July 10, 2005

MAX --Opal Humphreys, 88, died Sunday (July 10, 2005) at Hester Memorial Nursing Home in Benkelman.

She was born Oct. 5, 1916, to Bert and Jessie (Gardner) Lemon northeast of Max. She graduated from Max Rural High School.

She married William "Kermit" Humphreys on Aug. 10, 1935, in her parents' home. They made their home in the Benkelman area until they moved to Max.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kermit; granddaughter, Nancy; great-grandson, Jackson Mossburgh; three brothers Roy, Harley and Earl; and two sisters, Hope and Dorothy.

Survivors include three sons, Lyle of Benkelman, Merril and wife, Sylvia of Imperial, and Levoine of Max; two daughters, Ila Foster and husband, Val of Omaha, and Shary Jones and husband, Jerry of Max; one brother, Glen Lemon and wife, Shirley of Max; one sister, Helen Shoemaker and husband, Vern of Cawker City, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Thursday at Ash Grove Cemetery, south of Wauneta.

Memorials are being accepted in her name.

Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1965

Ruth Elizabeth (Blakslee) Humphreys

Ruth Elizabeth Blakslee, daughter of Elmer and Pauline Blakslee, was born at Wilcox, Nebraska, June 27, 1893, and passed away at Perkins County Hospital, Grant, Nebraska, on Sunday, May 23, 1965, at the age of 71 years, 11 months and four days. She had been injured in an automobile accident on April 28 and never recovered.

Ruth grew to young womanhood and received her education in Harlan county. She moved with her parents to Chase county in 1911, locating on a farm ten miles south of Imperial.

She received Christ as Saviour when a young girl, and had lived a devoted life to her Saviour. She was a good neighbor, always thinking and doing for others. Her church came first in her life, teaching Bible School, and anything else that was asked of her.

She was a successful teacher in Dundy and Chase counties for 11 years.

Ruth was united in marriage to Ora M. Humphreys on June 25, 1919, in Chase county in the home of her parents. They lived most of their married life on the farm where they were currently residing.

In the year 1928, they adopted Bernard F. and William G. Miller. They also raised two nephews, Charles A. and Arthur J. Austin, having them from babyhood.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard, and a grandson.

Her passing leaves to mourn her husband, Ora M.; son, William G., of Cleveland, Ohio; nephews, Charles A. of the home place and Arthur J. of Imperial, Nebraska; three daughters-in-law and four grandchildren; one brother, Will Blakslee, of Provo, Utah; two sisters, Margaret Schneider of Huntington Park, Calif., and Louise Austin of Hastings, Nebraska; and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 26, at 2 o'clock at the Berean Fundamental Church with Rev. Ray Ransom officiating and assisted by Rev. Kenneth W. Zuercher. Two numbers in song, "Have Thine Own Way" and "Abide With Me," were sung by C. W. Pribbeno and Lester Adams, accompanied by Mrs. Willard Rouze at the piano.

Pallbearers were Harold Stinette, Philip O'Brien, Elton Haarburg, Stanley Pribbeno, Charles Leach and Joseph H. Greene. Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery with Luhrs and Reynolds in charge of arrangements.

Those from out-of-town attending the funeral of Mrs. Ora Humphreys were W. G. Humphreys of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Margaret Schneider of Los Angeles, Calif.; W. C. Blakslee of Provo, Utah; Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Hunt of Denver; Mrs. Gertrude Arnold of Colorado Springs; Mrs. Sadye Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hunt, all of Ragan, Nebr.; Louis and Merle Hunt of Beaver City, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Hathaway of Norton, Kansas; Mrs. Kate Haskins of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Humphreys of Benkelman; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schneider of North Platte, Nebr.; Mary Hankins of Grant, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Hankins and family of St. Francis, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Engel and children of Lewellen, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Humphreys and family of Benkelman, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Humphreys and family of Max; Mrs. Victor Stephson and children of Riverton, Wyoming; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lynch and family of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Basil Crook of McCook, Nebr.. and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Schneider of Funk, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1998

Dorothy Leta (Lemon) Humphreys

MAX– Dorothy Leta (Lemon) Humphreys was born Feb. 27, 1918, in Dundy County, Neb., to Bert E. and Jessie Grace (Gardner) Lemon, and she departed this life on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, while a patient at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. She was 80 years old.

