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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2004
Vera Darlene (Dean) Mendenhall
Vera Darlene (Dean) Mendenhall was born on March 3, 1918, in Parks, Neb., to Rufus Cleveland and Dorothy Mae (Martin) Dean. As a young girl she attended school in Benkelman, Neb., graduating from Benkelman High School in 1936.
Vera married Alvin Alfred Mendenhall on June 3, 1936, and to this union three children were born: daughter Laurel Lee Ellen and sons Robert Lein and Kenneth Dale.
The couple lived in California for a short time after they were married. They then returned to Nebraska and made Ogallala their home for 40 years. She moved to Imperial, Neb., in 1997 and had made the Imperial Manor her home since 1997. Vera passed away Wednesday morning, July 28, 2004, at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. She was 86 years of age.
Vera enjoyed sewing and caring for her favorite flowers, peonies. She also enjoyed assisting her brother Lein in the operation of a bakery. They worked together for 15 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Kenneth, and brothers Lein, Clifford and Harold.
Survivors include her daughter, Laurel Lee Gassman and husband, Tom, of Newport News, Va.; her son, Robert "Bob" Mendenhall and wife, Judy, of Champion, Neb.; grandchildren Anne Murray and husband, Jim, of Crystal Lake, Ill., Ed Gassman and wife, Gabi, of Dothan, Ala., Joe Gassman and wife, Marianne, of Glenside, Pa., and Robin Hopp and Robert Mendenhall, Jr., and wife, Lori, of Imperial; great-grandchildren Christina Gassman, Katie Murray, Joe Murray, Alysha Hopp, Elizabeth Gassman, Claire Gassman, Nicole Gassman, Sarah Gassman, Whitney Hopp, Logan Mendenhall, Jordan Hopp and Lindsey Mendenhall; brothers Doyle Dean and wife, Marjorie, of Newport News and Ben Dean and wife, Ila, of Bassett, Neb., and a sister, Rosalee Holder of Littleton, Colo.
A graveside service for Vera Mendenhall was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Aug. 2, 2004, at Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial with Pastor Giles Armstrong officiating. Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1982
Lydia G. (Grams) Mendenhall
Lydia G. Mendenhall, age 90, a resident of Dundy County for more than 80 years, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 1982, at Dundy County Hospital.
Mrs. Mendenhall had resided at the Hester Memorial Home since December 10, 1981. She had lived more than 50 years on a farm in the Rollwitz community prior to moving to Benkelman in the early 1950's.
She was the daughter of Mike and Eva Hoffman Grams, born May 21, 1891, in Salisbury, Mo.
After her mother passed away, she spent her early childhood with an aunt and uncle near Carrington, N.D., before coming to Dundy County to the home of her father.
On April 10, 1910, she was united in marriage to Ellis B. Mendenhall (deceased). To this union were born two sons, Alvin A. and Lyle J. (deceased), and Elsieferne V. Stout of New Castle, Ind.
Mrs. Mendenhall is survived by her daughter, Elsieferne V. Stout; four granddaughters: Mrs. Leo (Elaine) Hink, Champion, Neb., Mrs. Tom (Laura Lee) Gassman, Warner Robins, Ga., Mrs. Gary (Helen) Warring, Rosepine, La., and Mrs. John (Ruth) Holman, Bloomington, Ind., and a grandson, Bob Mendenhall of Champion, Neb. She also is survived by 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
One grandson, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Services were held Thursday, March 11, 1982,. at 2 p.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel of Benkelman with the Rev. Everitt Erickson officiating. Assisting were Anna Benge as the organist and Joan Barker, soloist, with the selections: "Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere" and "Rock Of Ages."
Bearers were Eddie Cobb, Johnny Ferguson, Wayne Lutz, Glen Mullanix, Carl Lutz and Joe Lutz.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2001
Joseph Lauren Mendenhall, Jr.
COLBY, Kan.–Joseph Lauren Mendenhall, Jr., was born March 28, 1922, on the family farm near Gove, Kan,. to Joseph Lauren and Ina (Mitchell) Mendenhall. He passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at the Lantern Park Manor in Colby, at the age of 78 years, 11 months and 16 days.
He lived most of his life in the Gove area and was a 1941 graduate of Gove High School. "Jr." entered the United States Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine in December 1941 and was honorably discharged in August 1945, serving during World War II.
On March 28, 1946, Jr. was united in marriage with Doreen Fink at Quinter, Kan. Jr. was a farmer and a stockman and lived on and worked the family farm from 1948 until his retirement in 1999. At that time he and his wife moved to Colby where he lived until his death.
Jr. was a member of the United Methodist Church at Gove and the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #164 at Quinter. and was a past school hoard member for School District #292, serving during the construction of the Wheatland High School.
He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and sports of all kinds. He played baseball as a center fielder during his school years and later with the local town teams. He also played on the Ban Johnson team in Garden City, Kan.
Jr. had a definite love for living, with his family being a very intricate part of his life. He enjoyed his farm work and working and caring for his cattle.
He was preceded in death by brother, Andy, and a sister, Catherine Riley.
Those who survive him include his wife of Colby; four daughters: Connie and Dick Guernsey of Parks, Neb., Pam Mendenhall and Terry Selbe of Goodland. Kan., Terri Kay and Kelly Simon of Eureka Springs, Ark., and Cindy and Terry Rasmussen of Colby; 12 grandchildren: Steve and Tabitha Guernsey of Benkelman, Neb., Craig Juenemann of Colby, Travis Mendenhall of Topeka, Kan., Jason and Toby Wildeman of Bentonville, Ark., Lance Wildeman of Eureka Springs, Traci and Kevin Thompson of Garnett, Kan., Jenny Guernsey of Topeka, Angela, Brandon and Jordan Rasmussen of Colby, Kyle Simon of Eureka Springs and Tyson Schuster of Goodland, and three great-grandchildren: Brik Thompson of Garnett, Jessica Guernsey of Benkelman and Payton Wildeman of Bentonville.
Funeral services for Jr. Mendenhall were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Gove with the Rev. Paul Woodall officiating. Elaine Tustin was the organist, Sharon DuBois was the pianist and Winfred Inloes sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine."
Pallbearers were grandchildren Steve and Jenny Guernsey, Craig Wienemann, Travis Mendenhall, Jason and Lance Wildeman, Kevin and Traci Thompson, Angela, Brandon and Jordan Rasmussen, Kyle Simon and Tyson Schuster. Honorary bearers were Raymond Briggs. Lorne Press, Melvin Shaw, Richard Roemer and Richard and Wayde Tustin.
Interment was in the Quinter Cemetery. Schmitt Funeral Home of Quinter was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1973
Kenneth D. Mendenhall
Kenneth D. Mendenhall, 22, died as a result of a motorrcycle accident Tuesday evening, May 8th. He was a student at the University of Nebraska and the son Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Mendenhall of Ogallala.
An account of the accident, was carried in the Wednesday edition of the Lincoln State Journal and reads as a follows:
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln student from Ogallala was fatally injured Tuesday night when the motorcycle he was riding went out of control and struck a tree southwest of Lincoln.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's office identified the victim as Kenneth Mendenhall, 22, 1411 E. Street.
The sheriff's office said Mr. Mendenhall lost control of his cycle on Pioneers Blvd., two blocks west of Folsom at 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Mendenhall died at the scene. The helmet he was wearing flew off, landing some 17 feet from the crash scene, authorities said.
Survivors include his parents; a brother, Bob Mendenhall, Imperial; a sister, Mrs. Laura Lee Gassman, Fort Smith. Arkansas: two grandmothers, Mrs. Lydia Mendenhall and Mrs. Mae Dean, both of Benkelman.
Services were held in Ogallala Friday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m., in the Draucker Funeral Home. Interment was in the Mt. Hope cemetery in Imperial
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1986
Ada Mariea (Hackler) Menge
Ada Mariea Menge was born on October 24, 1900, in Springview, Nebraska. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs Dave Hackler, moved to Northern Kansas in 1908, but eventually moved to Benkelman in 1910. Marie has been a resident of Nebraska and Kansas for the past 86 years with the exception of residing for two and one half years in Oregon.
She married John Ernest Menge In 1916. To this union were born four sons: Robert, George, Eugene and John D. The marriage ended in divorce. Marie later married Bill Menge in 1938.
Marie has always been a farmer's wife. She seemed to have loved outdoor life which brought her in contact with the animals and plant life from year to year. She and Bill bought the place just south of town in 1943 which became their home until Bill passed away in 1957. Marie remained on the farm until she was unable to take care of it and then moved to town. She finally came to live at the Hester Home for the remainder of her life on earth.
While Marie was able to take care of herself, she enjoyed two things. She loved getting into the little old pickup and driving downtown or past the old farmhouse. She also loved going to the cafes of Benkelman and enjoying good meals. She had cooked and furnished food during the depression for eight people and when she moved into town she simply stopped cooking. She figured she had done her part.
In the year of 1938 her son, George, went to college to become a minister. He returned at Thanksgiving to preach a three-day revival in the little old white schoolhouse east of Hank Yost's place. It was at this time that Marie accepted Christ as her Saviorand began earnestly following Christ. She was faithful to her belief that Christ was the Son of God until she died.
Marie leaves behind a sister, Barbara Maranville of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sons, John D. of Greeley, Colorado, George of Rangely, Colorado, and Robert and Eugene who preceded her in death. Her brother, Robert, also preceded her in death. There are 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday, May 14,1986, at 10 a.m., at the Jones Funeral Chapel with Pastor George Menge officiating.
Betty Erdman was organist. Richard Bartholomew with guitar accompaniment sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "The Old Rugged Cross."
Bearers were Stephen Menge, David Menge, Todd Menge, Ton Maranville, Kent Menge and Walt Barenberg.
Interment was in the Benkelrnan Cemetery at Benkelman, Nebraska, with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2008
John David Menge
John David Menge was born July 25, 1924, near St. Francis, Kansas, to John Earnest and Ada Maria (Hackler) Menge. He passed away November 7, 2008, at Centennial Health Care Center, Greeley, Colorado.
John was reared and educated in the Benkelman, Nebraska area. He spent 2 years with his aunt and uncle, Barbara and Calvin Moranville, in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Benkelman High School on May 14, 1942.
John served in the US Army during World War II and in the Army of Occupation in Nagasaki, Japan. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. John was honorably discharged December 8, 1946 at Camp Beale, California, as a Tech 4.
He then moved to Denver where he worked for Remington Rand Corporation. There he met his future wife, Jean Green. They married September 7, 1948 in Denver, Colorado, and recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Two sons, Todd and Kent, were born to this union.
John attended Denver University and was a member of Acacia Fraternity. He graduated from DU with a business degree on August 23, 1950. After graduation, they lived in Arvada and he worked for Empire Oil Company. They moved to Greeley in 1965. He worked for Saunders Oil Company, Evans, for many years. He went to work for COBITCO, a petroleum and asphalt supplier in 1980. He retired in 1987.
John was a member of Century Lodge No. 190, A.F. and A.M., Greeley, where he was a master mason; Greeley/ Evans Moose No. 909; Greeley Elks No 809; American Legion and Veterans of Foreisin Wars. He also volunteered with Boy Scouts of America.
After retirement, John and Jean enjoyed travel in Hawaii, Europe, and the southern states. They especially enjoyed Rockport, Texas, where they spent some of their winters.
John enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking/ woodcrafts, and taking their granddaughters camping. He also enjoyed his dogs. Above all was his time with his family.
Those who survive him include his wife, Jean; Todd and Diane Menge, of Greeley; Kent Menge of Denver; Granddaughters, Kerry Rexford of Greeley and Kelly Menge of Fort Collins; Great Grandsons, Scotty Rexford and Eligh Rexford of Greeley; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. preceded in death by brothers Robert, Eugene, and George.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 7, 1:30 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment following at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Greeley or Century Lodge No. 190, A.F. 86 , A.M., both in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1983
Maurice Eugene (Gene) Menge
Maurice Eugene (Gene) Menge was born in Bird City, Kansas, on April 23, 1920 and died in Spanaway, Washington, on December 31, 1982, at the age of 62 years, 8 months arid 8 days.
Mr. Menge, who was retired from the Air Force, had lived in the Spanaway region for 27 years.
Gene was active in horseman's associations, having been past president of the Washington Horseman's Association, a life member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Buckskin Association and the Sheriff's Posse.
He was a member of the Parkland Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jewel M.; three daughters, Mrs Richard (Linda) Zaholy, Mrs. Dale (Barbara) Willis and Mrs. Dexter (Betty) Slattery, all of Tacoma, Washington; his mother, Marie Menge, Benkelman, Nebraska; two brothers, George of Rangely, Colorado, and John D. of Greeley, Colorado; one aunt, Barbara Maranville of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and two granddaughters, Michelle and Becky Zaholy.
Gene lived for many years in Benkelman, Nebraska, and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1938.
He was interred at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Tacoma, Washington, on Tuesday, January 4, 1983.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1980
Robert E. Menge
Robert E. Menge passed away at his home in Vancouver, WA on Friday evening, Nov. 7, 1980 at the age of 64.
He had been a resident of Portland and Vancouver, WA and was employed by the Booneville Dam for 20 years before forced to retire in 1977 because of a heart ailment which caused him to spend much time in hospitals during the last ten years.
Robert was the eldest son of Mariea and John E. Menge and was born north of Max on Sept. 4, 1916. He graduated from the Benkelman High School with the Class of 1934 and was married to Neva Powell of Benkelman on Oct. 12, 1936.
Mr. Menge was employed by Denver Power and resided in Dillon, CO for five years, before he and his wife and family moved to Washington State 30 years ago to make their home.
Robert is survived by his wife, Neva of the home, one son Jerry and one daughter Barbara who reside in Newcomb, NJ and Seattle, WA respectively; five grandchildren; his mother, Mariea Menge of Benkelman; three brothers, Gene of Spanaway, WA, George of Rangely, CO and John D. of Greeley, CO.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1916
Anna M. (Dickinson) Merklin
Anna M. Dickinson was born in Oswego County, New York, August 28, 1836, and died en route from Woodward, Oklahoma, to Benkelman, Nebraska, on January 7 at 6:50 o'clock a.m.
At the age of about 10 years she removed with her parents to Indiana, where later she met Henry Merklin, to whom she was married March 15, 1854. To this union 10 children were born. One girl, Ida, died at Orland, Indiana, at the age of 7 years.
The remaining nine children still survive and are George A. Merklin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Charles L. Merklin of St. Joseph, Missouri: E.M. Merklin of Sharon, Oklahoma; Orrin B. Merklin of Clayton, Kansas; Frank F. Merklin of Haigler, Nebraska, and William T. Merklin, Burton E. Merklin, Lloyd A. Merklin and Mrs. W. H. Canton of Benkelman, Nebraska.
She also leaves 37 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1989
Manila Alfreda (Osborn) Merklin
Manila Alfreda, the sixth child of George Mifflin Dallas and Johanna (Messersmith) Osborn was born July 16, 1898, and departed this life December 25, 1988, at the age of 90 years, five months and nine days at the Dundy County Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born in Red Willow County in a covered wagon. At an early age, her parents moved several times until they settled in the beautiful Republican River Valley south of Benkelman, Nebraska where she grew to womanhood. Manila, along with her brothers and sisters, attended the Benkelman Public Schools. At times, they walked and at other times they travelled by horse and wagon. Her fondest memories were the times spent with her father.
She was united in marriage to David Albert Merklin on April 17, 1916, at her parents' home. To this union five children were born to bless their home, Audrey Alfalfa Princess, Donavan Albert, William Stanley, Phyllis Elaine and David Orlando. Together they spent most of their married life working for neighhors and maintaining a small farm her father had given to them. Her husband, David Albert, caught pneumonia while shucking corn and died of complications, leaving her to raise their five children.
When the devastating Flood of 1935 destroyed part of the farm, she moved her farmhouse and children to Benkelman. On July 8, 1936, Manila was united in marriage to Art Curtis of Benkelman. To this union one child, George, was stillborn.
As a young girl, Manila accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and accepted the doctrine of the Quaker faith. For years, she sang in the choir at the Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by one brother, George M. Osborn of Longmont, Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Willa Weber and Mabel Merklin of California; two brothers-in-law, Edmond Merklin of Bird City, Kansas, and Claude Pickett of McDonald, Kansas; four children, Audrey White of Brush, Colorado, Stanley and Pauline Merklin, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, Phyllis Gray, David and Arlene Merklin; a daughter-in-law, Rachel Merklin, all of Benkelman, Nebraska; 11 living grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was a dedicated, loving mother whose life path was perilous and rough at times. She retained her faith in her Creator and will be remembered in the heart of those who knew her.
Services were held at the Friends Church of Benkelman, Nebraska, Wednesday, December 28, 1988, at 10:30 a.m. The service was officiated by the Rev. James Brackett.
The organist was Elaine Blank. Donna Ritter sang “Precious Memories" and "Beautiful Isle."
Bearers were Leon Merklin, Steve Merklin, Lawrence Richard, Frank Merklin, Leo Williams and Glen Osborn.
Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1996
Violet Anna (Penn) Merklin
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. --Violet Anna (Penn) Merklin was born to Alfred and Bertha Penn on July 18, 1912, on a farm north of Benkelman, Neb. She died May 9, 1996, in Apache Junction at the age of 83.
She attended Bird City, Kan., high school and graduated in 1932. She later taught in the Porter District school. She worked in the law office at Benkelman for Joe Peirano for 17 years.
On December 23, 1932, she was united in marriage to Bernard 0. Young. To this union a son, Gene, was born. A daughter, Janet Ann, died at birth in 1947. Bernard died January 18, 1960.
On April 7, 1961, she married Ross Merklin. They lived in the South Fork community. In 1976 they started spending the winter months in Arizona, later moving to Apache Junction permanently.
She was a faithful member of the South Fork Friends Church and the South Fork Circle Club. After moving to Arizona she attended the Methodist Church.
She was a caring, loving wife, mother and grandmother and a friend to all who knew her. She will be missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter; a sister, Venita Penn, and a great-grandson, Alexander Royal Young.
She is survived by her husband, Ross of Apache Junction; her son, Gene and wife, Marlene, of Bird City; two sisters, Velma Wolfe of Nampa, Idaho, and Vada Burkhalter of Benkelman, Neb.; her grandchildren, Shelley and Jerry Heavilin of Blue Springs, Mo., and Rod and Jane Young of Bird City; her great-grandchildren, Megan and Mandy Burton and Hayley and Ethan Young, and two stepgranddaughters, Shelsea and Shara Heavilin.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 15, 1996, at 10 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, Parish Ministry Associate, and the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating.
Tally Case was the organist and Elmer Case the soloist. Selections included "One Day At A Time" and "How Great Thou Art."
Bearers were Rod Young, Verle Wolfe, Bob Willis, Jerry Heavilin, Vinton Wolfe and Jim Willis.
Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1977
Estella J. (Reynolds) Merklin
Estella J. Merklin, born March 22, 1876, in Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at DePaul Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming on April 25, 1977 at the age of 101 years, 1 month and .3 days.
She was the. oldest daughter of J. B. Reynolds and Clara Joan (Stillwell) Reynolds. . - .
Estella joined the United Presbyterian Church at Benkelman, Nebraska at the age of 15 years old. She was a faithful member to the church as long as her health permitted. She was also a Charter Member of the Ladies Missionary Society.
She met Burton E. Merklin and they were united in marriage February 10, 1897. To this union was born six children. Mrs. Merklin is survived by her four children, all of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Loren E. Tucker; Howard R. Merklin, Helen M. Perry and Everett W. Merklin. She also has 14 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and .18 great-great grandchildren.
She was proceded in death by her husband Burton E. Merklin, one son died in infancy and one daughter Lola Belle (Merklin) Kephart.
There was a short Memorial Service conducted by Rev. Charles Kinsley at the Schrader Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 27, 1977 at Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was returned to her home at Benkelman, Nebraska for funeral services and burial.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, May 13, 2005
Friday, May 13, 2005
(Sept. 22, 1923 - May 9, 2005)
BENKELMAN -- Rachel (Sambor) Merklin, 81, died Monday (May 9, 2005), at Bryan LGH-East Hospital in Lincoln.
She was born Sept. 22, 1923, on her grandparents' farm outside of Max, N.D. She was raised in Chicago, Ill.
On Jan. 13, 1946, she married Donovan A. Merklin. He served in the U.S. Navy and they traveled all over the world with their family. They went from to Guam to Japan, Hawaii to Washington, D.C., and from Coronado, Calif., to Corpus Christi, Texas. When her husband retired, they moved to his hometown of Benkelman, where they operated a small horse and cattle ranch.
She was a past member of Eight and Forty Club, Legion Auxiliary, Rebecca's, Eastern Star of Yokahama, Japan, Trinity Baptist Church, Ballroom Dancers, and was an organist for Chapel at the Hester Home in Benkelman for more than 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lena Sambor; husband, Donovan Merklin; sister Lillian Strom and her husband, Carl; two sisters-in-law, Audrey White and Phyllis Gray; one brother-in-law, Stanley Merklin; and one daughter-in-law, Linda Merklin.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Rea Merklin and fiance, Byron Schmidt of Grand Island; one son, Wayne Merklin of Cordova, Alaska; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Johnny Walker officiating. Internment followed services at the Benkelman cemetery. There was no visitation.
Card, letter, and memorials will reach the family at 515 S. Locust St., Grand Island, Neb., 68801.
Forch Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1999
Linda Kay (Schrader) Merklin
ELM CREEK–Linda Kay (Schrader) Merklin was born May 11, 1950, in Stratton, Neb. She was the firstborn daughter of Leon and Josephine (Rowe) Schrader of Benkelman, Neb. On Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, Linda died in her home at Elm Creek, Neb., after bravely battling a fight against cancer since February 1998.
Linda grew up in Benkelman, graduating from Benkelman High School with the Class of 1968. She then completed her education at Central Business College in Denver, Colo. Linda returned to her hometown and on April 24, 1969, she and Wayne Merklin, also of Benkelman, were married in Wray, Colo. They recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Linda and Wayne started their family in Benkelman where their three children were born: two sons, Kerri and Jerami, and a daughter, Jill. The young family moved to Kearney, Neb., in June of 1980. In 1986, Linda began a 13-year career as training coordinator at Cabelas in Kearney.
Together Linda and Wayne built their own home in rural Elm Creek--a longtime dream come true. They moved in to their new home in the summer of 1996 and Linda enjoyed adding her personal touches to make their house a home. She enjoyed entertaining
and the simple things of life-watching her grandchildren grow, dancing with her husband and shopping with the girls.
Linda touched the lives of many through her active, caring life-style. She was a motivator, a planner and an encourager. She could always take charge of a situation and see it through. She was strong to the end even when faced with cancer. Her strength came from God and Christian friends. Linda's faith grew through the membership of the First Baptist Church in Kearney and the Sunrise Bible Study Group. One of her last requests was for us not to mourn her death, but to celebrate her life. She will be missed dearly by many.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne, of Elm Creek; their sons, Kerri, his wife, RaChell, and their children: Jessica, Casey and Levi, of Sitka, Alaska, and Jerami, his wife, Chris, and their son, Blake, of Kearney; a daughter, Jill, of Elm Creek; her parents. Leon and Josephine Schrader of Benkelman; two sisters, Joan (Mrs. Bobby) Krutsinger of Benkelman and Kaylene (Mrs. Eugene) Pracht of Broken Bow, Neb.; her mother-in-law, Rachel Merklin of McCook, Neb.; a sister-in-law, Donna (Mrs. Bernard) Ritter of Selden, Kan.; five nieces, and other relatives.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday Sept. 3, 1999, at the First Baptist Church in Kearney with the Rev. Stan Murdoch officiating. Kris Vernal was the pianist. Special music included "If You Could See Me Now" by Randall Shackleton, "Finally Home" by Marilyn Robinson and the recessional, "I Will Remember You."
Casket bearers were Roger and Donn Carlson, Terry Renner, Tim Miller, Ron Panowicz and Bob Harpst. Interment was in the Elm Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were by O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 15, 2009
Arlene G. (Wolbach) Merklin
Arlene G. Merklin, of Benkelman, Nebraska, died Friday, July 10, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, at the age of 77.
She was born August 8, 1931, at St. Francis, Kansas, the eldest daughter of Frank and Lelya (Forsythe) Wolbach and grew up in the St. Francis, Kansas area, attending Grade and High School, graduating with the class of 1949. She attended her 60th class reunion June 20, 2009.
After graduation, Arlene worked at a drug store and later for Jim Jones Caldwell Propane in St. Francis. In 1953, by chance, Arlene met David 0. Merklin, who had just returned from military service to civilian life. She met him at a friend's apartment. After getting acclimated, Dave asked her for a date and she immediately said yes. Later, Dave proposed and the two were married at the Presbyterian Church in Benkelman on June 2, 1957, officiated by Arlene's St. Francis preacher. This led to a lifetime of romance. After a brief honeymoon, Dave and Arlene moved west of Benkelman on a farm that Dave and his brother owned. Times were really tough and Arlene helped milk the cows and looked after the livestock.
On June 8, 1958, they were blessed with a daughter, Gina Marie; son, David 0. II was born September 1, 1962; Arletta Elaine arrived November 11, 1963; and Frank Albert was born September 5, 1968.
Arlene worked at the Benkelman Grade School cafeteria until she started a new job at the Independent Elevator for John Ham as a bookkeeper where she excelled for years. She then retired and looked after her husband, Dave, their children and grandchildren..
Arlene was a loyal member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hatters Club.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and one son, David 0. Merklin II.
She leaves to mourn her husband of fifty two years; children, Gina Marie and husband, Carl Hunt; Arletta and Andy Craw; Frank and wife, Candie; grandchildren, Holly Hunt; Stephane (Hunt) and husband, Mike Workman; Jessica (Hunt) and husband, Fred Durham; Cara Hunt; Austin, Alyssa and Ashlan Craw; Cammi, Savannah and Braxton Merklin; great granddaughter, Jordyn Nicole Hunt and unborn great grandson, John Robert Cook III.
Visitation for Mrs. Merklin was held at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman on Monday, July 13, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Benkelman Community Center with Pastor Bear Davis officiating. Interment followed services at the Benkelman Cemetery .
A memorial has been established in her name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1989
Cecil Merklin died Thursday. December 18, 1989, at his winter residence in Apache Junction, Arizona, at the age of 74. He was born in Cheyenne County, Kansas, on December 2, 1915.
Cecil served In the U.S. Air Force during World War II and after retiring as a mechanic, Cecil and his wife, Avis, spent their winters in Apache Junction.
Survivors include his wife, Avis, of Alma, Arkansas; stepson, Robert Mark of Sulphur Springs, Texas; a sister, Genevieve Willis of Benkelman, Nebraska; a brother, Ross Merklin of Apache Junction; two nephews, Jim Willis and Bob Willis, both of Benkelman; a niece, Kathy Smith of Wray, Colorado, and three step-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday, January 2, 1990, at 11:30 a.m. at Apache Junction Mortuary Chapel.
Interment was in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, at Phoenix. Arrangements were by Apache Junction Mortuary.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1985
David 0. Merklin II
David 0. Merklin II, son of David and Arlene (Wolbach) Merklin, was born September 1, 1962, at Benkelman, Nebraska, and departed this life March 28, 1985, at the age of 22 years, 6 months and 28 days.
He was raised on a farm and at an early age developed a tremendous respect and love for the great outdoors and for livestock, especially horses. He attended the Benkelman Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1980. He was engaged in the raising of cattle and hogs after graduation.
In February of 1981, David joined the United States Army Reserve, 2nd Platoon, 1013 FLD Service Company located in McCook, Nebraska, to become a member with his Dad. He went to basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, took his AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia, where he became a cook and a field baker. During his Reserve duty, he became a highly motivated and respected baker and was used as an instructor at Fort Riley, Kansas, to teach the baking procedures to future bakers. David held the rank of Sp. 4.
David returned to Benkelman and pursued his liking for horses by riding for himself and riding the rough edges off other people's horses. He loved rodeos and participated in a limited capacity after having been injured by a horse. His enthusiasm for the great outdoors and horses never dampened his cheerful attitude.
David went to work at the Four Circle Co-op Elevator in Benkelman and was employed there for two years. He sold feed and hauled fertilizer along with the normal duties around an elevator.
The last of February, David and his Dad took the Field Bakery plant back to Fort Riley where David developed a terrible cold. On March 5 he was hospitalized in the Dundy County Hospital. The next day he was transferred to the North Platte Great Plains Medical Center where he was operated on. Later that same day, David was transferred to St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver, Colorado, by the Flight for Life, where he underwent three more major operations. David spent his last three weeks on this earth in the surgical intensive care unit fighting for his life. He put up a brave fight, gave it his all, but a resistant pneumonia set in and all the skills of the doctors and the loving, skillful care of the nurses who did such an outstanding job couldn't arrest the infection and he expired March 28, 1985.
David leaves to mourn his passing, his father and mother, David and Arlene Merklin; two loving sisters, Arletta Elain, and husband, Andy Craw, of Kearney, and Gina Marie Smith and daughters, Holly Dawn and Stephane Marie; a brother, Frank Albert, still at home; two grandmothers, Lelya Wolbach and Manila Merklin, both in Benkelman; aunts, Frances Ogden of Hobbs, New Mexico, Phyllis Morris of Benkelman, Audrey White and husband, Jess, of Eben Ezer Rest Home in Brush, Colorado; uncles, Donovan Merklin and wife, Rachel, of Benkelman and W. Stanley Merklin and wife, Pauline, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, along with several great-uncles and aunts and a host of cousins and many, many friends.
David was a loving son and brother with a cheerful attitude who respected and tried to help other people at all times and in times of trouble. David was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour in the Presbyterian Church.
As a young boy, David was well-liked by all who personally knew him and will be greatly missed. When the question arose, "Why, just in the prime of his life was he taken?" an answer came from his Dad, "Maybe the Lord needed a good cowboy to help take care of all the horses in Heaven. If this is the case, Lord, you certainly picked one of the best."
Services were held Monday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Friends Church in Benkelman with the Reverends Robert Sander, David Brantingham and Marvin Zimbelman officiating. Anna Benge accompanied Kelly Hayward with the selections "How Great Thou Art," "Suppertime" and "Why Me, Lord?"
Bearers were Loren Miller, Larry Richard, Doug Whisenhunt, Art Barrett, Stan Stroup and Tim Kier. Honorary bearers were the United States Army Reserves.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with commital by the United States Army Reserves, Detachment 2, Service Co. 1013.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1986
Howard Raymond Merklin
Howard Raymond Merklin, 80, died May 15, 1986, at Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Born in Benkelman, Nebraska, on November 4, 1905, he went to Cheyenne in 1937.
He had been employed by Union Pacific Railroad and School District 1 before his retirement.
Mr. Merklin was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Retired Railroad Club and AARP Chapter 310.
He married Mae E. Humphreys February 12, 1929, in Wray, Colorado. She survives as do their children, Kenneth R. Merklin of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Richard H. Merklin of North Platte, Nebraska, and Wilma Coleman of Cherry Creek, New York; a brother and sister, Everett Merklin and Helen Perry, both of Cheyenne, Wyoming; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Two sisters, Lorena Tucker and Lola Kephart, preceded him in death as did his parents, Burt and Estella Merklin.
Friends who wish may contribute to Faith United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1991
Mabel Elizabeth Merklin
SEAL BEACH, Calif.— Mabel E. Merklin was born April 14, 1901, and died April 22, 1991.
In the succession of three boys and three girls, which were born to William T. and Madora (Edmonds) Merklin on the family farm near the South Fork of the Republican River, approximately 20 miles northeast of St. Francis, Kansas, and 10 miles southwest of Benkelman, Nebraska, Mabel Elizabeth was the fifth.
There were two siblings still living at the time of her death in April until August 12, 1991, when her beloved brother, L. Edmond "Shorty” Merklin, 93, of St. Francis, died. Now Willa J. Weber of Seal Beach, California, who will be 92 on September 2, 1991, is the only one surviving.
Mabel lived in Cheyenne County, Kansas, for 75 years and 8 months with 20 of those years being in St. Francis. In December of 1976 she moved to a condominium apartment in Leisure World in Seal Beach, about one block from the apartment of her sister, Willa.
She moved to California to be near her son, daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, her sister and her sister's family.
During her 75-plus years in Kansas she was very active. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1921 and started teaching school in the fall of that year. She taught in country one-room schoolhouses for 25 years, most of which were in Cheyenne County. However she did teach at least one year each in Rawlins
and Reno counties.
Then she moved into the city school, teaching either first or second grades in St. Francis Elementary School for many years until she was 65. She then went to Goodland Elementary for at least five more years, teaching the same grades.
During the summers she could relax for only about half of the vacation period until a time when she could hardly wait to get back to her school children. She was one who believed in teaching the three "Rs" and she used flash cards, as well as many other tools, to reinforce the children's learning process.
She taught in Kansas schools for more than 43 years and, as such, touched thousands of lives directly and indirectly.
She was a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church in Benkelman where she was a member of the choir for most of the time she lived in Kansas except when she was a child.
She would travel to Benkelman every Sunday when she lived in St. Francis and every Thursday for choir practice.
She was a graduate of Greeley Colorado Teachers' College and held offices in the Business Professional Women and Association of American University Women.
She was a very busy person who loved people. She liked to travel and attended the World Fairs at Montreal and Seattle. She also went to the Hawaiian Islands, the Holy Land. Germany for the Oberammergau, to the Passion Play and to several European countries.
After moving to Seal Beach, she became a very active member of the Leisure World Community Church and was a member of the choir until the last couple of months before her death.
She was also a member of the Women's Association and Circle. Besides her church activities, she was a member of the "Sweet and Lows”, Women's Choral, Kansas Club. Republican Women's Club and the Art Guild.
She was able to enjoy her 90th birthday party with most of her family and sister on Sunday, April 14, where her one-year-old great-granddaughter was the apple of her eye.
It was necessary for her to go to the Los Alamitos (California) Hospital on the following Thursday where she died on April 22. Now her body rests on a beautiful green California hillside under the morning shade of an olive tree.
Private graveside ceremonies were conducted at the Rose Hills Memorial Park on April 25, and attended by her son, J. Kyle,. her daughter-in-law, JoAn. her grandchildren, Sherry, Bryan, James F. and Karyn, her sister, Willa Weber, and her grandniece, Beverly Martin.
On Saturday. April 27. a celebration of her life service was held at the Leisure World Community Church. The Rev. Richard P. Edgar officiated at both services.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1974
Robert Henry Merklin
Robert Henry Merklin, a life-long resident of this community, expired at the Dundy County Hospital Saturday after a short illness. He was 78 years of age and a veteran of World War I. Funeral services were arranged for two o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Jones Funeral Chapel. Rev. Allan Martin will have charge of the service with Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65 in charge of graveside rites at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Mr. Merklin was born on June 9, 1896 in Cheyenne County, Kansas to pioneer parents, Dora Edmonds and William T. Merklin. He engaged in farming for a time and then went into the trade of a painter and this became his life's work. He was always highly regarded for his skill and served several generations of families of the community. He was a gentle man, devoted to his family and friends and was always known as a workman worthy of his hire. Altho advanced in age he continued to serve his patrons as a painter and worked at his trade when his health would permit.
He is survived by six daughters and one son: Cathern Hardwick and husband, Percy of Auburndale, Florida, Delores Spears and husband, Elmer of Peoria, Illinois, Roberta Bischoff of Wauneta, Norida Zink and husband, Ronald of Redmond, Washington, step-daughters, Pearl Newman and husband, Lyle of Imperial and Donovine
Catron and husband, Kenneth of Rock Springs, Wyoming and son Robert Eugene Merklin and wife of Garden Grove, California.
Other survivors include sisters, Willa Weber of Seal Beach, California and Mabel Merklin of St. Francis, Kansas; one brother, Edmond Merklin and wife Myrtle of Bird City, Kansas; 21 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rowena J. Allen Merklin, to whom he was married on June 20th, 1921 in Benkelman; his parents, one step-daughter, Opal Foster, brother, Albert Merklin and sister Alzada.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2001
Willard Ross Merklin
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz.--Willard Ross Merklin, eldest son of Lloyd and Sadie Merklin, was horn Aug. 25, 1914, in Cheyenne County, Kan.. and passed away on Aaturday. Jan. 27, 2001, at his home in Apache Junction at the age of 86.
Ross, as he was known by family and friends, grew up on a farm in the South Fork community of Cheyenne County. He spent his youth and adult life working on the family farm. He was a self-taught mechanic, an excellent welder and was well-known throughout the tri-state area for his work.
When Ross and his brother, Cecil, were teenagers. their dad bought five cars at $5 each for them to work on. Ross told of the time they rigged up a car with two transmissions that could go as fast or as slow as they wanted! He also recalled the years he would pick corn all day for neighbors for a dollar a da,. and that several guys to the community would have a contest to see who could pick the most corn in a day.
On April 7, 1961, Ross was united in marriage to Violet Penn Young. In this union, he acquired a stepson and daughter-in-law. Gene and Marlene Young, and two grandchildren, Shelly and Rodney.
Ross and his family built a home on the Merklin homestead, complete with a new shop where he spent many hours working for himself and others. In 1976, Ross and Violet purchased a motor home and started spending the winter months in Arizona before purchasing a mobile home. In 1988 they sold the family farm to the Claude Gleason family, and Ross and Violet moved to Apache Junction.
Ross and Violet attended the South Fork Friends Church for many years and later attended the Methodist Church in Apache Junction.
Ross continued to live in Arizona after Violet passed away at their home on May 9, 1996. He enjoyed coming to Benkelman, Neb., for several weeks each summer to visit his sister, Genevieve, and her famil,. and could always be found fixing or tinkering with something. Even in retirement, Ross continued to help with all kinds of repairs for the residents in the mobile home park where he resided.
On Sept. 2, 2000, Ross was united in marriage to Ruth Bobenmoyer, a longtime friend of his and Violet's, at Plattsmouth, Neb. With this union he was blessed with four stepchildren: Ida, Alice, Arlene and David.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his loving wife Violet; a brother, Cecil, and a brother-in-law. Gilbert Willis.
Those who survive him include his wife, Ruth, of Apache Junction; her four children and their families; stepson Gene Young and his family of Bird City, Kan.; a sister, Genevieve Willis of Benkelman; nephews Jim and Bob Willis of Benkelman and their families; a niece, Kathy Smith. of Wray, Colo., and her family, and other relatives, friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Marlene Young was the organist and Stacie Smith sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Jesus Loves Me."
Casket bearers were Bob, Jim and Eric Willis, Jim and Tyler Smith and Rod Young. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1994
William Stanley “Bill” Merklin
BROKEN BOW, Neb.--Wililiarn Merklin, 71, died Monday. November 21. 1994, at the Sandhills Manor Nursing Home in ,Broken Bow, Nebraska.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 23, 1994, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Jim Stark officiating. Music was provided by Judy Swenson, organist, and Carla Stark, soloist. Casket bearers were Dave Davis, Rodger Ritchie, David Christen, Victor Burnett, Duane Hill and Rod Baxter. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.
William Stanley Merklin was born January 3, 1923, at Bird, City, Kansas, to David Albert and Manilla Alfreda (Osborn) Merklin.
When he was six years old, his father died. "Bill" then attended school at Benkelman. Nebraska, through the tenth grade. After his schooling he worked in the Benkelman area.
He served for a short time in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge, he worked at the Hastings Naval Ordnance Plant.
On April 9, 1944, he was married to Pauline Crouch at Anselmo, Nebraska, and they both worked at the ordnance plant. He also worked for Palmer Monument in Broken Bow and later in Iowa, where he delivered monuments.
They later returned to Broken Bow and he farmed and worked for Sure Hatchery for several years.
On February 1. 1953, the Merklins adopted their only child, Melva Lynn.
Merklin also worked for Taylor Construction in Broken Bow for several years. retiring in the late 1970s. Pauline died in 1989. In August 1992, Bill was married to Irene Dahlgren at Kearney, Nebraska, and retired from farming. They made their home in Kearney. He entered the Sandhills Manor Nursing Home in October of this year.
Merklin was a past member of the Broken Bow Masonic Lodge and American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, making lawn ornaments and decorations and telling stories and jokes.
Survivors include his wife, Irene, of Kearney, a daughter, Melva Zerkoune and her husband, Mohammed, of Lincoln, Nebraska; two grandsons, Salim and Samir, both of Lincoln; a brother, David Merklin, of Benkelman and two sisters, Phyllis Gray of Benkelman and Audrey White of Brush, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a brother, Donovan; a half-brother; a nephew. and three nieces.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1986
Donovan Albert Merklin
Donovan Albert Merklin was born on February 18, 1921, to Albert and Manila (Osborn) Merklin in Benkelman, Nebraska. On July 25, 1986, at the Dundy County Hospital, he went to meet his heavenly Father.