She graduated from Max High School with the Class of 1936, and after Normal Training, taught in rural schools in the Wauneta (Neb.) area and in Dundy County.

She married Charles Loren Humphreys on June 3, 1940, at Max, Neb.

She was a member of the Max United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Max Women's Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Loren, in 1995; a sister, Hope Morris, and two brothers, Earl and Roy Harley.

She is survived by four children: Gaylin and wife, Kathy, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Cheryl and her husband, Milton Cancienne, of Houma, La., Anita Humphreys of

Tokyo, Japan, and Robby and wife, Una, of Kearney, Neb.; two sisters: Opal Humphreys of Max and Helen and her husband, Vern Shoemaker, of Cawker City, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Lemon, of Palisade, Neb.; a brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Shirley Lemon, of Max; seven grandchildren: Scott and Todd Humphreys, Amy (Cancienne) Cave, Troy Cancienne, and Steven, Tony and Leilah Bowie, and a great-granddaughter, Arianna Bowie.

Final rites for Dorothy Humphreys were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at the United Methodist Church in Max with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Phyllis Kirkman was the organist and Wallace Gummere sang "Hymn Of Promise" and The Old Rugged Cross." Bearers were Scott, Todd and Kevin Humphreys, Willie Mossburgh, Bobby Lemon and Keith Shoemaker. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1945

Bernard F. Humphreys

Bernard F. Humphreys, an adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Ora M. Humphreys of the South Divide community, is added to the list of Chase County boys who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country, for protection of Christian civilization, and on behalf of all liberty and peace loving peoples of the earth.

An official communication from the War Department, which is reproduced below, was received by the Humphreys family last Friday, stating that all available evidence indicated almost without any possible doubt that Bernard was among a large group of American soldiers, held prisoners by the Japanese, who lost their lives in the sinking of a ship north of the Philippines in October, 1944.

While the War Department's letter does not touch on those points, news dispatches and radio broadcasts during recent months have told of the sinking, by an American submarine, of a Japanese ship carrying prisoners of war. The Japanese at that time were being pressed hard in the Philippines area, and apparently were trying to remove the prisoners to Japan, or to some other territory still under their control. Statements made at that time indicated definitely that the prison ship was traveling without lights, whereas all recognized rules of warfare provide that such ships shall be fully lighted and identified. It was also stated positively that the Japanese ship refused to halt or be identified before it was fired upon by the submarine.

Bernard was born December 30, 1918. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dominion of Canada, to Albert and Lillian Drexell. On November 5, 1927, he was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Ora Humphreys, given every advantage and privilege of the finest type of Christian home, and treated in every may as their own son.

He entered the service in the summer of 1941, from Meridian, Wyo., and after about two months was sent to the Philippines for Army duty there. He was among American soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese when the latter invaded and captured the Philippines. and was officially reported missing in action in May of 1942. The following February word came from the U. S. government that Bernard was a prisoner of war, held by the Japanese at a military prison camp in the Philippines.

Subsequently, six communications were received from him by Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys. Thet wrote to him as frequently as regulations would permit, and sent all articles that could be sent under these circumstances, but it is not known whether Bernard ever received any of them. In the last message which he sent, Bernard seemed to have contacted the Red Cross, and asked for word through that organization. That last card which came from him was dated July 24, 1944, and arrived here the following August.

Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys studied thoroughly every bit of information concerning prisoners of war in Bernard's status, and made every possible effort to do all for him that could be done under these circumstances.