As a young man, he came to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and was baptized as a member of the Benkelman Presbyterian Church. He was united in marriage to Rachel Sambor in Chicago, Illinois, on January 13, 1946, while serving his country in the U.S. Navy. To this union were born one son, Wayne Albert, and one daughter, Donna Rae.
Donovan was raised in Benkelman and spent his school days with friends and family and was especially close to his classmates of the graduating class of 1939. He looked forward to each Alumni Association Banquet reunion for which he served as president.
Donovan entered the U.S. Navy on June 11, 1940, and Rachel and the children traveled around the world with him before he retired on January 26, 1960, after which he was a member of the Fleet Reserves for 10 years.
He and Rachel then moved to Benkelman and managed the first Montgomery Ward store. He was chaplain and social services director at the Hester Home, worked at the Benkelman and Parks post offices after which he retired to ranching west of Benkelman.
Donovan was an active member of the Trinity Baptist Church where he was the choir director for many years. He was layminister for the Benkelman Baptist Church and was relief pastor of the Dundy County community churches which included the Benkelman Methodist, Presbyterian, Max Methodist and Parks Community Church.
He was past master of Sagamihara Masonic Lodge No. 13 of Zama, Japan, and past master of Justice Lodge No. 180 of Benkelman.
Despite a lingering illness he always enjoyed a good story and was ready to smile and shake hands with many acquaintances and friends whom he addressed as his buddies.
Donovan enjoyed his Naval tours of duty and in Japan he worked with an orphanage and a senior citizens' home.
He loved his job as chaplain of the Hester Home and made many friends there serving the Lord.
The sight of his cattle and horses grazing on his land gave him much contentment.
Donovan was a cheerful, loving man who enjoyed playing and singing with his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his father, Albert; one brother, George; two nieces, Jennifer and Tyra White; and one nephew, David Merklin Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel, of Benkelman; son, Wayne, and wife, Linda, of Kearney, Nebraska, and their children, Kerri, Jerami and Jill; daughter, Donna of Rexford, Kansas, and her daughters, Sara and Amanda; mother, Manila of Benkelman; sisters: Mrs. Audry White of Brush, Colorado, and Phyllis Gray of Benkelman; brothers: W. Stanley Merklin and wife, Pauline, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, and David Merklin and wife, Arlene, of Benkelman; sister-in-law, Lillian Strom, and husband, Carl, of Stephenson, Michigan. He leaves to mourn, family and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 28, 1986, at the Trinity Baptist Church in Benkelman, with Pastor Layton Hein and Pastor Bob Sander officiating. The memorial service at the church was conducted by the Masons of Justice Lodge No. 180 and the military committal service by the Army Reserves of 1013 Service Company.
The pianist, Anna Benge, accompanied soloist, Elmer Case, with the selections "In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art."
Bearers were Dale Osborn, Don Osborn, Glenn Osborn, Bill Osborn, Ross Merklin, Donald White, Mike Harmon and Jim Osborn.
Honorary bearers were Jack Hendrix, H.L. Anderson, Hugh Eisenhart, Class of 1939, Don Egle and Harold Knoles.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman, Nebraska, with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1986
Shirley (Burk) Merrihew
Shirley (Burk) Merrihew was born November 11, 1932, in Lincoln, Nebraska, lived a short while in Sutton, Nebraska, then, with her parents, moved to a farm northwest of Stratton, Nebraska. From there Shirley attended country school. She spent one year of high school at Stratton and a year at Wauneta school. Her junior and senior years Shirley took Normal Training at Curtis, Nebraska, where she met Harry Merrihew.
In the Fall of 1950, after teaching, she and Harry were married December 17. They moved to a ranch house on the Merrihew Ranch. They lived on the ranch for 35 years; taking out three years of her life to help build and operate the "Longhorn Inn" in Hyannis.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Estella Burk, both of Stratton. She is survived by her husband, Harry; one son, Rocky, and wife, Debbie; one daughter, Brooke, and husband, Brett Hinton; five grandchildren, and her mother-in-law, Dorothy Merrihew.
Shirley was a member of the Episcopal Church in Hyannis and a member of the Nebraska CowBelles.
She died August 16, 1986, at the Ogallala Hospital after fighting leukemia. Services were at Episcopal Church and burial in the Hyannis Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1991
Anna Marie (Main) Merrill
BEAUMONT, Calif.–Anna Marie (Main) Merrill, 79, died December 22, 1991, at Redding Community Hospital in Beaumont, California.
She was born May 1912 in Benkelman, Nebraska, to Glen H. and Ella (Brethower) Main and grew to womanhood in Benkelman, attending Benkelman grade and high schools.
Anna married Earl Merrill in 1940 and to this union two sons, Walter and Jim, were born.
The family moved to Norwalk, California, in 1955 where Anna worked as a Shakley dealer until her retirement in 1983.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Opal and Dorothy.
Survivors include her husband, Earl; her sons, Walter and Jim of Beaumont, and four brothers, Guy of Benkelman, Orval of Gering, Nebraska, Leonard of Rialto, California, and John North of North Platte, Nebraska.
Her body was cremated and the ashes scattered over her rose garden.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1996
Floyd E. Merrill
TRENTON-- Floyd E. Merrill was born Dec 7, 1905, in Dundy County, Neb., to Tom and Emma Merrill, the eldest of nine children, whom he helped raise.
Floyd attended the Stratton Public Schools and spent most of his life in the Stratton community.
He and Margaret Ziegler were united in marriage on May 28, 1932. To this union two children were born, Don and Ruth.
Floyd was an electrician by profession, but was probably best remembered for the Lake Movie Theater, which he owned. He and his family operated the theater in the 1950s. Floyd, Margaret and Don moved to Yakima, Wash., for several years and Floyd picked fruit while they lived there. Also at various times he was co-owner of the Stratton Electric Shop and owner of a coffee shop in Wauneta, Neb. He also worked for Standard Oil Co. both in Stratton and Imperial, Neb., at the Village of Stratton electric plant and at the Stratton Hospital as a custodian,
Floyd spent the last 6 1/2 years in poor health at El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Neb., where he died on July 4, 1996.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Earl, arid two sisters, Pearl and Dorothy.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Strattonl their son, Don, and his wile, Pat, of Strattonl their daughter, Ruth Maiellero, of Omaha. Neb.; five grandchildren, Mark Merrill of Columbus, Neb., Marcia Merrill of Lincoln, Neb., and Scott, Lori and Todd Maiellero of Omaha; and five sisters; Ruby Davis of Lacy, Wash., Elnora Albrecht of Pueblo, Colo.; Evelyn Chapman, who resides in Missouri, Wilma Polfus of Stanton, Calif., and Ethel Merrill of Snow Bear, Calif.
Services for Floyd E. Merrill were held Monday, July 8, 1996, at 11 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Stratton with the Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Organist was Marjorie Redfield. Wallace Gummere sang "Amazing Grace" and "The Lord's Prayer." Bearers were Scott and Todd Maiellero, Dean Williamson, Mark Merrill, Kenneth Wade and Richard Walter. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1975
George Stephen Metcalf
George Stephen Metcalf, Wauneta, died Tuesday, November 19, at the Chase County Hospital. He was born October 20, 1900. Metcalf received his honorary title of doctor of science degree at Menorah Lutheran College in Menorah, Iowa.
Dr. Metcalf was active in the Chase County Historical Society following his retirement from the Smithsonian Museum. He indexed the Indian Artifacts of the society and gave three programs from his vast storehouse of knowledge gathered while working for the Smithsonian.
He is survived by his widow, Mildred; one daughter, Margaret Howie of Columbia, Mo.; one grandchild; one brother, Watt of Pawhuska, Okla.; and three sisters, Esther Novacek, Grace Oliver and Edna Christensen, all of Wauneta.
Services were held Saturday, November 22, at the United Methodist Church at Wauneta. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery with Brunkhorst Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1978
Mary Eleanor (Cook) Mettauer
Mary Eleanor Cook, daughter of Enoch and Lilly Cook, was born Aug. 14, 1892 in Cheyenne County. In 1910 she was united in marriage to Homer Stamm. To this union two sons were born, Rawleigh and Delmar. They lived on a farm in Cheyenne County for several years before moving to Haigler, Nebr., where Homer passed away in 1929.
In 1931, she married Garnett Hoover to which one daughter was born. They owned and operated the Corner Store in St. Francis, Kans., for several years. In 1927 they moved to Oregon. In March 1948 Garnett passed away.
Mary or Mayme as she was best known worked for the Compton Bulb farm and the Oregon bulb farm for several years,
In January 1952, she married William Mettauer. Mary Mettauer died May 14, 1978 in a comalescent center at the age of 85.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Delmar Stamm of Gresham, Ore., and Rawleigh Stamm of St. Francis, Kans.l one daughter and her husband, Darla Murphy of Portland, Ore.; one sister, Leona Brown of Castro Valley, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bateman Funeral Chapel, Gresham, with interment in Willamette National Cemetery. The Rev. Clifford Wishon officiated.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2000
Gwendolyn L. (Irish) Meyer
MADRID—Gwendolyn L. Meyer was born on April 28, 1935, at Benkelman, Neb., the second of three children born to Arthur and Vera Emery Irish.
Gwen grew up in Benkelman and graduated from high school in 1954. She then attended Emily Griffiths Opportunity School affiliated with Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colo. She graduated in 1955 and was the first graduate licensed practical nurse employed by the Ogallala (Neb.) Community Hospital.
Gwen was married to Hans A. Meyer in Ogallala in 1956. They moved to their farm home north of Madrid, Neb. In addition to helping on the farm, Gwen continued with private duty nursing for several years. In 1989 she purchased and renovated the Stafford home in Paxton, Neb., and established the Gingerbread Inn Bed and Breakfast. She enjoyed meeting new people and made numerous friends, gaining a reputation for her chocolate cinnamon rolls and croissants.
Gwen had been diagnosed with a malignancy the middle of July and died late Sunday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2000, at her home north of Madrid. She had reached the age of 65.
Gwen enjoyed raising a large flower and vegetable garden and always had plenty of produce to share with her friends and family. She enjoyed following the activities of her family, and her grandchildren were the sunshine of her life.
Gwen was preceded in death by her parents and two brothersl Dr. Darryl Irish and an infant brother.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Annalisa "Lisa" Meyer, of Ogallala; four sons: Jeff and wife, Renee, of rural Ogallala, Martin and wife, Deb, of Paxton, Danny and wife, Jennifer, of Omaha, Neb., and Randy of rural Madrid; five grandsons: Nathan, Marshall, Jeremy, Andrew and Matthew; two granddaughters: Ashley and Amber, and other relatives and friends.
Her body was cremated with the cremains being scattered on the family farm.
A memorial service will be held today (Wednesday, Aug. 23), at 10:30 a.m. at the Madrid United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bonnie Linton-Hendrick officiating. A memorial has been established to the Western Prairie Hospice. Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, May 2008
Helen E. Meyers
March 13, 1907 -- May 3, 2008
Helen E. Meyers died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
She was born March 13, 1907, to George Washington and Ida (Hauxwell) Loomis in Haigler. She graduated from McCook High School in 1924.
Helen married Hugh Meyers in McCook on May 1, 1935. To this union two children were born, Marilyn and Kent. She taught rural school for 11 years. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, cooking and her kittens.
She was a member of the Indianola Christian Church and a 73 year member of the Red Willow Women's Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hugh in 1969; great-grandson, Nicholas O'Dea; two sisters, Jessie Waddell and Faye Shepherd; and a brother, Charles Loomis.
She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Bohl and husband Gordon of Arvada, Colo.; her son, Kent Meyers and wife, Deb of McCook; a sister, Mildred Zink of McCook; nine grandchildren, Joyce Potthoff and husband, Darrel, Andy O'Dea and wife, Lori, Beth O'Dea, Steve O'Dea and wife, Dawn, Jason Meyers and wife, Staci, Jeremy Meyers and wife, Bambi, Ryan Meyers, Derek Meyers and Erin Meyers; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and special caregivers, Dixie Kofler and Marilyn Gaster.
Memorials may be given in her name to the new building for the McCook Humane Society.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the Indianola Christian Church with Jerry Beckenhauer and Mike Searcey officiating. Burial will be in McCook at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 6 p.m. and Tuesday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. The family will greet friends and family Tuesday from 5 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Friends may sign her book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1973
John W. Micek
John W. Micek, former Dundy County resident, passed away at Presbyterian Medical Center, Denver, Colorado, Saturday, May 5, at 5:20 a.m. after a long and ravaging illness of five years.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 9th at 11:00 a. m. by Father Benedict Rori at Assumption Church in Welby, Colorado, where the Micek children attended grade school and church the past 15 years.
Olingers Mortuary had charge of services and the Rosary was said at 7:00 p.m.
on May 8th in the Chapel at 16th and Boulder, Denver. He was laid to rest in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Adams County.
John W. Micek was born at Columbus, Nebraska, on January 7, 1911, second son of Joseph and Caroline Micek. He attended grade school at Papillion and high school at Ashton, Nebraska and two years of business college at St. Paul, Nebraska. After completing college he ran a variety store in St. Paul for four years, then was basement manager for Brown McDonald in Grand Island for several years and spent a year in Columbus, Ohio. He returned to Grand Island where he was associated with the Livestock Exchange as bookkeeper, and then was Post Exchange Manager at the Army Air Base until 1944. He moved to Benkelman, Nebraska and was associated with J. W. Ireland until 1949.
On July 23rd, 1950 he married Phyllis Masser Lacroix in Golden, Colorado. They moved to Denver and Southern Colorado where he was associated with Gordon Stores in capacity of manager at six stores, Leadville, Durango, Del Norte, Monte Vista, Alamosa and Center until 1965, when he moved his family to Denver where he managed Santa Fe Economy Store for seven years. Later moving to Perl Mack in Adams County, he spent the last ten years at Hesteds Store as Department Manager. Their home is two blocks from the store at 7294 Navajo Street.
He was a kind and loving father to his daughter, Darlene Ostdiek, to his stepchildren, Louis E. and Diane L. Lacroix Hess and to Joseph James, John Stephen, Daniel Wayne and Ruth Ann. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Phyllis; seven children and six grandchildren; his mother, Caroline Micek of Ashton; his sister, Florence and husband Leonard Tesmer of Colorado Springs and two brothers, Michael and wife Rose of Onekema, Michigan, Stanley and wife Betty of Elsimore, California; his son-in-law, Louis Ostdiek, nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews and a host of friends.
He was a member of the BPOE Lodge 2227 in Westminster, Colorado and they had services at the mortuary following the Rosary.
John was unable to work since September of 1972, but had a tax-help and bookkeeping office in the basement of his home the past 12 years, The J & P Tax Service. He was only able to be active the first two weeks of tax season this year, entering the hospital February 5th where he was confined until April 16th. He was able to return home for ten days over Easter, but had to return to the hospital on April 26th. He had undergone x-ray treatments periodically the past five years, doctoring all summer of 1972. He had a severe case of shingles in October, 1972 and was hospitalized 2 1/2 weeks. From that time on he was not able to gain strength. He never complained, but his family was well aware of his suffering. Since his illness, his brother Stan and wife Betty came to help the family and daughter, Darlene, and husband Louis Ostdiek, and they were a great comfort to him in his last weeks.
His wife, Phyllis, and son Louis continued the office, visiting the hospital every day for a few hours. His mother, now in her 80's, was with him the past few weeks, and his sister Florence and husband visited him regularly.
All family members were in attendance at the services and several from a distance. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wooters, Sterling, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. John C. Mosser and son Roger, Alliance, Nebr.; Mr. Michael Micek, Onekema, Michigan; Mrs. Caroline Micek, Ashton, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Micek of Elsinore, Calif.; Everett and Mildred Mosser, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Pawlowski and children of Brighton. Colo.; Mrs. Janet Baker, Brighton, Colo., John S. Micek, Bismark, North Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Tesmer, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Herbst, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Chris Mosser, Ft. Collins, Colo. and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Fiore of Boulder, Colorado.
The Lady Elks served a family dinner to 50 in the Micek home following the services.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1945
William Michels, who for fifty-seven years had been a resident of Cheyenne county, Kansas, a few miles southeast of Benkelman, died Sunday evening following a fall at his bachelor home Saturday afternoon. Death came as he was enroute to a local hospital in the Laughlin ambulance in the presence of Dr. N. H. Lewis who was
called when Leslie McKittrick, a neighbor, discovered Mr. Michels in a critical condition, laying on the doorstep of the Michels house.
Mr. McKittrick had called at the Michels home Sunday afternoon on a neighborly mission when he discovered the unfortunate man laying over the door-step which was constructed by a large implement wheel filled with rocks. Mr. Michels told him that he had been there since Saturday afternoon and that he couldn't move. McKittrick summoned aid after Mr. Michels asked that he not try to move him for it was painful to him. When Dr. Lewis and the ambulance arrived he was transferred into the ambulance and taken to town and he was rational all the time until shortly before their arrival in town when he suddenly passed away. Suppositions are that he may have fallen from the doorway onto the rocks and sustained an injury to his head or that he may have suffered a stroke. He had been sitting in his chair in the doorway previous to the accident.
William Michels occupied an unusual position in the community where he had made his home for so many years, Billy came to this country in the early day and endured all the hardships of the era in the fullest measure for he not only bore his own burdens but shared those of his neighbors. He was well read and a pleasant conversationalist, as well as a master of the accordion and on hundreds of occasions he shared his talent to brighten the lives of his neighbors. In later years, as the infirmatives of his age reduced his ability to cope with! the problems of existence, his neighbors expressed their devotion to him by doing his work for him and keeping vigilance over him, less sickness or accident might bring him suffering unattended. Not many days went by that Billy was not visited by several of his neighbors as they watched over him with unstinted devotion. Of many men it has been said that they died without an enemy, but William Michels was one of the few who actually attained that honor.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran Church with Rev. A. A. Hoferer in charge. Singers were Mrs. Irma Harder and Mrs. A. A. Hoferer Pallbearers were Charley Deyle, Freddie Deyle, Bly Howard, Chester Gerdes, Johnnie Talmon and Leslie McKittrick. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
William Michels, son of Heinrich Michels and his wife Dorothy, was born on November 30, 1862 in Altenburg, province Hanover, Germany. He was, baptized in Infancy and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
As a young man of eighteen years, he emigrated to America and settled in Chicago, Ill., where he sought and found work. In the year 1886 he came to Cheyenne county where he took up a homestead. He remained on this homestead until 1892 and then because of crop failures he went to Denver, Colo., to find work, where he remained until 1894.
From that year to the present time he made his home here, carrying on his work of farming until about two years ago, since which time his neighbors have been assisting him with his work.
On Sunday evening he was found by neighbors at his home in a serious condition and was brought to town where he died. His age was 82 years, 8 months and 19 days.
William Michels was well and favorably known in the community and a neighbor respected by all.
Those left to mourn his death are his sisters, Mrs. Doris Mueller and Mrs. Bertha Klauche, of Denver, two nephews and two nieces.
Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 11-30-1862 and a death date of 8-19-1945.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2006
Grace Marie (Foster) Middleswart
Grace Marie (Foster) Middleswart was born on Sept. 17, 1907, at the family farm near Max, Neb. Her parents were Chesney Charles and Grace Ethel (Ham) Foster. She was born in a stone hut which was made with local stones mixed with mud and straw.
Grace attended rural grade school. She graduated from the Benkelman High School in 1927. After graduation, she moved to Lincoln, Neb., where she spent three months attending a business college. She found a family to live with for board and room. She was always fortunate in finding employment, working with a number of different companies.
She was married to Robert Leo Middleswart on June 21, 1931, at the home of her Grandpa and Grandma Ham at Benkelman. After their honeymoon to Raton, N.M., they moved to Haigler, Neb., where Robert was employed by the State of Nebraska Roads and Irrigation Department. From 1931-35 they lived in various Nebraska towns in the summer and back to Lincoln during the winter. In 1935 they established a permanent residence in Lincoln.
In 1925 Marie was baptized at a Baptist Church in Lincoln. In 1938 she joined Trinity Methodist Church and from 1990 to the time of her death she was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Starcraft #307.
In April 1994 Robert and Marie moved to the Masonic Home at Plattsmouth, Neb. Marie passed away Saturday morning, April 29, 2006, at the age of 98. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on June 15, 1994, three brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Shirley and Roy Stohler of Concord, Neb., and Emily Grace and Rod Schmidt of Bellevue, Neb.; seven granddaughters; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; other relatives, and many friends.
Services were held at 10:30 am. on Thursday, May 4, 2006, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Lincoln. Burial was in the Lincoln Memorial Park.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1994
Robert L. Middleswart
PLATTSMOUTH—Funeral services tor Robert L. Middleswart were held June 20, 1994, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He died June 15 at the Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth. Nebraska.
Middleswart was born February 1, 1900, in Oconto, Nebraska. He worked 43 years for the Nebraska Department of Roads, retiring in 1969.
He was united in marriage to Grace Marie Foster in Benkelman. Nebraska.
Middleswart is survived by his wife, two daughters and sons-in-law, Roy and Shirley Stohler of Concord, Nebraska. and Rod and Grace Schmidt of Bellevue, Nebraska. Also surviving him are 7 granddaughters, 12 great-grand children, 3 half-sisters and a half brother.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1996
Marjorie Clarissa (Ross) Miles
STRATTON— Marjorie Clarissa Miles, daughter of James Edgar and Julia Anna (McCumber) Ross, was born Jan. 23, 1907, in Mound City, Mo. She died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1996, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb., at the age of 89.
She moved from Mound City with her family to the Eden vicinity in Hitchcock County, Neb., in 1916 and attended school there.
She married F. Norris Miles on Aug. 17, 1926, at Atwood, Kan. To this union five children were born.
Mrs. Miles was a farm wife for many years before moving into Stratton, Neb. Her special love was cooking. She operated two cafes in Stratton and was the cook at the local hospital until it closed. She loved having her family around her, so family dinners were always at her house.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Hazel Richards and Selma Sutton, and two infant brothers.
She is survived by her five children: Bonnie Renna of Pompton Plains, NJ, Edgar and wife, Bea, of McCook, Neb., Lucille (Mrs. Wayne) Higley of Stratton, Yvonne (Mrs. Keith) Foster of Winter Park, Fla., and Sharon (Mrs. Bob) Craw of Grand Terrace, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris (Mrs. Arlon) Schipman, of Palisade, Neb.; nieces, nephews and friends.
Final rites were held Saturday, Feb. 10, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with Randy Hayes officiating. Marjorie Redfield was the organist and Michael Pruter sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden."
Bearers were Morrison Sutton, DeWayne "Chad" Caress, Victor Kisela, Eugene "Bud" Jesch, Larry Hubl and Kerry Krutsinger. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton with Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1973
Eroll R. Miles
Eroll R. Miles, son of Jesse and Bettie M. Miles, was born near Stratton, Nebraska on October 3, 1915 and passed away on June 20, 1973 at Veterans Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 57 years, three months and 17 days.
He was graduated from Stratton high school in 1932 and served in the U. S. Navy two different times, once prior to World War II and during World War II. He was a member of V.F.W. Post No. 9155 and the Wm. Egle American Legion Post No. 281.
He was baptized at the age of ten years and has been an active member of the Church of Christ since that time.
On June 4, 1941, he was married to Marjorie Latta at Reno, Nevada. To this union were born three children, Richard E. and Linda Gerdes of Lincoln and Phil A. of Stratton.
Eroll received training in the Navy as a welder and worked in the shipyards in California between the two times in Navy service. From 1948 to 1962 the family lived on the farm homesteaded by his father. In 1959, he began working for the Miller Weeder Co. and later for the Miller Manufacturing Co.
Eroll was a good husband, father and grandfather to his family and a friend and neighbor to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all.
Those mourning his death include his wife, Marjorie; sons, Richard and Phil; daughter, Linda; daughter-in-law, Karson; son-in-law, Ronald Gerdes; four grandchildren, Craig and Cari Gerdes, Heather and Hilary Miles; one brother, Harold of Pico Rivera, Calif.; three sisters, Vera Kennedy of Aurora, Colorado, Doris Hubbard of Englewood, Colorado and Hazel Miles of Littleton, Colorado besides many other relatives and friends. His parents and twin brothers, Robert and Willard, preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held at the Stratton Church of Christ on June 23, 1973 at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Haun Kite, minister of the Lincoln Church of Christ. A mixed quartet, including Mr. and Mrs. Duane Burham, Mark Burham and Mrs. Haun Kite of Lincoln, sang several beautiful songs.
Pallbearers were Warren Miller, Charles Carlson, John Brennan, Mike League, Frank Hardy and Morrison Sutton.
Military guard and graveside services were conducted by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery with the Jones Funeral Home in charge.
Out of town relatives attending the funeral of Eroll Miles were: Mr. and Mrs. Dick Miles, Heather and Hilary, Lincoln, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gerdes, Craig and Cari, Lincoln, Nebr; Harold Miles, Pico Rivera, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Miles, Littleton, Colo.; Mrs. Doris Hubbard, Englewood, Colo.; Mrs. Vera Kennedy, Aurora, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Richards, Palisade, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Wright, Mankato, Kans.; Edgar Miles, Washington, Kansas; Mrs. Nelson Keeler, Mankato, Kans.; Mrs. C. N. McGinnis, Rossville, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Richards, Trenton, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Baker and Calvin, Goodland, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Morten Grosse and Marcia, Greeley, Colo.; Mrs. Beverly Swenson and boys, Greeley, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Neal Hudson, Trenton, Nebr.; Roger Hudson, Trenton, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Harchelroad, Wauneta, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Jones, Benkelman, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Sutton, Palisade, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Sutton, Palisade, Nebr.; Orville Miles, McCook, Nebraska and Mr. and Mrs. Lyndell Goode, Colby, Kansas.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1981?
F. Noris Miles
F. Noris Miles died Tuesday, April 20, in the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb., at the age of 74.
He was born August 8, 1907, in Stratton to Frank H. and Olivia J. (Smith) Miles. He was married on August 27, 1926, in Atwood, Kan., to Marjorie C. Ross, and to this union were born five children.
Noris lived in and around Stratton all his life and was engaged in farming. His love of life was working the soil and raising his crops.
He is survived by his widow, Marjorie, of Stratton; one son, Edgar, of McCook; four daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Bonnie) Renna, of Pompton Plains, N.J., Mrs. Wayne
(Lucille) Higley, of Stratton; Mrs. Keith (Yvonne) Foster, of Winter Park, Fla.; and Mrs. Robert (Sharon) Craw, of Max.
Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Allen (Ada) Ekstrum, of Stratton, and one brother, Orville, of McCook.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Beyond Life's Gateway
There's an open gate at the end of the road
through which each must go alone,
And there, in a light we cannot see,
our Father claims His own...
Beyond the gate your loved one
finds happiness and rest,
And there is comfort in the thoughtthat a loving God knows best.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1998
Alta Marie (Andrews) Miller
STRATTON– Alta Marie Miller, 90, died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb.
She was born Oct. 16, 1907, in Dundy County, Neb., to Orlando C. and Genie E. (Kershner) Andrews. She attended Dundy County School District No. 22.
On June 26, 1935, she married Oscar Miller at Benkelman.
She was a member of the Christian Union Church at Stratton, Neb.; a member of the Garden Club and a flower show judge. She worked as a bookkeeper for Miller Weeder Company.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1971; three sisters: Opal, Gertrude and Elizabeth, and two brothers: Harold and Carson.
Survivors include two brothers: Robert and his wife, Nina, of Benkelman and Alfred and his wife, Frances, of Hillsboro, Ore.; a grandson, Ronnie, and wife, Cheryl, of Idaho; two great-granddaughters: Jennifer Miller and Brandy and her husband, Scott Kelar, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Final rites for Alta Miller were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with the Rev. Phil Sorensen officiating. Beverly Henderson was the organist and Wallace Gummere sang "He Leadeth Me" and "How Great Thou Art."
Bearers were Web Wyss, Mitch Miller, Howard League, Jimmy Earnest, Mike League, Scott Kelar, Lindy Whipps and Clyde Hunkins. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1983
M. Ilene (Bishop) Miller
M. Ilene Bishop Miller was born November 24, 1928, at McDonald, Kansas, to Orval E. and Bessie M. Bankson Bishop. She passed away September 24, 1983, at her home in Benkelman, Nebraska.
She attended grade school at a country school near Beardsley, Kansas, and attended McDonald High School in McDonald, Kansas.
After graduation, she attended a business college in Denver and worked in Denver, Colorado, for a short time. She then moved to Benkelman and was employed by the Morehouse Hospital and later the Dundy County Hospital as a nurse's aide, lab technician and x-ray technician, and assisted in surgery.
She was married to Eugene Miller on June 23, 1949, at Benkelman. To this union four daughters were born: Cindy, Peggy, Becky and Jyl.
She was a member of Sheba Rebekah Lodge 321 for 28 years, Methodist Church and UMW Circle 3 of which she enjoyed all. She was to receive a Decoration of Chivalry in the Grand Assembly in October for Rebekahs.
She and her husband owned the skating rink for many years and enjoyed skating with the kids very much.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene, of Benkelman; four daughters, Mrs. Richard (Cindy) Els, Mrs. Gary (Peg) Bernard, both of Benkelman; Mrs. Mike (Becky) Brown of Mullen and Jyl of Lincoln; nine grandchildren, David, Brian and April Els, Michele, Tonya, Chad and Travis Bernard, Marc and Samantha Brown; her mother, Bessie Bishop, of McDonald, Kansas; her mother-in-law, Sophia Miller, of St. Francis, Kansas; and a host of cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Orval E. Bishop.
She was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, September 26, 1983, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. John Lover officiating. Gwen Bauer, the
organist, accompanied Kelly Hayward with the selections "The Lord's Prayer" and "Beyond The Sunset."
Bearers were Ercel Bishop, Wayne Clark, Bill Osborn, Duaine Todd, Ed Doven and Wayne LaDuke. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with committal services by Sheba Rebekah Lodge 321 of Benkelman. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Memorials are being accepted in her name for the heart fund.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1999
Ellen C. (Cannon) Miller
Ellen C. Miller, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb. She was born March 6, 1907, in rural Dundy County, Neb., to Elmer and Grace (King) Cannon. Ellen was the third of nine children. All of her life was spent in Benkelman.
In 1925, Ellen married Roy 0. Miller of Stratton, Neb., and to this union was born a daughter, Mary Ellen.
Before her marriage, she worked at the hospital in Stratton and later became a licensed practical nurse, working at the Morehouse Hospital in Benkelman.
Mrs. Miller's friends were very special to her. She was a charter member of the Benkelman Garden Club, which initiated the boundary of trees and shrubs which now surround the Benkelman Cemetery. She and other members often carried water, by hand, to each of the trees to insure their survival. In addition to her love for gardening, she enjoyed animals. She was a life-long member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Roy; two brothers, and four sisters.
Those who survive her include her daughter, Mary Ellen, and her husband, Lem Pinkerton, of Fort Collins, Colo.; two sisters: Georgia Earnest of Benkelman and Esther Grace Kirkpatrick of San Bernadino, Calif.; grandsons Cappy Pinkerton and wife, Sue, of Oxford, Neb., and Jim Pinkerton and wife, Michelle, of Fort Collins; two great-grandsons; Justin and Kevin, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Ellen Miller were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Jackie Wilson was the organist and Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Peace In The Valley."
Casket bearers were Scott and Larry Wiese, Cappy and Jim Pinkerton, Tom Noffsinger and Marvin Hollenbaugh. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Forch Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1969
Pauline (Caster) Miller
Pauline Miller, daughter of Edna and Elmer Caster, was born at Benkelman, Nebraska, March 11, 1907, and passed away at Denver, Colorado, on December 15, 1969. Death came suddenly as she was addressing Christmas cards in her apartment.
Pauline was married to Gail L. Miller on November 28, 1922. To this union two daughters were born. Mrs. Hope Spratlin of Edmonton Alberta, Canada. and Mrs. Imogene Oakley, who preceded her mother in death.
Pauline was one in a family of seven children. Both parents and two brothers and two sisters have also preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her death, one daughter, Hope Spratlin, and one son-in-law, Dr. Edward Spratlin, of Canada. Five grandchildren, Tom and Jim Spratlin also of Canada, Mrs. Janet Young of Pennsylvania, and Paula and Allen Oakley of Englewood, Colorado; two sisters, Rachel Hardwick and Ruby Sawick, both of Denver.
Pauline lived most of her life in and near Benkelman, Nebraska. She operated Pauline's Café for approximately twenty-four years and had many friends in Dundy county. Her active life was slowed down after numerous attacks of pneumonia left her lungs in a weakened condition. This eventually forced her to retire from business. After moving to Denver, she has been employed part time.
Her love for her family was first in her life, then her charity for all who were in trouble or in need of help. She had love and understanding for young people and her influence on many of their lives will be remembered. Her philosophy of life can best be expressed by this poem which she had kept in her Bible for many years.
"I expect to pass through this world but once; if, therefore, there is any kindness I can show or any good thing that I can do, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.
Services were conducted at Nickels-Hill-Drinkwine, Chapel of Peace at Littleton, Colorado, on December 20, l969. Reverand Philip Wolfe of the Church of Christ, of which she was a member, officiating.
Interment is in a family plot at Crown Memorial Park at Denver, Colorado.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1970
Anna (Clegg) Miller
Anna Clegg, only daughter of Henry and Mary Clegg, was born at Tabor, Iowa, on August 13, 1872, and passed away at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman on October 13, 1970, at the age of 98 years and two months.
Her father having died, Anna at the age of 14 years came with her mother to the Haigler community, where her brothers had homesteaded. She obtained her musical education at Gates College, Neligh, Nebraska, and music was one of her main interests throughout her life.
She was married in 1916 to Guy M. Miller, who preceded her in death.
Anna Miller was the last survivor of her family. Besides her father and mother, her four brothers, Harry 0., Samuel J., Johnny, and Iva Clegg, passed away a number of years ago.
Among her survivors are her nephews, Archie Clegg, Gothenburg, Raleigh Clegg, Cambridge and Otto Clegg, Daly City, California, and her nieces, May Logan, Seattle, Washington, Edith Clegg, Benkelman, Ellen Osborne, Oakland, California, and Gertrude Allen, Phoenix, Arizona, together with their families. She is also survived by the families of two nephews, Lee and Eldon Clegg, and a grandnephew Kent Clegg, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Miller was a member of Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star, Benkelman.
Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Haigler on Friday morning, October 16, with the Rev. Hiram Lilley officiating. Mrs. Florence Daniels was the organist, and Virginia Harford, Helen Woods, Ray Harford and Don Harford sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Beyond the Sunset." The casket bearers were Jim Dexter, Jim Smith, Ray McVey, Floyd Trembly, Paul Kamla and Marion Douglass. Interment was in the Haigler cemetery. Jay's Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1993
Ada Gertrude (Cole) Miller
BENKELMAN—Ada Gertrude Miller, daughter of Frank and Alice (Timmons) Cole, was born February 18, 1896, on the family farm near Burlington Junction, Nodaway County, Missouri.
When she was 18 years of age she went to Maryville, Missouri, and began training to become a milliner. While in Maryville she became a member of the South Methodist Church.
Upon completion of her millinery training, Ada accepted positions in millinery stores in Missouri and Kansas before coming to Benkelman, Nebraska, to work in McDermott's Store. She also worked in Haskins' Store.
While working in Benkelman, she met Bruce Miller who was working at the light plant. They were married January 24, 1923, in Maryville but returned to Benkelman where they spent their entire married life of 52 years in the new home Bruce had proyided for them.
Ada was always happiest when working among her garden plants and flowers, which she shared with everyone, and also when she was entertaining family and friends in her home.
Her home was a haven for those less fortunate. Two of Bruce's nephews, Victor and Everett Pigg, made their home with Bruce and Ada while attending Benkelman High School and they spent many happy years together. Others were also cared for in their home while recuperating from illnesses.
After Bruce's death in 1976, Ada continued to maintain her home until her health failed; she spent her remaining three years and three months in the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman where she died March 14, 1993, at the age of 97 years.
Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce; her parents; three sisters, Maggie and Etta Cole and Jessie Allen; five brothers, Edward, Clarence, Cyrus, Marshall and Frank, and one nephew, Everett Pigg.
Surviving are her two sisters-in-law, Flora Cole of Maryville and Lulu Cole of Maysville, Missouri; four nephews, Wilson and wife, Ruth Cole of Savannah, Missouri, Wilbur and wife, Joyce Cole of Graham, Missouri, Marshall Cole Jr. of Maysville and Victor and wife, Helen Pigg of Bridgeport, Nebraska, and three nieces, Ada Irene Taylor of St. Joseph, Missouri, Mary Lane of Cape Coral, Florida, and Mildred and husband, Richard Carter of Barnard, Missouri. Ada is also survived by four generations of nephews and nieces.
Services were held Wednesday, March 17, 1993, at 11 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1981
Edith Lisetta (Douthit) Miller
Edith Lisetta Douthit Miller died September 26, 1981 at 5:30 p.m.
She was born January 19, 1921 near Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska to Frank Richmond and Mary Elle Styers Douthit.
She married her high school sweetheart, Lyle E. Miller of St. Francis, Kansas at Will Rogers Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 20, 1942.
To this union three daughters were born, Mary Ellen Ross of Amarillo, Texas; Martha Elizabeth Lowe of Sudan, Texas, and Ruth Virginia Huggins of Hobbs, New Mexico. There are eight grandchildren.
She spent two years at Emporia. State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas.
She was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church of Amarillo; was a leader of the Campfire Girls for eight years; worked for six years with Job's Daughters and Rainbow Girls, and spent 10 years as a P.T.A. member with the Amarillo Independent School System.
Her parents, two sisters, and five brothers preceded her in death.
Survivors include Lyle of the home; one sister, Mrs. Gladys Freehling of Haigler, Nebraska; one brother, James W. Douthit of St. Francis, Kansas; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.
A memorial is being set up with the Scottish Rite Crippled Children's Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 29, 1981 in St. Paul Methodist Church at 4 p.m. The minister was Dr. W.A. Appling.
Songs sung were "How Great Thou Art" and "Rock of Ages" by Pam Poole, soloist, and Raenell McDonough, organist. Casket Bearers were Tom Howell, Charles Dean,
Robert Flowers, Mert Fuqua, Don Kennedy and Frank Ross..
Interment was in Memory Gardens.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1975
Katherine (Eckhart) Miller
Katherine Miller, daughter of David and Anna Eckhart, was born December 12, 1892 in Frank, Russia and died at the Hester Memorial Home, Benkelman, Nebraska on June 19, 1975 at the age of 82 years, six months and seven days.
At the age of seven she came with her parents to the United States and settled in the town of McCook. Later, the family moved to a farm northwest of Culbertson. Kate, as her friends affectionately called her, attended country school in Hitchcock County.
Katherine was united in marriage to Chris Miller in Hastings, Nebraska on November 8, 1910. To this union were born eight children. Chris and Kate lived in Hastings for a time and then moved to a farm south of' town. Following the death of Mr. Miller in October of 1961, Kate moved into Culbertson. For the past ten years she has been a resident of the Hester Memorial Home of Benkelman.
Kate loved life and was active in many organizations and projects. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and received her fifty year membership pin in May of 1975. She was also a member of the Culbertson chapter of the United Methodist Women. Through the years Kate was a member of the American Legion and V. F. W. Auxiliaries, the Culbertson Women's Club, the Garden Club, the Mary Circle Extension Club and various birthday clubs.
During the years she lived in the Hester Home of Benkelman, she raised flowers, worked part-time in the kitchen, crocheted rag rugs, was very active in the craft program and went out of her way to lend a helping hand to others in the home. She had a deep love for her children and grandchildren, spent many a pleasant hour singing favorite songs and watched football, basketball and baseball gimes on television whenever possible.
Katherine Miller was preceded in death by her husband Chris on October 21, 1961. Four daughters also preceded her in death: Mrs. Esther McBee, Mrs. Rachel Deaver, Mrs. Violet Bell and Mrs. Bernice Colling.