The unspeakable cruelty of the Japanese in refusing to let such a lad communicate much more often and freely with his home folks, and to let them know whether he was receiving letters and packages from home, together with the circumstances of his death are but further evidence of the bestial and unprincipled character of the enemy against whom he fought as long as he could, and in which effort he has given his life.

The deep bosom of the South China Sea thus becomes the tomb of another American hero, whose memory will forever be honored, and who sleeps in peace beyond the reach of the brutal and treacherous enemy at whose hands he suffered for more than two long years.

The letter from the War Department reads as follows:

WAR DEPARTMENT

The Adjutant General's Office
Washington 25, D. C.

19 June, 1945


Mr. Ora M. Humphreys
Rt. No. 1, Box 20
Imperial, Nebraska

Dear Mr. Humphreys:

The International Red Cross has transmitted to this Government an official list obtained from the Japanese government, after long delay, of American prisoners of war who were lost while being transported northward from the Philippine Islands on a Japanese ship which was sunk on 24 October, 1944. It is with deep regret that I inform you that your son. Private First Class Bernard F. Humphreys, 17,024,117, was among those lost when that sinking occurred and, in the absence of any probability of survival, must be considered to have lost his life. He will be carried on the records of the War Department as killed in action 24 October, 1944. The evidence of his death was received 16 June, 1945, the date upon which his pay will terminate and his accounts will be closed.

The information available to the War Department is that the vessel sailed from Manila, Philippine Islands, on 11 October, 1944 with 1775 prisoners of war aboard. On 24 October, 1944, the vessel was sunk by submarine action in the South China Sea, over 200 miles from the Chinese coast, which was the nearest land. Five of the prisoners escaped in a small boat and reached the coast. Four others have been reported as picked up by the Japanese, by whom all others aboard are reported lost. Absence of detailed information as to what happened to other individual prisoners and the known circumstances of the incident lead to a conclusion that all other prisoners listed by the Japanese as aboard the vessel perished.

It is with deep regret that I must notify you of this unhappy culmination of the long period of anxiety and suffering you have experienced. You have my heartfelt sympathy.


Sincerely yours.
J. A. ULIO,
Major General
The Adjutant General
of the Army



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1995

Charles Loren Humphreys

MAX— Charles Loren Humphreys, 78, of Max, Nebraska, died February 26, 1995, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. He was born in Chase County, Nebraska, to Harley Guy and Sarah Edith (Clark) Humphreys on October 12, 1916.

On June 3, 1940, he married Dorothy Lemon at her parents' home of rural Max, and to this union four children were born: Gaylin, Cheryl. Janice and Robby.

After retiring from farming in the Max area, he remained active in many community organizations and enjoyed visiting with his many friends. He also enjoyed having his grandchildren come to visit during their summer vacations.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, and their children; Gaylln and his wife, Katharine, of Santa Barbara, California, Cheryl and her husband, Milton Cancienne, of Houma, Louisiana, Janice Anita Humphreys of Tokyo, Japan, and Robby Humphreys of Kearney, and four grandchildren; Amy and Troy Cancienne and Scott and Todd Humphreys.

He is also survived by his brother, Kermit,and his wife Opal,of Max; three sisters; Winona Reid and Charlotte Meadows, both of Modesto, California, and Ruth and her husband, Clifford Borgquist. of Sonora, California, and a host of family and friends.

Services were held Friday, March 3, 1995, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Phyllis Kirkman was the organist and Wallace Gummere sang “In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art." Bearers were Bob Lemon, Kevin Humphreys, Troy Cancienne, Gayle Jensen, Roger Parker and Kenny Frasier. Honorary bearers were all of his friends. Committal was offered by I.0.0.F. Lodge No. 361 with interment in the Benkelman Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2008

Lyle Albert Humphreys

Lyle Albert Humphreys was born to William Kermit and Opal Marjory Lemon Humphreys May 31, 1937, at the family home south of Max in Dundy County. In the fall of 1940, Lyle had a very serious battle with "Sleeping sickness", leaving him with disabilities the rest of his life. He was cared for by his parents until he entered the Hester Home the summer of 1998. There, he received care that showed love and appreciation until he entered Dundy County Hospital, Oct. 31, 2008, where he passed away on Nov. 5 to be with his parents.