Survivors include three daughters: Mrs. Elmer (Dorothy) Fahrenbruch, Culbertson; Mrs. Al (Elsie) Hein, Denver; Mrs. Al (Joan) Williams, Englewood, Calif., and one son, Ralph Miller, Clinton, Arkansas; forty-three grandchildren, seventy-five great-grandchildren and six great - great - grandchildren; one brother, David Eckhart, Gothenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Frick, Ogallala and Mrs. Fred Meininger, Holdrege and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held June 23 in the Trinity United Methodist Chtich with the Rev. Eldo N. Kirkus officiating. Mrs. Doris Fahrenbruch and Mrs. Marjorie Schlegel sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Life's Railway to Heaven" accompanied by Mrs. Jean Kirkus on the organ. Pall bearers were John McBee, Gary Wacker, Donald E. Coiling, Jr., Brad Hein, Clyde Bell, Jr., and Gene Russell.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2005
Garnet (Freehling) Miller
Longtime St. Francis, Kan., resident Garnet Miller, 101, died on Wednesday March 9, 2005. at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis.
Garnet was born on April 25, 1903, in rural Cheyenne County, Kansas, north of St. Francis. She was the fourth child of 12 born to Peter and Mary (Wagner) Freehling. At the age of six her family moved to Haigler, Neb., where she attended school and graduated in 1920. Later, Garnet furthered her education at the Parks College in Denver, Colo., and received a teaching degree.
She taught in country schools for three years and during the third year she met her future husband, Herman C. Miller. They were married on Oct. 11, 1923. The couple moved to St. Francis where Mr. Miller was employed by Howard Sawhill at the bank. Mrs. Miller worked with her husband at the Cheyenne County State Bank for 25 years.
For her 100th birthday, a celebration was held in her honor at Haigler. In 101 years, Mrs. Miller had seen many changes. Garnet was an amazing lady and was well known for her nice dresses and high heels. She enjoyed painting china, cooking, gardening and spending time with young children.
She was a member of the Haigler Methodist Church, First Christian Church of St. Francis, P.O.E. Sisterhood, Ramblers Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman, of 68 years; her parents; sisters Lydia Webster, Lora Bye, Alma Roberts, Anna Buhl and Pauline Roberts, and a brother, Paul.
Survivors include three sisters: Emma Tilton, Pearline Rath and Esther Walter, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Garnet Miller were held on Saturday, March 12, 2005, at the First Christian Church with Pastor Tony Christians officiating.
Pall bearers were Calvin Freehling, Paul Freehling, Jr., Dale Rath, David Walter, Richard Walter, Don Webster and Edwin Rath, Jr., alternate.
Interment services were held at the St. Francis Cemetery with arrangements by Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2001
Christine Michelle (Harmon) Miller
McCOOK—At the age of 34 years, Christine Michelle (Harmon) Miller died Monday, March 5, 2001, at the Community Hospital in McCook, Neb. She was born on Oct. 30, 1966, in McCook, to Michael L. and Jeanne L. (Gray) Harmon.
She lived many years in Panama City Beach, Fla., before returning to McCook.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, O. J. Gray. Those who survive her include her parents of McCook; two sons: Brandon and Camron Miller, and a daughter, Tiffany Miller. all of Emporia, Kan.; her grandparents, Bud and Betty Harmon, of McCook and Phyllis Gray of Benkelman, Neb.; two sisters: Heather (Mrs. Michael) Udayan of Tempe, Ariz., and Missy (Mrs. Mark) Scott of Fort Collins, Colo.
A memorial service for Christine Miller was held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2001, at St. Albans Episcopal Church in McCook with the Rev. Sam Williams officiating.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1988
Joy Geneva (Hester) Miller
Joy Geneva (Hester) Miller, 72, of Goodland, Kansas, died Wednesday, January 13, 1988, in Turpin, Oklahoma. She was in Turpin visiting at the home of her daughter at the time of her death.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 16, at 2 p.m. at Koons Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in the Goodland Cemetery. The Rev. R. Fred Dietz officiated.
A memorial fund has been established in her name and will go to Connie's Home Health Agency in Goodland. Memorials may be left at Koons Chapel.
Mrs. Miller was born September 16, 1915, in ,Benkelman, the daughter of Eli and Carrie Bell (Strobridge) Hester. She attended school in Benkelman and graduated from the Benkelman High School.
She was married to Bennett Miller on May 7, 1939, in Benkelman. The family moved to Sherman County to a farm south of Ruleton in 1940. They lived on the farm for the next 19 years and moved into Goodland in 1959. Her husband died in 1975.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by two children: Judy Hill of Turpin, Oklahoma, and Dee Miller of Goodland; two step-children; Joy Gaddie of Falcon, Colorado, and Lee Miller of Sterling, Colorado, one granddaughter and 10 step-grandchildren.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 2000
Barbara Marie (Jones) Miller
FRANKLIN— Barbara Marie Miller was born the last child of three children to Victor Bill and Bessie Marie (Hahn) Jones on Jan. 19, 1939, at Ragan,, Neb. At the age of 61 years, 3 months and 8 days, she departed this life Thursday, April 27, 2000, as a result of a: two-car accident near Hebron, Neb.
Barbara resided with her parents at Ragan until moving to Burlington, Colo., in 1942. They moved to Holdrege, Neb., in 1946 and back to Burlington in 1948. They moved to Goodland, Kan., in 1952 and to Sheridan Lake, Colo., in 1953. Here Barbara graduated
m high school with the Class of 1955. They moved to Yuma, Ariz., in 1957 and to Wiggins, Colo., in 1959. Barbara's father farmed throughout Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. He also ran a service station in Ragan. Part of his life was spent as an employee for Peter Kewitt Construction Company.
On July 27, 1962, Barbara was united in marriage to Carl Clifford Miller at Spearman, Texas. To this union two sons were born, Carl Deane on Dec. 28, 1967, at Perryton, Texas, and Victor Jess on June 5, 1969, at Spearman.
The family resided at Spearman until Barbara's husband died in September 1972, then she moved to Alma, Neb., where she resided until moving to Benkelman, Neb., in 1983. She returned to Alma in 1987. She moved to Cayton, Texas, in 1989 and back to Alma in 1990. She moved to Goodland in 1992 and to Alma in 1995. She moved to Lincoln, Neb., in 1997 and to Franklin, Neb., in March 2000.
Barbara was employed as a cook in restaurants and as a law enforcement dispatcher for most of her life. She became disabled in 1994 as a result of a hip fracture.
Barbara attended the Free Methodist Church while residing in Alma. She loved to play bingo, and enjoyed helping cook and serve guests at the Golden Age Village, a housing complex in Franklin where she resided.
In addition to her husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her father on June 1, 1985; her brother, Orval Deane Jones, on Jan. 31, 1985; a brother-in-law, Robert Konecne, and her stepfather, Roy Bridgewater, in 1989.
She leaves to mourn her passing her two sons, Carl of Lincoln and Victor of Crete, Neb.; her mother, Bessie Jones Bridgewater of the Franklin Nursing Center at Franklin; a sister, Margaret Konecne, of Burlington, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Neva Jones, of Goodland; a stepsister, Patricia and her husband, Michael Miller, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a grandson, Declan James Miller, still at home with his parents; other relatives, and a host of friends.
A graveside service for Barbara Miller was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2000, at the Alma Cemetery in Alma with the Rev. Paul 0. Johnson officiating. Banta-Torrey Funeral Home of Alma was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1998
Susan Belle (Joseph) Miller
STRATTON–Susan Belle (Joseph) Miller, age 95, was born on June 17, 1902, in Norton County, Ran., to John Wesley and Estalla Martha (Johnson) Joseph. She died at the Elm Haven Care Center in Thornton, Colo., on Friday, Dec. 26, 1997.
At the age of four, she moved with her family by covered wagon to a homestead south of McDonald, Kan.
On Nov. 19, 1920, she married Charles C. Miller of McDonald. Six children were born to this union.
In July 1939, the family moved to Parks, Neb., and later moved to Benkelman, Neb., where she resided for a number of years. In October 1983 she moved to Stratton, Neb., to be near her daughter, Irene Kisela.
Belle and Charles celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November 1970.
Belle was baptized on Oct. 1, 1972, into the Southern Baptist Church of Benkelman where she was a member for many years. After moving to Stratton, she became a member of the Christian Union Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband who died on March 1, 1972, daughter Pearl and three infants, and a grandson, Danny Stafford.
Those who survive her include her daughters: Clara Stafford of Northglenn, Colo., and Irene and her husband, Victor Kisela, of Stratton; three grandchildren: Ray Stafford and wife, Margie, of Erie, Colo., Jerry Kisela and wife, Lona, of Benkelman, and Mark Kisela of Juniata, Neb.; six great-grandchildren: Kris and Markay Kisela of Benkelman, Landon and Brittany Kisela of Hastings, Neb., Brenda Stafford of Northglenn and Carey McKinney and her husband of Erie; three great-great-grandchildren: Colton and Dalton Stafford and Bayley McKinney; a sister, Clara Dixson, of Atwood, Kan., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Final rites for Susan Miller were held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with the Rev. A. J. Knickerbocker officiating. Beverly Henderson was the organist and Elmer Case sang "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "Rock Of Ages." Bearers were David Merklin, Richard Stahly, Wallace Gummere, Gary Henderson, Howard League and Erwin Cushing. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2005
Frances Nadine (Merklin) Miller
Frances Nadine (Merklin) Miller, age 77, of Cambridge, Neb., entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Frances was born on Aug. 24, 1928, at Benkelman. Neb., on the family farm. She was the oldest child of L.E. "Shorty" and Myrtle (Wyant) Merklin. She was married to Albert Miller on Feb. 3, 1947, in St. Francis, Kan.
In heaven Frances will join her parents, granddaughters Anna Garcia and Stephanie Gonzales, great-grandson Jonathan Garcia and daughter-in-law Diane Miller.
Frances will be missed by Albert Miller and children: Bonita (Al) Garcia and Sherry (Steve) Gonzales of McCook, Neb., Wynn (Dyanna) Miller and Garold (Lora) Miller of
Cambridge, Ronald (Deanna) Miller of Arapahoe, Tim (Linda) Miller of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Chet (Melanie) Miller of Pisgah, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by her siblings: Janice Dey of Lawrence. Kan., Lenna (Fred) Studer of Goodland, Kan., Leon (Dolly) Merklin of St. Francis, Charles (Barbara) Merklin of Bird City, Kan., William Merklin of Kismit, Kan., Dale Merklin of Mesa, Ariz., Gary (Peggy) Merklin of Malvern, Iowa, Marlin and Peggy of Liberal, Kan., along with many nieces and nephews.
Frances was cremated and a private family service was held at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005 in Cambridge.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1980
Delena Lydia (Osborn) Miller
Delena Lydia Osborn was born May 13, 1889 to George M. and Johanna Osborn near Burlington, CO and departed from this life Dec. 12, 1980. She was always known as Lena.
As a child she traveled with her parents and two brothers, Orian and Orlando, by covered wagon from Colorado to Iowa where George had a farm. After going three times to Iowa, they settled in Nebraska on a farm on the South Fork, south of Benkelman. Lena went to Baker school and then to high school where she took teacher's training. After teaching for six years she married Ernest Hawks on April 17, 1912. June 17, 1913 Ernest was killed by lightning while riding a horse to town to get the doctor for a neighbor. A son, Manford, was born in September after his death.
May 2, 1917 Lena married Levi Miller and bought the Van Buskirk farm at Doane, west of Benkelman. Four children were born to them: Alma, Willard, Luella, and Allan. After Levi’s death in 1939, she kept the farm until May 1944, when she and Willard and Allan moved to Salem, OR to be near Alma and Luella.
She was a wonderful, loving, mother and grandmother and was the center of all families of her five children, 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Lena was a devout
Christian and a member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving are four children, Manford of Yuma, AZ; Alma and Luella of Salem, OR and Allan of Independence, OR; a step-daughter, Ella Cantrell, Ft. Morgan, CO and three step-grandchildren; one sister, Manilla Merklin, Benkelman, NE and George Osborn, Longmont, CO. Her son Willard preceded her in death in 1976.
Funeral services were held Dec. 17, 1980 at Chapel of the Gardens in Salem, OR.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1916
Nellie Alice (Teeter) Miller
Mrs. Levi Miller passed away at her home north of Benkelman on Monday, March 6, after an illness of over three months, during most of which time she was confined to her bed.. Deceased was 37 years, 4 months and 6 days old.
Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday forenoon at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev, Frank Woodward; and interment took place in the Benkelman cemetery.
Nellie Alice Teeter was .born in Dekalb county, Mo:, October 9, 1878. In 1887 her parents moved to Cheyenne county, Kansas. On April 30, 1899, she was married to Levi Miller. To this union three children were born, Claud Virgil and Maud Vera, twins, dying In infancy, and Ella Fay, who still survives her.
She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted husband and daughter, her father, John Teeter, one sister, Mrs. T. D. Williams, and two brothers, John and Ralph Teeter.
We join the host of friends in expressing to the bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy in their hour of sad affliction.
Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 10-9-1878 and a death date of 3-6-1916.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1974
Kathryn (Thim) Miller
Mrs. Kathryn Miller, one of the pioneer residents of the High Plains area, passed away at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home on Thursday at the age of 96 years, 10 months and 26 days. She was born in Hanover, Kansas on November 21, 1877 and had been a resident of Dundy County for 69 years. She was among the first to become a resident of the Hester Home.
Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Monday afternoon with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and Velma and Wilbur Case, the singers. Casket bearers were Guy Billington, Frank Weiss, Chris Anderson, Gail
Dunn, William Damrow and Melvin Sailors. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Kathryn Miller was born to Alois and Antonia Thim at Hanover, Kansas on November 21, 1877 and passed away October 17, 1974 at 96 years, 10 months and 26 days of age.
She was married to John Burton Miller at Oberlin, Kansas on January 30, 1898, and to this union four sons were born.
Her parents immigrated to the United States from Steichburg, Germany in the late 1860's and settled in Hanover, Kansas where she was born. In the 1880's she and her parents moved to Oberlin, Kansas where she was later married.
Kathryn and her husband moved by covered wagon from Oberlin, Kansas to a farm northwest of Benkellan in 1905. In 1924 they moved into Benkelman.
Kathryn was a member of the Benkelman United Presbyterian Church and active in the Women's Guild in earlier years. She was among the first to take up residence at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home.
She is survived by her sons, Howard of Benkelman, Nebraska, Renard and his wife Mary of Helena, Oklahoma, Harry and wife Erline of Englewood, Colorado; two brothers, Tony Thirn of Otis, Colorado and John Thim of Hollywood, California; thirteen grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Doris Miller of Gunnison, Colorado; several great and several great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, a son, J. Ray; four brothers, Hubert, Carl, Conrad and Lew; four sisters, Theresa, Celia, Louise and Dena. She leaves other relatives and many friends to mourn her passing.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1974
Norma Laverna (Williams) Miller
Mrs. Howard Miller passed away at Memorial Hospital in North Platte, Nebraska on Thursday following emergency surgery on Wednesday night. She was 57 years of age and had been in ill health for several years.
Funeral services were conducted at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman on Monday afternoon with Pastor Otto Zeilinger officiating. Singers were Edwina Roesener and Howard Ochsner. Jackie Wilson was the organist. Casket bearers were Chris Anderson, Frank Weiss, Ray Buffington, Gaile Dunn, Cecil Mosier and Guy Main. Honorary bearers were Henry Krug, Sr., Bill Damrow, John Fitzgerald and M. D. Sailors. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Norma Laverna Miller, wife of Howard J. Miller, died Thursday, January 10, in the year of our Lord 1974. She was 57 years, seven months and 20 days old at the time of her death. She was born May 21, 1916 to William F. and Loa E. Williams at Benkelman, Nebraska. She lived all her married life in Benkelman, Nebraska.
Norma was married on January 16, 1938 to Howard J. Miller at Wray, Colorado. She is survived by her husband, Howard, two daughters, Kay F. (Miller) Jeffus, and Jane M. (Miller) Craig. Also left are four grandchildren, two sons-in-law and four sisters. After her marriage she was baptized and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church, May 4, 1947 at Benkelman, Nebraska.
In addition to her duties as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend-in-need, she served God and his church as Secretary and Financial Secretary for about 14 years. Less than two years ago she gave up her work at the church regretfully, but only because it had become a physical impossibility for her to negotiate the church steps as well as manipulate the typewriter and mimeograph. Her pastor spoke to her briefly one day before her death at which time she responded in true Christian fashion and continued as in the past to bear her cross gracefully. Before and after her marriage she contributed to the education of many children as an elementary school teacher. Many people have received gifts of her own handicraft, including crochet work and other crafts.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1975
Grace A. (Wirt) Miller
Grace A. Wirt, known in this community as the widow of the late Lovell Miller, passed away on March 29 at the Lebanon, Oregon Community Hospital at the age of 73 years. Funeral services were held on April 1 at the Huston Funeral. Home with Elder Carl Herzberg officiating. Burial was at the Lebanon IOOF Cemetery. She resided at 1260 Airport Road, Lebanon, Oregon.
Grace was born on March 26, 1902 in DeWitt, Nebraska to John and Sadie Summers. They moved to Dundy County, Nebraska while Grace was still in grade school, and she was reared in that area. She was married to Lovell Miller in Benkelman in 1920. To this union two daughters and a son were born. The family moved to Mill City, Oregon in 1938 and later to Lyons, Oregon. She moved to Lebanon in 1966 where she has since made her home.
Survivors include her husband, William Wirt of the home; two daughters, Melba DeKuyper of Lebanon and Marjorie Ferguson of LaGrande, Oregon; son, Burdell "Buck" Miller of Mehama; sister, Ethel Busha of Billings, Montana; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1979
Hazel Edna (Wollam) Miller
STRATTON — Hazel Edna Miller, age 85, died at the Community Hospital in McCook Tuesday.
Mrs. Miller was born March 7, 1894 in Rising Sun, Ohio to William Chambers and Anna B. Wollam. She was married Nov. 28, 1918 at Stratton to Gustaf E. Miller. Mrs. Miller was a member of the Christian Union Church of Stratton and was also a Sunday School teacher for many years.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, May, Renna and Verna; and one brother, Charles.
Survivors include her husband, Gustaf of Stratton; three daughters, Mrs. Roland (Verna) Felts of Wassaw, Mich., Mrs. Erich (Fern) Nilson of Manhattan, Kan. and Mrs. Dwight (Edna) Pierce of Albuquerque, N. M.; one son, Maurice Miller of Stratton; two brothers, Sidney of Michigan and Stanley of Washington; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Christian Union Church of Stratton with the Rev. Neal Zobel officiating. Interment will be in the Rosehill Cemetery at Stratton under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Stratton.
Memorials may be given to the Christian Union Church and left at the Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1947
Alonzo L. Miller
The remains of A. L. Miller were returned from Wapato, Washington, last Thursday and funeral services were conducted at the United Presbyterian church in Benkelman Friday afternoon by Rev. J. W. Woodworth. Pallbearers were Ward Artist, Harve Selby, Frank Walsh, Verdie Baney, H. J. Borchert and Walter Edwards. Singers were R. D. Druliner, Sr., Lloyd Boswell, R. D. Druliner, Jr., and Harry Ough, with Mrs. D. L. Ough at the piano. Two ladies, whom we understand were from Grant, sang "The Old Rugged Cross," but we have been unable to procure their names. Miss Lizzie McEvoy was in charge of arrangements and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Mr. Miller was known as one of the county's most capable and thorough farmers for thirty-two years, he coming here from Indianola to buy what was then known as a run-down farm, liberally sprinkled with cockleburs and other noxious weeds to the point that it was considered undesirable if not all but impossible, and he built his farm up until it became one of the most productive of his section. He likewise continued until it was known as one of the finest improved farms of the county, and it was also one of the most productive. He was unusually successful in growing corn and in the years past during the days of corn shucking contests his fields served as a contest ground. He loved to see a farm well kept and in doing this he knew the value of paint and he spared neither time nor expense in keeping his improvements well preserved and attractive. After Mrs. Miller's death, Mr. Miller continued to live on his farm alone, and it was said that no woman could have been more careful or painstaking in keeping her house in order.
During the twelve years that Mr. Miller served his district as county commissioner he exerted his best efforts to give the county the best he had in service and he was tireless to that end. He was a man of great energy and of a discerning nature, and he was thoughtful of his neighbors and friends which accounted in no small degree for the universal popularity he enjoyed among his fellow man during the years that Dundy county was his home.
Alonzo L. Miller, son of Samuel and Mary E. Miller, was born at Ligonier, Indiana, on March 2, 1874, and died May 18, 1947, at the age of 73 years.
He leaves to mourn his passing four sons, Lovell and Gail of Portland, Oregon; Francis of Wapato, Washington and Vernon of New Castle, Wyoming; four daughters, Hazel King of Casper, Wyoming; Marie James and Vada Carey of Wapato, Washington and Ruby Pinkerton of Benkelman, Nebraska; four sisters, Lillie Dutcher of McCook, Nebraska; Laura Junker of Indianola, Nebraska; Hattie Bore of Longmont, Colorado and Lucy Mulligan of Los Angeles, California; twenty one grandchildren; eleven
great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his wife, Clara, in 1936; one brother, Charley, in 1927 and one sister, Lena.
For 32 years, he was a resident of Dundy county actively engaged in farming work, during which time he served as County Commissioner for twelve years. Mr. Miller took an active part in civic affairs and worked toward the betterment of the community.
In 1943 Mr. Miller moved from Benkelman to Wapato, Washington, to be near his children, where he lived until his passing. He appeared to be in good health until he was suddenly stricken with a heart attack and was rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital in
Yakima, Washington, where he died shortly after his admittance.
Lon Miller was a loving husband, a devoted father, a good neighbor and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed by his immediate family, relatives and a host of friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1976
Bruce Miller, long time resident and retired business man of the Benkelman community, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Monday evening, Nov. 29, 1976, after a long illness at the age of 84 years and 6 months.
He was the son of John and Luella Miller, and the husband of Ada G. Cole Miller.
Born at Hale, Colo. May 28, 1892, he spent the early part of his life on the farm.
When WWI loomed on the scene he answered his country's call, went to Fort Logan, Colo. for training, and was sent to Manchester, England where he assembled and remade planes for the war effort.
He was married to Ada G. Cole in Marysville, Missouri, June 24, 1923, and they lived and worked in Benkelman. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1973. They had no children of their own, but opened their hearts and home to Bruce's motherless sons, Victor and Everett Pigg.
Bruce will be remembered for his untiring service to the community where he worked as an electrician for the Benkelman municipal power plant and as owner of the Miller Electric and Gas Company.
Poor health necessitated retirement, and much of his time was spent at his summer home near Idaho Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Carl, Bill and Wallace, one sister, Lulu, and her son, Everett Pigg. Survivors include his wife Ada, nieces, Frances Chamberlain, Dorothy Mort, and nephews, Boyd "Bud" Miller, Victor Pigg, Alvin and Meville, and a host of friends and acquaintances.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman at 11:00 Thursday morning, Dec. 2 with the Rev Allan W. Martin officiating. Flower service was at 10:00 a.m. A duet comprising of Carol and Robert Sander song "In the Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset."
Casket bearers were Frank McEvoy John Ham, Chris A. Anderson, Kenneth Frasier, Sr., Maurice Dixon and Drury "Bud" Schillinger. WW1 Veteran honorary bearers were Tom Ballard, Ogle Keenan, Emmons Adams, Harold M. Chipperfield, Ray Fletcher, Jess Grigsby, Wade Hoover, Patrick Smith, Frank Walsh, Frank Wendland, August Warning and Guy Billington.
Interment was in the Benkelman cemeterey with committal by American Legion Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65 of which he was a member, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1972
Charles Christ Miller
Charles Christ Miller was born to Casper and Dorothy Harriwalt Miller at Silver Grove, Kansas, January 26, 1894 and passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver on Wednesday, March 1, 1972 at 78 years, one month and four days of age.
He was married to Susan Belle Joseph on November 19, 1920 at Colby, Kansas.
The Millers moved to Benkelman, Nebraska from Texas Creek, Colorado in July 1939. Charles was affilated with the Lutheran Church. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in Company F, 34th Engineers for 16 months and then spent 13 months overseas. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
The Millers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Benkelman on November 19,
He is survived by his wife, Belle; a daughter, Clara Stafford and her husband, Larry of Thornton, Colorado; a daughter, Irene Kisela and husband Victor of Stratton, Nebraska, three grandchildren, Mark and Jerry Kisela and Ray Stafford and wife, Margie, one great grandchild, Danny of Thornton, Colorado; three sisters: Dora Peasley of Denver, Colorado, Hannah Dinnsen of Boulder, Colorado and Emma Holloway of Lawrence, Kansas; three brothers, Henry Miller of McDonald, Kansas, William Miller of LaJunta, Colorado and Ernest Miller of Kit Carson, Colorado and by a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Four children preceded him in death, a daughter, Pearl, and three babies who died in infancy. He was also preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, Herman and Alexander.
When Charlie was able to work he had worked for several around Benkelman and before his retirement days, enjoyed taking in the harvests in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
Charlie was a man who made many friends. He enjoyed telling stories and joking with his friends. He liked to tease and be teased and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman at two p.m. Saturday, March 4, 1972 with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. LaNeta Anderson was the soloist, accompanied by organist Betty Erdman. Casket bearers were David Merklin, Bob Arnold, Edwin C. Stitt, Merle Wallace, Mearl Richard and Vinton Jones. Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65 of the American Legion was in charge of the committal service.
Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 2004
Eugene William Miller
Eugene William Miller, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. He was born on Dec. 29, 1926, on his family's farm in Cheyenne County, Kan., to John and Sophia (Lampe) Miller and spent his childhood on the farm.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1945 and received his honorable discharge in 1947. On June 23, 1949, he was united in marriage to Margaret Ilene Bishop at McDonald, Kan. They spent their married life in Benkelman. To this union four daughters were born: Cindy, Peggy, Becky and Jyl.
Eugene worked in a variety of jobs during his life from owning a gas station to setting up machinery at Valley Farm, and working for the Dundy County Roads Department. Being around people was his greatest joy in life, and talking with area farmers made his day. He owned the skating rink for many years and loved skating with the children. He will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his loving wife, Ilene, in 1983; sisters Vernell, Viva and Louise; brothers Dale and Kenneth, and his special dog, Peanuts.
Survivors include his daughters: Cindy Els and husband, Richard, Peggy Bernard and husband, Gary, and Rebecca Brown, all of Benkelman, and Jyl Voge and husband, Al, of Lincoln, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Bernice Bandel and husband, Ruben, of St. Francis, Kan., and Hollis Green and husband, Jim, of Kansas City, Kan.; brothers Willard Miller and wife, Ila, of Sterling, Colo., and Marion Miller and
wife, Betty, of St. Francis, Kan.; sister-in-law Marian Miller of St. Francis, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, in the chapel at Forch Funeral Home in Benkelman with Spencer Parker officiating. Peggy Parker was the pianist, and Kelly Hayward, with guitar accompaniment, sang "In The Garden."
Named as casket bearers were David Els, Brian Els, Jason Bullard, Chad Bernard, Travis Bernard, Shawn Bernard, Bill Sis, Jason Fagot and Marc Brown. American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178 conducted the military honors. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 6, 2004
Friday, February 6, 2004
BENKELMAN - Eugene Miller, 77, died Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Dec. 29, 1926, on his family's farm in Cheyenne County, Kan., to John and Sophia (Lampe) Miller. He spent his childhood on the farm.
He entered the Army in 1945 and received his honorable discharge in 1947.
On June 23, 1949, he married Margaret Ilene Bishop in McDonald. The couple spent their lives in Benkelman. He worked a variety of jobs during his life, including a gas station, setting up machinery at Valley Farm and working for the Dundy County Road Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sophia Miller; his wife, Margaret Ilene in 1983; sisters, Vernell, Viva and Louise; and brothers, Dale and Kenneth.
Survivors include his daughters, Cindy Els and husband, Richard, Peggy Bernard and husband, Gary and Rebecca Brown, all of Benkelman, Jyl Voge and husband, Al of Lincoln; sisters, Bernice Bandel and husband, Ruben of St. Francis, Hollis Green and husband, Jim of Kansas City, Kan.; brothers, Willard Miller and wife, Ila of Sterling, Colo., Marion Miller and wife, Betty of St. Francis; sister-in-law, Marian Miller of St. Francis; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services are Saturday, 10 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel with Spencer Parker officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1965
Gail Loyd “Jack” Miller
Jack Miller, well known Dundy county native, was laid at rest in the Benkelman Cemetery on Monday after funeral services at the Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Fred Mansfield officiating.
Mr. Miller was 63 years of age and had been the victim of a terminal illness for several months. He passed away at Edmonton Alberta, Canada, which was the home of his daughter, Hope.
Jack Miller was reared in Dundy county and was a very popular resident of the area until some 20 years ago when he entered the carpentry business at Englewood, Colo. As a young man he excelled in the very important work of corn-husking and held the Dundy county championship in contests held as eliminations for the state corn-picking title. He always enjoyed his visits with Dundy county folks and will be missed by family and friends.
At the funeral service, Mrs. Leo Williams was the pianist and Bill Billington the soloist. Bearers were Ray Biber, Leslie O'Donnell, Forrest Stamm, Albert Hansen, R. E. Baney and G. C. Baney. Jay's Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Gail Loyd Miller, son of Alonzo and Magdalena Brahler Miller, was born at Indianola, Nebraska, on June 29, 1901, and departed this life at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on January 6, 1965, after an illness of several months at the age of 63 years, six months, and eight days.
His father was a pioneer in Dundy county, Nebraska, and raised his family here. Gail Loyd himself worked at farming and trucking in this community during much of his adult life. For a number of years he was corn-husking champion of the county. For the past twenty years he had lived in Englewood, Colorado, where he worked at carpentry.
He joined the United Presbyterian Church in Benkelman in 1927.
He was preceded in death by his parents and, within the last eight months, by a brother, Francis, of Yakima, Washington, and a sister, Marie L. James, of Wapato. Washington.
Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Pinkerton of Benkelman. Nebr., Mrs. Vada Carey of Wapato, Wash., and Mrs. Hazel King of Casper, Wyoming; two brothers, Lovell Miller of Lyons, Oregon, and Vernon Miller of Billings, Montana; two daughters, Imogene, Mrs. Clarence Oakley, Jr., of Englewood, Colo., and Hope, Mrs. Edward Spratlin, of Edmonton. Allberta, Canada; two sons-in-law; five grandchildren, Allen and Paula Oakley and Janet, Tom and Jim Spratlin; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 199
Gustaf Emil Miller
TRENTON—Gustaf Emil Miller was born March 31, 1890. at Edgar, Nebraska, to John August Miller and Louisa Josephine (Carlson) Miller, Swedish immigrants. He died February 9, 1990, at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Nebraska. Gustaf was just seven weeks short of being 100 years of age.
Gustaf is survived by three daughters: Edna and her husband, Dwight Pierce, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fern and her husband, Erick Nilson, of Aurora, Nebraska, and Verna and her husband, Roland Felts, of Warsaw, Indiana; a daughter-in-law, Sally Miller of Grand Island, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Roy, and one sister, Laura Craw.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; his son, Maurice; four brothers, Carl, Andrew, Oscar and David, and two sisters, Sophia and Hattie.
Gustaf moved to Stratton. Nebraska, from Edgar with his parents at the age of two years. In March 1911, he began serving in the Railway Mail Service. This he did for five years. He bought a farm in 1916. On November 28, 1918, he was married to Hazel Edna Wollam at the Miller homestead home southeast of Stratton.
In 1926, Gustaf started a manufacturing plant to produce his several inventions which included feed mills and disk harrows. He was the first to put a grain bin on a combine. Other companies soon picked up on adding grain bins.
Early in Gustaf’s life, he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. In their family, family devotions started the day. From time to time he would share with family members some very personal spiritual experiences. Gustaf and Hazel were active members of the. Christian Union Church as long as their health permitted.
They moved into a new home in Stratton on their 50th wedding anniversary, November 28, 1968.
On February 21, 1985, Gustaf entered El Dorado Manor and resided there until his death.
Services were held Monday, February 12, 1990, at 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with the Rev. Philip Sorensen officiating. Organist was Beverly Henderson and Elmer Case sang "Still, Still With Thee" and "Shall We Gather At The River."
Bearers were John Diehl, Roy League, Art Hawkinson, Lynn Sutton, Loren Hawkinson and Reginald Stahly.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, November 13, 2003
Howard J. Miller
Thursday, November 13, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Howard J. Miller, 94, formerly of Benkelman, died Wednesday (Nov. 12, 2003) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Services are Saturday, 4 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. A private inurnment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1947
John Burton Miller
John Burton Miller passed away at the home of his son Howard in Benkelman on Thursday, October 30th, after an illness covering several weeks, in the closing days of which he was in a coma practically all of the time. Funeral services were conducted at the United Presbyterian church on Monday, November 3rd, by Rev. J. William Woodworth. Singers were Mrs. Jack McEvoy, Mrs. Basil Crook, Lloyd Boswell and John Baer, with Mrs. Eleanor Stroup at the piano. The Laughlin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Mr. Miller, a resident of Dundy county since 1905, was a highly esteemed citizen, first as a farmer in Union precinct, then of the Doane section and finally as a resident of ,: Benkelman. In his younger manhood he was a capable farmer and stockman and gave the best he had in the development of whatever community in which he lived. Since his retirement he has been one of Benkelman's most respected and esteemed citizens, always having the best interests of our community at heart. Of a pleasant disposition naturally, he could always look upon the sunny side of things and as he met his friends day by day on the street, he always had a pleasant greeting and a cheering word to offer, whether in good times or in bad. He accepted life and what it had to offer without a word of complaint and he never permitted diversity or discouragement to effect his optimistic view of life. Not alone will he be missed by his loved ones but by hundreds of friends all over this section for Mr. Miller's nature was such that one could not know him without valuing his friendships and association.
John Burton Miller, son of James and Mary, was born at Chillicothe, Missouri, November 4, 1870 and passed away at the home of his son Howard after a lingering illness at Benkelman, Nebr., at six o'clock on October 30, 1947, at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 26 days. He spent his childhood at the place of his birth. When a young man he moved with his parents to Oberlin, Kansas. On January 30, 1898 he was married to Kathryn Thim. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive him. He moved with his family to Benkelman in 1905 where he has since resided. His father and mother, two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, his four sons, Harry T. Miller of Denver, Colo., Renard A. Miller of Helena, Oklahoma, J. Ray Miller of Gunnison, Colorado, and Howard J. Miller of Benkelman, his daughters-in-law, twelve grandchildren, three sisters and a host of other relatives and friends .
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1965
Kenneth Ward Miller
Kenneth Ward Miller, son of Milton and Jesse Miller, was born at Oberlin, Kansas, on December 11, 1902, and passed away at the home near Kanorado, Kansas, on July 13, 1965 at the age of 62 years, sever months and two days. At an early age he moved with his family to the Rawlins-Cheyenne county area. Here he attended school and grew to young manhood.
On September 3, 1924, he was united in marriage with Gladys Compton of Bird City. To this union six children were born. The family lived in Colby for a time, returning to the McDonald area in 1945. The last few years have been spent near Kanorado where he lived at the time of his death.
He was preceded in by death his parents, two brothers, and a daughter, Leanna.
He is survived by Mrs. Miller and a daughter, Twila, of the home. Also surviving are two sons and two other daughters; Marilyn Miller of Goodland, Gail Miller of McDonald, Kay Winfrey of Tillamook, Ore., and Lila Runge of McCook, Nebr. There is one sister, Luella Stone, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Grand children, other relatives, neighbors and friends also join in mourning his passing.
Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon. July 16, from the Federated Church with Rev Clarence Swihart officiating. Interment was in the McDonald Cemetery. —Atwood (Kans.) Citizen-Patriot.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1979
Leonard Miller, 68, died Tues., Aug. 7, 1979 at the McCook Community Hospital. He was born June 30, 1911 at Benkelman, NE, the son of the late Emery and Bertha Miller. He grew up in Benkelman and was married to Alberta Mathews in Benkelman on Aug. 19, 1933. They lived in Dundy County until moving to McCook in 1954.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two grandchildren.
Survivors are his wife, Bertie of McCook; three daughters, Mrs. Lee (Gloria) Campbell and Mrs. Eddy (Patsy) Collins, both of Oshkosh, NE, and Mrs. Donald (Eileen) Bradley, McCook; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one brother, Dr. William Humphrey of North Hampton, NH; two sisters, Mrs. Velma Hansen, Benkelman, and Mrs. Blanche Somerhalder, Crafton, NE.
Services were held Friday afternoon, Aug. 10 at the Herrmann Memorial Chapel in McCook with the Rev. William Schmuki officiating. Interment was in the Memorial Park cemetery in McCook.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1939
Levi E. Miller
Death came to Levi Miller both suddenly and unexpectedly at his home near Doane last Friday night. He had been ill only a few days following an acute attack of heart trouble, and his death came as a terrific shock to members of his family and relatives as well.
Levi had lived in the Benkelman community for the past thirty-seven years during which time he has established himself as a splendid citizen as well as a kindly husband, father and neighbor, and the tenderest sympathies of the community go out to the sorrowing family in their great loss and bereavement in his passimg now.
Funeral services were held at the :Methodist church in Benkelman Monday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. David Brynoff of Max, assisted by Rev. G. A. Schwabauer of Benkelman. Singers were Mrs. John Kauffman, Rosa Cross, R. D. Druliner and Victor Westermark, with Mrs. Brynoff presiding at the piano and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Levi E. Miller was born at Princeton, Missouri, January 15, 1873 and at an early age moved to Oberlin, Kansas, with his parents. where he grew to manhood.
On April 30, 1899, he was united in marriage to Nellie A. Teeter of Cheyenne county, Kansas, and to this union was born three children, Maud, Claude and Ella Fay, Maud and Claude passing away in infancy,.
In 1902 they moved to a farm northwest of Benkelman where they resided for 13 years. After the death of his wife on March 6, 1916, he and his daughter moved to Benkelman.
On May 2, 1917, he and Lena L. Hawks were united in Marriage. They lived in Benkelman until the fall of 1918 when they moved to a farm near Doane where he resided at the time of his death. To this union four children were born, Alma, Willard, Luella and Allan.
On Monday night, March 13, he was stricken with a heart attack from which he never recovered, passing away at 12:45 A. M. Friday, March 17, 1939 at the age of 66 years, 2 months and 2 days.
He was energetic, thrifty, ambitious and honorable in his every walk of life. He was a kind and loving husband and father, a good neighbor and friend. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, five children; Mrs. Ella Baney of St. Francis, Kansas; Mrs. Alma Smith of Corvallis, Oregon; Willard, Luella and Allan who are at home; one step-son, Manford Hawks of St. Paul, Minnesota; four grandchildren; two brothers, John Miller of Benkelman, R. W. of .Lookeba. Oklahoma; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Cook of New Castle , Colorado; Mrs. G. S. Bickel and Mrs. William Cornwell of Sterling, Colorado; one aunt, Mrs. Sarah Gilbert of Snyder, Colorado; other relatives and a host of friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1991
Loren Gail Miller
BENKELMAN--Loren Gail Miller, son of Gail and Kay Miller, was born on January 27, 1958, in Benkelman, Nebraska. He died on May 30, 1991.
His childhood was spent on a farm north of Bird City, Kansas. He attended school at McDonald, Kansas, and, upon unification of the schools, was among the first graduating class of Cheylin (Kansas) school district.
He then attended Garden City Community College for two years, graduating with an Associate Degree in agriculture.
He worked for one year at the Colby Experimental Station and then went to work at the Benkelman Co-op where he was the manager of the fertilizer department.
Along with his work, he was a member of the Benkelman Volunteer Fire Department, the Benkelman Jaycees and the Benkelman Country Club. He loved to hunt, fish and play golf. Loren also loved people . He was quiet, hard-working and his duty was his first priority.
While living near McDonald, he attended the Federated Church and had accepted Christ as his Savior as a teenager.
Preceding him in death were two grandfathers, Kenneth Miller and Axel Erickson.
Survivors include his parents, Gail and Kay Miller of McDonald; his brothers, Randy and wife, Sue, Jamie and Brian, all of McDonald; his sisters, Lori Smith and husband. Mike, of Wichita, Kansas, and Valarie Hubbard and husband, Blaine, of McDonald; his grandmothers, Frances Erickson of Fort Morgan, Colorado, and Gladys Miller of McDonald; a niece, Samantha Hubbard, and a nephew, Mitchell Hubbard, of McDonald, other relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held Saturday, June 1, 1991, at 2 p.m. at the Federated Church in McDonald with the Revs. Clarence Swihart and Gregory Moyer officiating.
Phyllis Wingfield was the organist, Joleen Reeh the flutist, and Robert Reeh the guitarist and soloist. Selections included "Into Your Hands" and "Peace My Friends."
Bearers were Lonny Stahlecker, Kenny McDonald, Todd Burrell, Vaughn Sabatka, Richard Fries and Hal Antholz.
Honorary bearers were Sharon Chartier, Monty Burrell, Rocky Sander, Clay Burrell, Jerry Shaw, Mark Loop, Dr. Robert Rhoades, Larry Einspahr, Kenneth Fries, Neal Pursley, Richard Ham and Mark Hanes.
Interment was in the Grace Cemetery near McDonald with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1971
Oscar Edward Miller
Oscar Edward Miller, Stratton Industrialist, passed away at the Hitchcock County Hospital in Stratton on Monday after an illness of two years. He was 76 years of age. He is survived by his widow, Alta; one son, Warren of Stratton; two brothers, Gustaf of Stratton and Roy of Benkelman; two sisters, Hattie Ruggles and Laura Craw of Stratton; one grandson, a great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Miller was born at Stratton, Nebraska, the son of John A. and Josephine Carlson Miller. He was associated with his father in farming until the latter's retirement in 1917 and then continued on the farm on his own. His father, John A. Miller, who came to Stratton from Sweden to help build the Burlington railroad, homesteaded near Stratton. He had a mechanical turn of mind and is credited with inventing the first one-way plow. His son, Oscar, was of an inventive nature also and invented the Miller Basin Tiller in 1936 and a tractor guide and the manufacture of these items and later developments made Stratton well known to agricultural America.
Funeral services were conducted at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton on Wednesday afternoon with Pastor Robert Kallam, Jan Banta, and Roy Dobbs, officiating. Mrs. Marie Kleinschmidt was the organist and the singers were the Graham brothers, who were nephews. Casket bearers were also nephews, Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1996
Roy 0. Miller
Roy 0. Miller was born on Dec. 4, 1903, in Stratton, Neb., the seventh of eight children of John and Josephine Miller. He died Sunday, June 30, 1996, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb., at the age of 92 years.
Roy was united in marriage to Ellen C. Cannon on Oct. 4, 1925. To this union was born one daughter, Mary Ellen.
Mr. Miller was a successful farmer all of his life.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Carl, G.E., Oscar and David, and sisters Sophia Weatherby and Hattie Ruggles.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; their daughter, Mary Ellen, and her husband, Leon Pinkerton, of Fort Collins, Colo.; two ,grandsons; Cappy Lynn and his wife, Sue, of Oxford, Neb., and James Von of Fort Collins; a granddaughter, Michelle Diane, and her husband, Chris Swanson, of Fort Collins; a great-grandson, Justin Lee, son of Cappy and Sue Pinkerton; a sister, Laura Craw, of Stratton, and many nephews and nieces.
Final rites for Roy Miller were held Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and Marilyn Zarkowski sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Peace In The Valley." Bearers were Jim Pinkerton, Cappy Pinkerton, Scott Wiese, Marvin Hollenbaugh, Dr. Tom Noffsinger and Dr. Robert Rhoades. Honorary bearers were all of Mr. Miller's friends. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1978?
Vernon M. Miller
Vernon M. Miller 65, New Castle, died Monday two miles north of New Castle of an apparent heart attack while hunting.
Service was held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at McColley Funeral home Chapel in New Castle. Bryan Clark officiated. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Vernon was born June 13, 1913 at Indianola, Nebr. to Alonzo and Clara Miller. He lived and attended school at Benkelman until 1931. He drove trucks as a young man and worked as a bus driver for Continental Trailways for 27 years. He recently retired and moved to New Castle.
Survivors include three sons; Bob of New Castle, Ronnie of Casper, and Duane of Oak Harbor, Wash., one daughter, Sharon Roberson of Cheyenne; two sisters, Vada Carey, Union Gap, Wash., and Ruby Pinkerton of Benkelman, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
A memorial has been established to the heart fund.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970
Wallace Eli Miller
Wallace Eli Miller was born July 1, 1888, near Hale, Colorado, the son of John Morgan Miller and Louella Caroline Miller, and passed away in the Dominguez Valley Hospital in Compton, California, on Wednesday, July 22, 1970. He grew to manhood on the plains of eastern Colorado and western Nebraska.
He was married to Alice A. Finch on February 21, 1912, at Benkelman, Nebr. To this union two daughters were born, Dorothy L. Mort of Denver, Colo., and Noma A. Rostamo of Compton, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller operated general stores at Laird, Colorado, and Venango, Nebraska, for a number of years. In 1931 the family moved to Laramie, Wyoming, and operated a laundry business until 1942. At that time they moved to California and soon after established their home at Compton.
Mr. Miller worked in the ship yards for about three years during World War II. After the war he learned the trade of locksmith and became an expert in this line of work. He, bought his own lock and key shop and operated it until the time of his last illness two months ago. He took great pride in his craft and only regretted that he had not learned it in his youth.
Mr. Miller was a 25-year member of Compton Lodge No. 1570, B.P.O.E., having joined shortly after coming to California.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 1966.
He is survived by his two daughters, two brothers, Bruce of Benkelman, Nebr., and William of Yakima, Washington, and one granddaughter, Patricia Mort Cantonwine of Denver.
Memorial services were held in Compton, California, on Thursday evening, July 23rd, and services and burial were in Benkelman, Nebraska, on Saturday afternoon, July 25th.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1981
Warren Stewart Miller
Warren Stewart Miller, son of the late Oscar E. and Nevada A. Miller, was born Dec. 27, 1920 at Stratton, NE. He passed away Jan. 20, 1981 at Weld County Hospital, Greeley, CO at the age of 60 years and 24 days.
Warren spent his entire life in the Stratton community, where he farmed and operated Miller Weeder Co. until his retirement in 1976. He was an avid sportsman and trap shooter.
He attended Stratton Public School, graduating in 1938. On June 9, 1940 he was married to Helen Pierce, who survives him also one son, Ronald C. Miller, and wife Cheryl, two granddaughters, Brandy and Jennifer, Kamiak, ID, second mother, Alto, of Stratton, NE, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Jan. 23, 1981 in the United Methodist Church, Stratton, NE with Reverend Prudence Yagmin officiating, assisted by Pastor A.J. Knickerbocker.
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1976
Willard Levi Miller
Willard Levi Miller passed away of a heart attack in the Memorial Hospital in Salem, Oregon, Oct. 11, 1976 at the age of 55 years.
Willard was born near Benkelman, Nebr. June 14, 1921 to Levi and Lena Miller. He graduated from Benkelman High School in 1939. He took over the farm after his father's death of the same year. In 1944 Willard and his mother and younger brother Allan moved to Salem, Oregon where his two sisters were living.
On his birthday June 14, 1944 he went into the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Brookings for two years. After his discharge from service, he went to Montana and was in the trucking business with his brother Manford Hawks. After selling the business there he moved to Salem in 1948 where he found employment as a bookkeeper with Eola Tile and Concrete where he was still employed until his death.
Willard was baptised in the Benkelman Baptist Church in 1939 and remained a devout Christian until his death.
He was greatly loved by all of his family and was more or less the center of all their lives. Six of his nephews were pall bearers.
Survivors are his mother, Lena Miller, Salem, Oregon; two brothers, Allan Miller of Salem, Manford Hawks of Pendleton, Oregon; sisters, Alma Smith and Luella Troxell, Salem, Oregon; and Ella Cantrell of Fort Morgan, Colorado; 10 nephews and 7 nieces and several great nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held at Howell Edwards Funeral Home on Oct. 14, 1976. Interment was in Zena Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970
Friends were saddened to learn of the death of William Miller in Yakima, Washington, on Saturday, August 22nd. Mr. Miller spent most of his life in Benkelman before moving to Washington State to make his home. He was a good worker and enjoyed a wide acquaintance in this region.
Funeral services were held at 10:33 a.m. Wednesday, August 26th, at Jay's Funeral Home with the Rev, Allan Martin officiating. LaNeta Anderson was the soloist, accompanied by Betty Erdman on the organ. Casket bearers were Dale Lutz, Mearl Richard, Chris Andersen, Arden Ham, John Allen and Joe Peirano. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
William Miller was born October 1, 1898, near Hale, Colorado, the son of John Morgan Miller and Louella Caroline Miller. He passed away in his room in the Washington Hotel inl Yakima, Washington, on Saturday. August 22, 1970, at the age of 72 years. He grew to manhood on the plains of eastern Colorado and western Nebraska. After the death of his father. he made his home with his mother in Benkelman until her passing in 1945. He then left Nebraska in 1947 to make his home in Washington. He worked with road construction and in the fruit harvest until his health failed due to crippling arthritis. As a young man, he was a rover. He loved to travel and had visited most of the 48 states.
He is survived by one brother, Bruce, and wife of Benkelman and several nieces and nephews.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1999
Allan Eugene Miller
TUCSON, Ariz.–Allan Eugene Miller was born July 27, 1930, at Doane, Neb., and departed from this life on Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Tucson, Ariz.
He attended Doane Grade School. After his father died in 1939, he went to Oregon with his mother and older brother in 1944 to be near his two sisters.
After graduating from the Salem Academy, he enlisted in the Air Force. After his discharge, he married Evelyn Stephens in Salem, Ore. Allan worked for Boise Cascade Paper Co. and then for Consolidated Freight Co. for 17 years.
Having suffered a stroke and a heart attack and no longer able to work, he and Evelyn moved to Wellton, Ariz., where the weather was warm year-round. He enjoyed working in his yard and visiting with the winter visitors who came to their small town. About four years ago they found he had cancer. Over a period of time it spread to nearly all parts of his body and then took his life.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Wellton; a daughter, Michel, of Monmouth, Ore., and three sons: Maurice of Vancouver, Wash., Mitchel of Independence, Ore., and Marshall of Manning, Ore.; a sister, Luella Troxell, of Salem, and many friends in both Salem and Wellton.
He was cremated and the arrangements are pending.
Researcher note: This typewritten note, author unknown, was found in with the obituaries kept by Everett Sutton. The note itself appears to be a printout of a family genealogy software with numbers of generations, etc. I deleted what appeared to be those references. In some instances, this appears to be more of a historical biography than an obituary.
John Thomas Milliken
John Thomas Milliken was born 5 July 1845, Walker Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, son of Samuel and Catherine (Kephart) Milliken. He died 13 October 1914, Stratton, Hitchcock County, Nebraska, of typhoid fever.
He married 24 March 1867, at the home of her parents, Black Hawk Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, Ann M. Merwin, who was born 27 October 1847, daughter of Joseph and Jeanette (Beers) Merwin and died 26 August 1929, Stratton, Hitchcock County, Nebraska.
John was about two years old when he moved with his family to Stephenson County, Illinois. There he attended school and grew to manhood. Between February 1661 and February 1864, they moved to Black Hawk County, Iowa. There at Poyner Township, 23 February 1864, he volunteered for service in the Civil War for the term of three years. He mustered in at Fort Dodge, Davenport, Iowa as a private in Company C, 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, receiving bounty pay of $60 and advance monthly pay of $13. He was described as having grey eyes, dark hair, light complexion and a height of five feet five inches. He was discharged on 18 July 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky, the war being over before his enlistment was up. He owed the U.S. $5.90 for clothing account and $6.00 for arms and equipment., He received $120, the remaining amount of his bounty. It is a tradition that he took part in the Grand Parade in Washington, D.C. after
the war. He had a three section, leather bound, telescope which he carried in the war and that was later in the possession of his grandson, Merwin Milliken. Merwin then gave it to his son, Merwin Jr.
After their marriage in 1867, John and Ann rented the farm of her father in Black Hawk Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, and remained there until 1879 when Joseph Merwin sold the farm. They made their home in Lester Township until 1882 when they moved to Lincoln County, South Dakota with his parents, brothers and three sisters. Family tradition tells ,of the "boys" herding cattle all the way to the James River. John's sons would have been aged 9 to13 when they moved to South Dakota. John, not finding land in South Dakota that suited him, then moved to Dundy County, Nebraska where on 8 June 1888 he made a homestead entry on SE 1/4 of Section one, township three north, range thirty-six, west in Dundy County, Nebraska.
These people were truly pioneers. The land was a plateau deeply gouged with coulees and canyons which were often impassable by team. This divided the area in a way in which neighbors across the coulee were virtual strangers, bonding together according to the lay of the land rather than distance and making a different town their market place. Highland area was settled by the Shillingtons, beforementioned in the family of Mary Jane (Milliken) Ochs, while Ash Grove was settled by Harrison and Milliken families, Stratton was their market town. Harrisons donated land for Ash Grove Cemetery where most of our family is buried.
The first school was in Reichart's two-room "soddy".Light was provided at church or school with families taking turns bringing their own lanterns, kerosene and song books.' Tradition attributes Ann (Merwin) Milliken as the leader of the Sunday School.
People did their laundry on wash boards, burned cow chips, carried water from the well and doctored with home remedies such as skunk oil, goose grease, and burnt sulphur.
This area became part of the United States in a 1854 treaty. Nebraska was a territory which included the present states of Nebraska, North and South Dakota, all of that part of Montana east of the Rocky Mountains, three-fourths of Wyoming and parts of Colorado. By 1885, most of the good land had been taken, making the transition from Indians and buffalo to complete settlement in just 20 years.
The drought in 1890 reduced the settlers population by half. Those who had money left and they who were too poor had to stay. Buffalo had been hunted there for many years and large quantities of bones were strewn over the prairie. After the coming of the railroad, they were marketed for $2 or $3 per ton. Some of the homesteaders turned "bone pickers", exchanging a wagon full of bones for needed groceries. The prairie was swept clean of the bones and many of the homesteaders used this means of hanging on to their claims during the times of grasshoppers and drought. John went to Colorado and dug the new irrigation ditches to help supplement the income.
It is believed that John and Ann lived in a sod house while getting settled. In July 1888, they commenced building a frame house, 12 by 24 feet, 1 1/2 stories high and moved into it on 1 October. They also built a barn 22 by 50 feet, a shed 14 by 35 feet, a granary 10 by 16 feet, corn crib 10 by 16 feet and a wind mill. John cultivated 30 acres the first year and 30 to 80 acres were cultivated each season after that until the entire farm was in production.
It was prairie farming and grazing land. On 28 July 1904, under a revised status, he applied for additional land, the SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of section six, township three, north, range thirty-five and the N 1/2 of NE I/2 section 12, township three, north, range thirty-six and Lot 7 section 6, township three, north, all in Hitchcock County. On 14 September 1909 when he made final papers he described 20 acres under cultivation in section 1 and the rest all rough, not fit for cultivation.
He grew barley and used the balance for grazing 20 head of cattle and horses which he owned and harvested 6 tons of hay each year. He later purchased lots 5 & 6 in Darnell’s addition in the Village of Stratton, Hitchcock County. On 8 May 1897 he applied for a Civil War pension and he was granted $6.00 per month for being disabled by disease of the heart. On 27 December 1907 he applied for reissue of the pension and was granted $12 per month. After his death, Ann received a widows pension. Both are buried in Ash Grove Cemetery, Dundy County, Nebraska.
Children of John T. and Ann M. (Merwin) Milliken:
Frank T. Milliken born 28 December 1869, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa; died 21 July 1949, Wauneta, Chase County, Nebraska at the home of his cousin Frank Ochs with whom he had made his home since 1932. He had worked as a carpenter. He made a violin on which he entertained in the community. His book of his jigs and reels is in the hands of the compiler. He had retired to the Masonic Home but did not find it to be what he wanted so he moved to the home of his cousin. He was unmarried.
James E. Milliken, born 12 September 1871, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa;
died 17 September 1905, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington of rocky mountain spotted fever. He had gone to Washington to work to earn a grub stake to go to the Klondike gold fields in Alaska when he was stricken with the disease. He is buried in Ash Grove Cemetery, Dundy County, Nebraska. He was unmarried.
Dick Merwin Milliken born 2 February 1873, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa;
died 8 November 1930, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. Married Q. R. Harrison 30 April 1895, Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri, Eugenie Allen born 7 May 1874, Pella, Marion County, Iowa, daughter of Monroe and Amanda (Coit, alias Pritchard) Allen. She died 30 January 1953. Dick and his brothers had gone to Missouri to hunt wild turkey and he met and married Eugenie Allen who was living there with her family at the time.
Dick was nine years old when the famlly moved to South Dakota and 15 when they moved to Nebraska. He was involved in the family farming and he also learned fine woodworking, perhaps from his uncle Frank Milliken. After their marriage, Dick and Eugenie lived in a sod house on a rented farm north of Stratton, Hitchcock County, Nebraska where their first two children were born. About 1900 they moved to Morrowville, Washington County, Kansas and rented a farm. The parents .......
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1963
Leafa Civilla (Boyles) Mills
Mrs. George Mills, well known and highly regarded pioneer of Nebraska, passed away at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman on April 26, 1963, at the age of 86 years, three months and 21 days. She was born January 5, 1877, to Curtis and Martha Boyles, and named Leafa Civilla. The family lived at Primghar, Iowa.
While still a young child, she moved with her family to Meadow Grove, Nebraska. She was united in marriage to George Ferran Mills on April 29, 1897, at Meadow Grove. To this union, eight children were born. One boy, William, died in infancy.
The family moved to Max in 1918, where she resided until she moved to the Hester Home. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1952 and a daughter, Wilma Ellen Smith, in September, 1962. She is survived by five daughters: Mrs. Irene Barker, Stapleton, Nebr.; Mrs. Irma Rickard, Max, Nebr.; Mrs. Mazie Burnside, Max, Nebr.; Mrs. Georgia Crow, Benkelman; Mrs. Maxine Shafer, Benkelman; one son, Mr. Raymond Mills, of California; 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, three great, great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lilly Cleveland, Albion, Nebr:, and Mrs. Ina Bowser, Portland, Oregon, plus many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was a member of the Max Methodist Church, Max, Nebr.
Services were held in Laughlin's Chapel April 29 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Nowling officiating. Organist was a granddaughter, Mrs. Marjorie Redfield. Pallbearers were grandsons: Derald Rickard, Dennis Jensen, Lawrence Redfield, Bill Barker, Gary Barker and Web Wyss. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1952
George Ferran Mills
George F. Mills, former Dundy county commissioner of the First District and a highly respected citizen of Max, passed away at his home in Max on Sunday. He had been in declining health for the past year. In his passing, the Max community lost one of its fine citizens and the county lost one of its faithful boosters who believed in progress and worked in whatever way he could in the common good.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harold T. Slagg at the Max Methodist church Tuesday, February 19, at 2 p.m. A male quartette, Lloyd Boswell, Harry Ough, Ross Druliner, Jr., and Carson Andrews furnished the music and were accompanied by Mrs. JoAnn Rath at the piano.
Pallbearers were Bill Barkers Bob Barker, Derald Rickard, Jack Crow, Lorance Redfield and Paul Barrailough. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
The Laughlin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
George Ferran Mills was born at Montford, Wisconsin, December 9, 1871, and passed away at his home in Max, Nebraska, February 17, 1952, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 8 days.
He came to Iowa with his parents in a covered wagon in 1874 at the age of three years, later moving on to Holt county, Nebraska, in 1880 where his parents were among the first homesteaders in eastern Nebraska.
He grew to manhood in a warm Christian atmosphere, his parents being devoted Baptists and at an early age declared himself to the Christian faith.
He was united in marriage to Civilla Boyles April 29, 1897, and in the year of 1947 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by having open house at their home in Max. To this union were born eight children, one child, a son, having died in infancy.
Mr. Mills began his trade as a blacksmith at an early age in his father's shop in Holt county and had followed it continuously for more than 50 years. He was well known for his ability for horse-shoeing and in the horse and buggy days people brought their horses from many miles for him to do their work. He was awarded a life certificate for the best horse-shoeing, given by the Nebraska Horseshoer's Association. He had no idea of how many thousands of plowshares and cultivator shovels he had sharpened and shaped, but the floor of his shop was always covered with work to be done.
He moved to Max, Nebraska, in the year of 1918 where he was known as the "Village Smith," serving the public faithfully and well as no better "smith" was ever known in Southwest Nebraska. He retired from his favorite trade in 1938 and later became County Commissioner and served two terms of office. He served on the school board for many years and was always a real booster for his town. He thoroughly believed in his town, his county, and in his friends of whom he had so many. It can be truthfully said that he was one of Dundy county's most valuable citizens and that he will leave a place in his community that will be greatly missed.
His health began to fail in the fall of 1951 and his condition gradually grew weaker until his death. Thru it all he was a very patient sufferer, never complaining, but always thinking of his family whom he knew he was soon to leave.
He was preceded in death by his aged parents, three sisters, two brothers and one son, who died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure, his devoted wife; one son, Raymond Mills of Baldwin Park, Calif.; six daughters: Irene, Mrs. Fred Barker, Stapleton, Nebraska; Irma, Mrs. Otis Rickard, Max, Nebraska; Wilma, Mrs. Dave Smith, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Verle Burnside, San Diego, Calif.; Georgia, Mrs. Stewart Crow, Benkelman, Nebr.; Maxine, Mrs. Harold Jensen, Max, Nebr.; 16 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. L. F. Tessier, Mrs. D. J. Drebert, and one brother, Clarence Mills, all who reside in California. and a host of loving friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1973
Raymond F. "Rusty" Mills
Relatives received word of the unexpected death of their brother, Raymond F. "Rusty" Mills, a former resident of Dundy county and the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Mills of Max. He was 66 years of age.
He had been living at Alta Loma, California for the past year and had accompanied a nephew to the Big Pine area in northern California over the Fourth of July where he fell ill and was taken to the hospital at Bishop, California where he succumbed to a heart attack on Friday, July 6th.
Burial services were held in Whittier, California with interment at Rose Hill cemetery on Tuesday, July 10th.
His wife Lillian (Tyo) Mills; his parents and two sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, LaVon: two sons, Don and Roger; six grandchildren and four sisters, many nieces and nephews.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2006
Dr. Wanda (Goodwin) Mindt
Dr. Wanda Goodwin Mindt, 81, of Grand Island, Neb., died Thesday, May 9, 2006, at the St Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Wanda Goodwin Mindt was born in McCloud, Okla., on Dec. 26, 1924. She never forgave her mother's doctor for administering medications that would delay her labor until after Christmas. A birthday shared with the Christ child would be a memorable one. Of this she was certain. As a child she attended many different elementary schools but completed her senior high education in Canyon, Texas, at the age of 16. Nobody is entirely certain of the number of schools she attended through the elementary years but the number is "guesstimated" to be in upwards of 18.
Her higher education began in Trinidad, Colo., at Trinidad Junior College. She was initiated into the Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Fraternity in May 1942, with an initiation and membership fee of $2.25. Wanda received her associate's degree in June 1943--with honors. of course. Over the course of the years, she was also honored with lifetime memberships in these educational fraternities: Phi Theta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Kappa Honors Fraternities. Just give me the keys, and they did.
She attended Iowa State College in Ames with her course of study being Aeronautical Engineering. Her title was Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadette. At this time the cadettes were manufacturing attack bombers for the Army. Upon completion of the course-work, Wanda moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where she continued as a "draftsperson" designing war planes used during World War II. One of her projects included the famous "camelback" used during the Berlin Airlift. At the end of the war, as the men came home from the European Theatre, she refused the job offered her with Curtiss-Wright, because it was in a lesser skilled caparitv than what she had provided for the aeronautical mogul during the war effort.
During World War II, she played on a Minor League Women's softball team. Wanda
was a lefty and had a propensity for line drives up the third base line. Her other hobbies included tennis, as well as posing with her tennis racket and flirting.
Wanda headed back to Colorado, to the University of Denver, where she completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in June 1946. Upon completion of her bachelor's, she attended Iliff School of Theology, where she met her future husband, the Rev. Erwin E. Mindt. They were married in December 1946, after Erwin's successful completion of his degree of divinity. For the first two years of their marriage, they served at Bethany Methodist Church in Denver. It was a German church and the sermons were delivered in German, so Wanda never quite knew what Erwin was preaching. They then had the churches in Elm Creek, Williamsburg and Elizabeth Valley in Nebraska from 1949 to 1951, St. Paul and Fairdale was their next assignment from 1951 to 1953; Elwood, Gosper and Smithfield for three years from 1953 to 1956; Clatonia and Wilber combined parish 1956-1963; Friend and Dorchester combined parish 1963-65. In Doniphan, the combined parish was Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren from 1965 to 1966. While Erwin was on sabbatical from the church, the family relocated to Ogallala where Wanda served as the Director of Religious Education for the United Methodist Church from 1966 to 1969.
In June 1969. the family moved to Benkelman, Neb., where Erwin died in March 1970 and Wanda remained until leaving her home there of 25 years. From the time of his death until the new minister came in June, Wanda served as pastor of the churches in Max and Benkelman while teaching full-time for the Benkelman Public Schools. During her husband's tenure as minister of the various churches he served, Wanda acted as youth leader, member and leader of the Methodist Circles of Women, taught church school and served in any other capacity required of a minister's wife at that time.
She acted as a Laboratory Instructor in Youth Work for the Conference in Nebraska, as well as in Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa and Arkansas. Wanda taught Christian workers schools and literature previews. In addition she taught at the Youth Missions School for WSCS at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and was director of the Youth Mission Tour to the northeast and southeast. She was a counselor at youth camps from 1949 to 1969, including the first camp held at Camp Comeca near Cozad in 1950. Her firstborn, Ronald, was the official "camp baby." Wanda worked in Vacation Church School Institutes in Nebraska for the Nebraska Council of Churches, as well as serving on many committees of Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska.
In addition, she served on local, regional and state Mental Health Advisory committees for over a decade beginning in the early 1980s. Instrumental as an advocate for mental health, she also pioneered the now existing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force present in the state of Nebraska, as well as serving as director of the task force for many years in Benkelman.
After earning her Education Doctorate in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction in 1985 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, she retired from teaching in 1987. She was awarded the "Award of Excellence in Classroom Teaching" by the Nebraska State Board of Education on Dec. 12, 1986, and received “Teacher of the Year for 1986-87 by the Dundy County Education Association. During the last few years of her tenure in Benkelman, she served as pastor of the American Baptist Church for three years and for nearly five years at the Presbyterian Church, also in Benkelman. Wanda was happiest in the capacity of service. She also worked in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on the local, presbytery, synod and national levels for 14 years, including serving on the Churchwide Coordinating Team for Presbyterian Women.
On Dec. 4, 1990, she became the first person in the state of Nebraska to complete
lay pastor training for the Presbyterian Church under its new guidelines for lay pastors--over-achieving still. After moving to North Platte in 1994, she served in various capacities in many churches in western Nebraska including Sutherland, Paxton, Grant, Keystone and Lemoyne. She was always happy to deliver a sermon, ask any of her kids.
In addition to the aforementioned, she was inducted into the Official Navy of the State of Nebraska in April 1981 by Gov. Charles Thone. She was active in the Upper Room Walk to Emmaus and shared this experience with her granddaughter Jennifer.
As an educator, she was a lifetime member of the National Education Association, as well as the Nebraska State Education Association. Wanda served in an advisory capacity to the Nebraska Commission on the Status of Women and Children for many years.
Wanda Goodwin Mindt was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Erwin E. Mindt; her parents, Herbert L. and Pearl Goodwin, and a brother, Jack Goodwin.
She is survived by her son, Ronald E. Mindt, of Lincoln; daughter Kaye Mindt Long of Grand Island; granddaughter Jennifer N. Long, and greatdaughter, Kayla A. Long; daughter Cathy A. Mindt and husband, Russell M. Knight, of Keystone, and children Kellen and Evan of Lincoln, Abby of Kearney and Maggie of Keystone; daughter Lt. Col. Pamela S. Mindt, currently serving our nation in Iraq; a brother, the Rev. Bob Goodwin, of Neosho, Mo.. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wanda Goodwin Mindt was cremated with arrangements handled by All Faiths Funeral Chapel of Grand Island, with assistance from Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala. As she requested, there will be no memorial or funeral service. Memorials will be directed by the family to the Grand Island Crisis Center, the United Congregational Church and The Association of Child Prevention.
Cards may be directed to Cathy A. Mindt, 814 W. 1st, Suite A, Ogallala, NE 69153.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1976
Frances Dorothy (Miller) Minton
Frances Dorothy Minton of Parks died Friday, May 7th at the Dundy County Hospital at the age of 56. She was born March 26, 1920, and was married December 12, 1956 at McCook to Calvin Minton who survives.
Other survivors are a son, Lyle Bettis of Lincoln, a brother, Albert of Toledo, Oregon, and two sisters; Leona Small of Gaston, South Carolina and Maxine Miller of Gresham, Oregon.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Oliver and Mildred Miller and a brother, Earl.
Services were held Monday, May 10th at 10 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Obed Walker officiating. Delbert Callaway, the soloist, sang "The Old Rugged Croes" and “In The Garden" accompanied by Gwen Bauer on the organ. Casket bearers were Art Hanshaw, Leonard Gauer, Jerrold Kuhns, Everett Stute, Doug Smith and Leo McCullough. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1972
Alvah Hubert Minton
Alvah Hubert Minton was born May 20, 1892 on his father's homestead, north of Haigler, Nebraska near Buffalo Creek His parents were Cahill and Laura Barrett Minton. His father took the homestead in 1886 and the land is now owned by Pat Smith. He passed away at the Hester Memorial Home on Monday, November 13, 1972 at the age of 80 years, five months and 23 days..
He lived in South Park, Colorado with his parents until his mother died, then he returned to Dundy county to live with his grandfather, John Barrett in the sandhills north of Haigler. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Waller adopted the sister, Laura, and kept Alvah and his brother, Bill, until they went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Perkins, who lived in a sod house in the community. Then in 1899 Alvah's father remarried and the family lived in the Winsor hotel in Haigler for a time before moving to the Tom Ashton ranch where they lived in a sod house also.
On March 5, 1919 Alvah Minton and Ruth McAllister were married at the bride's parents home by Rev. Frank Woodward. Two children were born to this union, a son, Alvah Hubert, died at birth; a daughter, Arlene Ruth lived until 1969.
Alvah received his education in Haigler and in the Sanborn country school. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Haigler.
Mr. Minton owned and operated a farm on the north fork of the Republican river between Haigler and Parks for many years. It is believed that he had either the second or third irrigation well in Dundy county. He was a good farmer and raised white face cattle. Alvah Minton was a wonderful neighbor, always helping all who needed it. When his health began to fail, he purchased a dwelling property in Benkelman and in company of his daughter, Arlene Ruth, moved to Benkelman in the late 1960's to spend his retirement years. He had been a guest at the Hester Home for several months.
He is survived by a brother, Melvin Minton of Vancouver, Washington; a sister, Lucilly McAllister of LaCenter. Washington and many nieces and nephews, He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a daughter, an adopted daughter; by his sisters, Olivia Evans and Thelma Stockham, and a brother, William Minton.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, 1972 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Mrs. Florence Daniels was the organist and Doris Tecker and Dan Brown the singers.
Casket bearers were Don Webster, Roy Walter. Ercil Goodell, Cecil Workman, Lester Adams and Richard Peterson. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of !the Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1987
Calvin Edward Minton
Calvin Edward Minton, son of William and Nellie (Breese-Snyder) Minton, was born March 14, 1917, at Loveland, Colorado, and died February 14, 1987, at the Veterans Hospital at Martinez, California, at the age of 69 years and 11 months. Calvin attended school in Haigler, Nebraska, and was a truck driver until his enlistment into the Army.
On January 14, 1935, Calvin was united in marriage to Dorothy Ritchy and to this union two children were born: Helen May and Orville.
In 1940 he enlisted in the Army and took his training at Fort Lewis, Washington, and King City, California. Calvin served with the 804th Engineer Battalion during World War II spending four years and 27 days in the South Pacific. He went through the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and during the fighting on Saipan he was wounded receiving shrapnel in his back and knees. He spent several months in hospitals recuperating, but he never fully recovered from the wounds to his spine. Calvin received seven medals and six overseas bars, and his unit received the Presidential unit citation for bravery. His service and bravery in combat were such as to be commended by his commander.
Calvin was preceded in death by his father in 1964: his wife, Dorothy; his second wife, Frances, and one sister, Mina.
He is survived by his mother, Nellie (Minton) Snyder; his daughter, Helen; his son, Orville; one sister, Wylene Brown; his brother, Grant; one grandson, Richard Bickford; two step-grandchildren, Mike and Tammy, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Wednesday, February 18, 1987, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating.
Organist was Betty Erdman. Carol and Robert Sander sang the selections "In The Garden" and "Beyond The Sunset."
Bearers were Richard Bickford, Larry Wilson, Maurice Dixon, Carl Youman, Leroy Grams and Ward Wonder.
Honorary bearers were Ray Daniels, Dale Lingo, Harry Grams, Bill Wiggins, LaVoine Collicott and W.C. Bradley.
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 Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1982
Melvin Minton, 78, of Vancouver, Washington, died Monday. Oetober 11, VAC.
Mr. Minton was burn and raised in the Haigler area.
Survivors in the area include Nellie Snyder of Benkelman, Margaret Ford of Stratton, Elsie Gauger of Wauneta, Wylene Brown of Benkelman, Grant Minton of Wood River and Calvin Minton of Pittsburg, California.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? ????
Mabel (Halley) Modrell
Mabel Modrell died Monday in the Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
She was born April 1, 1917 at St. Francis, Kan., to Lorenzo and Jessie Halley and married Don Modrell Jan. 17, 1944 in Astoria, Oregon.
Survivors include her husband, Donald of McCook; two daughters, Donna Jo (Jody) Modrell of Denver, and Mrs. John (Jacque) Pauls, Bellevue, Nebr.; and a stepmother, Mrs. Zella Halley, St. Francis, Kan.; one brother, Q.V. Halley, Sterling, Colo.; and eight sisters, Mrs. Jessie Shields and Mrs. Bessie Burr, both of St. Francis, Kan., Mrs. Velva Follett, Mrs. Annabelle Hevner, and Mrs. Viva Peters, all of Goodland, Kan., Mrs. Muriel Krien, Brush, Colo., Mrs. Bernice Lambert, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mrs. Opal Winston, Salt Lake, Utah.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in McCook with the Rev. Merwyn Davidson officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Carpenter-Breland Funeral Hni--ne.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1991
Howard Milford Modrell
IMPERIAL—Howard Milford Modrell was born June 2, 1915, at McCook, Nebraska, the son of Walter and Bessie M. (Doyle) Modrell, and died Wednesday, January 2, 1991, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial, Nebraska. He was 75 years old.
He attended school at Burnt Hill, north of McCook, and lived with his parents on the family farm north of McCook until they moved to Corvallis, Oregon, in January 1944.
In Oregon, Howard worked at the saw mills in Philomath, Roseburg and Albany.
He was married December 20, 1958, to Margaret Foster at Albany, Oregon. They lived in Albany where he worked in the feed and seed mill until he retired in 1974.
He moved to Trenton, Nebraska, in October 1988 and lived there until he went to the Imperial Manor Nursing Home in July 1990.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margaret, in 1980, a brother, Dale, who was killed in France during World War II, and a sister, Eleanor Peters of Corvallis.
Survivors include two brothers, Richard Modrell and his wife, Violet, of Culbertson, Nebraska, and Marshall Modrell and his wife, Wilda, of Corvallis: one sister, Ardis Davis of Yankton, South Dakota, and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held Saturday, January 5, 1991, at 1 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Stratton, Nebraska, with the Rev. Richard Call officiating. Marie Kleinschmidt was the organist.
Bearers were Roger Modrell, Edward Lanckriet, Roy Mitchell, Kris Lanckriet, Rick McDonald and Tim Jones.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1992
Carol L. "Renie" (Lavell) Moffitt
LONGMONT, Colo.–Carol L. "Renie" (Lavell) Moffitt of Longmont, Colorado, was born June 2, 1936, in McDonald, Kansas, to Minor M. and Maxine (Compton) Lavell. She died March 29, 1992, at the Life Care Center in Longmont at the age of 55.
She married Chester L. Moffitt in Castle Rock, Colorado, on February 14, 1962.
She was an accounts representative and reservations specialist for the Holiday Inn in Springfield, Illinois. In March 1991 she moved to Longmont from Springfield. While in Longmont, she worked as a receptionist for the Life Care Center. She was a member of the Longs Peak Southern Baptist Church in Longmont. Renie enjoyed her family and those special times with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester in 1979, and by her parents.
Survivors include her sons, Monte Hickman and wife, Kayla of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Martin Hickman and wife, Nancy, of Bloomington, Illinois; three grandchildren, Adam, Alex and Kelsey Hickman; one brother, Eugene Lavell, of Central Point, Oregon, and four sisters, Betty Williams of Longmont, Lodema McEvoy of Palisade, Colorado, Naomi Osborn of Benkelman, Nebraska, and Leanna Dean of Prescott, Arizona.
Services were held Tuesday, March 31, 1992, at 10:30 a.m. at the Longs Peak Southern Baptist Church in Longmont with the Rev. Jim Russell officiating. Interment was in Sulfur Springs Cemetery in Loami, Illinois. Ahlberg Funeral Chapel of Longmont was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1908
William C. Mohler
William C. Mohler, living 41/2 miles south of Haigler, was struck and instantly killed by lightning last Tuesday about 3:00 in the afternoon.
Mr. Mohler had been talking to a neighbor by the name of Cooper for some time previous to the lightning's fatal visit, and concluding that the storm was close at hand, both men started for their homes, Cooper living but a few rods from the Mohler place.
When within about 20 feet of the door, Mohler stopped to look back at the clouds when death followed. Both the toe and fingernails were torn off, and the shoes he wore were burned to crisps.
The unfortunate man had only lived in the neighborhood of Haigler since March, coming there from Almena, Kansas.
He leaves a wife and three small children. He was highly spoken of by his neighbors and commanded the respect of all who knew him.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1996
James E. Monaghan
Dr. James E. Monaghan died Thursday, Jan. 25, 1996, at Vencor Hospital in Denver, Colo., at the age of 72 years.
He was born in Denver on May 9, 1923, to Daniel G. and Mary T. (Sullivan) Monaghan.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Notre Dame, attended medical school at the University of Colorado and entered St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver where he became chief surgeon in 1956.
He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater and in England with the Medical Corps.
On June 15, 1946, he married Marian E. Currigan in Denver. In 1966 they moved to Benkelman, Neb., where he was a surgeon at Dundy County Hospital until his retirement in 1994.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marian, in 1993; two sisters, Anne and Mary Julia, and two brothers, John and Dan, Jr.
He is survived by his sons, Jim and his wife, Lisa, of Denver and Danny and his wife, Carrie, of Omaha, Neb.; two daughters, Mary Sydney Monaghan of Littleton, Colo., and Maureen Monaghan of Benkelman; his sister, Sydney Hover, of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
Rosary was recited Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman. Mass of the Resurrection was Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Mark Pfeiffer as celebrant.
Marjorie Redfield was the organist and Betty Van Dyke the song leader. Rory Seims played the bagpipes. Selections included "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes, "I Am The Bread Of Life" by the choir; "Like A Shepherd," "Be Not Afraid," "On Eagle's Wings" and "Alleluia Sing To Jesus," as well as other bagpipe selections.
Bearers were James Monaghan III, Brian Monaghan, Erin Brown, Larry Anderson, Larry Hansen and Darrell Brown. Honorary bearers were Dr. Elizabeth Edwards, Dr. Howard Peckham, Cathy Broz, Jack Pursley, Lee Gallatin and Rita Jones.
Committal was by the American Legion Post No. 65 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178 of Benkelman. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July? 1941
Silda E. Mong
Mrs. Silda E. Mong, 70, of 240 South Acoma Street, a resident of Colorado for the last twelve years, died at her home Friday.
She was born in Pittsfield, Ill., July 19,1870. With her parents she moved to Taylorville, Ill., where she received her schooling. With her husband, James E. Mong, she came to Colorado in 1928 and lived for several years on a farm near Proctor. They have lived in Denver two years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Harry E. Mong of Murray, Utah, and Leon L. Mong of Denver, and a sister, Mrs. J. L. Simmons of Oak Park, Ill.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p. m. Tuesday at the Howard Mortuary.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1994
Lecil (Wilkinson) Montgomery
IMPERIAL–Lecil Montgomery, youngest daughter ofJoseph E. and Ella Mae (Clifton) Wilkinson, was born August 21, 1912, on a homestead site in Dundy County, Nebraska, and died after a period of illness at Chase County Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, June 23, 1994, at the age of 81 years.
She was united in marriage to Jack Montgomery February 19, 1931. To this union four children were born. They resided on a ranch southwest of Champion, Nebraska, all their married life and enjoyed 57 years together.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and two grandchildren, Cindy and Danny Bier of Fort Collins, Colorado.