Despite his disabilities, Lyle was able to do many play activities, such as cars and trucks and building roads for examples. Lyle enjoyed listening to his radio while growing up and then he had his TV and his favorite shows and was able for many years to use the remote. He was fascinated with airplanes and enjoyed his magazines, Flying and National Geographic. One of the high points of his life was an airplane ride over the area, courtesy of Bob Brown. He turned in the last year to the channel featuring livestock auctions. Getting out to be around people was always a joy to him where he could watch and listen to them, and he never missed a chance to attend family activities. He will be missed by family and his caretakers.

Lyle is survived by brothers: Merril and wife, Sylvia of Imperial; Levoine of Max, sisters: Ila Foster and husband, Val, of Omaha, and Shary Jones of Max. He is also survived by nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Opal, and a niece, Nancy, and a great nephew, Jackson Mossburgh and brother-in-law, Loren Mossburgh.

Funeral services were held November 10, 2008, at the Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta, Nebraska, with Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating. Interment followed at Ash Grove Cemetery, rural Max, Nebraska.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1968

Ora M. Humphreys

Ora M. Humphreys, son of J. William and Eva Humphreys, was born near Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas, March 13, 1890, and passed away at the Chase County Hospital October 17, 1968, at the age of 78 years, six months and four days.

He went with his parents to Tennessee, living there for five years; from there they moved to Superior, Nebr.; after a short time moving on to Chase county, residing on the South Divide and farming there for many years.

He was united in marriage to Ruth E. Blakslee June 25, 1919. They adopted Bernard and Billy and raised as their own Charles and Arthur Austin, who were nephews.

He was converted as a child and became a member of the United Presbyterian Church at Superior, Nebraska. After many years in Chase county he helped establish the Berean Fundamental Church in Imperial.

For the past two years he had resided in the Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, Nebraska. His remaining months were spent in the Imperial Manor.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; a son; Bernard; one sister, three brothers and his wife Ruth.

He leaves to mourn his departure his sons, William (Billy) Humphreys, Charles and Arthur Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Marks of Hastings, Mrs. Kate Haskins of Omaha; a brother, Thomas Humphreys, of Benkelman; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Among the relatives and friends attending the funeral services on Saturday were Dr. William G. Humphreys, Naugatuck, Conn.; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Austin and family, Akron, Colo.; Mrs. Kate Haskins, Omaha; Mrs. Jennie Marks, Hastings; Rev. and Mrs. Ray Ransom, Lymon, Nebr.; James Schneider, Los Angeles; Mary E. Hankins, Grant; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Engel, Fort Collins; Mrs. Ralph Freeman, Chappell; Mrs. Glen Paulsen, Oshkosh; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Humphreys and family, Simla, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Bricker, Sharon Springs, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Harvey of Holyoke; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Humphreys, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rickard, Mrs. Clifford Ham, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Mathews, Mrs. Wayne Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Bash and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hansen of Benkelman; and Loren and Kermit Humphreys of Max.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1975

Thomas Humphreys

Thomas Humphreys passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Friday after a Iong illness. He was 82 years of age and he and his wife, Clara, had been residents of the Sarah Ann Hester Home for the past nine months.

Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Monday afternoon with the Rev. Bob Sander officiating. Betty Jacobson was the organist and Clyde Jacobson the soloist. Casket bearers were Mearl Richard, Wesley Wheeler, Nason Wilson, Jim Baney, Hubert Haines and Duane Wilson. Honorary bearers were Melvin Spears, Walter Wheeler, Sherm Phifer, Fred Cain, Kermit Wilson, Johnny Mays, Edwin Adkinson and Glenn Williams. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Thomas Humphreys, son of John William and Eva States Humphreys, was born in Mitchell County near Beloit, Kansas, July 8, 1892 and departed this life June 6, 1975 at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 28 days in the Dundy County Hospital, Benkelman, Nebr., following his recent illness. Tom had suffered ill health and a serious heart condition for the past several years.