She is survived by her children, Neil R. Montgomery of Imperial, Delsa and husband, Martin Harmon, of Imperial, Velda and husband, Loren Bier, of Fort Collins and Janice and husband, Larry Margheim, of Lyman, Nebraska; a sister, Addie Wallenstrom of Denver, Colorado; 7 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, June 25, 1994, at 10 a.m. in the Champion Community Church with the Revs. Bob Harmon and Francis Baker officiating. Oneta Silvester was the organist and Kim Silvester the soloist.
Bearers were Les Ambrosek, Robert Ambrosek, Gene Williams, Bill Silvester, Pat Redden and Roy North.
Honorary bearers were Royce Williams, Amel Peterson, Bob Brown, Max Redden, Stanley Smith, Harold Harmon, Elmer Hessman, Carl Sharp and Herman Redden.
Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery at Champion with Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1988
Jack Montgomery, youngest son of John Montgomery and Ella (Toby) Montgomery, was born on Dec, 10, 1910 near Aurora, Mo. and passed away on May 8 at Chase County Hospital at the age of 77 years after a period of illness.
Jack came to this area in 1929 with his brother, Tom, working in the corn and wheat harvest. Jack's father died when he was five years of age and his mother died when he was 12.
He was united in marriage to Lecil M. Wilkinson on Feb. 19, 1931. To this union four children were born. They resided on a ranch southwest of Champion all their married life and enjoyed 57 years together.
Besides his widow, Lecil, he leaves his children, Neil, and wife, Nell of Champion, Delsa Harmon and husband, Martin of Imperial, Velda Bier and husband, Loren of Fort Collins, Colo., Janice Margheim and husband Larry of Lyman; and one sister-in-law, Addie Aragon of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother, Tom, and two grandchildren, Cindy and Danny Bier of Fort Collins,
Services were held on May 10 at Champion Community Church with Pastor Bob Harmon officiating. Interment was at Lake View Cemetery at Champion.
Pallbearers were Robert Ambrosek, Les Ambrosek, Gene Williams, Elmer Hessman, Pat Redden and Bill Baker. Honorary pallbearers were Milt Singley, George Moon, Royce Williams, Carl Sharp, Max Redden and Harold Harmon.
Music was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Bauerle and Oneta Silvester. Creveling Funeral Home was in charge c of arrangements.
He Maketh No Mistake
My Father's way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I'm glad I know
He maketh no mistake.
My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away, But still I'll trust my Lord to lead
For He doth know the way. Tho night be dark and it may seem
That day will never break, I'll pin my faith, my all in Him;
He maketh no mistake. There's so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight's far too dim; But come what may, I'll simply trust,
And leave it all to Him.
For by and by the mist will lift,
And plain it all He'll make, Through all the way, tho' dark to me,
He made not me mistakes.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1991
Patricia K. (Palmer) Montini
FT. BRAGG, Calif.– Patricia K. Montini, age 76, of Ft. Bragg, California, died Monday, April 15, 1991, at her home in Ft. Bragg following a long illness.
She was born to Arch and Mary Palmer in Cheyenne county, Kansas.
She attended grade school Haigler, Nebraska, and graduated from St. Francis (Kansas) High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron (Nebraska) State College. She taught rural schools in Nebraska and Kansas, moving to California where she taught many years at Point Arena, Potter Valley and Ft. Bragg. She retired in 1971.
In 1947 she married Paul Montini in Oakland, California. Two sons were born to this union. Her husband died in 1953.
She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, the church Altar Society and Retired Teachers Association.
Those surviving her are her sons, Paul Montini of Napa, California, and Robert Montini of Ft. Bragg; her sisters, Margherita Knapp of McCook, Nebraska, and Loretta Palmer of Benkelman, Nebraska, and a brother, William Palmer of Pueblo, Colorado.
Rosary was recited Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 p.m. in Ft. Bragg with Father Bradley Roh the celebrant.
Interment was arranged by Chapel of the Sea of Ft. Bragg.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1995
Eleanor (Walsh) Mook
LINCOLN–Eleanor Walsh Mook was born March 6, 1896, to Jeremiah and Eleanor Walsh in Benkelman, Dundy County, Neb., and departed this life Oct. 21, 1995, at Gramercy Hill retirement home in Lincoln, Neb.
Eleanor received her early education in the county school close to her home in Dundy County. She graduated from the eighth grade May 24, 1911, with the highest average of all the students in the county. She graduated from Benkelman High School June 17, 1915, and received a third-grade teaching certificate which enabled her to teach in the county schools. She entered Kearney State College in the summer of 1916 and in July 1918, she received a high school teaching certificate and took a teaching position in Bloomington, Neb., where she met her future husband, James D. Mook.
Eleanor spent all of her summers from 1918 to 1926 taking summer classes at University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She continued her teaching each winter and took the position of English teacher in Benkelman in 1919, teaching there until 1926. She spent the whole school year of 1926-27 at UNL and graduated from there in June 1927. She returned to Benkelman to teach English and continued with graduate classes each summer until she attained her master of arts degree from UNL in 1930.
She continued teaching in Sidney, Neb., and in 1932 returned to Benkelman to teach through 1935.
She and James D. Mook were married on Dec. 24, 1934. She did not teach for 13 months at this point in her life. Her only child, Anne Eleanor, was born at this time.
She taught again in Marion and Danbury, Neb., and her husband started to work for the Burlington Railroad in McCook, Neb. James took a job with the Santa Fe Railroad in Winslow, Ariz. August 1941 Eleanor moved to Kit Carson, Colo., in 1947 and taught there until she retired in May 1962 after having taught for 43 years.
In May 1961 she was honored at a public ceremony by the Freedom Foundation of Washington. D.C., with a national award for excellence in teaching.
She retired to Winslow in May 1962 and enjoyed having some leisure time and traveling with her husband.
James preceded her in death on May 24, 1972. She continued to reside in Winslow and was busy with many activities until poor health precipitated her moving to Lincoln in May 1987 at the age of 91. She lived her remaining years at Gramercy Hill retirement home, close to her daughter and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Jessie and Frank, and her sisters, Mary Jefferson and Alice and her husband, J.D. McConihe.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Charles Barton, and her grandsons, Charles D. and Jason D. Barton, all of Lincoln; a granddaughter, Valerie, and her husband, Roland Kyllmann, and a great-grandson, Sebastian Kyllmann, of La Paz, Bolivia: a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Leon Preston, of Benkelman; two nephews, Jerry Preston and his wife, Josephine, of Benkelman, and Bill Preston of Port Hueneme, Calif.; a niece, Mary Fuller, of Moses Lake, Wash.; and many friends and students who have expressed their appreciation of her influences on their lives. She gave her all to her students, who were important facets of her life.
Eleanor Mook's personal example of lifelong commitment to excellence, to which she insisted that her students and all those around her aspire, uniquely demonstrated that "a teacher affects eternity."
Funeral services for Eleanor Mook were held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1995, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and Marilyn Zarkowski sang "In The Garden" and "He Leadeth Me."
Bearers were Charles Barton, Jason Barton, Jerry Preston, Walt Barenberg, Glen Osborn and Scott Hogeland. Holly Chapter #233, Order of the Eastern Star, was in charge of the committal. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1982
Lucinda Ida Moon
WAUNETA — Lucinda Ida Moon, age 76, died Thursday in Wauneta and was born April 18, 1906 at Wauneta.
Survivors include one son, Harold of Lincoln; two daughters, Ardith Stute of Imperial and Karen Olmsted of Gothenburg; four sisters, Ella Zarecor, Ethel Kaiser, Jennie Sass and Eunice Thompson; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. MDT in the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with the Rev. Lisle Mewman officiating. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, under the direction of the Creveling Funeral Home, Wauneta.
Memorials have been established in her memory the American Heart and Lung Association.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1987
Harriett Loretta (Stroup) Moore
Harriett Loretta (Stroup) Moore died Thursday, November 26, 1987, at AMC Cancer Center in Denver, Colorado. She was born May 21, 1932, in Benkelman, Nebraska, to Albert C. and Nellie M. (Huggans) Stroup. They preceded her in death in 1946 and 1953.
In 1949 she moved to St. Francis, Kansas, where she met and married Delmar Lyle Moore on July 31, 1950. They operated Moore Trucking, and Harriett worked for Jefferson County Motor Vehicle Department in Arvada, Colorado, for 25 years.
Delmar preceded her in death on December 6, 1984, of injuries suffered in a traffic accident.
Survivors Include her brothers: Robert Stroup of Medford, Oregon, Kenneth Stroup of Lincoln, Nebraska, Harold Stroup of Benkelman and Al Jr. of Utica, Nebraska; her sisters: Lee Yarmer of Wheatridge, Colorado, Maxine Matthews of Commerce City, Colorado, Wanda Hughes of Oberlin, Kansas, and Val Jein Lambert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held November 30, 1987, at Crown Hill Mortuary in VVheatridge, Colorado.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1965
Archie Lester Moores
Archie Lester Moores, 77, passed away at the Palomar Memorial Hospital in Escondido, California, on Thursday morning, March 11, Benkelman friends learned that afternoon. Mr. Moores suffered a stroke on Monday, March 8, and shortly thereafter entered the hospital. It was believed that he was holding his own when death overtook him on Thursday morning. He had been in ill health for many years.
Mr. Moores was born in Seneca, Kansas, on April 16, 1887. A pharmacist by profession, he came to Benkelman in 1915 and was employed by the Ketler-McDonald drug store. He later owned and operated the store before enlisting in the Army at the start of the United States entranced in World War I.
He received an appointment as carrier on route three after his return from the war and served the patrons on that route until ill health forced him to retire on July 1, 1947. Mr. Moores was a charter member of the Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65 of the American Legion, and served as Commander of the organization in the 1920's. He engaged in several civic enterprises during his Benkelman residence, among them was spearheading a membership drive for the Martin F. Bowles Post at the start of World War II.
After his retirement from the postal service, Mr. and Mrs. Moores returned to his home town, Seneca, Kansas, where he spent two years seeking relief from a severe asthmatic condition. They moved to Escondido, California, in 1949 to be near their son, William A. Moores, and family. During their residence in Escondido, Mr. Moores developed a heart condition, which added to his health troubles.
He is survived by his wife, Emily Christine, of Escondido; one son, William A.; a daughter-in-law, Betty Jean, of Santa Ana, , Calif.; two grandsons, Billy, a member of the U. S. Army, currently on a tour-of-duty in Panama; Bobby of Santa Ana; and a granddaughter. Barbara, of Santa Ana, Calif.; two nepheys, Devidson Voorhees, of New York City and Charles Everhart of Auburn, Washington.
Funeral services were conducted at the Alhiser-Wilson Mortuary in Escondido at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15. The American Legion Post was in charge of services at the interment site in the Oakdale Cemetery in Escondido.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1991
PRESCOTT, Ariz.--William Moores, 72, died February 3, 1991, in Prescott, Arizona. He was born November 26, 1918, in Seneca, Kansas, and grew up in Benkelman, Nebraska.
Mr. Moores moved to Mesa, Arizona, from Escondido, California, in 1983, then to Prescott in 1989. He worked for McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft as a purchasing agent, retiring in 1989. He was a 25-year U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include two sons, William A. Jr. of Huntington Beach, California, and Robert E. of Buena Park, California; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara J. and Rodney Tucker, of Escondido; five grandchildren, Kylie, Gregory, Sean, Brenton and Michelle, and one sister-in-law, Irene Williams, of Escondido, formerly of Benkelman.
His wife, Betty Jean, preceded him in death in 1985.
Private cremation was followed by burial at sea.
Arrangements were made by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1981
Ivan Clinton Moreau
Ivan Clinton Moreau was born in Howard County, Missouri, on Aug. 12, 1912, to William Burnett and Adeline (Epperson) Moreau.
When Ivan was about four he moved with his family to McCook. He was first married to Isabelle Nielson and to this union were born Roger and Virginia LaRae.
On August 9, 1945 he married Ruth Rosella Matson at Oberlin, Kan. To this union six children were born: Johnnie Albert, Rose Ann, Rebecca Elizabeth, Cathleen Kay, Colleen Tay and David Franklin.
While living in McCook Ivan worked for Barnett Lumber about 27 years. In 1969 he took early retirement from his work with the Citv of McCook following a heart attack . In November of 1970 he moved to Stratton, Nebraska.
On Saturday, July 11, 1981 Ivan passed away in his sleep at the age of 68 years and 11 months.
His father William and sister Violet Hoyt preceded him in death.
Adeline; his wife, Ruth; his three sons: Roger, David and Johnnie (all of McCook); his five daughters Virginia Cammeron (of Denver, Colo.), Mrs. Richard, (Rose Ann) Wright of Stratton, Mrs. David (Rebecca) Herron of Lincoln, Ne., Mrs. Bob (Cathleen) Witt and Colleen Witt both of Palisade, NE., 26 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1990
Michael James Moreau
BENKELMAN–Michael James Moreau was born on September 15, 1971, in McCook, Nebraska, and died August 16, 1990, at Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 18 years, 11 months and 1 day.
He was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and of the Boy Scouts of America.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ivan Moreau.
Survivors include his mother, Leila (McArthur) Barrett of Benkelman; his father, Johnnie Moreau, and his wife, Jan, of Cambridge, Nebraska; brothers; Clinton Moreau and Nathan Moreau and his wife, Mary Beth, all of Fort Hood, Texas, and Benjamin Moreau and Marion Barrett Jr., both of Benkelman; sisters; Crystal and Misti Moreau of Cambridge; grandparents, Dean and Velma McArthur of Laird, Colorado, and Ruth Moreau of Lincoln, Nebraska; one nephew, Shane Moreau, of Fort Hood, Texas; many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Michael loved life and tried to live it to the fullest. Every day had to count.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Monday, August 20, 1990, at 10 a. m. with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.
Organist was Gwen Bauer. Richard Bartholomew with guitar accompaniment sang "In The Garden" and “The Old Rugged Cross."
Bearers were Clinton Moreau, Nathan Moreau, Benjamin Moreau, Lonny McArthur, Terry McArthur and John McArthur III.
Honorary bearers were Marion Barrett Jr., John McArthur, Todd Pankonin, Scott Turman, Roger Bolio, Robert Kier, Johnathan Gonzales, Craig Hearon. Chris Stroup, Gale Garner and Dan Boison.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1993
Marguerite Gertrude (Chipperfield) Morehouse
BENKELMAN - - Marguerite Gertrude Morehouse was born August 28, 1905, in Virginia, Nebraska (near Beatrice), to Mitchell Smith and Gertrude Merretta (Heaton) Chipperfield. She died June 17, 1993, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 87.
In her childhood, Marguerite lived in Virginia, Beatrice, Diller and University Place (later part of Lincoln)--all in Nebraska. She frequently visited her maternal grandparents' farm at Big Timber in northwestern Kansas. In 1933, on one of these Kansas visits, she met her future husband, George Albert Morehouse. They were married May 20, 1928.
Throughout her married life (in St. Louis, Denver and Benkelman) Marguerite was an active participant in Dr. Albert's career of medical service to others. In Benkelman, she was also an active supporter of civic projects. She belonged to the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Chapter ER, Nebraska, of the PEO Sisterhood. She was a 4-H leader for 13 years and received the Dundy County Friend of 4-H award.
She was a member of the Happy Hollow Extension Club, Benkelman Garden Club and Benkelman Federated Woman's Club. Special community projects in which she was instrumental included planting the evergreen trees which surround the cemetery, building the swimming pool and establishing the present public library facility.
She served the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home on the Board of Trustees for 10 years, then as a volunteer with her Saturday morning deliveries of mail and cheer. During her last four years, she felt at home as a resident of the apartment wing of the Hester Home where she continued her caring, sharing lifestyle.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1960; an infant son, Albert Eugene; her parents; four brothers, Walter, Harold, Robert and Charles, and a sister, Roberta.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Gerry Dulmage of Concord, Michigan, Marilyn and Frankie Lutz of Benkelman and Toby and Frank Stamm of Torrington, Wyoming; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grand children; other relatives and many friends.
Services were held Saturday, June 19, 1993, at 1:30 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating.
Pianist was Gwen Bauer. Musical selections were the prelude "I Love To Tell The Story," congregational singing of "Beautiful Isle," "Beyond The Sunset" and "Amazing Grace" and the postlude "When The Saints Go Marching In." The New Twenty-Third from The Living Bible was the recitation.
Bearers were Albert Andrist, Patrick Andrist, Andrew Dulmage, Al Faesser, Kenny Haines, Don Stamm, David Thompson, Kenneth Williams and Brad Wiese. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1960
Dr. George Albert Morehouse
George Albert Morehouse, son of John E. and Mary Ellen Morehouse, was born December 26, 1903, at the parental home in the South Fork community of Cheyenne county, Kansas. He departed this life at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo., December 13, 1960. He had reached the age of 56 years, 11 months and 17 days.
At the age of five years, he moved with his family to a farm near Belvidere, Nebr.. where they lived for six years. The following five years were spent at Davenport, Nebraska: His grade school and three years of high school education were completed in these Nebraska towns.
In the spring of 1920 the family returned to their former Cheyenne county home and one year later the deceased was graduated from the St, Francis Community High School.
After teaching three terms in the rural schools of Cheyenne county, he enrolled in Nebraska Wesleyan University at Lincoln, Nebraska, to begin preparation for his chosen profession in the field of medicine. Upon graduation he was granted a fellowship to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
We were not there at the hour of death iTo hear your last faint sigh,
Or whisper just one loving word, lOr even say good-bye.
Fond is the link that is broken, Dear is the one' that is gone
Out in memory we'll keep you dear
Ada as long as the years roll on.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1971
John Ephriam Morehouse
J E. Morehouse passed away at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver of Thursday after an illness of several months. He was 91 years of age but in action and spirit carried on at a pace trying to one with less a score on his record. He was well known in Benkelman as a man with many fine qualities and he enjoyed the high regard of his neighbors of seventy years. His fortunes were closely allied to Benkelman altho he was a resident of Cheyenne County, Kansas. He was the father of the late Dr. Albert Morehouse, who will always be remembered, and was the father of two fine nurses, Bernice Hamilton and Helen Howk, who assisted their brother in the Morehouse Hospital and have later served with distinction in the Dundy County Hospital. His other daughters are Mrs. Blanche McDowell, Benkelman, Mrs. Gladys Neilan, St. Francis and Mrs. Delores Klotz. Annette, Alaska.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Paul Born at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Monday afternoon. Mrs. Gwen Bauer was the organist, and the singers were Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Case, Ray Balderson and Barbara O'Dea. Casket bearers were Gary Neilan, Dale Lutz, Frank Lutz, Victor Pigg, Melvin Haack, Michael Hoffman, Leo Richard, Brent Richard and Henry Krug, Jr. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
John Ephriam Morehouse, son of John Doren and Elizabeth Williams Morehouse, was born in Waverly, Illinois on December 23, 1879. Death came at the Presbyterian hospital in Denver, Colorado, on September 2, 1971.
His family settled in eastern Nebraska during his youth, but later followed the trend of moving west, locating in extreme northwest Kansas where he met his future bride.
He was united in marriage with Mary Ellen Pigg on September 8, 1901. The couple set up house-keeping on the Cheyenne County farm that was their home throughout their sixty-five years of married life, with the exception of eleven years spent in Thayer County, Nebraska.
Mr . Morehouse became a Christian in early manhood, and for many years served the rural church in the South Fork community as a teacher and church leader. In later years he placed his membership in the Church of Christ in St. Francis. The Morehouses were the parents of one son and five daughters. The daughters, all survivors, are Mrs. Douglas McDowell (Blanche) of Benkelman, Nebraska; Mrs. Bernice Hamilton of Benkelman; Mrs. Joe Neilan (Gladys), St. Francis, Kansas; Mrs. Harold Klotz (Delores) Annette, Alaska; and Mrs. Merle Howk (Helen) of Bird City, Kansas.
The family circle was broken with the death of the son, the late Dr. Albert Morehouse in 1960, and again when the wife and mother was taken in 1967. A beloved son-in-law, Howard Hamilton passed away in 1969.
Mr. Morehouse is also survived by the four sons-in-law named above, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Marguerite Morehouse; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Lorenz of Omaha, Nebraska; ten grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
The Morehouses provided a foster home for Mrs. Melvin Neilan (Winona) Bonesteel, South Dakota, Mr. Victor Pigg, Hill City, South Dakota and his brother, Everett Pigg, now deceased.
Mr. Morehouse chose to remain in the farm home after the death of his loved one for it was a home filled with all the memories of a happy family growing up together.
There are those who might think Mr. Morehouse expected a lot from others. Those who knew him best would agree that he expected more of himself than from any one else.
He was remarkably alert and self sufficient for a man of his years. He was youthful in appearance and spirit.
He had experienced most of the hardships common to the pioneer farmer and had combined hard work and management to make a success of his chosen career. The death of his only son struck a blow that rocked his soul, but with an abiding faith in God he weathered the storm, and in spite of the fact that the ravages of leukemia had already begun to take its toll, he took up the task of caring for his wife who gradually became an invalid following her son's death. The tender care he administered to her and the daily trips he made to town to be with her during her long hospitalization, his ability to carry on the burden when younger souls bent with the strain, were testimony of his devotion to his loved one.
In the height of his farming career, Mr. Morehouse was honored by being named a Kansas Master Farmer. To his family he was more than a Master Farmer, he was a Master Father.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2008
Darlean R. (Barnes) Moreland
Darlean R. Moreland of Champion, Nebraska, born February 21,1920, passed away December 31, 2007, at the age of 87, in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is survived by daughters: Janice Tetherow and husband, Richard, of Valentine, NE,; Diane Schumacher and husband, Terry, of Wilson, WIS,; Nancy Messersmith and husband, Tom, of Laramie, WY, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Emily Barnes, beloved husband, George in 1974, daughter; Arlis Quick, and sister, Doris Harris.
Darlean was a member of the Chase County Historical Society, The Joys and Blisters Garden Club, and the Champion Women's Club. She spent many years as a 4-H leader, was past director of District #8 Make it Yourself with Wool, and was the first president of the Nebraska Wheat Hearts.
She loved building her home and gardens on the Nebraska prairie and was so thankful to all those who helped her achieve her dreams.
Funeral Services for Darlean were held Saturday afternoon, January 5, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Imperial, with Pastor Kay Alnor officiating.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, NE.
A memorial has been established to the Chase County Historical Museum in Champion, NE.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1996
Rev. Glen 0. Morford
STAFFORD, Kan. — Rev. Glen 0. Morford, a Stafford, Kan. resident since 1967, died Friday (April 19, 1996) at his home it Stafford. He was 77 years old.
He was born Nov. 18, 1918, near Hugoton, Kan., the son of Grovey and Cora (Garman) Morford. He was a graduate Friends Bible College in Haviland, Kan. On May 27, 1942, he married Virginia Jones at Houston, Texas.
He was a former minister at the Cottonwood Friends Church in Emporia, Kan., Barclay Friends Church in Barclay, Kan., Westglendale Friends Church in Plains, Kan., Pleasant Valley Friends Church in Benkelman, and Stafford Friends Church, Zenith Community Church and First Baptist Church, all of Stafford. He also served nine years in the evangelism ministry and was a member of the Stafford Ministerial Alliance.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Stafford; son, Duane 0. Morford and wife, Jean, of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Glenda F. Merriman and husband, Farrell, of McCook; sisters, Vivian Morford of Hugoton, Kan., Lona Ratcliff of Haviland, Kan., and Irene Storms of Chivington, Colo.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today at Minnis Chapel with Chaplain John Haven and the Rev. Guy Elliott presiding. Burial was at the Stafford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Stafford District Hospital or First Baptist Church, both in care of the chapel.
Minnis Chapel of Stafford is in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1993
D. Joyce (Benge) Morris
CHEYENNE, Wyo.—D. Joyce Morris, 58, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died Saturday, November 27, 1993, at United Medical Center in Cheyenne.
She was born January 20, 1935, in Benkelman, Nebraska. and had lived in Cheyenne most of her adult life.
She was educated in the Benkelman Public Schools, graduating in 1953.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kearney State College in 1957.
In 1956, Joyce married Thomas L. Morris. The couple had two daughters, Shauna Lee and Sharla Rae.
She taught home economics in the Cheyenne schools for 16 years and, after taking early retirement from teaching, was active in various clubs and volunteer organizations, serving several years as a volunteer and as a member of the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels.
She was preceded in death by her father, C. Raymond Benge.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Morris of Cheyenne; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Shauna) Lockwood of Kemmerer, Wyoming, and Mrs. James (Sharla) Allen of Cheyenne; five grandchildren, Samuel Thomas, Jessie Anne and Amy Delle Lockwood of Kemmerer and Andrew Michael and Natalie Joyce Allen of Cheyenne; her mother, Dorothy Benge of Cheyenne; two sisters, Janice Jorgenson of Sunnyvale, California, and Shirley Benge of Gothenburg, Nebraska; three nephews, and one niece.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, November 30, 1993, at Schrader Funeral Home in Cheyenne. Cremation was conducted at the Schrader Sunset Park Crematory.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1970
Martha (Halsey) Morris
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Morris, long-time southwest Nebraska resident, will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at Jay's Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. L. E. Schendel and Rev. Robert Sander officiating. The soloist is Mrs. Dean Gove. accompanied by Mrs. Paul Erdman on the organ. Casket bearers are Milton Singley, Arthur Hanshaw, John Ferguson, Jim Koons, Bob Sander and Bob Singley. Interment will be in the Lebanon, Nebraska, cemetery at 2:00 p.m. MST., under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.
Martha Halsey, daughter of William and Alice Halsey was born January 7, 1887, at Lebanon, Nebr., and passed from this life August 31, 1970, at the Dundy County Hospital at Benkelman, Nebr., at the age of 83 years, nine months and 31 days.
Martha spent her childhood days around the vicinity of Lebanon, Nebr. On April 24, 1905, she was united in marriage to James Russell Koons who preceded her in death December 8, 1949. To this union were born two children, a daughter who died in infancy and William Glen who now resides at Parks, Nebraska.
In later years, Martha made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as her own personal Saviour and was very faithful in church attendance while she was able to be about.
On July 20, 1960, she was reunited in marriage. This time to Vern Morris of McCook, Nebraska, who passed from this life February 1966.
She leaves to mourn her passing, one son, William Glen of Parks, Nebr.; two sisters, Abbie Huff of California and Edna Lehn of Twin Falls, Idaho, one brother, Charlie Halsey of Sterling, Colo., three grandchildren, Carol Sander and Mary Sue Singley of Parks, Nebr., and! Jimmie Koons of Lamar, Colo., and eight great grandchildren; along with a host of othe' friends and relatives. Martha was fond of her great grandchildren and in her last days in the hospital often spoke of them.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1942
Mrs. Burl (Lemon) Morris
Toxicoligal examinations of specimens sent to a chemist's labratory in Lincoln last week following the sudden death of Mrs. Burl Morris failed to substantiate the theory that she died as a result of self administered Cresonis compound or any other form of poison, which, in the beginning, was thought to have been the cause of death. The Cresonis compound theory was given particular consideration when an empty bottle of this compound was found near the house and helped to give rise to the poison theory.
As was stated last week, Mrs. Morris was being brought to a local hospital after she had become violently ill but died enroute. The cause of her death was so puzzling that hospital attendants and physicians could determine no reason and the aid of the toxicologist in determining the cause was sought. Now that reports show that the element of poison positively did not enter into her death, heart failure is believed to have been the cause.
The death of this splendid young woman was sad indeed, and sudden as it was it brought both sorrow and shock to the entire community as well as to the parents, husband and other relatives and hundreds of friends in Dundy county where she was reared and was so much admired, but there is indeed solace in the fact that suicide had no part in it.
Mrs. Morris was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Lemon, highly respected and esteemed residents of the Max section. and the wife of Burl Morris, all of whom survive her as does her infant son, Gary Lee, who is eight months old.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2002
Agatha Opal “Gay” Morris
CHEYENNE. Wyo. – Agatha Opal “Gay” Morris, 93 of Cheyenne, died Saturday, April 27, 2002. at Mountain Tower Healthcare Center. She was born Nov. 5, 1908, in Rock County, Neb., and had lived in Cheyenne for 13 years in Pointe Frontier and Sierra Hills with prior residence in Benkelman, Neb.
Mrs. Morris received her bachelor's degree in 1961 and taught school in Benkelman from 1957 to 1973.
SHe was a member of PEO, Order of Eastern Star, Genealogy Society and numerous teacher organizations.
She is survived by a son, Thomas L. Morris, of Cheyenne, a daughter, Judith Everling, of Cheyenne, four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul F. Morris, her parents, Sam and Laura Brown, and two sisters; Hazel Prater and Eula Carl.
Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of The Chimes.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children or the Animal Shelter.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1963
Bob Morris, former Dundy County resident and a popular young St. Francis businessman, was laid at rest in the St. Francis Cemetery on Wednesday of last week.
He had succumbed to an illness of almost two years, during which he had undergone eight major operations since April, 1962.
He was a very popular businessman in St. Francis, where he had operated the Morris Hatchery since 1948, and his efforts were credited with much of the success of the Boy Scout movement in St. Francis as well as the progress of the golf club.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1991
Burl Montie (Jim) Morris
FORT WORTH, Texas--Burl Montie (Jim) Morris died March 21, 1991, in Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born January 16, 1920, in Benkelman, Nebraska, to Earl and Emma (Kimsey) Morris.
Preceding him in death were his father, three brothers. Cody. Bob and Victor, and one sister, Ruth.
Survivors include his mother; his stepfather, Merle Dunbar of Santa Cruz, California; 2 sisters, Detta Sutton of Lakeside, Oregon, and Dottie Premer of Eugene, Oregon; 3 daughters, Cherlynn, Linda and Janice; 4 sons, Montie, Gary, Lonnie and Larry, 16 grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Private services and cremation were held in Fort Worth.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1990
Cecil 0. Morris
EUGENE, Ore.--Cecil 0. Morris was born to George and Geneva Morris November 9, 1908, at Summersville, West Virginia. and died February 6, 1990. at the Green Valley Retirement Center in Eugene, Oregon, at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 27 days.
When a small boy, Cecil moved with his family by train from West Virginia to Nebraska where he grew up on the family farm west of Benkelman.
He was a member of the original Baptist Church in Benkelman and a lover of country music, his favorite instrument being the mouth harp which he loved to play.
Except for a few years with his brother in West Virginia, Cecil spent his adult life in Oregon near members of his family.
After retirement, his main interests were bowling and golf and he loved football.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; brothers, Ray, Earl, Craver, Lewis and Bert, and sisters, Bessie Arrants and Ezelle Billington.
He leaves to mourn, two sisters, Dainty Young and June Wigham and her husband, Ralph, of Veneta, Oregon; one brother, Fred and his wife, Shirley. of Ridgefield, Washington; loving nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
It was a wish of Cecil's to be buried at Benkelman near members of his family.
Services were held Saturday, February 10, 1990. at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.
Betty Erdman was the organist. The Spring Creek Band (Paul Erdman, Richard Bartholomew, M.D. Sailors, Robert Andrews and Robert Thomas) played "Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere" with harmonica playing by Paul Erdman and the group sang “This World Is Not My Home" and "Little Spot In Heaven."
Bearers were Bill Billington, Burdette Wilson, Tony Williams, Marvin Haines, Tom Williams and Duaine Todd.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May ????
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Blair received word April 29 of the death of Boyd's brother-in-law, Cody Morris, at Roseberg, Oregon.
Cody, Helen and family lived in Dundy County near Doane for several years before moving to California, then later to Oregon.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; three sons; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and an aunt, Mrs. Guy Billington of Benkelman.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3, at Roseberg, Oregon. The family home address is: 1335 S.E. Marsters, Roseberg, OR 97470.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1982
Edward Eugene Morris
Graveside services for Edward Eugene Morris were held Mon., July 26, at Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colo., with Rev. Chester Barnett officiating.
Mr. Morris was a cousin to Charley Morrison of Benkelman.
Edward Eugene Morris was born to Albert Eugene and Ethel Daisy Morris March 25, 1921, at Alvin and passed away July 21, 1982, at the age of 61 years at Hot Springs, Ark.
The family moved to Wray in 1922. Edward worked for the city after being discharged from the Army during World War II.
Edward never married. He moved to Shirley, Ark., in 1980 where he lived with his sister, Gladys Farrell, for almost a year. He was staying in a nursing home when he became ill and was taken to the Hot Springs Hospital where he passed away.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ethel Morris; his brothers, Jay Andrew and John Oliver; and one sister, Florence Eathel Herrick.
Survivors include his twin brother, Everett Eugene Morris of Hyattsville, Md.; one sister, Gladys Farrell, of Shirley, Ark. and many other relatives.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1997
Fred W. Morris
VANCOUVER. Wash.–Fred W. Morris was born Sept. 9, 1913, in BenkeIman, Neb., in a sod house which is still standing. He was the 10th of 11 children born to George W. and Geneva Morris. His folks moved from West Virginia in 1909 traveling by train to homestead in Dundy County, Neb.
He attended Doane school for eight years. In 1933 he graduated from Benkelman High School. In 1936 he moved to Corvallis, Ore., where he met and married Shirley Vanderburg. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and spent 2 1/2 years serving in various areas on the West Coast. Fred spent the biggest share of his working days as a mill worker spending 33 years in Eugene Ore., moving to Clark County Wash., in 1979.
On Aug. 26, 1997, he suffered a major stroke and died Sept. 3, 1997. Services were held at Felida Baptist Church and interment was in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
Survivors include Shirley, his wife of 60 years; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sally Morris, their children, Rick and his wife, Wendt, Kristi and Mandy; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Bob DeWitt, their children. Matthew and Anissa, and great-grandson, Kyle Morris; a sister, June Wigham, of Veneta, Ore., and many nieces and nephews.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1999
Oliver W. "Sonny" Morris
LEXINGTON—Oliver W. "Sonny" Morris, age 65, of Lexington, Neb., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb. He was born March 22, 1934, in Peru, Neb., to Woodrow W. and Sadie A. (Rowe) Morris.
Sonny married Shirley A. Price on April 4, 1954, in Lexington. To this marriage, three children were born. Sonny and Shirley were later divorced.
Sonny was baptized into the Christian Church on Oct. 6, 1962. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors. He was also a member of the Eagles Club.
Survivors include his mother of Lexington; a son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Peggy Morris, of Benkelman, Neb.; two daughters and their husbands: Diane and Bob Collicott of Glendale, Ariz., and Lona and Ken Long of Kearney; six brothers; Leo and Jerry Morris of Minden, Neb., Elden and Maggie Morris of Lexington, Rex Morris of Elwood, Neb., Morris Lee and Sandy Morris of Omaha, Neb., Galen and Joan Morris of Lexington and Terry Morris of Lexington; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, at the First Christian Church in Lexington with Pastor Tom Reynolds officiating. Judy Morris was the pianist and Kerry Morris the soloist. Pallbearers were Trent Collicott and Jammie, Loren, Lanny, Kerry and Jim Morris. Honorary bearers were Justin and Andrew Collicott, Kevin Morris and Bryce and Jason Long. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1980
Paul Fred Morris
Paul Fred Morris was born Sept. 7, 1906 in Grand Island, NE, the son of Wilbert and Edna (Whipple) Morris. He passed away Aug. 29, 1980 at his home at the age of 73 years. Paul attended the Grand Island Public Schools, graduating in 1924. Following high school he attended Grand Island Baptist College, graduating with a BA degree in chemistry in 1929. During his college career, Paul received athletic honors in both football and basketball.
After graduation, Paul moved to Benkelman and during the 1929-30 school year taught science and mathematics at Benkelman High School. During the 1930-31 school term he served as principal of the high school as well as continuing to teach science and math classes. In 1931, Paul was appointed superintendent of the Benkelman schools, a post he served for 26 years. During this time he kept active in the classroom and through the war years assumed the additional duties of athletic coach.
On Aug. 26, 1931 at Grand Island he married Agatha 0. Brown, the daughter of Samuel A. and Laura E. Brown. To this marriage were born two children, Thomas L. and Judith Ann.
In 1938, Paul received his Master of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska. He continued to serve as superintendent of schools until 1948. In that year he left the education profession and entered private business in Benkelman and for the next 10 years, Paul and his wife operated the Morris Furniture and Appliance Store. In 1958, Paul returned to the Benkelman schools as superintendent and served the system until his retirement in 1971. During his tenure with the Benkelman schools, he saw the enrollment grow and curriculum offerings increase. Paul played a major behind the scenes role in the building at the now Benkelman High School.
Paul was a Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Past Master of the Benkelman Masonic Lodge, a member of the McCook Elks Lodge, and a member of the United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary educational fraternity, and listed in "Who's Who in Nebraska" and "Who's Who in American Education.” Through the years, Paul was an active sportsman enjoying hunting, fishing, tennis, golf and square dancing. In his later years, his hobbies were woodworking and coin collecting and his leisure time was filled with many happy hours at his lakeside cabin in Chase County. Paul was a devoted father and husband taking particular-pride in the accomplishments of his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed life and certainly leaves a mark in life that will not soon be forgotten.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, George and Francis. Surviving are his wife, Agatha; son Thomas L. and wife, Joyce of Cheyenne, Wyoming; daughter, Judith and husband, Lee Everling of Cheyenne, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Paul Derk and Julia Christian Everling, and Shaun Lee and Sharla Rae Morris, all of Cheyenne, Wyoming and a brother, Joseph of Denver, Colorado.
Services were held Tues., Sept. 2, 1980 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, NE with the Rev. Allan Martin in charge. Musicians were Gwen Bauer, Betty Erdman and Tally and Elmer Case. Selections were "Amazing Grace", "How Great Thou Art" and "The Lord's Prayer".
Inurnment was in the Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1987
Leota P. (Berger) Morrison
Leota P. Morrison, the daughter of Joesph and Elizabeth Berger, was born December 17, 1924, in Hitchcock County, Nebraska. She departed this life August 12, 1987, at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, at the age of 62 years, 7 months and 26 days.
Leota was graduated from Trenton High School in 1944. After graduating she became employed by Mountain Bell in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and later as the city clerk of Trenton, Nebraska.
Leota was united in marriage to Howard Morrison June 5, 1959, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
Leota is survived by her husband, Howard; daughter, Diana, and husband, Lynn, of Aurora, Colorado; son, Ronald of Littleton, Colorado; three grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.
Leota was a member of the Denver First Church of the Nazarene. She was a great homemaker and was truly devoted to her family, church and community. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
Services were held Monday, August 17, 1987, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.
Organist was Betty Erdman. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang the selections "Going Home" and "Beyond The Sunset."
Bearers were Lyle Hansen, Charles Fuller, Mearl Richard, Dwayne Hawkins, Don Hawkins and Wayne Porter.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman. The funeral was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1985
Lula Earlene (Cunningham) Morrison
Lula Earlene Morrison, daughter of Earl and Flora Cunningham, was born October 10, 1923, at Montrose, Colorado, and died April 12, 1985, at the Dundy County Hospital at the age or 61 years.
Earlene's mother passed away when she was very young, and she lived with Faye (Ault)Hoffman at Bartley, Nebraska, for several years. Following the death of her father, she lived with Bill and Irene Gooder of Benkelman for approximately five years.
She was an outstanding cook and loved the profession, putting her talent to work in some of the local cafes. Earlene's hobbies included photography, playing family games, being with people and helping others. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior many years ago and enjoyed a close relationship with her heavenly Father through the years.
On December 23, 1967, Earlene was joined in marriage to Charles Morrison at Benkelman.
Earlene was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Charles; two stepdaughters, Pat and her husband, John Ireland of Benkelman and Linda and her husband, Jim Howerton, and children, Kenny Ray, Christina and Matthew of Denton, Nebraska; two aunts, Ina Cunningham of Benkelman and Elva Nibarger of Hutchinson, Kansas; two brothers-in-law, Earl Morrison of Holyoke, Colorado, and Lyle and his wife, Claraceia Morrison of Sidney, Nebraska; and many other relatives and friends, many of whom are from the Bartley and Indianola area. She was a very loving person in every way which made many friends for her.
Services were held Tuesday, April 16, at the Jones Funeral Chapel of Benkelman. Rev. Robert Sander officiated.
Betty Erdman accompanied Carol and Robert Sander with selections "One Day At A Time" and “The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference."
Bearers were Ron DeWester, Larry Clark, Franklin Bolio, Malvin Hendrickson, David Hofer, Larry Gooder and Lawrence Campbell.