When a boy of four years of age, be moved with his parents and other seven brothers and sisters to the state of Tennessee. This voyage was made in a covered wagon. Later they returned to the midwest and located at Superior, Nebr., and from there to Wauneta where Tom attended the local schools.

He became a Christian as a young man and for many years was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church, as were his parents. For the past many years he has been a member of the Friends Church.

On November 6, 1917 he was united in marriage to Cara Artist of the Hiawatha precinct The Rev. Mrs, Oda Woodward performed the ceremony and was in attendance to their 50th wedding anniversary celebration held for them in 1967.

Tom and Clara have spent their active years farming near Hiawatha and Benkelman. He also worked for Krotter and Fitzgerald lumber yard for three and one half years. He loved the soil and delighted in both farming and gardening, but due to failing health has been retired for many years, and both have been residents of the Hester Memorial Home for the past nine months.

Tom was a devoted, faithful and thoughtful husband, a good neighbor and a kind friend and their home was always a place of hospitality. He loved the Lord and His work. and was concerned and instrumental in organizing the Benkelman Friends Church. He was faithful in his attendance and support and was loyal in supporting the work of the church after health did not permit their attendance.

He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted and loving wife, Clara; two sisters, Jennie Marks and Kay Haskins of Hastings, Nebr.; many nieces and nephews who were their only family, and their many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Lewis, Guy, Carl and Ora; and one sister, Elta Hankins.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1996

William Kermit Humphreys

MAX—William Kermit Humphreys was born July 30, 1913, north of Max in Dundy County, Neb., to Harley Guy and Sarah Edith (Clark) Humphreys and died Saturday, Dec. 30, 1995, at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. Neb., at the age of 82.

He grew to manhood in Southwest Nebraska, attending schools in Chase and Dundy County. He was baptized at Twin Lakes northwest of Benkelman as a teenager and was a member of the Benkelman Baptist Church.

On Aug. 10, 1935, he married Opal Lemon at her family home. They have five children: Lyle, Merril, Levoine, Ila and Shary.

He enjoyed working with his hands, repairing machinery, gardening and then sharing the produce, carving, especially horses, and then giving them away. He enjoyed meeting and visiting with people and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Loren Humphreys, and a son-in-law, Loren Mossburgh.

Survivors include his wife, Opal, of Max; three sons, Lyle at home, Merril and his wife, Sylvia, of Imperial and Levoine of McDonald, Kan.; two daughters, Ila Mossburgh and Shary and her husband, Jerry Jones, all of Max; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three sisters, Wenona Reid and Charlotte Meadows, both of Modesta, Calif., and Ruth and her husband, Clifford Borgquist, of Senora, Calif.; nieces and nephews, and a host of friends

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Organist was Phyllis Kirkman and Andy Paeh was soloist. Selections included “The Old Rugged Cross" and "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." Bearers were John Lemon, Bob Lemon, Rob Humphreys, Glenn Shoemaker, Keith Shoemaker and Mark Sutherland. Honorary bearers were all of his friends.

Interment was in Ash Grove Cemetery, rural Max, with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman In charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1988

Minnie Irene (Losey) Hunkins

Minnie Irene Hunkins was born August 7, 1895, to Willis Lincoln Losey and Martha Ellen (Filbert) Losey. (Friends knew them as Abe and Mattie.)

Minnie was called home to be with her Saviour on Sunday, September 25, 1988, in the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, at the age of 93.

She was born in a dugout 12 miles southeast of Stratton, Nebraska, and was five years old when the family moved into a sod house. Later they moved into a block house which the family built.