Interment was in the Bartley Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1972
Olive Mae (Richard) Morrison
Mrs. William Morrison expired at the Dundy County Hospital on Friday after an illness of two weeks. She was 79 years of age. She is survived by her husband, son, Howard Morrison of Parks; daughters, Esther Erdman. Haigler, Elva Vrooman, Falls Church, Virginia and Eva Felzien of Benkelrnan. There are nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Olive Mae Morrison was born on May 27, 1893, the daughter of pioneer parents, John William and Salina Jane Wilson Richard, at their farm home northeast of Parks. She was married to William John Morrison at the home of her parents on February 6th, 1916. In addition to the surviving children, there were two sons in the family, Wilfred and Orvis, who died in infancy.
The Morrisons resided on their farm six miles north of Parks until 1959 when they retired and moved to Benkelman. They observed their golden wedding anniversary on February 6th, 1966 with a family gathering at the IOOF Hall in Benkelman.
In addition to members of the Morrison family, survivors include her brother, Aubry Richard, Benkelman and sisters, Mrs. Harve (Emma) Penn, and Mrs. Ward (Gladys) McGlashan of Benkelman. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Jasper Richard and sister, Mollie Baney. Another sister died in infancy.
Funeral services were held at the Benkelman United Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Mrs. Barbara O'Dea was the soloist and Mrs. Betty Erdman, the organist. Casket bearers were Bob Hardwick, Harold Penn, Vearl Richard, Mearl Richard, Glen Richard and Dale Baney. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1978
Mable Matilda (Swanson) Morrison
Funeral services for Mable M. Morrison were held Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Spellman-Schmidt Mortuary in Wray with Rev. Morris Coggin officiating. Interment was at Grandview cemetery in Wray, Colorado.
Mable Matilda Morrison was born in Trenton, Nebr. on April 24, 1905 and passed away April 15, 1978 at the age of 72. She was the oldest child of August and Kathryn Swanson. As an infant she moved with her family to Wray where she spent most of her life.
She married Earl Morrison December 25, 1953 in Benkelman, Nebr. She was a devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband Earl of Laird; two daughters, Velma Renzelman of Fort Collins and Jody Blankis Trujilla of Greeley; a son, Charles Anderson of Laird; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1992
Lelia Amanda (West) Morrison
COLBY, Kan.--Lelia Amanda West was born August 29, 1895, in Ford County, Missouri, to Rehemah "Ruby” (Boone) and George Wesley West. She died at the Thomas County Care Center in Colby, Kansas, on Saturday. November 21, 1992, at the age of 97 years, 2 months and 22 days. She had been a resident there since September 9, 1980.
As a young child, Lelia came with her family to the Stratton, Nebraska, area from Missouri by covered wagon. She attended country school in the same area and later attended McCook (Nebraska) Normal College.
On November 24, 1917, she married George Arthur Morrison at Benkelman, Nebraska. They lived n a farm near Parks, Nebraska, from 1917 to 1930 after which they moved to a farm near McDonald, Kansas.
In 1942, they moved into the town of McDonald and in 1971, she and her husband moved to Colby.
Prior to her marriage, Lelia worked for several years in McDermott Department Store in Benkelman. For 13 years she worked as a telephone operator in McDonald.
While living at McDonald, she attended the Federated Church.
She was a talented seamstress, did beautiful crocheting and enjoyed crafts and tending her flowers in her beautiful garden. Most of all, she enjoyed doing things for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George, who died December 26, 1977; a daughter, Anna Marie Loppe, who died January 22, 1988; a grandson, Dalen Everett Nau, who died February 24, 1976; her sisters, Esther Archer, Gladys Matilda Latta, Hattie Elizabeth West, Sophia Jane West and Ruby Ferne Chase; her brothers, Bryant W. West and twins, Olen and Omer West, who died at six months of age.
Surviving her are three daughters: Ruby Pearl Morrison of Colby, Mildred Arline Stitt of Cambridge, Nebraska, and Gladyce Grace Nau of Yuma, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Services were held Tuesday, November 24, at 2 p.m. at Brantley Funeral Chapel in Atwood, Kansas, with the Rev. Francis Harwerth officiating.
Organist was Phyllis Wingfield and soloist was Jerry Knapp.
Musical selections included “The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Beyond The Sunset." The congregation sang "Beautiful Savior" and "How Great Thou Art."
Bearers were Dick Stitt, Melvin Stitt, Curtis Cayton, Bill Allen, David Stitt, Jerrel Nau, Donald Sackett, Jerry Brant and Greg Korf.
Interment was in Grace Cemetery at McDonald with arrangements by Brantley Funeral Service of Atwood.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1939
Ashby Lee Morrison
Ashby Lee Morrison, the son of Archibald and Mary Morrison, was born in Morrisonville, Loudoun county, Virginia on April 26, 1863 and departed this life at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska, October 19, 1939, at the of 76 years, 5 months and 23 days. In the year 1876 the family moved to Kempton, Illinois, and in 1883 moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where he remained until April, 1886, when he homesteaded in northeast Dundy county, Nebraska and had been a constant resident of Dundy county for more than fifty years.
On January 17, 1889. he was united in marriage to Alma Decker Widner and to this union were born six children. One daughter. Grace Lila, preceded him in death on November 29, 1893. He is survived by his wife, three sons, Ernest and Howard of Wauneta, Nebraska; Orville of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Della Stamm of Benkelman, Nebraska; Alice Grose of Blodgett, Oregon: 22 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Maude Nesmith of Wauneta. Nebraska; one brother, Claud of Westport, South Dakota, and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was converted in 1890 and became a member of the M. E. Church at Mt. Zion, where he was active in promoting the welfare of the church and community. This membership was transferred to the Benkelman M. E. church where he remained a member until the time of his death.
During October, 1938, Mr. Morrison was stricken with a heart ailment and was confined to his home a great deal of the time until the latter part of September this year, when he failed very rapidly and was almost continuously confined to his bed. Mr. Morrison was of a cheerful disposition and during all of his sickness he retained his cheerfulness and enjoyed the companionship of his family and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 21, at the Benkelman Methodist church with the Rev. E. E. Pengelly in charge and, at the Mt. Zion Methodist church with the Rev. Mr. Martin officiating.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1987?
George Arthur Morrison
George Arthur Morrison was born at Parks, Nebr., Dec. 12, 1894, and passed away Dec. 26 at St. Thomas Hospital, Colby, Kans., at the age of 83 years, 14 days. The youngest son of John and Anna Morrison, he was baptised at an early age in the Presbyterian Church in Parks, Nebr.
Lelia West became his bride Nov. 24, 1917, at Benkelman.
In 1929 he moved his family to McDonald, Kansas. He moved to Colby, Kansas in 1971 to be closer to one of his daughters.
Surviving are his wife Lelia, four daughters, Pearle, Colby; Arlene Stitt, Benkelman, Nebr.; Marie Loppe and Gladyce Nau, Yuma, Colo.; two sisters Mrs. Grace Roberts, Mill Valley, Calif.; and Mrs. Mayme Hardwick, Benkelman, Nebr.; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, William J. Morrison, Benkelman, Nebr. and one grandson Dalen Nau.
Services were held in the McDonald Federated Church Dec. 28 with Pastor Clarence Swihart officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Stitt, David Stitt, George Stitt, Jerrel Nau, Bill Allen, Curtis Cayton, Jerry Brant, and Donald Sackett. Organist was Mrs. Phyllis Wingfield. Burial was at Grace Cemetery in McDonald. Harrison Chapel conducted the funeral service.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1996
Howard William Morrison
ESCONDIDO, Calif.– Howard William Morrison was born March 13, 1928, in Dundy County, Neb., to William John and Olive Mae (Richard) Morrison and died Sunday, Dec. 31. 1995, at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., at the age of 67.
He attended school at Parks, Neb., and graduated with the Class of 1946. He served his country in the Army for two years, then returned to Parks.
On June 5, 1959, at Las Vegas, Nev., he married Leota Pearl Berger and became a father to Diana, then Howard and Leota became the parents of Ronald. The family resided in the Parks area and Howard farmed. In 1975 they moved to Littleton, Colo. On Aug. 12, 1987, Leota died and Howard moved to California in 1990.
He enjoyed his family, grandchildren and great-grandson. He and Ron shared a business together and he enjoyed keeping busy.
Morrison was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers, Wilford and Orvis.
Survivors include his children: Diana Spears of Denver and Ronald of Escondido; three grandchildren: Shellie and her husband, Norman Hawkins, of Denver, Christopher Spears of Blacksberg, Va., and Nicole Spears of Denver; a great-grandson, two-year-old Justin Hawkins of Denver; three sisters: Esther and her husband, Dean Erdman, of Haigler, Neb., Elva Markle of Falls Church, Va., and Eva and her husband, Ward Felzien, of Benkelman, Neb.; other relatives and friends.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 5, 1996, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Richard Bartholomew with guitar accompaniment sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."
Bearers were Norman Hawkins, Dean Erdman, Mearl Richard, Christopher Spears, Paul Erdman and Billie Baney. The presentation of the American flag was by the American Legion Post No. 65 of Benkelman. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Cards will reach Ronald Morrison at 28116 Mountain Meadow Rd., Escondido, CA 92026, and Diana Spears at 6545 E. Arizona Ave. #5, Denver, CO 80206.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1930
John Morrison, pioneer Dundy county citizen, passed away at his home immediately adjoining Parks on the east late Monday night. His death was as sudden as it was shocking to his family and many friends who were so little prepared for it.
His illness was of short duration, indeed, having taken sick late Saturday morning after completing his chores around the little farm. He came to the house and complained of not feeling so good, lying down on his bed to rest. Soon thereafter he sank into unconsciousness and despite everything that could be done for him, remained in that condition until Sunday morning. Then he regained consciousness for a short time but it was only of short duration. He passed away late that evening. Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Mr. Morrison was a pioneer of his section in every sense. He came to Dundy county a young man and at once enlisted his efforts in the great work of the development of the county and her interests. He has been on the job ever since and has had an important part in this splendid work.
He was a man of strong character and high ideals and lived a clean, honorable and industrious life, always being found using his influence in the direction of the things that he believed right in every-day life. He was a man of vision and of marked energy and until the end came to him he carried on, always happy and contented when laboring and accomplishing. He loved his neighbors and friends and counted them by his acquaintances. He was honorable in all of his dealings, honest in his purposes and clean in mind and thought. The heart-broken wife, children and relatives have the tenderest sympathies of all in the passing of this good man.
Jonn Morrison, youngest son of Josiah and Jane Morrison, was born in County Derry, Ireland, July 12, 1862.
At the age of 18 years, he came to America and located in Aurora, Ill. Later he came to Dundy county, Nebr. He was married to Anna Kinney and they settled on a homestead in Allston precinct where they lived for several years and later retired to Parks. To this union four children were born.
Mr. Morrison passed away Sunday night at 11:25 after an illness of two days, aged 67 years, 8 months, 19 days.
Left to mourn his loss are his wife Anna, two daughters and two sons, Grace, wife of George Robents, formerly of Boulder, Colorado, but now of Parks; William J. of Parks; Mayme, wife of Reece Hardwick of Parks; and George A. of McDonald, Kansas.
There are also sixteen grandchildren living, one grandson having preceded him.
He was a member of the United Presbyterian church, having joined in early life.
Oh, we miss thee dearest father, In the dear old sacred home;
When the children all have gathered In the home thou loved so long. But the years are swiftly passing,
And the message soon may come, Calling us to that grand meeting,
There to dwell with thee at home.Your place is empty, God calls us one by one,
To homes prepared by Him when
earthly work is done. And there comes a silent tear-drop,
When we see no father there; We will look beyond Our sorrows
To that home of joy beyond;
There will be a happy meeting
By and by where thou hast gone.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970
Benkelman relatives were advised of the death of Orville Morrison, 63, at his home in San Leandro, California, on Monday, July 27th. Mr. Morrison had been in ill health for the last six years and was a victim of a series of strokes.
Orville was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ashby Morrison, a Commissioner from the First District for several years and later a Benkelman businessman.
Orville graduated from the Benkelman high school with the Class of 1928. He later attended the Chillicothe, Missouri, business college. After completion of his studies in the Missouri school, he accepted employment with the Santa Fe railroad and spent his entire business career in administrative capacities with that company.
Mr. Morrison is survived by his wife, the former Irene Mosier, of Benkelman, two daughters, their husbands and families, two sisters, Mrs. Della Stamm of Benkelman and Mrs. Frank Grose of Mossy Rock, Washington, and two brothers, Ernest of Wauneta and Howard of Forest Grove, Oregon.
Mr. Morrison was a brother-in-law of Cecil and Wesley Mosier.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1935
Wilfred Orvis Morrison
Wilfred Orvis Morrison passed away at the Premer hospital early Saturday morning following an emergency operation for a ruptured appendix on Thursday and his condition had been extremely critical from the time he was brought to the hospital until the end.
Wilfred had not been feeling well for two or three weeks and the cause of his condition was being studied when the appendicitis attack hit with such deadly force that it was felt that there was little chance to save his life despite the heroic measures of his physician and surgeon. Wilfred was a fine, upright, clean thinking, ambitious and promising youth, and the sad news of his death Saturday morning cast a deep shadow of gloom not alone over his home community of Parks but in the Benkelman community as well where he was so favorably known and highly esteemed by everyone.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster at the United Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Wilfred Orvis Morrison was born at Parks, Nebraska, September 24, 1917, and departed this life October 19, 1935 at the Premer hospital in Benkelman, aged 18 years and 25 days. Wilfred was the eldest son of William J. and Olive Mae Morrison.
Although brief in his years on earth, his life was filled with service to those near and dear to him and to his community as a whole.
He was taken ill Saturday, October 5, and was given treatment at the hospital for a few days. He seemed to recover from this and returned home. Thursday morning his condition became so puzzling to his parents that he was taken back to the hospital where he was operated on for appendicitis. He was given excellent care and was so patient and sweet throughout it all until at midnight Friday night his kindly spirit had entered into the joys and rewards of the promised life beyond.
He was a senior in Parks high school and would have graduated with his class in the spring of 1936. The large circle of relatives, friends and classmates will sorely miss him.
Besides his parents, he leaves to mourn his untimely departure, three sisters, Elva, Eva and Esther and one brother, Howard, grandfather and grandmother Richard, aunts, uncles and cousins. A brother, William Orville, preceded him to the heavenly home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1975
William John Morrison
William J. Morrison, a lifelong resident of Dundy County, passed away Thursday at the age of 84 years. His passing followed an illness for which he was hospitalized from October to January when he entered the Sarah Ann Hester Home. He passed away at the Dundy County Hospital.
Mr. Morrison's parents were among the earliest homesteaders coming to Dundy County from Illinois in 1887. They homesteaded eight miles north of Parks which was to be Bill's home until his marriage in 1916 when he and his wife established their home two miles south of the homestead. They resided there until 1959 when they moved to Benkelman.
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Edwina Roesener and Howard Ochsner, the singers. Casket bearers were Frank Weiss, Torsten Anderson, Harold Hall, Richard Gardner, Ed Fuehring, Martin Lutz, Ned Tecker and Robert Hardwick. Honorary bearers were John Dunn, Forrest Stamm, Harold Barnes and Paul Wilkens. The brethern of Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM performed masonic services. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Home made the arrangements.
William John Morrison, the son of John and Anna Kinney Morrison, was born July 13, 1890 on a farm north of Parks and passed away on February 20, 1975 at the age of 84 years, seven months and seven days.
He was married to Olive Richard on February 6, 1917 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Richard, northwest of Benkelman. They farmed six miles north of Parks until 1959, when they moved to Benkelman to make their home. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 6, 1966.
He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. He took an active interest in school, community and church affairs and was an inspiration to all who knew him.
He was a member of Justice Lodge AF&AM No. 180, and when health permitted, he attended the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by one son, Howard Morrison, of Denver; three daughters, Mrs. Elva Vrooman, Falls Church, Virginia, Mrs. Ward (Eva) Felzien, of Benkelman, and Mrs. Dean (Esther) Erdman, of Haigler; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mayme Hardwick of Benkelman and Mrs. Grace Roberts, Mill Valley, California and one brother, George Morrison, Colby, Kansas. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Olive, two sons, Wilford and Orville and a son-in-law, Stewart Vrooman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1975
Gary Kenneth Morton, Dr.
The Benkelman community lost one of its most promising young men on Thursday when death came to relieve the suffering of Dr. Gary Kenneth Morton at the Dundy County Hospital. He had suffered the ravages of cancer of the brain since May 30 and had undergone neurological surgery in Lincoln on July 17. Since that time he was hospitalized a great deal, and it had been known for several weeks that recovery was not within the realm of possibility.
The passing of Dr. Morton brought a deep sadness to the community for he had won the hearts of the people since his arrival here in August, 1974 when he established his dental practice. He demonstrated quickly that he was skilled in his profession and provided the kind of services that won him a large following almost immediately. His professional achievement here would have been a delight to his great-grandfather, Dr. Clary L. Boyd, who founded the Tennessee Dental College and served as president of the Tennessee Association of Dentistry.
But Dr. Gary's impact on the community was not only by his professional skills. He was a well-balanced young man with well-formulated values. He was sincere in his desire to know and be friends to everyone, young and old and made friends easily. His engaging personality and sincerity made him easy to know and value as a friend.
The community was quick to recognize the qualities of leadership that he had shown in his previous environments as a Boy Scout, a student at the University of Oklahoma and at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry where he earned the esteem of his fellow students and held a number of offices of distinction. He took an early and active interest in the affairs of his church, the American Legion and the Benkelman Chamber of Commerce and in these areas he was recognized for his judgment and enthusiasm.
He was a young man with capacity and the will for hard work and long hours and was determined to do his share of the world's work. His exemplary conduct and devotion to his work, his family and the community, should provide a goal for all of those who knew him.
Dr. Gary Kenneth Morton was born on August 5, 1946 at Tulsa, Oklahoma to C. Fred and Dorothy Allison Boyd Morton and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska on October 2, 1975 at the age of 29 years, one month and 27 days.
He attended school in Cushing and Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated in 1964 from the Ardmore, Oklahoma High School. As a boy he was active in Scouting and earned the rank of Eagle Scout and the God and Country Award.
He was graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1967 and from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1971 after which he served his country in the U. S. Air Force for three years, two of which were in Karamursel, Turkey and one year at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.
While at Oklahoma, he became a member of Signa Alpha Epilson fraternity and was a finalist for the Cross Citizenship Award, the highest honor given for Freshman students. In the dental college Gary was the Freshman Class president, a member of the Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity and was a past president of the Nebraska Junior Dental Association. He was also a recipient of the Levere Memorial Fellowship through the Sigma Alpha Epilson fraternity.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Benkelman, Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65 of the American Legion, the McCook Elks and a vice-president of the Benkelman Chamber of Commerce.
He was married to Anita Diane Druliner on June 12, 1971 and to them were born a daughter, Elizabeth Allison, now age 2 1/2 years and a son, Van Christian, who was born on July 25, 1975.
He is survived by his wife and two children; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Fred Morton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; a sister, Gloria Morton of Norman, Oklahoma; a brother, Glenn Morton and wife Debbi and son Daniel of Dallas, Texas; grandparents, C. B. and Stella Morton of Tulsa, Oklahoma and parents-in-law, Ross D. and Mary Druliner of Benkelman. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William R. and Hester B. Boyd.
Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Monday afternoon with the Rev. Allan Martin and Pastor Otto Zeilinger officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist. Casket bearers were Robert Ellis, Douglas Hoschouer, Dr. Howard Peckham, John Owens, Gary Ham and Wayne Lutz. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1983
Victor Odell Morton
Victor Odell Morton was born December 28, 1907, in Phillipsburg, Kansas. He passed away on November 18, 1983.
He was the oldest of nine children born to John and Florence Skelton Morton. He grew up in Goodland, Kansas, where he graduated from high school in 1925.
Victor married Vernice Harper in Benkelman, Nebraska, on May 21, 1933. They farmed in Kansas until 1936 when they moved to Routt County, Colorado.
Their first son, Wayne, was born that same year. They later became the parents of two more sons, Kenneth born in 1941 and Vern born in 1948.
The Mortons moved to the Tow Creek Ranch in 1942 and have lived there ever since. It is also the home of all three sons and their families. There are four grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Victor was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Hayden, the Colorado Woolgrowers Association and the First Baptist Church of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
His father and mother and two brothers, Raymond and Irven, preceded him in death. The surviving brothers and sisters are Ben, Dean and Dale Morton, all of Goodland, Kansas; Fern Foster of Littleton, Colorado; Ermyl Borgmann and Dorothy Whisler of Goodland, Kansas.
Among relatives attending the funeral services were Vic's brothers and sisters: George and Idabelle Harper, Lola and Bud Main, Ken and Sonya Houghtelling, Gwen and Terry Greely, Laura Rudder and Sharon Ratzlaff.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2004
Bernice (Bond) Moser
Bernice (Bond) Moser of San Marcos, Calif., died on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at the Villa Monte Vista Hospice in Poway, Calif. She was born in Benkelman, Neb., on March 1, 1916.
She was the sister of the Ward Bond whose long acting career is well noted in the archives of the Ward Bond Museum. She was raised in the Benkelman area along with her famous brother by her mother, Mabel Hundley Bond, and her father, John Ward Bond, all of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Moser enjoyed a very full life until about two years ago. She became ill with an inoperable brain tumor, which caused her to lose her sight. She spent the last year and a half residing at a nursing home in San Marcos.
To those who knew her, she was laughter and joy personified. Her marvelous sense of humor and the goodness in her heart never left her.
Interment was private, per her wishes. She is buried at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside Calif., next to her spouse, Glenn Moser, USM, Ret.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1994
Gladys Nellie (Harper) Moser
ATWOOD, Kan.– Gladys Nellie (Harper) Moser was born June 19, 1903, in a sod house and raised on the family farm southeast of Benkelman, Nebraska, in Rawlins County, Kansas. She died October 20, 1994, at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood, Kansas, where she had been a resident since October 1993.
She was a hard worker and helped with the farming and ranching. In 1940 when her father was ill, she took over the farming and ranching.
She attended country school and graduated from Rawlins County High School in 1924. She continued her education at Hays State College in Hays, Kansas, and received her teaching degree.
She taught at various schools in and around McDonald, Kansas, for more than 60 years including Prairie Dog, North Star, May Flower, Canyon School, Walnut Grove, Evergreen, McDonald, Blakeman, Atwood, Knapp School, White Lily and Heuwitt.
On April 27, 1952, she was united in marriage to Gene Moser in Benkelman. They had no children of their own but all their nieces, nephews and the children of the community were special to them.
Mrs. Moser was a dedicated and special person. She enjoyed working with young people and helping them develop their abilities. Learning and teaching were important to her. She loved all kids and loved teaching them. She always took the time to read a book, tell a story, play a game, visit, give a loving hug and tease a little.
The Mosers enjoyed farming and ranching southeast of Benkelman and being members of the First Federated Church in McDonald.
Mrs. Moser was preceded in death by her parents, William H. and Nellie (Rusher) Harper, and one brother, Clarence Harper.
She is survived by her husband, Gene, numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held Tuesday. October 25, 1994, at 1:30 p.m. at the Federated Church in McDonald with the Rev. Gregory H. Moyer officiating.
Mrs. Phyllis Wingfield was the organist and Jerry Knapp the soloist. Selections included "No Not One" and "No One Understands Like Jesus."
Bearers were Gail Wheaton, Raymond Rummel, Lynn Officer, Jim Wheaton, Wesley Rummel and Mike Sramek.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkehnan in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2006
Gottlieb Gene Moser
Gottlieb Gene Moser was born on Oct. 21, 1916, to Jacob and Margaret (Kraft) Moser in Coldwater, N.D. The family moved to Wabac, Nev., when Gene was very young. Most of Gene's time was spent riding and breaking horses; he had a gift with horses. Throughout his life, Gene loved horses and cattle. Gene was 78 the last time he rode a horse.
The Moser family moved to Haigler, Neb. He helped his brothers, Clarence and Fred. pick corn by hand and toss it into a horse-drawn wagon. With 11 children in the family, the boys were all expected to work so there was little time for school.
In July 1941, with America on the verge of war, Gene enlisted in the Army. He was stationed in Texas and Oklahoma for most of his enlistment. Because of Gene's fun-loving nature and genuine love of people he was put in charge of the Rec Hall. There he learned to play pool. Even in his later years he was a master of the table.
On Oct. 21, 1945. Gene was honorably discharged. With his last paycheck in his pocket, Gene hitchhiked home. He first found work with neighbors and lived with his sister and her husband, Dorothy and Vincent Rummel, where Gene worked for room and board. Soon the Harpers, who lived a mile west of Rummels. hired Gene full time. There he met the love of his life, Gladys Harper.
On April 27, 1952, Gene and Gladys were married in Benkelman, Neb. They set up housekeeping on the Harper, now Moser, farm, north of McDonald. Kan. Gladys continued to teach school and Gene farmed.
Gene and Gladys were inseparable. Gene helped chaperone all the school trips and Gladys regularly drove the tractor. Gene took as much pride in all the flowers as Gladys, and oh did they have a beautiful garden! They enjoyed life and at the spur of the moment they might drive to Minden to see the Christmas lights. Many evenings Gladys would play the piano, and they both would sing all their favorite songs. Jesus and His Word were the center of their lives. They were members of the McDonald Federated Church.
Every child Gladys taught, every niece and nephew and all the children in the neighborhood were Gene's and Gladys's children. They loved children and made each one feel special. Gene was "Uncle Goody" to his nieces and nephews. He would let the budding musicians play the piano and never complain of the awful noises. Gene had a gentle way of teasing and was always ready to laugh with you. He gently held the babies and chased the children and made them laugh.
When Gladys couldn't get around by herself any more, she moved to the Good Samaritan in Atwood. Kan. Faithfully. every day, Gene would make the trip to town to care for her. Gently Gene would caress Gladys' silver grey hair and hold her hand. On Oct. 20, 1992, Gladys was called home to her Lord.
Gene continued to live on the farm and till the land until 1996 when he went to live at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. There he was the delight of the staff. With his ready smile and easy going nature, Gene was a favorite.
Gene departed this life on Sunday, April 30, 2006, at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 9 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Gladys; brothers Clarence, Fred, Eddie and Jake; sisters Doris Wheaton, Anna Wheaton, Kay Wheaton and Betty Bowen, and infant sister, LaVina.
Survivors include sisters Dorothy Rummel of Greeley, Colo., and Marie Burgess and husband, Zeke, of Buena Park, Calif., as well as numerous nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Sean Redmond officiating. Phyllis Wingfield was the organist. Megan Sramek and Cassie (Sramek) Oehmke sang "Amazing Grace," "Be Not Afraid" and "You Are Mine."
Casket bearers were Wesley and Raymond Rummel, Gail and Jimmy Wheaton. and Mike and Andy Sramek. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, May 4, 2006
Gottlieb "Gene" Moser
Thursday, May 4, 2006
BENKELMAN -- Gottlieb "Gene" Moser, 89, formerly of McDonald, died Sunday, (April 30, 2006) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
He was born Oct. 21, 1916, at Coldwater, N.D., to Jacob and Margaret (Kraft) Moser.
On April 27, 1952, he married Gladys Nellie Harper at Benkelman.
He farmed in Rawlins County, near McDonald, until 1996 when he moved to the Hester Home in Benkelman.
He was a member of the Federated Church in McDonald for many years.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jacob and Margaret Moser; brothers, Clarence, Fred, Eddie and Jake; sisters, Doris Wheaton, Anna Wheaton, Kay Wheaton, Betty Bowen; and infant sister, LaVina.
Survivors include his sisters, Dorothy Rummel of Greeley, Colo., and Marie Burgess and husband, Zeke of Buena Park, Calif.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. (MDT), Saturday at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Sean Redmond officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
There will be no visitation. The casket will be open prior to services.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1990
Louise D. (Campbell) Moses
BENKELMAN—Louise D. Campbell Moses, daughter of Ervin "Erv" and Bess Campbell, was born in Trenton, Nebraska, February 3, 1904, and died January 22, 1990, at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska.
She spent her early years in Trenton and attended school through high school graduation. She began working for the Telephone Company as a teenager and continued as chief operator until she left Trenton.
On January 27, 1935, she and Evan "Bud" Moses were married in Colby, Kansas. They moved to Benkelman where she and her husband operated Moses Drug until 1972.
Her great interest was art and she became known as "Grandma Moses of Benkelman" because of her paintings. Friends and relatives have her paintings as mementos.
Her caring and generosity befriended her to her many acquaintances.
She was a long-time member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and Holly Chapter #233, Order of Eastern Star, United Methodist Women and Woman's Club and attended as long as her health permitted.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Evan, of Benkelman; her sister, Edna Couse of St. Francis, Kansas; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held Friday, January 26, 1990, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating. Organist Gwen Bauer played a solo of "The Lord's Prayer" as well as accompanying Samantha Howsden who sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset."
Bearers were Sparky Nolan, Robin Wiley, Dale Bauer, Harold Knoles, Bill Reade and Jeff Raile.
Committal was by Holly Chapter #233, Order of Eastern Star.
Interment was in Trenton Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1996
Evan J. "Bud" Moses
Evan J. "Bud" Moses died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1996, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, at the age of 88.
He was born March 2, 1907, in Trenton, Neb., to John and Elizabeth (Jones) Moses. He
graduated from Trenton High School in 1924 and the University of Nebraska School of Pharmacy in 1932. He worked as a pharmacist in Trenton and Benkelman, Neb.
On Jan. 27, 1935, he married Louise D. Campbell at Colby, Kan.
In 1937, he opened the Moses Drugstore in Benkelman. He made Moses Drug and the Famous Ice Cream Frosty household words in Benkelman and the surrounding area. After 35 years, Bud retired and for the next 2 years worked part-time at the Reade Drugstore in Benkelman.
Bud, always being a dedicated husband, spent the next several years attending to his wife. Once she was a resident of the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Bud faithfully spent time with her each day until her death.
Before Bud's health began to fail, he was able to do some traveling; a trip to visit his brother and wife in Sun City, Ariz., a trip to Alaska which included golfing and fishing for the illusive salmon, and three weeks on the rodeo circuit with his cousin, Alec Campbell.
Bud was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing and boating on Swanson Lake near Trenton.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. and the holder of the Jordan Medal. He also belonged to the Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Benkelman Country Club.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife in 1990 and his brother, William, in 1971.
Survivors include his sister, Ellen Horvath, of Benkelman; a brother, Stanley, and his wife, Dorothy, of Sun City; a sister-in-law, LaVeda Moses, of Santa Ana, Calif.; nieces Roberta and husband, Byron Loescher, Gwen and her husband, Larry Klawunder, Brenda Morren, Joni and her husband, Ross Helmick, Suzy Moses, Ted and her husband, Pat Snyder, Delores and her husband, Ray Wiley, and Arlene Scoby; nephews John Horvath and his wife, Kathy, and Tom Moses; several great-nieces and nephews.
Bud was a caring and gracious man and will be missed by his family and friends.
Final rites for Evan J. Moses were held Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Revs. Matt Fowler and Vernon Whetstone officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman who, at the piano, also accompanied Richard Bartholomew who sang "Going Home" and "The Lord's Prayer."
Bearers were Scott Shillington, Kenneth Frasier, Paul Erdman, Wilmer "Bill" Seybold, Byron Ham and Ellis Gummere, members of Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. Committal was offered by the Lodge with interment in the Trenton Cemetery. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1973
Rachel Margaret (Daum) Mosher
Rachel Daum Mosher, whose pioneer heritage included the personal experience of participation in the Cherokee Strip land race in Oklahoma, expired at her home in Parks on Friday at the age of 86 years. She was a sister of Mrs. Betty Kuhlman and husband George of Benkelman. A sister-in-law, Mrs. Esther Daum of Bethune, Colorado and nieces and nephews are the other survivors.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Otto Zeilinger and the Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Anna Benge was the organist and Doris Tecker the soloist. Casket bearers were Wayne Queen, Rex Rountree, Ward Harvey, Brice Murphy, Ned Tecker and Lester Criger. Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star, was in charge of committal services at the St. Francis Cemetery.
Rachel Margaret Daum Mosher was born November 20, 1886 in Findlay, Ohio, the daughter of Philip John and Katherin Mary Gunts Daum and passed away at her residence in Parks, Nebr., on March 30, 1973 at the age of 86 years, four months and 11 days. Rachel had been active in 4-H clubs, Extension clubs, church work and was a member of the Holly Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Benkelman,; Nebraska.
Rachel was seven years of age when her parents made the race for the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma and there made a claim for their land. The family moved to Bates County, Mo., when she was 17 years of age, where she met her husband to be, James Francis Mosher. They were married in Butler, Missouri on February 1, 1907.
She and her husband and her parents and brothers moved to Western Kansas in Cheyenne County in 1917. Her active life was spent on a farm with the exception of five years, when they operated a grocery store at Wheeler, Kansas. In 1930 they moved to a farm west of Parks, Nebr., where they lived until about 16 years ago, at that time they moved into Parks to help care for Jim's brother-in-law, Louis Daum. Parks has been her home since Louis passed away in 1962. At about 20 years of age she was confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She has always been ready to help all in times of need.
Those preceding in death were her parents, sister Katherin, brothers Louis and Henry and her husband, James, who died December 31, 1966.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1967
James Francis Mosher
James Francis Mosher, long time resident of Dundy and Cheyenne counties, succumbed to an illness at the Dundy County Hospital on Saturday. Altho he had been in failing health, his terminal illness did not develop until Friday. He was 86 years of age.
Funeral services were conducted at St. Francis, Kansas, on Wednesday afternoon with Pastor F. E. Clegg officiating.
James Francis Mosher, son of William and Amanda Mosher, was born near Ballard, Missouri, November 15, 1880, and passed away at Benkelman, Nebraska, on December 31, 1966, at the age of 86 years, one month and 16 days.
Jim, as he was known to his friends, grew to manhood near his birthplace. On February 1, 1907, he was united in marriage to Rachel Daum at Butler, Missouri. From Missouri, they moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas, March 1, 1917. Their active life was spent on the farm with the exception of five years, when they operated a grocery store at Wheeler, Kansas. In 1930, they moved to a farm west of Parks, Nebraska, where they lived until about ten years ago, at that time moving into Parks to help care for Jim's brother-in-law, Lou Daum. Parks has been their home since Lou's passing in 1962.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David; one sister, Sallie; one half-brother, Elmer; and three half-sisters, Tina, Gene and Clem.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Rachel, with whom he would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary next month; one sister, Willie Mabery, Fairland, Oklahoma; six nieces and four nephews; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fred and Katherine Kehlbeck, Bird City, Kansas; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Elizabeth Kuhlman, Benkelman, .Nebraska; and a sister-in-law, Esther Daum, of Bethune, Colorado; and a host of friends.
The past three years Jim was in failing health. He was a kind and friendly man and will always be remembered for his hearty laugh and cheery smile. At an early age he joined the Presbyterian Church and remained in that faith.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1974
Ruby Belle (Robbins) Mosier
Mrs. Cecil E. Mosier passed away suddenly at the Dundy County Hospital on Thursday evening after a brief illness during which she suffered a coronary occlusion. She fell ill at home during the supper hour and was rushed to the hospital, but the fatal nature of her affliction resisted everything that could be done to save her life. She was 65 years of age.
Mrs. Mosier came to Dundy County for the first time in 1927 to begin a career of twelve years as a school teacher. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robbins of Guide Rock, Nebraska, and possessed a fine personality which assured her of a favored position in any community, and her long residence in Dundy County made her a particularly popular lady among the young and the old, both of whom she attracted and blessed with her interest.
Ruby Belle Mosier, the only child of Stella Odessa Baker Robbins and Charles Burton Robbins, was born on September 25, 1909 at Red Cloud, Nebraska where she graduated and completed Normal Training at the age of sixteen. Ruby attended Hastings College and received her teachers certificate. From Guide Rock she moved to Benkelman in the fall of 1927 to start her first year of teaching at the Dixon country school. In 1929 she moved back to Guide Rock and taught two years, and in 1931 she returned to the Dundy County area and taught at the Baney country school for three years and for several years at the Parks Community School. In her twelve years of teaching, she was associated with many students who regarded her highly, and she was respected by her fellow teachers.
During a short visit to Port Townsend, Washington with relatives, she was united in marriage to Cecil E. Mosier August 24, 1941. They spent their honeymoon in Victoria, Canada and then returned to Benkelman where they made their home.
To this union one daughter, Kila Rae, was born.
Ruby was a member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and various clubs and organizations and was always ready to lend a helping hand. She was loved by all for her kind words and helpful assistance whenever needed. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed for her gracious understanding and her radiant personality by her family, friends and all who knew her.
Survivors are her husband, Cecil; daughter, Kila Rae Hil,l husband James and two granddaughters, Suni Dae and Star Dawn of Arvada, Colorado and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Stella Robbins.
Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Monty Crandon was the soloist, Gwen Bauer was the organist and Betty Erdman, the pianist. Casket bearers were Joe Haley, Howard Miller, Gay Bash, Kenneth Gardner, Royce Anderson, A.G. Shafer, Bus Krutsinger and Evan Moses. Honorary bearers were Milo Spaulding, Gaile Dunn, Ray Buffington, Bob Hardwick, Roy Miller, Harry Ough, Vinton Jones, Leo Shafer, Otto Nordhausen and Dr. Robert Rhoades. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of the Jones Funeral Home.
Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 9-25-1909 and a death date of 10-31-1974.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1983
Cecil Elery Mosier
Cecil Elery Mosier was born July 26, 1908, in Mankato, Kansas, to William T. and Tina Queen Mosier. He passed away November 30, 1983, at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska.
Cecil graduated from high school in Benkelman with the Class of 1928. After graduation, he engaged in the livestock business and was a car dealer.
He married Ruby B. Robbins on August 24, 1941, in Port Townsend, Washington, and to this union, one daughter, Kila Rae, was born.
Cecil had a special God-given talent in salesmanship which greatly attributed to his being a self-made success in life. He was a very proud, loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend which made him greatly loved by all who knew him.
Surviving him are his daughter and son-in-law, Kila Rae and Jim Hill; two granddaughters, Suni Dae and Star Dawn; three sisters, Mrs. Leo (Irene) Foster, Mrs. John (Jewel) Hansen and Nina Whitley; many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; his parents; three sisters, Hazel, Sadie and Gealie, and four brothers, Harold, Irvin, John and Wesley.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 5, 1983, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. John Lover officiating. Assisting were Betty Erdman who accompanied Robert Andrews, Paul Erdman, M.D. Sailors and Richard Bartholomew with the selections "Walk With Me" and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee."
Bearers were Gene Rosenfelt, Carl Gunther, Bill Jones, Gary Powell, Sam Jones, Gay Bash, Rod Wiese and Otto Nordhausen.
Honorary bearers were A.G. Shafer, Harry Ough, Roy Miller, Harold Knoles, Max Earnest, Joe Owens, Joe Haley and Bill Damrow.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? ????
John Otis Mosier
Relatives received word last Thursday of the death of John Otis Mosier. He died at his home in Hillsboro, Ore. from a second heart attack.
John was the youngest of the Mosier family and was a brother to Cecil and Wesley Mosier of Benkelman, Nebr.
Survivors are his wife Marjorie, one son Tommy and two daughters and several grandchildren, two brothers Cecil and Wesley and three sisters Nina, Irene and Jewell from a family of eleven. Obituary will follow.
Researcher note: I did not find an obituary.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1983
Wesley Lowell Mosier
Wesley Lowell Mosier of Benkelman, Nebraska, died at the Hester Memorial Nursing Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, on March 26, 1983, at the age of 79 years, seven months and 24 days.
He had been under the care of the nurses and doctors for several weeks.
Wesley was born August 29, 1903, at Mankato, Kansas, to William Thomas and Tina Queen Mosier. There was a family of eleven children. Wesley was the second of five boys.
The family moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, in 1911, and Wesley grew up in and around Benkelman. He was a hard worker and helped his father and family in the farming duties, later working at different business places in Benkelman.
He spent ten years at Port Townsend, Washington, working at a lumber yard and oil company, after which time he returned to Benkelman to manage the farm and feed yards of his brother Cecil, north of Benkelman for 18 years until he developed ill health in 1974. He was a member of the Elks Lodge at McCook and was reared a Methodist.
Wesley had a lot of friends and was liked and loved by all of them. He gained friends of all his acquaintances with kindness and thoughtfulness of them. He was loved by many nephews and nieces of the family.