She attended grade school in District 60, called the Taylor School. Later she completed the tenth grade in Stratton.

The family attended Sunday School in the Del King schoolhouse.

On April 11, 1915, she and Perry Hunkins were married in the M.E. Church. They attended church there until the Christian Church again started up which Perry belonged to. Then in 1947 she joined the church and was baptized into it. She was an active church member. She was superintendent for many years and also taught Sunday School.

Their first home was on a farm south and west of Stratton which is now the Paul Burks farm. The first years were hard, but they raised potatoes and traded them in town for other necessities.

In 1920 they moved several miles southeast on to his father’s place.

To this union two sons were born, Clyde and Frank Winston.

In 1944 the family moved to Stratton.

Minnie loved to make quilts and crochet, also grow vegetables and flowers.

She was a charter member of the MGR Club which started in 1922. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Stratton Garden Club and the Woman's Missionary Prayer Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mae and Nevada; one brother, Ariel, and one great-granddaughter, Jennifer Marie.

She leaves to mourn two sons and a daughter-in-law, Winston and Clyde and Arletta: five grandsons; Kenneth and James of Lincoln, David and wife, Jamie, of Eagle, Nebraska, Donald and wife, Linda, Gary and wife, Jeanne, of Trenton: 10 great-grandchildren; Karee. Joshua. Lacey, Angelia, Jody, Kelly, Jeremey, Sandra, Lisa and Jason; nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Services were held Wednesday, September 28, 1988, at 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with the Rev. Philip Sorensen officiating. Tally Case accompanied Elmer Case with the selections "One Day At A Time" and "Peace In The Valley."

Bearers were Kenneth Hunkins, Donald Hunkins, David Hunkins, James Hunkins, Gary Hunkins and Scott Golding.



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

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2008

Elry L. Hunt

Elry L. Hunt was born on January 20th, 1932, in Trenton, Nebraska, to his parents Fred and Thelma (Buhler) Hunt. He attended Benkelman High School.

Elry enlisted in the United States Navy on March 18th, 1952. After boot camp and damage control school, he was stationed in the South Pacific, specifically Kwadendarnme Island and the Hawaiian Islands. Elry spent his entire enlistment in crash fire and rescue. He was honorably discharged in 1960.

Subsequently, Elry worked in refrigeration at a gas plant for several years. Then, he attended the Kansas Highway Patrol Academy in Salina. After graduating, Elry was a weight officer for the Kansas Department of Revenue. After retiring, Elry was a city police officer for St. Francis. Finally, this last year, he worked for Cheyenne County.

Elry was preceded in death by his father and mother and by his sister, Aletha Hunt McVoy. Elry is survived by his, wife, Lee, his sister, Jeanie Rigal, one son, James Hunt, one daughter, Shelley Christensen, six step-children, Al Redeen, Jim, Bessie, Sharyl, Carl, and Fred. four grandchildren, seventeen step-grandchildren, one great grandchildren, and twenty step-great grandchildren.

Elry passed away November 9th, 2008 at his residence. Services were held on November 13th, 2008 with a burial in the Haigler Cemetery with Military honors.

Elry will always he remembered as someone who loved everyone. He will also be remembered as a prankster, always pulling something on someone, though always done in love. Finally, Elry will be remembered for his love of fishing.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1972

Edith Viola (Ritchie) Hunter

Edith Viola Hunter, longtime resident of southwest Nebraska passed away at her home at 1713 Federal in Wyoming, Michigan on Monday evening, January 24th. She was a daughter of John Hamilton Ritchie and Clara Gilberth Ritchie and was born in Stratton, Nebraska on March 18, 1891 and was 80 years, ten months and seven days of age at the time of her demise.