Survivors are three sisters: Nina Whitley of Richland, Washington; Mrs. Leo (Irene) Foster of Denver, Colorado; and Mrs. John (Jewell) Hansen of Bellingham, Washington; one brother, Cecil E. Mosier of Benkelman, Nebraska; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Sadie Eddy, Gealie Blaylock and Hazel (Baylock) Brown, and by three brothers, Harold, Irvin and John.
Services were held Saturday, March 26, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Rev. John Lover officiating.
Gwen Bauer accompanied Wilbur Case and Ray Balderson as they sang "Abide With Me" and "Jesus Calls Us."
Bearers were Lawrence Ham, Gene Rosenfelt, Relgene Zimbelman, Gay Bash, Carl Gunther and Carl Stute. Honorary bearers were A.G. Shafer, Otto Nordhausen, Harry Ough, Torsten Anderson, Bud Schillinger, Joe Owens, Max Earnest, Harold Knoles and Jay Marquis. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1980
Rose Estella (Blair) Moss
Rose Estella Moss was born May 5, 1890 to Charles and Melissa Blair in the Tyrone Precinct near Lebanon. She died June 28, 1980 at Lexington.
Mrs. Moss was the third of nine children in the family. Six brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Two sisters survive, Mrs. Jennie Stephens of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mrs. Jessie Harris of McCook.
She was united in marriage to Henry S. Williams in 1908. Three children were born to them, Irene Leopold of Loveland, Colo., Harold Williams of Elwood, and Vera Noe of Lincoln.
In 1926 she was married to Harvey J. Moss and one son was born to them, Kennard Moss of North Platte.
Besides her children she is survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and many friends and neighbors.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2003
Margaret Mae (Doak) Mossburgh
Margaret Mae Mossburgh passed away on Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at the Prairie Senior Living Complex in St. Francis, Kan. She was born on Oct. 23, 1897, to Waltman and Harrietta (Bennett) Doak near Alton, Kan.
She married William 0. Mossburgh at Concordia, Kan., on June 3, 1916. In 1918 they moved to Nebraska. They bought a farm south of Max where she lived until she was 89 years old, then she moved to St. Francis.
Those who preceded her in death were her parents; her husband; daughters Harriette Draper and Evelyn Mossburgh; a son, Loren Mossburgh; brothers Leo, Ernest, Jim, Roy, Perry, Owen, Elza, Lon and Jack Doak; sisters Lulu Schwartzlander, Blanche Nickolson, Louisa Doak and Bessie Earl; grandchildren Nancy Mossburgh and Janet Draper; great-grandchildren Heather Draper and infant Jackson Mossburgh, and three grandsons-in-law.
Survivors include her son-in-law, Charles Draper; daughter-in-law Ila Mossburgh Foster; granddaughters Raythel Lea (Draper) Reuber of Ludell, Kan., Vivian (Draper) Jones of Lincoln, Neb., Phyllis (Draper) Bexley and Joann (Jody (Draper) Lee and husband, Ray, of St. Francis; grandsons William "Bill" Draper and wife, Sue, of Colby, Kan., Robert Draper and wife, Stella, of St. Francis, and Willie Mossburgh and wife, Cassie, of Omaha, Neb., and numerous great-, great-great and great-great-great-grand children, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at the First Christian Church of St. Francis with the Rev. Richard Garcia officiating. Honorary bearers were Alex Draper, Dr. Bobby Lee, Shane Jones, Charles Hartman, Billy Lee, Kim Wittstruck, Gail Lee and Garold Lee. Casket bearers were Kevin and Dale Reuber, John Hartman and Neal, Nolen and Brian Draper. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman, Neb. Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1985
Loren K. Mossburgh
Loren Mossburgh, 59, died Thursday morning in the Dundy County Hospital at Benkelman, Nebraska.
Mr. Mossburgh was born August 5, 1925, on his family's Dundy County farm to William 0. and Margaret Mae (Doak) Mossburgh.
He attended Benkelman High School and graduated in 1942. He then attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, for one semester.
During World War II, Mr. Mossburgh served in the Army in Germany. After his return, he worked with his father on the farm and served as a substitute mail carrier for routes out of Benkelman.
He married Phyllis Ila Humphreys December 27, 1974, at Max. The couple lived on the Mossburgh farm.
He was a member of the American Legion Post and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
"The life of one we love is never lost. Its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched." (Christopher Halloway)
Loren is survived by his wife, Ila; two children, William and Nancy; his mother, Mae, all of Max; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Harriet) Draper of St. Francis, Kansas; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Evelyn.
Services were held Monday, March 25, at the Jones Funeral Chapel of Benkelman. Rev. John Kilgore and Rev. Gary Karoly officiated.
Ethel Harper accompanied Julia Janicke with selections “The Old Rugged Cross" and "W e Are Going Down The Valley."
Bearers were Scott Hogeland, Bill Cawthra, Verle Raichart, Gayle Jensen, Jerry McDonald and Lester Harper.
Honorary bearers were Leo Williams, Ben Gottschalk, Foster Gerdes, Byron Els, George Harper, Everett Gerdes, Wayne Bascue, Glen Spears and Glen Mullanix.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Committal service by Martin F. Bowles Post 65. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1996
Nancy Lea Mossburgh
Nancy Lea Mossburgh was born Oct. 26, 1978, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb., to Loren K. and Ila (Humphreys) Mossburgh. At the age of 17 years, she died on July 7, 1996, at Dundy County Hospital of metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma.
She had completed her junior year at Dundy County High School where she was a member of FFA, FBLA, Entrepreneur Cass and the volleyball and track teams. She was also a member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, 4-H, Girl Scouts and the Benkelman United Methodist Church.
Nancy did not like being the center of attention. When asked, "How are you?" the reply would be, "Fine. How are you?"
Nancy loved life, friends, family, flowers, gardening, pets, traveling, giving, saying "I'm sorry" and asking for prayer.
Willie was a wonderful brother and friend to Nancy. She was very thankful for his help and love.
School was important to Nancy and education was a number one priority. She was looking forward to college. The family was thankful for all the extra assistance given by the teachers, staff and Mrs. 0.
Aunt Dorothy Humphreys opened her home to the family with the hospital bed and Ila and family were very thankful. Nancy was concerned about being too much trouble and in the way.
Tumbles, Nancy's poodle, was entrusted to Grandma Humphreys when they had to be away. Nancy was worried that Grandma would work too hard in the yard. She knew it was work to water and weed. She was grateful to Roger and Florence for all the mowing that they did. Nancy loved the yard neat and trim, but couldn't do it herself.
Even with her illness, laughter came when her friends and family were around. She loved to share her Japanese gum, food and candy.
In 1985, Nancy made special friends, now family, with John and Jeanette Kilgore and family. John baptized Nancy, Ila and Will in 1986.
Nancy really appreciated the quick and kind care of the nurses at the Dundy County Hospital and the Omaha Medical Center. She enjoyed all the flowers, gifts and balloons she received throughout her illness.
Preceding her in death were her father in 1985 and grandfathers Kermit Humphreys and William Mossburgh.
Survivors include her mother, Ila, and brother, William K., of Max, Neb.: grandmothers Opal Humphreys of Max and Mae Mossburgh of St. Francis, Kan., and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Final rites were held Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at the Dundy County High School in Benkelman with the Revs. Anthony Dawson and Keith Haisch officiating. Pianist was Tally Case, and Elmer Case sang “Ten Thousand Angels," "Friends" and "Because He Lives." Bearers were Keith Harper, Casey Lee, Josh Jones, Van Kitt, Shane Sis and Spencer Parker. Honorary bearers were Randy Elbert, Gregg Ham, Kelly Raichart, Ben Gottschalk, Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Ted Behlke, 1997 Classmates and all of Nancy's friends. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The following was read at her services by nurses and staff of the Dundy County Hospital as 150 purple balloons were released:
"Nancy was an angel here on earth. She will now be watching us each day and hour. May we emulate her generosity, lovely being and enthusiasm for life, and may God be with us each day as He was with Nancy. The release of these balloons symbolizes the release of Nancy's spirit to soar as an angel with God in His heaven."--Cathy Broz.
Had Nancy Never Been Born...
You would have been spared the terrible pain of birth, and freed from the anxieties of chicken pox and measles, colic and bronchitis, allergies and other childhood afflictions.
Remember how your heart pounded and your body trembled each time she fell when learning to walk or banged her head on a drawer?
Do you remember the lump in your throat and the tears that filled your eyes when she boarded the school bus for the first time? Do you remember when she came home from school crying over an unfair grade or because a friend had made fun of her?
And Willie, you remember now those little spats you had growing up together--you loved her then as you love her now. How proud she was of her big brother.
Ila, do you remember when you had to settle those brother-sister disputes and wished for the wisdom of Solomon? Remember when you had to explain the "birds and bees" thing, and her transition from little girl to womanhood? Remember how you talked of spiritual things and how it warmed your heart to know Nancy knew the Lord as her Savior? Do you remember the thousand questions you strained your brain to answer?
And some quite serious.
"Mom, why did Daddy have to die?...Mom, I'm scared, it hurts so much. Am I going to die?...I really want to go to the Prom."
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1967
William 0. Mossburgh
William 0. Mossburgh passed away at his home on Thursday of a sudden illness at the age of 73 years. He had been a respected member of the community since 1918 when he moved to this area to farm after residing at Concordia, Kansas. He is survived by his widow, Margaret Mae; one daughter, Harriette, and son-in-law, Charles Draper, of St. Francis, Kansas; and one son, Loren, who resides in the family home near Benkelman.
Funeral services were conducted at Jay's Funeral Chapel on Monday afternoon with the Rev. William E. Whittaker officiating. Mrs. Leslie Kirkman was the soloist and Mrs. Paul Erdman the organist. Honorary bearers were Chester Gerdes, Otis Rickard, Jim Potter, Harley Howard, Stanley Ham and Adolph Kutz. Casket bearers were Everett Gerdes, Freddie Gerdes, Foster Gerdes, Kermit Humphrey, Glen Spears and Walt Jensen. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
William 0. Mossburgh, son of George and Fanny Mossburgh, was born near Holton, Kansas, February 14, 1894. His mother died when Bill was five years old. With his father and two brothers, he moved to Concordia, Kansas, where Bill grew to manhood. He was employed at Concordia Ice and Cold Storage.
He was united in marriage with Margaret Mae Doak at Concordia, Kansas, June 3, 1916. In 1918 they moved to Benkelman where Bill was engaged in farming. To this union three children were born. Bill and his wife, Mae, celebrated their golden wedding anniversay in June of 1966.
He passed away suddenly at his home on December 14, 1967, at the age of 73 years. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Mae; one daughter, Harriette, and son-in-law, Charles Draper, St. Francis, Kansas; one son, Loren, of the home; four granddaughters, two grandsons and eighteen great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Evelyn, in 1928; his father and two brothers.
Bill was a kind and loving husband and father and was loved by all who knew, him.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1972
John C. Mosser
John C. Mosser, well-known Dandy county native and long time Colorado resident, passed away at his home in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Wednesday, July 19th, Benkelman relatives were advised last week end. Mr. Mosser had undergone open heart surgery at the Presbyterian medical center in Denver on June 19th and had recently returned home for convalescemce.
John C. Mosser, former Dundy County resident passed away at the age of 57, at his home in Fort Collins, Colorado on Wednesday, July 19, at 1:45 after five weeks in Presbyterian Medical Center in Denver, Colorado and following open heart surgery on June 19. John had returned to his home to recuperate only ten days before. On March 14th John had suffered heart failure and was under a doctors care since that time.
John was born March 19, 1915, in Benkelman, Nebraska. He was the second child of John C. and Camilla Mosser. He attended grade school and graduated from high school at Parks, Nebraska in 1932. He farmed with his father on his grandfather's homestead. At the age of 15 his father passed away and John became the sole supporter of his family. There was his mother and two sisters, Melissa and Phyllis. He was an outstanding; athlete in basketball at Parks High School. During his school years, he was lovingly known as "Mose" by his school mates.
On August 12, 1934, at the age of 19, he married Anna Marie Richards. To this union one son was born, John Carl Mosser, III. She preceded him in death after a short illness. They were living in Longmont, Colorado at the time and John was left to care for their six months old baby son. His mother kept house and cared for Johnnie for seven years.
On February 14, 1943 John Sr. married Mildred Mae Phifer in Benkelman, Nebraska. To this union four children were born, Janice Eileen, Janet Elaine. Everett Eugene and Christopher Paul. He continued in farming until 1955 when he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. There he went into Real Estate and later acquired his Brokers License and was a member since 1960. He also worked in construction with Harold Garner and later went into business under A.A.A. Construction with his son, Chris, and had been building homes in Brighton and Fort Collins, Colorado.
He was devoted to his family and his grandchildren, who were dear to his heart.
On Easter Sunday, 1926, he was baptized along with his sister, Melissa, at the Benkelman Methodist Church.
He leaves in passing his wife, Mildred; daughters, Janice Pawlowski of Brighton, Janet Baker of Fort Collins; sons, John Jr., of Alliance, Nebraska, Everett and Chris of Fort Collins; nine grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Norman Pawlowski and Rich Baker; two daughters-in-law, Beverley Mosser a n d Karen Mosser; four sisters, Mrs. Noma Duff of Clay City, Ill., Mrs. Margaret Fish, Miss Melissa Mosser, and Mrs. Phyllis Micek and husband, John, all of Denver, Colorado; also many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
Services were held Monday, July 24, at Warren Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Fort Collins. Pall bearers were Cloyd Grimes, Everett Maggard, Hayden Standiferd, Kenneth Buffington, Herb Fish and Virgil Bickel. Honorary pall bearers were Ernest Bowers, Larry Fischer, Harold Garner, Sid Frease, Marvin Pawlowski, Lowell A. Barnes, and Orville Carr.
Relatives and friends attending the funeral included the following:
From Benkelman: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barnes, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Phifer, Dianna and Larry; Mildred Baney was accompanied by her grandson, Marlin Phifer, Jr., of Kanarado, Kansas; Aubrey Richard was accompanied by his son, Gene Richard and family of St. Francis, Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Smith of Haigler; Mr. and Mrs. Bus Krutsinger of Parks; Mr. and Mrs. John Phifer, Gary and Marsha of Loup City, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. James Phifer, Cheryl and Charlotte of Fremont, Nebraska.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Boyd of Burlington, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. George Phifer, Sr., and family of Wray, Colorado; Mr. Fil Lawson of Alma, Colorado: Mr. and Mrs. Buzz Wooters of Sterling, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fiore of Boulder, Colorado; Mrs. Lee Cox of Longmont, Colorado: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Phifer and family of Fort Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Buffington and Gail, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Garner of Fort
Mr. and Mrs. John Micek, Ruth Micek and Louis La Croix, Val Fiore, Mrs. Margaret Fish. Miss Melissa Mosser, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Fish, Mrs. Willie Wall, Mrs. Bob Brunick, Evelyn Pickett and Gladvs Spear, all of Denver. Mr. and Mrs. Wes Kier of Miami, Oklahoma also attended.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1996
Melissa R. Mosser
THORNTON, Colo.— Melissa R. Mosser, formerly of Dundy County, Neb., died July 31, 1996, at the nursing home where she was residing in Thornton, Colo.
She was born Nov. 16, 1910. in Clay County, Ill., to John and Camilla Mosser. The family moved to Dundy County in 1914 when she was four. They lived not far from Benkelman for a couple of years, then moved to a homestead about four miles northeast of Parks, where they lived for several years. In 1915, John was born and, in 1926, Phyllis was born.
Melissa stayed in Benkelman with her grandparents, Jim and Lissa Brissenden, in order to finish high school. Most of her intermediate school years were in attending country school. After graduating from high school, she attended two summers at normal school in Greeley, Colo. After finishing her preliminary education for teaching, she taught two terms at the Dixon Country School on the Dundy /Chase county divide.
She decided this was not what she wanted to do and went to Colorado where she spent the rest of her working years as housekeeper for a couple of families, finally ending the last 45 years of working as housekeeper for the Harry Sigman family of Denver.
Preceding her in death were her mother and father, a brother, John; her half-sisters, Margaret Fish and Norma Duff, and three brothers-in-law.
She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Micek of Livermore, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Mildred Mosser of Fort Collins, Colo.; 11 nieces and nephews; 18 grandnieces and nephews, and 10 great-grandnieces and nephews.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1982
Fay Ann (Rosenfelt) Mowery
Fay Ann Mowery, daughter of Andrew and Margaret (Huntwork) Rosenfelt, was born May 11, 1899, at Cambridge, Neb., and passed away March 11, 1982, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb.
The family moved to Dundy County in 1907, after purchasing the T. C. Kimsey Ranch on Indian Creek where they established a cattle and hog operation.
Fay attended Benkelman High School, Kearney State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received her teaching degree. She taught in the Dundy County schools for 30 years.
She was married to Jesse Mowery on August 9, 1947, in Imperial, Neb. She raised
her nephew, Gene Rosenfelt, for which he is thankful and considers it a privilege to have lived in her home.
Fay received 50-year membership pins from the United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star. She was also affiliated with the United Methodist Church Women, P.E.O, the American Legion Auxiliary, Doane Extension Club and several other local organizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse; her parents, Andy and Maggy, and two brothers: Floyd and Guy.
To mourn her passing are her nephew, Gene, and wife, Carolyn, great nieces and
nephews, Melinda Rosenfelt, of Colby, Jannelle Bowers and husband Dan , of Bird City, Kan., Melissa F. Rosenfelt, Jennifer Penstrom, Michael Rosenfelt and Mark Rosenfelt and wife Diane, of Benkelman; also a niece, Margaret Guidice, and husband. Artie, of Unionville, N.Y., and their children: Tony, Steve, Rena, Michele and Terry; a nephew, Clyde Mowery, and wife, Dorothy, and son, David, of Blue Springs, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Lela Pennington, of Presser, Wash., and Rita Rosenfelt, of Mountain Home, Ida.; two great-great nieces: Stephanie and Lacey, and a great-great nephew, Zachery.
Services were held Monday, March 15, 1982, at 10 a.m. in the United Methodist Church of Benkelman with Pastor Gary Karoly officiating. Assisting was Betty Erdman accompanying Wilbur Case, Ray Balderson, Lee Gallatin and Robert Andrews with the selections "In The Garden" and "Abide With Me."
Bearers were Jerry Owens, James Owens, Everett Stute, Glen Lemon, Charles Workman, Carl Stute, Burdette Wilson and Ralph Brunt.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Benkelman.
A memorial has been established in Fay's name at the Hester Memorial Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1976
Services were held Friday, october 22, 1976 at 10:00 a. m. Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman for Jesse Mowery, 84. Mr. Mowery was born March 10, 1892 at Osborne, Ks. He died October 20, 1976 at Veterans Hospital, Denver, Colorado.
Rev. Allan Martin officiated with Betty Erdman as organist. A quartette of John Baer, Harold Ferguson, Robert Andrews, and Lee Gallatin sang "Abide With Me" and "In The Garden."
Bearers were Walter Barenberg, Gaffe Jensen, Sam Jones, Charles Workman, H.L. Anderson and True Howard. Serving as honorary bearers were Bruce Miller, Thomas Ballard, H. M. Chipperfield, Wade Hoover, Ogle Keenan, Emmons Adams, Ray Fletcher, Jess Grigsby, Patrick Smith, Frank Wendland, Frank Walsh and August Warning.
Interment was at Benkelman Cemetery with a Military Committal.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1981
Iron Henry “Dutch” Mueller
Iron Henry Mueller, better known as Dutch, son of Diedrich Mueller and his wife Bertha, nee Haack, was born in Nemaha County, Nebraska, Nov. 6, 1906. On the next day, Nov. 7, the Pastor J.H. Dirks of St. John's Lutheran Church, baptized him in the name of the Holy Trinity.
On March 27,1921, together with his class of confirmands of St. John's, Bird City, KS, he renewed his vow of faithfulness to the Lord before the Pastor Louis A. Sittler.
The Mueller family came to Bird City in the year 1911. Iron attended school in this community. He started farming in the early thirties and had become a large operator in both Kansas and Colorado. He was the owner of the Mueller Grain Company at Goodland with a branch at Caruso.
He was united in marriage to Ruby Elliott on July 31, 1938. To this union, two daughters were born: Janice and Vicki.
Iron was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church,. having served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Goodland Chamber of Commerce, the Elks, the Bird City Community Club, the Tri-State Antique Threshers Association, and has served as a board member for the Goodland Vocational Trehnical School and Wartburg College. Always being very community minded, he had given many scholarships and assistance to young people.
During four months of illness, his wife was able to care for him at home until the last four days which was spent at the Northwest Kansas Medical Center in Goodland. He passed away October 4, 1981.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, his twin brother Elmer, Lester, and Glenn.
Those surviving are his wife, Ruby, two daughters, Vickie of Pensacola, FL and Janice and husband, Roger Phipps and three grandchidren: Sloan, Torri, and A. Marian of Haigler, NE; one brother, Dean of Bird City; seven sisters: Viola Mullins, Sallislaw, OK; Ella McLemore and Elsie Nichols, Deaver, WY; Eva Reinke and Lola Cooper, Goodland, KS; Frances Meyer, Bird City; and Lucille Scrivener, Olathe, KS; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held on Tues., Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bird City with Rev. Howard Ellis as pastor. Bob Nash of Goodland sang "How Great Thou Art" and "When They Ring Those Golden Bells."
Bearers were Lynn Glasco, Dwight Locke, Ted Partch, Alan Kruse, Ron Haack and Rex Linin. Interment was in the Bird City Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1975?
Bethel (Tavenner) Muirhead
Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Bethel Muirhead, 45, in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday afternoon, August 17. Interment was in the Legion Cemetery in Salt Lake City. Mrs. Muirhead, a resident of the Utah capitol city for 12 years, passed away on Sunday evening, August 15, after an illness of two years, a victim of cancer.
Mrs. Muirhead, a daughter of the late Harry and Faye Tavenner, was born north of Max in 1920, and lived in Dundy county until 1939 when she moved to Denver to make her home. She is survived by her husband, Virgil; one son, Stanley, one daughter, Dianna, of Salt Lake City; four brothers, Walter, Russell and Darrel Tavenner, of Denver, Harold Tavenner of Albany, Oregon; two sisters, Donna McCollum, of Arvada, Colorado, and Helen Gerdes of Benkelman. Her parents, two brothers, Lawrence and Lloyd, and a sister, Edith, preceded her in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Gerdes of Benkelman, Carol Tavenner of Stratton, and Mrs. Dan Becker of Lake City, Colorado, attended the funeral services in Salt Lake City. Mr. and Mrs. Gerdes and Miss Tavenner motored to Denver on Monday morning, where the Gerdes' daughter, Mrs. Becker, joined them on the trip to Salt Lake City. Mrs. Becker was visiting with her brother, Rieke Gerdes, and family in Arvada at the time. Mr. and Mrs. Gerdes and Miss Tavenner returned to their Dundy county and Stratton homes on last Wednesday evening.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1997
Elvera L. (Nordhausen) Mullanix
BENKELMAN — Elvera L. Mullanix, 62, died Saturday (Oct. 18, 1997) at Lincoln General Hospital in Lincoln
She was born March 27, 1935 in Dundy County to Chris and Hilda Brunkhorst Nordhausen. She graduated from Wauneta High School in 1952 and attended McCook Junior College
On May 22, 1955 she married Jimmy L. Mullamx at Wauneta. He preceded her in death in 1991.
She taught school in rural District No. 66, worked for State Farm Insurance; the Nebraska Department of Roads; the Dundy County Courthouse; and as a teller at Benkelman State Bank.
She was a 4-H leader, a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Womans Organization and the Benkelman Golf Club.
She was preceded in death by her father and her husband.
Survivors include her mother, Hilda Nordhausen, of Wauneta; a daughter, Julie and husband, Greg Stahr, of Lincoln; two sons, Jimmy and wife, Dana, of Benkelman, Mitchell and wife, Sally, of Everett, Wash.; two sisters, Charlene and husband, Dean Pursley, of Benkelman, Donna and husband, Dennis Gochley, of Wauneta; and nine grandchildren.
Services are Wednesday at. 10:30 a.m. MDT at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural Dundy County with Pastor Carlton Hein officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Church Cemetery.
Memorials are being accepted in her name.
Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1992
Margaret Lola (Shrum) Mullanix
BENKELMAN– Margaret Lola (Shrum) Mullanix was born January 15, 1896, in rural Hayes County, Nebraska, at the home of her parents, Ira and Teresa (Hahn) Shrum.
She departed this life at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, on December 30, 1991, at the age of 95 years, 11 months and 15 days.
She lost her father at a very early age and moved with her mother, younger brother and sister to a homestead in the Rollwitz (Dundy County) community. There she attended school and the community church.
She was united in marriage to Charles G. Mullanix on September 12, 1912. They made their home on various farms in the Rollwitz community.
They were determined to give each of their children a high school education so Lola moved to Benkelman and spent the fall and winter months there caring for and sending their children to school, moving back to the farm in the spring.
Lola joined the Presbyterian Church in Benkelman on Apri14, 1947, and she attended worship services regularly as long as she was able.
She entered the Hester Memorial Home in April 1991.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Charles; sons, Doyle, Dwayne. Beverly and Jim; a grandson, Anthony Mullanix; a sister, Etta Hester, and a brother, Bill Shrum.
She leaves the following to cherish her memory: sons, Glen and his wife, Velma, of Benkelman and Charles Jr. of Campbell, California; six daughters, Lorna Brown of Hillsboro, Oregon, LaVeta Snyder of Torrington, Wyoming, Wanda Wikstrom of Vancouver, Washington, Wynona Springer and her husband, Keith, of Wauneta, Nebraska, and Bonnie and Shirley Mullanix of Benkelman; one daughter-in-law, Elvera Mullanix 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister-in law, Gladys Shrum; many nieces,nephews, relatives and friends.
Services were held Thursday, January 2, 1992, at 1:30 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Wanda Mindt officiating.
Organist was Elaine Blank. Musical selections included "One Day At A Time" by Roger McGooden, "What A Friend" by Kelly Hayward and "In The Garden" by Joan Barker.
Bearers were Jimmie Mullanix, Roger McGooden, Gary DeWester, Greg Stahr, Ed Willard and Kim Fassler.
Honorary bearers included Harold Knoles, Ernest Graham, Marvin Haines, Dudley Blank, Ike Denny, Boyd Blair Jr., Merle Wallace, Glen Osborn and Carl Lutz.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1977
Beverly C. Mullanix
Beverly C. Mullanix, 64, of Benkelman, Nebraska passed away at the Veteran's Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, April 23, 1977 at 6:00 p.m. He was born April 19, 1913 at Parks, Nebraska, the eldest son of Charles G. Mullanix and Lola Shrum Mullanix.
He was married to Opal NcNew, and to this union were born two children, a son, Anthony, and a daughter, Kay.
He was inducted into the armed forces May 22, 1942 from Walden, Colorado. He advanced to Surgical Technician in the 117th Infantry Medical Detachment. He served his country with honor, receiving the Silver Star medal for bravery above and beyond the call of duty, the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in battle, and the good conduct medal.
Survivors include his daughter, Kay Willard and husband Ed and two grandsons, Michael and Shane Willard of Wray, Colorado; his mother, Mrs. Lola Mullanix; six sisters, three brothers and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony; his father, Charles; and two brothers, Doyle and Dwayne.
The following was written in tribute to Bev by his sister, Wynona.
Mon sees, and God sees,
And they do not see the same.
God looks on with eyes to love
And man looks on to shame,
But what man knows another's heart?
And what man knows his fray?
Who knows what hand he might have touched
In the battle of the day?
Who knows what word he might have spoken?
Who knows what life he saved?
Who knows the spirit of a man?
Who knows of what he braved?
Oh mortal man, cast not your stones,
Oh tongues, leave tales untold.
For from the very waste of man
Oue Father plucks his gold.
Oh mon, cleanse out your moted eye,
And look as God above.
Our Father sees the heart of gold
And looks at it with love,
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 2004
Charles G. “Curly” Mullanix
Charles G. “Curly” Mullanix was born on Sept. 6, 1924, to Charles and Lola (Shrum) Mullanix and died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at Campbell, Calif.
He spent the early years of his life on a farm north of Parks, Neb. He attended high school at Benkelman, Neb., and entered the Navy in 1942 at Omaha, Neb. He received his training at Great Lakes. Ill., Norfolk. Va., and several points in the Atlantic where naval stations had been established. He was assigned to the Naval Air Service and was a bow gunner on a Navy plane. He was a member of Bomber Squadron 212 which was active in the South Pacific. He received his discharge in 1946.
He re-enlisted in the Navy and served until Feb. 15. 1952. In this tour of duty he was awarded the China Service Medal and the Navy Occupation Medal.
Curly was employed by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company for 37 years before retiring in October 1989.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Mary; parents; brothers Beverly, Glen, Duane, Doyle and Jim.
Survivors include his daughter Gale, son Terry, sisters Lorna Brown, LaVetta Snyder, Wanda Wikstrom, Wynona Springer, Bonnie Mullanix and Shirley Mullanix, sister-in-law Velma Mullanix and many other relatives and friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1994
Debbie Sue Mullanix
BENKELMAN— Debbie Sue Mullanix was born at Wray, Colorado, on December 7, 1957, the daughter of Glen and Velma (Gunderman) Mullanix. She received Christian baptism as an infant at the First Presbyterian Church in Benkelman, Nebraska, and was a member of the church all her life.
Deb attended school in Benkelman, graduating in 1976. While in high school, she worked at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. She spent most of her career in food services including at the sale barn, Circle B and the Dundy County Senior Center in Benkelman. She served as a cook at the center from its opening in August 1981 until May 1994.
She was active in her church, taught vacation Bible school and helped in the church
nursery. She also was a member of the Country Set extension club.
Deb became ill with cancer three years ago and was hospitalized numerous times.
Her hobbies included counted cross-stitch, photography, crocheting and embroidery. Most of her work was done as gifts for family and friends.
Deb's love for children was evident as she baby-sat for many people throughout the years. The children loved Deb as much as she loved them and many kept in touch as they grew up and had Deb baby-sit for their children.
For a number of years, she was an avid collector of clowns. Her collection exceeded 360; many given to her as gifts. She recently began collecting Precious Moments figurines, many of them reflections of her religious beliefs.
On October 1, 1994, she was able to travel to Carthage, Missouri, with members of her family to the Precious Moments exhibit. Another wish came true on November 11, 1994, when she was able to travel to Denver to attend the Alan Jackson concert. Assistance for both trips was provided by the Diane Price Fish Foundation and through the contributions and efforts of her many friends.
Deb passed away in the company of family at her home in Benkelman on December 5, 1994, just two days short of her 37th birthday.
Debbie was preceded in death by her grandparents.
She is survived by her parents, Glen and Velma "Dutch" Mullanix, and her sister, Linda "Chick" Hardwick, all of Benkelman; her nephew, Senior Airman Troy Hardwick, his wife, Laura, of Ellsworth Air Force Base at Rapid City, South Dakota, and their daughter, Kristina, whom Deb lovingly called "Cricket:" her niece, Tami Hardwick, of Manhattan, Kansas, and Tami's fiance, Jay Wells, of Wymore, Nebraska; many uncles, aunts, cousins and many, many friends.
Services were held Thursday, December 8, 1994, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Organist was Elaine Blank and Kelly Hayward sang “The Gift" and "In The Garden." Congregational songs were "How Great Thou Art" and "Oh, Take My Hand Dear Father."
Bearers were Dave Stogin, Ray Dorothy, Dan Schorzman, Mark Rosenfelt, Mickey Lutz, Ryan Magnani, Darrell Brown and Jerry Blecha. Honorary bearers were all of Deb's friends. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1995
Glen A. Mullanix
Glen A. Mullanix was born in the Rollwitz precinct of Dundy County, Nebraska, July 3, 1918, the son of Charles G. and Margaret Lola (Shrum) Mullanix.
He attended the Rollwitz schools. On September 27, 1945, at St. Francis, Kansas, he was united in marriage with Velma Gunderman.
The Mullanixes lived around Parks, Nebraska, for a very short time and then moved to Benkelman, Nebraska. Two daughters were born to their marriage, Linda and Deb.
Mullanix worked for the light and power department of the City of Benkelman for 30 years.
After retiring from the city in 1980, he continued to serve the community as a plumber, electrician and general handyman. No job was too big nor too small, as long as he was helping someone he was happy.
His family was important to him and he never hesitated to tell others about his kids, grandchildren and his great-grandchild.
Known as an unselfish man who never knew a stranger, Mullanix was always willing to lend a hand and always had a joke to share.
He had been in failing health the last few years, confined mainly to the home for the past three years. He died at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman Monday, September 4, 1995, at the age of 77 years. 2 months and 1 day. He and his wife would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Debbie, who died December 5, 1994, and his brothers, Beverly, Duane. Jim and Doyle, who died as an infant.
He is survived by his wife, Velma, of Benkelman; their daughter, Linda Hardwick, of Benkelman; a grandson, Senior Airman Troy Hardwick, and his wife, Laura, of Rapid City, South Dakota; a granddaughter, Tami Hardwick, of Manhattan, Kansas, and her fiance, Jay Wells, of Wymore, Nebraska; a great-granddaughter, Kristina "Cricket" Hardwick of Rapid City; his sisters, Lorna Brown of Hillsboro, Oregon, LaVetta Snyder of Torrington, Wyoming, Wanda Wikstrom of Vancouver, Washington, Wynona Springer of Wauneta, Nebraska, and Bonnie Mullanix and Shirley Mullanix of Benkelman; a brother, Charles "Curly" Mullanix of Campbell, California, other relatives and friends.
Services were held Thursday, September 7, 1995, at 2:30 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Elaine Blank was the organist and Kelly Hayward sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and "Amazing Grace."
Bearers were Russ Spicklemier, Wayne Clark, Dave Stogin, Dan Schorzman, Mike David and Jerry Shaw.
Honorary bearers were Alva Shaw, Harvey Spicklemier, Ernest Graham, Dale Osborn, Gene Hansen, Mason Jones, Kenny Vanderford, Keith Whittington, Leo Richard, Boyd Blair Jr., Carl Waak, Vince Reiman, Bill Ketler, Dale Smith, Bill Seybold, Carl Lutz, Ed Watt and all of his many friends.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1991
Mullanix, Jimmy L.
BENKELMAN--Jim Mullanix was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, on November 3, 1934, to Charles and Lola (Shrum) Mullanix. He died November 19, 1991, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
Jim attended high school in Benkelman, graduating with the Class of 1953.
He married Elvera Nordhausen on May 22, 1955. To this union three children were born: Julie Ann, Jimmy Charles and Mitchell Lynn.
On July 14, 1955, Jim enlisted in the Army AUS Infantry where he served in Korea and was discharged in April of 1957.
Shortly after his discharge, he attended electronics school in Denver, Colorado. Upon graduation he worked for Ken Sweeny Furniture as a television repairman first in Benkelman, then in Imperial. In 1962 he and his family returned to Benkelman where he worked for Caldwell's also as a television repairman.
In 1966 he began working for the Benkelman Telephone Company where he became an intricate part of its workings.
In December of 1958, Jim was confirmed into the Lutheran faith in Denver. He joined St. Paul's Lutheran Church in January of 1959 where he became a devoted and active member.
For 30 years Jim was a dedicated member of the Benkelman Volunteer Fire Department and served as fire chief from 1974 to 1988. For several years he operated Jim's Sheet Metal Shop. He was a member of the Benkelman Country Club and served on the greens committee. Many of his friends were frequent customers of "Grandpa Jim's Club-Making and Repair." He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Benkelman Jaycees.
Jim had a great enthusiasm for the outdoors. He hunted, fished and was an avid golfer. This enthusiasm was paled only by his love for his family and friends. He took pride in his grandchildren with whom he was a great friend and playmate.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Charles, and three brothers, Doyle, Duane and Bev. He is survived by his wife, Elvera; his daughter, Julie Stahr, her husband, Greg, and children, Margeaux and Elke, of Lincoln, Nebraska; two sons, Jimmy, his wife, Dana, and children, Jessica, Nick and Blake, of Benkelman and Mitch, his wife, Sally, and children, Kacey and Meagan. of Everett, Washington; his mother, Lola, of Benkelrnan: two brothers, Glen, and his wife, Velma, of Benkelman and Charles of Campbell, California; six sisters. Shirley Ann Mullanix and Bonnie Mullanix, of Benkelman, Wynona Springer, her husband, Keith, of Lawton. Oklahoma, Wanda Wikstrom of Vancouver, Washington, LaVeta Snyder of Torrington, Wyoming, and Lorna Brown of Hillsboro, Oregon, and many other relatives and friends.
Services were held Friday, November 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural Dundy County with the Rev. Lavern Brack officiating.
Organist was Karen Christner and pianist was Kathleen Bartels. St. Paul's Lutheran Choir sang "Asleep In Jesus" and "Heaven Is My Home." "Beautiful Savior" was sung by the congregation.
Bearers were Mike Pursley, Chris Pursley, Joel Gockley, Bob Rhoades, Carl Lutz, Gary DeWester, Wayne Stroup and Kenny McDonald.
Honorary bearers were Bill Reade, Larry Williams, Randall Raile, Dick Guernsey, Tom Maranville, Bob Behlke, Duaine Todd, Gary McKain, Henry Krug Jr., Relgene Zimbelman, Ron Jones and members of the Benkelman Volunteer Fire Department.
Committal was by the American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178.
Interment was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery of rural Dundy County with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1995
Bonnie J. (Williams) Muller
DENVER– Bonnie J. (Williams) Muller, 69, a former Benkelman, Neb., resident, died Friday, Sept. 22, 1995, at Hospice of Metro Denver Care Center in Aurora, Colo.
She was born Jan. 26, 1926, in Kansas to George W. and Helenna M. (Johannson) Williams. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1943. She married Robert Muller.
She was an investment banker, working to become a vice president of a bank in the Denver area.
Preceding her in death were her husband and her parents. Survivors include a brother, George Williams of Sparta, Mo.
Services were Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Aurora-Chase Mortuary in Aurora with the Rev. Randy Goeke officiating.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Benkelman Cemetery with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman arranged the interment.
Researcher note: Bonnie is buried with her parents in the Benkelman cemetery. I do not know where her husband, Robert, is buried. In the digital pictures of the Benkelman cemetery at www.nebraskagravestones.org, Bonnie is listed as Bonnie Joy Williams, not Muller, although the directory shows a space for Bonnie Muller.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1986
Mabel Annie (Nelson) Mulvany
Mabel Annie (Nelson) Mulvany was born August 24, 1893, near Mason City, Nebraska, in Custer County, to William A. and Matilda Sophie (Christensen) Nelson.
She was baptized at Basin Lutheran Church near Mason City in November of 1893.
Mabel's grandparents immigrated from Denmark when her father was two years old and settled close to Mason City. Later her grandfather started a Harness and Shoe Shop business in Mason City and they lived there all of their lives.
Mabel's parents bought a farm near Elk Creek and built a sod house, in which they lived for seven years. They sold that farm and bought another closer to Mason City where neighbors helped them build another sod house. Then they purchased a farm near Goodwell, Oklahoma, and left Nebraska in a covered wagon on September 16, 1908. Mabel was 15 years old and rode a saddle horse to help herd the livestock.
Mabel married Benjamin Harrison Mulvany on May 17, 1913, at Broken Bow, Nebraska. They rode the train to Broken Bow, were married at the courthouse that morning and rode the train back to Mason City that afternoon. Four daughters were born to this union: Lorene, Waunetta, Lucille and Berdeina.
Mabel was a friendly, energetic person, who enjoyed working in her garden and flower beds, sewing quilt blocks and most of all, the big family gatherings. Ben had a shoe and harness repair shop in Benkelman for several years years and Mabel assisted him in this
After Ben passed away on September 26, 1961, she and Waunetta maintained the family home until Waunetta's death on May 19, 1984. As Mabel's health began to fail, she entered the Hester Home on October 5, 1984, and entered into eternal rest there Thursday evening, November 13, 1986, at 93 years of age.
She is survived by three daughters: Lorene (Mrs. Rolland Sawdon) of Atlanta, Nebraska, Lucille (Mrs. Foster Gerdes) of Benkelman, Nebraska, Berdeina (Mrs. Chester Farrell) of Benkelman, Nebraska; son-in-law, Foster Gerdes; brother, Carl Nelson, and wife, Waunetta, of Rosamond, California; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; two nieces: Mrs. Iola Humphrey of Rogers, Arkansas, and Mrs. Mildred Renteria of Taft, California, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ben; one daughter, Waunetta Mulvany; two brothers: Jim Nelson and Earl Nelson; one sister, Mrs. Pearl Duncan, and two sons-in-law.