Mrs. Hunter spent most of her lifetime in southwest Nebraska. She was a pleasant woman and enjoyed a wide acquaintance in the area. Mrs. Hunter had been a resident of Benkelman for 15 years. After the death of her husband, William L. Hunter, Jr., in November 1966, she remained in Benkelman until September 1969 when she moved to Wyoming, Michigan to be near her son, Robert Crooks and family.

Survivors include her son, Robert Blain Crooks and wife, Angeline, four grandchildren, Larry Allen Crooks and Brenda Kay Crooks, Vonda McGraw and Marilyn Nyulassie, five great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mabel Ritchie; two nieces, Clara McCallam, Mariann Gerdes and one nephew, Oscar Marquisse. She was preceeded in death by one son, Willard F. Crooks; one sister, Olive Lee Marquissee and one brother, William H. Ritchie; her parents; husbands, Frank J. Crooks, George Russell and Witham L. Hunter, Jr.

Funeral services were held in the Jones Funeral Chapel in Stratton on Saturday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m, with the Rev. Bob Mustain of Benkelman officiating. Carl Philo was the soloist accompanied by Mrs. Diana Reed at the piano. Casket bearers were Melvin Duvel, Foster Gerdes, Ellsworth Wilson, Earl Bailey, Elmer Baker and Gene Van Matre.

Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery in Stratton under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1991

Fred Jacob Huser

OGDEN, Utah— Fred Jacob Huser, 89, died Sunday, June 9, 1991, at his Washington Terrace home. He was born September 14, 1901, in Max, Nebraska, a son of Jacob and Bertha Huser.

He married Ruth Kilburn and she died September 28, 1945.

On January 2, 1947, he was married to LaPreal Wood Murphy in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fred was reared and educated in Nebraska and had lived in Ogden for the past 60 years.

He had worked at the Ogden Arsenal and Defense Depot, retiring in 1965. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Surviving are his wife of Washington Terrace: two daughters, Carol Meyer of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Joy Ann Hoagland of Washington Terrace; seven grandchildren, Rod Ormond, Gail Bennett, Jodi Parker, Jan Strong, Sylvia Meyer, Shelly Hickam and Steve Meyer and five great-grandchildren; Clint and Carly Ormond, Megan Strong, Chase Parker and Dalton Bennett.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held at the graveside Wednesday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at Aullorest Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary.



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

Helen Christine Huston

Services were held this morning at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Imperial for Helen Christine Huston. The Rev. Robert Call officiated.

Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.

Memorials for the cancer fund are being accepted and may be left at the Creveling Funeral Home of Imperial.

Mrs. Huston, 81, died Thursday at her home in Enders.

Survivors include: a son, Harry at Enders; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Kapperman, Enders, Mrs. June Ramboa, Monee, Ill. and Helen Frasier of Benkelman; two brothers, Bill and Maurice Abraham of the San Francisco Bay area; two sisters, Marjorie Basket of the San Francisco Bay area and Mrs. Beth Blackburn of Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, December 13, 2001

Steven M. Hussey

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Stephen M. Hussey

STRATTON -- Stephen M. Hussey, 85, died Tuesday (Dec. 11, 2001) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. He was born Nov. 2, 1916, at Pendennis, Kan., to Richard Stephen and Iva Elizabeth (Averill) Hussey.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1937, serving during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945.

On June 12, 1949, he married Mary Carty at Boston, Mass. He was an electrical engineer for Boston Edison. He retired in 1978 and moved to Stratton.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary in 1960; two sisters, Dora Hussey and Flossie Crouse; and one brother, Phay Hussey.

Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Latta and husband, Lynn of Stratton; two sisters, Violet Stahly and husband, Reg of Stratton, and Elda Conrad of Holdrege; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial services will be Friday, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratton, with the Rev. Douglas Dietrich officiating. Interment will be at the Rosehill Cemetery in Stratton.

The rosary service is tonight, 7 p.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratton. Visitation is today until 5 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2003

Nora Lee (Carr) Hutchinson

Nora Lee Hutchinson, 73, formerly of Benkelman, Neb., died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at her daughter's home in Clovis, N.M.