Services were held Monday, November 17,1986,1 at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with Rev. Robert Sander officiating.
The organist was Mary Baney. She accompanied Carol and Robert Sander with the selections "The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference" and "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder."
Bearers were Bill Nelson, Jerrell Gerdes, Kevin Nelson, Brian Gerdes, Chris Nelson, Clinton Munn and Dennis McConville.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman, Nebraska. The funeral was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
=========================Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1983
Theodore "Ted" Roosevelt Mulvany
Theodore "Ted" Roosevelt Mulvany was born July 25, 1905, on a ranch near Oconto, Nebraska. His parents were John H. Mulvany and Hallie (Curry) Mulvany. He had three brothers and one sister; Ben Mulvany of Benkelman; Henrietta Parker; James Mulvany; and Bernard J. Mulvany who died in infancy.
Ted spent his early boyhood around Mason City, Nebraska, and Glenvil, Nebraska. He was in the service from November 25, 1942, to August 27, 1945, serving in Italy and in the continental United States.
Ted loved horses and ranching and spent several years working on ranches in the Sandhills area near Hyannis, Nebraska.
In later years, he bought a home in Benkelman and kept busy with various odd jobs and his garden.
In October 1982, he became ill and entered the Dundy County Hospital. In November, he became a resident of the Hester Home. He entered the hospital again on December 30 and passed away January 11, 1983, at the age of 77 years.
Preceding him in death were his father and mother; brothers, Ben Mulvany and Bernard J. Mulvany.
Those surviving are his sister-in-law, Mrs. Ben Mulvany and four nieces: Lorene and husband, Albert Barker, of Atlanta, Nebraska; Waunetta Mulvany of Benkelman, Nebraska; Lucille and husband, Foster Gerdes, of Benkelman; and Beydeina Farrell of Benkelman, and a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews and friends.
Services were held Friday, January 14, 1983, at 2 p.m. in the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska. Rev. Robert Sander officiated.
Organist Mary Baney accompanied Carol and Robert Sander singing "The Old Rugged Cross Makes A Difference" and "Why Me Lord."
Pallbearers were Jerrell Gerdes, John Gerdes, Harold Stevens, Kevin Nelson, Bill Nelson and Dennis McConnville. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebraska. Committal service was by Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65.
Beyond life's Gateway
There's an open gate at the end of the road
Through which each must go alone.
And there is a light we cannot see
Our Father claims his own.
Beyond the gate, our loved one
Finds happiness and rest.
And there is comfort in the thought
That a loving God knows best.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1984
Waunetta Bell Mulvany
Waunetta Bell Mulvany, the second daughter of Benjamin Harrison and Mabel Annie (Nelson) Mulvany was born at Fairfield, Nebraska, on October 23, 1916, and died May 19, 1984, at Benkelman Nebraska.
She attended school in Edison, Nebraska, Haigler and Benkelman.
In her early life, the family homesteaded north of Ft. Laramie, Wyoming. She loved to drive the team of horses for her dad doing various jobs on the farm. Waunetta devoted her life to her parents and after her father's death in 1961, she and her mother, Mabel, continued to live in the family home in Benkelman.
Waunetta enjoyed outside yard work, sewing and cooking. Her favorite pastime was embroidering and letter writing. She took time from her busy life to keep in touch with all of her out-of-town relatives all of whom enjoyed her newsy letters. She was a generous person, helping family members in time of need, and was a willing listener in time of trouble.
Her health began to fail the past two years.
Waunetta was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Mulvany; two brothers-in-law, Chester Farrell and Rolland Ray Sawdon, and one uncle, Ted Mulvany.
She is survived by her mother, Mabel Mulvany of Benkelman; three sisters, Mrs. Lorene Barker and husband, Albert, of Atlanta, Nebraska, Mrs. Lucille Gerdes and husband, Foster of Benkelman, and Mrs. Berdeina Farrell also of Benkelman, and many nephews and nieces who were the joy of her life.
Services were held Monday, May 21, 1984, at 1:30 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Assisting with musical selections were the organist, Mary Baney, and Carol and Robert Sander who sang "The Old Rugged Cross Makes A Difference" and "Why Me Lord."
Bearers were Harold Stevens, Jerrell Gerdes, Bill Nelson, John Gerdes, Mike VanHouten, Kevin Nelson, Dennis McConville and Chris Nelson.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1978
Geraldine Martha (Cline) Mundt
Geraldine Martha Mundt, first daughter of Marty and Mayme Cline, was born March 21, 1914, in Haddam, Kansas, and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on December 11, 1978 at the age of 64 years.
Her parents moved to a farm north of Parks, NE where she attended grade school in a county school. At an early age, she developed rheumatic fever and was severely afflicted from the disease her entire life.
Geraldine was united in marriage to Karl F. Mundt on August 30, 1930 at St. Francis, Kansas. She and her husband lived on a farm homesteaded by her father-in-law, Charles Mundt, north of her family home until 1945 when they moved to Benkelman. Two weeks after they moved to town her husband was stricken with a fatal heart attack.
She leaves to mourn her passing a son, Eugene Mundt, Garden Grove, CA, two daughters, Patricia and husband Bob Bellamy of Max, NE, and Jackie and husband Ken Laughlin of Beatrice, NE, grandchildren whom she dearly loved; Robin, Mike, Jill and Tricia Bellamy, of Max; Gregg and wife Debbie Mundt of Garden Grove, CA; Gayle Hallerd and husband Perry of Garden Grove, CA; Jeff Laughlin and wife Michele of Lincoln, NE and Julie Laughlin of Beatrice, NE, and one great grandchild Erin Renne Hallerd of Garden Grove, CA.
She is also survived by her brothers and sisters; Joseph Hal and wife Irma, Max and wife Velma, Bill and wife Ella, Bud and wife Carol, Betty and husband Bud, Jeanne and husband Pete, Sally and husband Roland, one sister-in-law, Eda Schwartz, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Karl, parents Marty and Mayme Cline, and brother Gerald.
Poem written by Geraldine's mother—
I know it is true as we go through life
I know there's a man upstairs that watches and guards us every day.
We know we must do our share.
Of trouble and hardship and worry and strife, of heartaches,
We all must bear to keep us true to our family and friendsm
To keep us true to our Savior above.
So children dear, just say a prayer to help me be on my way,
Then I'll be there to take your hand when you come up to stay.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1995
Arlo Eugene Mundt
WESTMINSTER, Calif.– Arlo Eugene Mundt was born Sept. 28, 1933, at Benkelman, Neb., and died Saturday, Oct. 28, 1995, at his home in Westminster, Calif. He was the first-born child of Geraldine and Karl Mundt.
Arlo, known as Gene or Hunk, served in the armed forces in his early life. He moved his family to California in 1957 and worked in the dry cleaning industry most of his life. He retired due to heart problems.
His love of fishing and hunting was only exceeded by his love for his family.
He is survived by his two children, Gayle and Gregg; his grandchildren, Jerehmy, Erin, Gregory, Kimberly, Christopher, Heather and Justin; his two sisters, Patricia and Jackie, and aunts. uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 4, 1995, at the First Christ Church in Westminster with the Rev. Peterson officiating.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1956?
John Carl Frederick Mundt
John Carl Frederick Mundt was born on the 30th of June, 1860, at Telldau, Mecklenburg - Schwerin, Germany, as the fourth son of Fritz Mundt and Minna, nee Basedohr. When he was nine years old he came with his parents and three brothers and one sister to this country. His parents took up a homestead in the neighborhood of Crete, Nebraska. Here Mr. Mundt attended the Lutheran parochial school. At the age of 14 he became a member of the Lutheran church in the rite of confirmation, promising faithfulness to God and the church. His mother died in the spring of 1870.
In 1879 Mr. Mundt came to the Rocky Mountains and settled near Leadville, Colorado. He often told of these early days of the prospector and their encounters with the Indians. He came back to Crete in 1884. Here he farmed for two years. In 1886 he came to Dundy county to take up a homestead 21 miles northwest of Benkelman, the present Mundt farm in the Allston section. This had been his home until
years ago when he moved to town. He was joined in holy matrimony to Miss Clara Bartholomew in 1893. This union was of short duration, Mrs. Mundt dying in April 1894.
He was married again to Mrs. Rosa Talmon on Christmas day 1903. This union was blessed with two children, Mrs. Eda Schwartz and Carl Mundt, both of whom survive their father. Mrs. Mundt died April 22, 1922. Mr. Mundt was of a robust constitution. He enjoyed comparatively good health all his lifetime. Through an unfortunate fall about nine years ago his nervous system had become partially affected. His last illness was induced by ptomaine poisoning from which he seemed to rally. A weakened heart brought on his final demise. On Christmas day he was taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eda Schwartz. He had still been able to eat a breakfast on the morning of Tuesday, December 29th. He laid down to rest soon after. He was not able to get up again. During the night he became unconscious. His death came Wednesday morning, December 30 at about 10:45.
Mr. Mundt reached the age of 76 years and 6 months to the day.
He is mourned by a son and daughter and three grandchildren, also two stepdaughters; Mrs. Eda Schwartz and family, Max, Nebraska; Carl Mundt and family, Parks, Nebraska; Mrs. Bertha Lutz and family, Parks, Nebraska, Mrs. Guy Hendrix and family, Hiawatha, Nebraska; and a number of. relatives at Crete, Lincoln and Haigler, a number of whom attended his funeral.
Funeral services were held on New Year's day at the Lutheran church, Rev. H. F. Meyer officiating. Though the weather was inclement, which kept many from attending, the filled church testified to the high esteem in which the departed was held. By his regularity in church attendance, Mr. Mundt set a fine example. He shall be missed in his accustomed place at worship. Interment was at the Benkelman cemetery where his body awaits the glorious resurrection morn. The Post joins the many friends of the family in extending heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1945
For the third time within the week, death came to Dundy county homes to claim three of its highly respected citizens, the first being T. M. Hardwick on Sunday, the second being Andres Anderson on Wednesday morning, and the third was Karl Mundt who was so suddenly summoned at four o'clock Wednesday evening.
Mr. Mundt had been in failing health for quite some time due in its entirety to a heart condition. He operated a ranch on quite a large scale and when the shortage of help developed, he carried on as best he could and the strenuous effort thus invoved was perhaps responsible in part at least to his later physical breakdown.
Last spring he consulted doctors who advised him of his condition and recommended that he retire from active work and move to town. He thereupon advertised a public sale, bought his present beautiful home in Benkelman and has resided here with his family for the past month. It had been his intention to break the monotony of retired life by still maintaining an active interest in his ranch and he drove out several times each week. Although he was a man of marked ambition with a natural love for work and accomplishment, he nevertheless held to his determination not to do anything that would tax his physical powers.
On Tuesday he was at the farm to see how the boys were getting along in cutting alfalfa but returned early in the evening. He was apparently feeling as well as usual then and talked and joked freely with the friends he met on the street, and every one Karl knew was indeed his friend for he was a splendid man. Wednesday morning he did not feel so well and advised his wife that it was his intention to rest at home all day. During the afternoon Mrs. Mundt mentioned going down town to buy groceries and he told her that if she would go after them he would rest on the davenport. The children were at home at the time and when she returned shortly afterwards and inquired as to the whereabouts of their father they said that he had only a few moments before gone into the bath room. When she called to him and received no reply, she opened the door to find him lying on the floor. A physician who was called at once said that his death had been instantaneous.
Mr. Mundt was 39 years of age and was born and reared in Dundy county and lived all , his life on the ranch which he owned when death called him. Beside the wife he is survived by three children, Patty and Jackie, 10 and 8 years of age, and one son Eugene, aged 12 years; one sister, Mrs. Ted Schwartz and two half-sisters, Mrs. Chris Lutz and Mrs. Guy Hendrix.
Funeral services had not been arranged at the time The Post went to press Thursday, pending word from relatives living at a distance but Mr. Laughlin, who is in charge of arrangements, said that it was probable that they would be held either Sunday or Monday.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1975
Blanche Viola (Stewart) Munn
Funeral services for Blanche Viola Munn will be held at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman on Thursday afternoon, October 23 at two o'clock. Interment will be in the Bird City Cemetery. Mrs. Munn passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Monday afternoon, October 20.
Mrs. Munn, the daughter of Tom A. and Mary Nelson Stewart, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 4, 1889. She was married to Lloyd Austin Munn in Aurora, Colorado on December 1, 1909.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd A.; two sons, Clyde Munn of Anchorage, Alaska and Clinton and wife Mary Lou of Benkelman and several grandchildren. Her parents and two daughters, Gladys and Loita, preceded her in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Munn were Big Timber community and Cheyenne County residents for many years. Upon retirement, they made their home in Bird City and for several years have been guests at the Hester Home in Benkelman.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 19, 2002
Clinton Stewart Munn
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
BENKELMAN -- Clinton Stewart Munn, 75, died Friday (Feb. 15, 2002) at Gulf Pointe Plaza in Rockport, Texas.
He was born December 3, 1926, to Lloyd and Blanche (Stewart) Munn on the family farm in Cheyenne County, Kan.
He graduated from Bird City High School in 1944, and in October of that year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was accepted for Naval Airman training. He served for 18 months before receiving his discharge and returning to the family farm.
On May 18, 1947, he married Mary Lou Nighswonger, at the home of the bride's parents, west of St. Francis.
He farmed his entire life on the farm where he was born and raised.
He was a member of the American Legion, the McCook Elks Lodge, and the McCook Eagles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; daughters, Nancy and husband, Bill Anderson of Blair, and Diane Malleck of Spokane, Wash.; brother, Clyde Munn of Anchorage, Alaska; and two grandsons.
Services were today at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment with military honors was in the Bird City Cemetery at Bird City.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1978
Lloyd A. Munn
Lloyd A. Munn, 89, died Thurs., March 2, 1978 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebr. He was born June 6, 1888 near McDonald, Kans. and was a lifelong resident and farmer in the Big Timber community.
Services were held for Mr. Munn on Sun., March 5, 1978 at 2:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebr.
Pastor Otto Zeilinger officiated. Organist was Gwen Bauer. Soloist, Howard Ochsner, sang the selections, "Near My God To Thee" and "Rock of Ages."
Bearers were Gene Young, Melvin Johnson, Walter Chipperfield, Albert Burkhalter, Wesley Donohue and Merle Johnson.
Honorary bearers were Alvin Loop, Glenn Boyington, William Zielke, Robert Connett, John Flemming, Floyd Pettit and Paul Ham.
Interment was in the Bird City Cemetery in Bird City, Kans.
Mr. Munn was married Dec. 1, 1909 to Blanche Stewart in Aurora, Colo.
Preceding him in death were his wife Blanche, two daughters, Gladys and Lolita, one sister, Jessie, and two brothers, Don and Leonard.
Survivors include two sons, Clinton Munn, Benkelman and Clyde Munn, Anchorage, Alaska; one sister, Helen Bickestaff, Denver; a brother, Wilden Munn of Henderson; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2008
Dennis L. Munson
PARKS - Dennis L. Munson, of Parks, Nebraska, died Monday, August 18, 2008 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 56.
He was born November 6, 1951 at Arvada, Colorado to Rhody J. and Margaret F. (Graves) Munson, and grew up in the Denver area.
He was united in marriage to Lori Cline and to this union, two sons were born, Justin and Jeremiah "Jay".
Dennis was a professional truck driver for many years, but due to failing health, was forced to retire at an early age. He enjoyed fishing, and always looked forward to spending time with his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Munson; one brother; and his stepmother, Marjorie Rife.
Survivors include his father, Rhody Munson of Benkelman, NE; sons, Justin Munson and Jay Munson both of Greeley, CO; and numerous other family members and friends.
The Munson family will gather for a private inurement at Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver, Colorado at a later date, where Dennis will be laid to rest next to his mother. No local services are planned.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Memorials may be sent to 4614 North Shenandoah Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1940
Fred Munson died in the yard of his home at Haigler last Friday evening while engaged in doing some repair work. He had not been in good health for the past year or more and had been under hospital treatment more or less at times. 'but of late weeks had been able to be up and around the house at his home more or less. When he collapsed, the family did not know if he had swooned or had passed away, but when the doctor arrived he found that death had been instantaneous and that heart failure was the cause. Funeral services were held at Haigler Sunday and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Mr. Munson had been a resident of Dundy county over a long period of years, coming here as a young man in connection with the C. E. Bruen ranch. He soon got interested in ranching on his own account and likewise became a rancher of considerable interest in the Hiawatha valley section. He later entered the pure bred livestock field and at one time was known as one of the state's foremost Hereford breeders. Later he conducted livestock sales in Benkelman and drew buyers from far away states in every direction.
But when the crash in cattle came in the early twenties, and even pure bred cattle almost completely lost their value, Mr. Munson, like dozens of other breeders, was forced to quit the field. Later he disposed of his land interests and moved to Haigler were he operated a hotel for a long time and engaged in other lines of business at different times.
Researcher note: Burial records of the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 1895 and a death date of 9-20-1940. Records also show that he was the husband of Mary Edwards.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1985
William F. Munson
William F. Munson, 81, 4343 Filbert Drive, Loveland, Colorado, died September 28 in McKee Medical Center.
He was born December 10, 1903, in Hiawatha, Nebraska, to Fredrick and Mary Elizabeth Edwards Munson. He was a farmer and never married. He was a member of the Church of Christ and came to Loveland from Nebraska in 1973.
He is survived by a sister, Vernice Jobbins of Loveland.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon David and Manfred Lee Munson.
Services were held Wednesday, October 2, at the Jones Funeral Chapel of Benkelman. Rev. Robert Sander officiated.
Ernestine Hendrickson accompanied Carol and Robert Sander with selections "In The Garden" and "Beautiful Beckoning Hands."
Bearers were Merrell Howard, Byron Little, Ray Harford, Claude Wood, Keith Wood and L.A. Barnett.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1979
Brice Blair Murphy
Brice Blair Murphy, son of Margaret and Josiah Murphy, was born in Mankato, KS, May 2, 1919. He passed away peacefully Apr. 10, 1979 at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, NE, at the age of 59 years.
He attended the Montrose, KS schools and graduated from high school in 1937 with high honors.
In the spring of 1938 Brice moved to St. Francis to work for Brad Judy on his ranch. Aug. 10, 1938 he was united in marriage to Aletha Mae Goodell at Sharon Springs and to this union one child was born; Charlene Mae.
In 1942 he and his family moved to the David S. Harvey farm in the South Fork community. There he helped take care of Aletha's grandfather. He farmed at this location until failing health in June of 1978.
Brice was a hard worker, a loving husband and father, always a man of his word and helping neighbors and friends.
He committed his life to Christ in early childhood.
Brice served 23 years as an auctioneer for the South Fork Friends Church annual auction. With his sense of humor he boosted the sale of items and loved doing it for the benefit of the church.
In 1953 Brice was initiated into the St. Francis IOOF Lodge No. 325 and was District Deputy Grand Master in 1977. He was a member of Rising Star Rebekah Lodge No. 675, Colby Encampment 137, and Colby Patriarch Militant Canton 20. Brice was elected as community ASC committeeman in 1959. He served continuously until 1970 in various positions. He served as reporter in the ASC referendum committee and in 1974 was elected to Cheyenne ASC committee and served in that capacity until his death with 17 years of service. He was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture in May of 1978 for 15 years of service. He loved drama and enjoyed his part in the St. Francis production entitled "Taming of the Shrew" directed by Louie Tappe.
Preceding his death were his parents, a half-brother and an infant sister. Sur- ...
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2007
Vivian Esther Victoria (Nelson) Murry
Vivian Esther Victoria Murry, 92, died Friday, May 25, 2007, at the Lodge Care Center in Loveland, Ohio. She was born on May 30, 1914. at Kearney, Neb., the youngest child of Nels and Emma Nelson, and was raised in a sod house.
At an early age, Vivian moved with her family to Dundy County, Nebraska, and Vivian attended school in Max, Neb. She continued her education at nursing school in Denver, Colo. After graduation, she relocated to California in 1940.
Vivian was united in marriage to Charles Murry, and this union was blessed with one adorable "toad" child, Judith Joyce.
She was a vivacious grandmother, an adoring great-grandmother and a proud aunt. She will truly be missed by her loving family, and all those who came to know her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Survivors include her daughter, Judith Affatato, of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren Francesca, Arianna, Alese, Nick and Ben; great-grandchildren Skylar, Mikaela, Will, Harry and soon-to-be Vivianne Emma; and nieces and nephews Donna, Jim, Bill and Eldon Cawthra.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2007, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Neb., with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Alese Affatato was the flutist; musical selections were "Entracte" from Carmen, Act III-- Goerges Bizet, "Sicilienne" from Pelleas et Melisande--Gabriel Faure and "Le Cygne" from The Carnival of the Animals--Camille Saint-Saens.
Services concluded at the chapel, with a private burial to take place at a later time in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2004
Eleanor Mildred Muse
Eleanor Mildred Muse, 90, formerly of Haigler, Neb., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Prairie Senior Living Complex in Colby, Kan.
She was born on June 10, 1914, in Dundy County, Neb., to Gustave and Caroline (Stute) Gall. She was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman, Neb., and later became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Haigler, where she was an active member for many years.
In 1935, Eleanor married Louise "Spot" Wheaton and to this union four children were born: Richard, who died in infancy, Tom, Rae and Pat. In 1946 they purchased the Glenwood Cafe. After Spot's passing in 1951, Eleanor continued to operate the cafe while raising three children on her own. She married George Muse in 1958, and in 1961 she closed the café. When her mother became ill, Eleanor cared for her until her passing in 1963. She then worked at various places before retiring at the age of 80. In June 2002, Eleanor moved into the Prairie Senior Living Complex, and she resided there until her passing. She celebrated her 90th birthday in 2004 surrounded by her family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two husbands; sons Richard and Tom; sisters Adaline Gall and Irene Zuege; a brother, Ralph Gall; a granddaughter, Pam Macy, and a great-grandson, Jeremiah Wheaton.
Survivors include her daughters, Rae White and husband, Leslie, of Haigler and Pat Parker and husband. Ivan, of Colby; a daughter-in-law, Caroll Wheaton; several grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; four step great great-great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Eleanor Muse were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Haigler with the Rev. Chris Farmer officiating. Kaye Kamla was the organist. Congregational hymns were "Old Rugged Cross" and "On Eagles Wings." Special selections were "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds, "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vince Gill and "I Can Only Imagine" by Jeff Carson.
Casket bearers were Adam Cooper, Keith Haskell, Marlin Crouse, Dean Cranston, Ron Kamla and Mark Kamla. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1977
George L. Muse
George L. Muse of Haigler died Monday, April 4 at the Community Hospital in Wray, Colorado. He was born August 10, 1901, to Joseph and Lillie (HaIlamack) Muse at Creston, Iowa. He was a farmer in the Haigler area. He was married to Eleanor M. Gall on June 28, 1958 in Wray, Colorado.
He is survived by his widow Eleanor of Haigler; one step-son, Tom Wheaton of LaSalle, Colorado; two step-daughters, Mrs. Leslie (Rae) White of Haigler and Mrs. Ivan (Pat) Porker of Stratton; and ten step-children.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one half-brother.
Services for Mr. Muse were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the Zion Lutheran Church in Haigler with the Rev. Otto Zielinger officiating. Interment was in the Haigler cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Researcher note: Burial records for the Haigler cemetery show a birth date of 8-10-1901 and a death date of 4-4-1977.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1939
Fannie Belle (Crow) Mutchmore
The funeral services for Mrs. Frank Mutchmore were held in the Methodist church at Benkelman on Thursday of last week, being conducted by Rev. G. A. Schwabauer, assisted by Rev. J. C. Foster. Singers were Mrs. Mason, Mrs. Schwabauer, Maurice Boswell and John Baer, with Mrs. Florence Hopkins at the piano. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Fannie Belle Crow, daughter of Anson D. and Elizabeth Crow. was born in Hannah City, Illinois, on March 16th, 1873, and died at her home north of Benkelman on May 30, 1939, aged sixty-six years, two months and fourteen days.
As a girl she moved to Max, Nebraska, with her parents in the spring of 1887 and on May 30, 1889, she was united in marriage to Frank J. Mutchmore, thus her death occurred on the exact anniversary of her fiftieth wedding day.
Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Mutchmore, as follows: Carl Elwood, who died at Liberty, Nebraska, December 1, 1930; Valeria Powell, of Max, Nebraska: Dora Isabell Foster who died in Benkelman on April 9, 1937; Loren Dale of Benkelman; Ellen Madeline of Benkelman, and two other children who died in infancy.
Those surviving her besides the children and husband are seven granddaughters, Marjorie Roderick of Beatrice; Glenna Staley, Omaha; Norma Lang, Beatrice; Treva Mutchmore, Beatrice; Ardis and Arleta Powell, Max: and Janie Delcine Foster of Benkelman, and one grandson, Roy Jay Powell, Max, and three great-granddaugters, Vernell, Marie and Judith Ann Roderick of Beatrice and Jacqueline Arm Lang of Beatrice, and two sisters, Nellie Wilkins and Kit Wiley of Max, and one brother, Budd Crow, also of Max, along with a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of trends.
As a young woman Mrs. Mutchmore became a member of the Congregational church at Liberty, Nebraska , and likewise joined the Royal Neighbors Lodge at that place.
She was a kind, thoughtful, unselfish and devoted wife and mother and a kindly generous neighbor and friend and her passing removes from the community life a woman of high character, splendid courage and tolerant and kindly vision.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1988
Dwayne Andrews Muths
Dwayne Andrews Muths, 42, passed away on October 23, 1988, at his home in Wauneta, Nebraska.
Dwayne was born June 17, 1946, to Andrew J. and Matilda (Gasper) Muths in Benkelman, Nebraska. They moved on the north divide to the Garfield community in 1952. Dwayne attended grade school at the brick school house in their community. He attended high school in Hayes Center, Nebraska, graduating in 1964. He spent four years in the Navy.
On April 17, 1971, he was united in marriage to Carol Knotwell, and to this union was born one son, Anthony.
He was preceded in death by his father, Andy Muths.
His survivors include his widow, Carol, and son, Tony; mother, Matilda Muths of Enders, Nebraska; one brother, Jerome Muths and his wife, Eleanor, of Palisade, Nebraska; five sisters, Lola Maina and husband Chuck of Las Vegas, Nevada, Delores Klima and her husband, Joe, of Bellevue, Nebraska, Lucille Klima and her husband, Tom, of Wauneta, Nebraska, Mary Harvey of Burlington, Colorado, and Betty McCallum and her husband, Clint, of Wauneta, Nebraska; a number of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held October 26, 1988, at St. John's Catholic Church in Wauneta, Nebraska, with Msgr. Jerome Murray officiating. Music was provided by Mrs. Kenneth Smith, organist, and Mrs. Bob Walgren, soloist.
Escorts were Charles Walker, Dave Fichtner, Kenneth Kolbet, Dean Fichtner, Roger Kolbet and Dennis Goings.
Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Nebraska, with Creveling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 7, 2008
James A. Mutschler
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Dec. 11, 1936 - Feb. 5, 2008
STRATTON --James A. Mutschler, 71, of Stratton, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2008), at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Dec. 11, 1936, at Geneva, Iowa to Fred and Maria (Sailer) Mutschler, and grew up in the Geneva area where he attended school.
He served in the U.S. Army and after receiving his honorable discharge began his career as a bricklayer.
He was united in marriage to Lois Afseth and lived near Cheyenne, Wyo., with his family. After his retirement in 2006, he moved to Stratton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Maria Mutschler; his wife, Lois in 2002; brothers, Elmer Mutschler, Lester Mutschler and Marvin Mutschler; and one sister, Dorothy Dohlman.
Survivors include his daughters, Deborah Erickson of Cheyenne, Wyo., Julie Hayes and husband, Robert of Carpenter, Wyo.; his son, Michael Erickson and wife, Allissa of Culbertson; sisters, Frieda Emerson of Eula City, Calif., Ann Wekurt of Iowa Falls, Iowa; brothers, Rich Mutschler of Lacrosse, Wis., Ed Mutschler of Bradford, Iowa; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial service with military honors will be Friday, 3:30 p.m., at the Weiderspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes in Cheyenne, Wyo. No local services are planned.
Condolences will reach the family at P.O. Box 293, Culbertson, NE 69024.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton, and Weiderspahn-Radomsky Chapel of Cheyenne.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2005
Grace Elizabeth (Hansen) Myer
Grace Elizabeth (Hansen) Myer, daughter of the late Nels J. and Lillie Elizabeth (Rothstein) Hansen, was born on March 27, 1915, at Benson, Neb. Grace departed this life to go home with Jesus on Oct. 11, 2005, at the Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Broomfield, Colo., at the age of 90 years, 6 months and 13 days.
Grace graduated from Elm Creek (Neb.) High School in 1933. She wanted to be a nurse and went to Omaha, Neb., to nursing school. Grace decided, after a short while, that she had had enough of nursing school saying so far they only taught her how to wash dishes and she already knew how. Grace left nursing school and went to stay at her aunt's house and worked cleaning houses until she saved enough money to be able to pay her transportation to go home at Christmas.
In 1936, while working in the Haigler, Neb., area where her parents had moved, Grace met the love of her life, Everett Ross Myer. Grace and Everett were married on Jan. 17, 1937, in Denver, Colo., and made their home in the Haigler area. To this union, three children were born: Ross, Roger and Linda.
The family made various moves but continued to live in the Haigler and Laird, Colo., areas. Grace devoted her life to being a farm wife and raising her three children. She was involved with the Laird Blue Ribbon 4-H Club and was a member of Royal Neighbors of America. She was a survivor of the stock market crash and always was a frugal saver--her belief was to work hard for what you wanted and pay for what you purchased at the time of purchase or else don't buy it.
Grace was a superb cook and always had big family dinners, especially at Thanksgiving. She could make a meal out of anything and always said there was enough for one more at the table. She fed many and made fantastic pies and delicious cinnamon rolls. After her children were grown, Grace cooked at the Laird School for several years and at Lila Clark's Café in Wray, Colo. Grace also worked at Cedardale Nursing Home in Wray, helping in the kitchen and doing dishes.
Grace was a fantastic seamstress and was happiest at her sewing machine. She loved to sew for her family and patched a zillion pair of overalls and jeans and would always say, "oh, 'twas nothing."
Grace was a very loving and devoted wife and mother. She was the biggest supporter of her children's activities and always had words of praise. Her support extended to her grandchildren, adoring them all.
Grace was very afraid of water, but she made sure her three children learned to swim. She then made sure all of her grandchildren learned to swim. She would pay for swimming lessons and many summers she spent at the Wray swimming pool with grandchildren and worked many a swim meet at the pool being a gatekeeper. Grace, herself, learned to love the water and at the age of 86 started doing warm water exercises at the WRAC. She would go early to be the first in the water!
Three years after her husband passed away, Grace moved into Wray from the farm in Laird. She loved having a yard to tend and having flowers.
Grace was a very strict Mom and Grams, but yet a very loving and gentle spirited person. Many others also called her Grams and it pleased her so. She had quite a sense of humor and displayed it often. As a wife, she was a faithful, dependable, loving companion and as a mother she was tender, loving, caring and devoted. Her hugs were the best. She set an example for her unconditional love abounded. She learned to love football from her son-in-law, Bob, and she loved to watch the Denver Broncos.
Grace was baptized as an infant and as an adult she accepted Christ and was baptized. She loved the Lord and she was a faithful servant. Grace was a member of New Life Christian Center in Eckley, Colo.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents. two brothers and her husband.
She leaves to mourn her passing son Ross Myer and daughter-in-law Caroline of Broken Arrow, Okla.; son Roger Myer of Wray; daughter Linda and son-in-law Bob Kielian of Denver; seven grandchildren, Mark Myer and Brian and Sarah Myer of Broken Arrow, Okla., Roger Dean Myer, Jr., of Chesapeake, Va., Sherry and Bobby Putnam of Denver, Sean Kielian and Shannon and Zach Kiebler of Littleton, Colo., and Samantha Kielian of Denver; five great-grandchildren: Connor, Brendan, Preston, Gracie and Hannah; sisters-in-law Velma Neville of Sterling. Colo., and Opal and LaVoine Collicott of Haigler and Grace Adams of Haigler; brother-in-law Gerald and Betty Myer of Haigler; many nieces and nephews, and a host of special friends.
Funeral services for Grace Myer were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at the New Life Christian Center in Eckley, Colo., with the Rev. Glen Kline officiating. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1984
Everett Ross Myer
Everett Ross Myer, son of the late James L. and Bertha L. Myer of Haigler, Nebraska, was born December 21, 1909, on a farm at Mt. Clare, Nebraska. He died at his home at Laird, Colorado, at 74 years and 10 days of age.
At the age of five, his parents and older sister moved to town at Red Cloud, Nebraska, where the family lived until 1918 when they moved to a farm south of Franklin, Nebraska.
Everett enjoyed the farm life at Franklin and chose to continue working there when his folks moved to a farm east of Haigler in 1929. A few years later, he came to Haigler and worked east of town where he worked for the Frank Tecker and Sons Ranch. In 1936, while working for the Tecker ranch, he met his wife-to-be, Grace Hansen. Everett and Grace were married on January 17, 1937, in Denver, Colorado, and made their home in the Haigler area. To this union, three children were born: son Ross, son Roger and daughter Linda.
The family made various moves, but continued to live in the Haigler, Nebraska, and Laird, Colorado, areas and Everett continued his love of farming until his farming retirement in 1971. After his retirement, Everett did part-time butchering and odd jobs until his death. He was an avid fisherman and loved the great outdoors and was always busy doing something. Everett was a very gentle and caring person and made friends easily wherever he went. He spent many enjoyable hours with his friends and family. Everett was a quiet man but had great strength of character. His hands were strong and yet so gentle. As a husband, he was a dependable, loving, lifetime companion who worked magic, and as a father, he was all that any man could ever be.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents.
He leaves to mourn his passing, wife Grace, son Ross and wife Caroline, grandsons Mark and Brian of Wray; son Roger and fiancee Barbara Roubideaux, granddaughter Sherry and grandson R.D. of Denver; daughter Linda and husband Bob Kielian, grandson Sean and granddaughters Shannon and Samantha of Denver.
Also remaining are his three step grandchildren-to-be David, Shenel and Tessie Roubideaux of Denver; his sister Evelyn Creach of Bird City, Kansas; brother James W. Myer of Sun Valley, Nevada; sister Velma and husband Francis Neville of Haigler; sister Opal and husband LaVoine Collicott of Haigler; sister Grace and husband Wilbur Adams of Blair and his brother Gerald and wife Betty Myer of Parks, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Everett enriched the lives of all he touched and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services. were held on Tuesday, January 3, 1984, at 2 p.m. in the Haigler Methodist Church in Haigler, Nebraska, with Rev. Harold Urton officiating.
Organist Florence Daniels accompanied soloist Audrey Tecker in the selections "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "How Great Thou Art.”
Pallbearers were Henry Engel, Marlin Stute, Hal Tecker, Frank Engel, Calvin Freehling and George Haskell.
Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April ????
Gladyce L. (Bridgman) Myers
Gladyce L Myers of Benkelman, formerly of Palisade, died at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
She was born October 23, 1909, at Burchard to George I. and Jean F. Bridgman. She was united in marriage to Don Myers March 17, 1950, at McCook.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her sister, Bonnie, and a brother, Howard.
Survivors include her husband, Don, of Benkelman; two daughters, Betty Simants, of Palisade, and Carol Thornburgh, of Sacramento, California; a son, Robert Wells of San Diego, California; a sister, Wilma (Mrs. Richard) Mares, of Alsea, Oregon; a brother, Raymond Bridgman, of Denver; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2, at the United Methodist Church in Palisade, Nebraska, with Rev. Vivian Hand officiating.
Judy Malone accompanied Gary Malone as he sang "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "How Great Thou Art" and Mildred Baxter as she sang "Jesus Loves Me."
Bearers were Bob Scott, Jack Abbuhl, Fred Krotter, Bill Smith, Bob Romine and Van Peterson. Honorary bearers were Bertha Peterson, Kenneth Sailors, Zela Kerchall, Bud McClatchey, Zora Sailors, Clark Brown, Marie Sailors and Henry Brehm.
Interment was in the Palisade Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1919
Chancie Lewis Myers
Chancie Lewis Myers was born at Hastings, Neb., September 10, 1892, and departed this life February 11, 1919, age 26 years, 5 months and 11 days, in Kansas City, Mo. He had gone there and entered an auto and tractor school, in hopes that he might make a living for his wife and baby in a more convenient way, but was only in school three days when he took sick with influenza, which resulted in his death.
He was united in marriage April 10, 1917, to Hanna Allen Green of Yuma, Colorado. To this union was born one child, Opal Clara.
Besides his wife and ten months old baby, he leaves to mourn his untimely death, his mother, Mrs. Clara Myers; two sisters, Mrs. Lewis Talman and Mrs. Richard Gerdes; three brothers, Dan, Richard and Charley, an aged grandmother, Mrs. Mary Soux, and a host of other relatives and friends. His father preceeded him to the world beyond in May, 1897. Chancie was a kind and loving husband and father and to know him was the only source of knowing his pleasantness.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Benkelman Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Paul, and the body laid to rest in the Benkelman cemetery.
The News-Chronicle joins the many friends in extending sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in this, their hour of sorrow.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1992
Donald L. Myers
BENKELMAN--Donald L. Myers, 69, died Monday, November 16, 1992, at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska.
He was born May 31, 1923, in Van Meter, Iowa, to Edgar and Edith A. (Davis) Myers.
He was a World War II veteran and a member of the American Legion John L. Sullivan Post No. 318 of Palisade, Nebraska.
On March 17, 1950, he married Gladyce L. Bridgeman at McCook, Nebraska. She died in 1983.
He was a former soil conservation service employee in Dundy County and Lexington. and enjoyed fishing.
Also preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Raleigh.
Survivors include a stepson, Robert Wills, of Aquanga, California; 2 stepdaughters, Betty Simants of Palisade and Carol Wurzer of Grass Valley, California; a brother, Carl Myers, of Apple Valley, California; a sister, Rowene Manley, of McCook; 9 stepgrandchildren and 14 step great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 20, at the Palisade United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Anderson officiating.
Organist was Irene Modrell and Lisa Rotter sang “Whispering Hope" and "Peace In The Valley."
Bearers were Marvin Haines, Bill Lawless, Eddie Watt, Harry Petsch, Jack Abbuhl and Byron Ham.
Burial was in the Palisade Cemetery with military committal by American Legion John L. Sullivan Post No. 318 of Palisade.
Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1991
Willis “Bill” Myers
HAMLET--Willis Myers, known as Bill by those who loved him, was born January 24, 1912, in Sutton, Nebraska, to Jesse and Anna (Pfister) Myers. Bill, the eldest of four children, died Tuesday, January 29, 1991, at the Downs Nursing Center in Downs, Kansas, at the age of 79 years and 4 days.
Bill grew up on a farm north of Stratton, Nebraska, attending school in Hamlet, Nebraska. He met Lucille McAllister in Hamlet, and they were united in marriage on November 6, 1934. To this union four children were born: Sharon Kay, Marian Gay, William Jay and Mindy Jo.
Bill worked in various capacities throughout his life--gas stations, highway and earthen dam construction, farming and ranching. These various occupations took him from many areas of southern Nebraska to north central Kansas.
Following the death of his wife, Lucy, in 1974, Bill retired to Downs where he lived until his death.
He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. working with livestock, playing baseball and bowling. His family spent many hours at ball games cheering him on.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers. Homer "Rusty” and Charles; his sister, Ruth, and his wife, Lucy.
Survivors include his children: Kay and her husband, Dick Thompson, of rural Orleans, Nebraska, Marian and her husband, Ed Sisson, of Grand Island, Nebraska, Bill and his wife, Deanna Myers, of Downs and Mindy and her husband, Bob Hartman, of Buffalo, Wyoming; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and four who he loved like brothers; Gene, Bob, Tate and John Lockett and their families of Rockford, Illinois.
Services were held Friday, February 1, 1991, at 2 p.m. at the Hamlet Union Church with the Rev. Dennis Gordon officiating. Musicians were Ivan and Delores Fleming. Selections were "In The Garden" and “The Old Rugged Cross."
Bearers were Michael Sisson, Ronald Sisson, Jay A. Myers, Kent Thompson, Kirt Thompson, Bill Garner, Gregory Hartman and Jeffrey Hartman.
Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta. Nebraska, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc.. of Stratton.
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