She was born on May 29, 1930, to Harry and Ella (Bowers) Carr in Marion, Ohio, and on May 28, 1950, she was united in marriage to Wilbur Hutchinson. The family moved to Benkelman in 1976.

While living in Ohio she drove the handicap bus for nine years. Upon moving to Benkelman she worked as a nurse aide at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home for many years. After the death of her mother in 1997, she moved to Oregon to be near her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Sharon, Leona and Greta; a granddaughter, Elizabeth; a nephew, Millard; her husband, and her stepfather, Clarence Wilson.

Survivors include her son, Olen Hutchinson and wife, Becky, of Hebo, Ore.; daughters Sharon McQuigg and husband, John, of Clovis and Karen Karr and husband, Dwayne Loewen. of Las Vegas, Nev.; her sister's children whom she raised as her own, Linda, Penny Allen and husband, Carl, Mike, and Ella and husband, Ed Shafer; a brother, Homer Carr and wife, Clove, of Caledonia, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces. nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Cindi Prather officiating. Kelly Hayward sang "In the Garden" and "Softly and Tenderly." Casket bearers were Olen Hutchinson, Corey Parker, Joe Hutchinson, Joel Hutchinson, Larry Steinbeck and Wilbur Steinbeck. Honorary bearers were Terry Steinbeck, John McQuigg and Dwayne Loewen. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2003

Nora Lee (Carr) Hutchinson

Nora Lee Hutchinson, 73, formerly of Benkelman, Neb., died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at her daughter's home in Clovis, N.M.

She was born on May 29, 1930, to Harry and Ella (Bowers) Carr in Marion, Ohio, and on May 28, 1950, she was united in marriage to Wilbur Hutchinson. The family moved to Benkelman in 1976.

While living in Ohio she drove the handicap bus for nine years. Upon moving to Benkelman she worked as a nurse aide at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home for many years. After the death of her mother in 1997, she moved to Oregon to be near her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Sharon, Leona and Greta; a granddaughter, Elizabeth; a nephew, Millard; her husband, and her stepfather, Clarence Wilson.

Survivors include her son, Olen Hutchinson and wife, Becky, of Hebo, Ore.; daughters Sharon McQuigg and husband, John, of Clovis and Karen Karr and husband, Dwayne Loewen. of Las Vegas, Nev.; her sister's children whom she raised as her own, Linda, Penny Allen and husband, Carl, Mike, and Ella and husband, Ed Shafer; a brother, Homer Carr and wife, Clove, of Caledonia, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces. nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Cindi Prather officiating. Kelly Hayward sang "In the Garden" and "Softly and Tenderly." Casket bearers were Olen Hutchinson, Corey Parker, Joe Hutchinson, Joel Hutchinson, Larry Steinbeck and Wilbur Steinbeck. Honorary bearers were Terry Steinbeck, John McQuigg and Dwayne Loewen. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the St. Francis, KS Herald, August 2008

Connie Jean (Glasco) Huxman

Connie Jean Huxman, 58, died July 3, 2008, at Tulsa, Okla. She was born Dec. 28, 1949, at St. Francis, Kan., the daughter of Glenn and Mildred (Jones) Glasco.

She married Ronald L. Huxman on Aug. 23, 1970, at Bird City.

Connie was an engineer coordinator at Excel Industries, Hesston.

She was a longtime Moundridge area resident and a member of the Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church, Hesston.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald L. Huxman, Moundridge; daughters, Tasha (Tim) Cain, Lenexa, and Tracy Huxman, Imperial, Calif.; a granddaughter, Sloan Cain, Leneza; parents, Glenn and Mildred Glasco, Bird City; and brother, Lynn (Candy) Glasco, Bird City.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 9, at Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church, Hesston.

Memorial donations may be given to the Harvey County Homeless Shelter in care of the Moundridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 410, Moundridge, KS, 67107.




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