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Maddox, Allan Rae McCoy, Charles Miller (Williams), Norma Laverna
Maddox, Lynn Allen McCoy, Gene Miller (Wirt), Grace A
Maddox, Terrell R McCoy, Harry Arthur Miller (Wollam), Hazel Edna
Magnani (Kahler), Mary Ann McCoy, Oliver Gailen Miller, Allan Eugene
Magnani (Pettit), Anna Laura McCoy, William V Miller, Alonzo L
Magnani, Gerald Wayne McCrumb, Jerry Dean Miller, Bruce
Magnani, Ray McCuiston Tucker (Straub), Lucille Lavera Miller, Charles Christ
Magnani, Sheridan R McCullough, Charles Franklin Miller, Eugene
Mahan, Cody Alan McCullough, Leo James 'Shorty' Miller, Eugene William
Mahar (Sailors), Rose Marie 'Peg' McCune (Thompson), Leah Donna Miller, Gail Loyd 'Jack'
Mahar, Everett K. 'Babe' McCune, Dwight Keith 'Tiny' Miller, Gustaf Emil
Mahar, Michael E McDermott, John P Miller, Howard J
Mahon (Carlock), Lillian E McDermott, Lawrence C. 'Mac' Miller, John Burton
Mahon (Jennings), Gladys Elizabeth McDonald (Bierhuas), Agnes Helen Miller, Kenneth Ward
Mahon, Benjamin O McDonald (Dolan), Frances C Miller, Leonard
Mahon, George Glen McDonald (Harder), Elma Ethel Miller, Levi E
Mahon, William H McDonald (Headrick), Joyce Beverly Miller, Loren Gail
Main (Steele), Beryl Ruth McDonald (Ketler), Mazie Laura Miller, Oscar Edward
Main, Guy V McDonald (Lenhart), Flora 'Flo' Miller, Raymond A.
Main, Johnny McDonald (O'Neall), Mary Eliza 'Mayme' Miller, Roy O
Main, Orval Jay McDonald, Charley Marvin Miller, Vernon M
Major (Hanson), Naoma A McDonald, Donald Miller, Wallace Eli
Malm, Emil A McDonald, Elmer W. 'Jeff' Miller, Warren Stewart
Malm, Raymond L McDonald, John Alexander 'J.A.' Miller, Willard Levi
Maloney (Dunn), Leta Ethel McDonald, John Arden Miller, William
Manley (Blecha), Lila I McDonald, Kenneth W Milliken, John Thomas
Mann (Ham), Vernelle Grace McDonald, Lawrence Kenneth 'Mac' Mills (Boyles), Leafa Civilla
Mann, Claude L McDowell (Morehouse), Zona Blanche Mills, George Ferran
Mann, Harden Ellsworth McDowell, William Douglas Mills, Raymond F. 'Rusty'
Mann, Kenneth Ray McEvoy (Ewing), Ann Ewing Mindt (Goodwin), Wanda Goodwin, Dr
Mann, Melvin Roy McEvoy (Lavell), Lodema 'Dee' Mintling, Betty M
Mann, Orville L McEvoy (Moran), Ann Mintling, Betty M.
Manning (Admire), Pearl Elizabeth McEvoy (Sparks), Doris Leora Beatrice Minton (Miller), Frances Dorothy
Manning (Green), Alice Josephine McEvoy (VanRiper), Geraldine G. 'Jerry' Minton, Alvah Hubert
Manning (Weakline), Anna Bell McEvoy, Claudia G Minton, Calvin Edward
Manning (Wilson), Mary Jo McEvoy, James T Minton, Melvin
Manning, Charles Edgar McEvoy, John D. 'Jack' Modrell (Halley), Mabel
Manning, Gerald V McEvoy, John Francis Modrell, Howard Mildord
Manning, Lucius Lemmuel 'Lute' McEvoy, John Murdock Moffitt (Lavell), Carol L. 'Renie'
Manning, Willis Stewart McEvoy, Lizzie Mohler, William C
Manso, Jay McEvoy, Robert K Monaghan, James E. Dr
Maranville (O'Brien), Eleanor K McEvoy, Samuel Patrick Mong, Silda E
Maranville (Porter), Nellie Beryl McEvoy, Willie Montgomery (Wilkinson), Lecil
Maranville, Henry Calvin 'Cad' McFadden, Esther S Montgomery, Jack
Maranville, Joseph B McFarland (Nickel), Gertrude Eliza Montini (Palmer), Patricia K
Maranville, Loyd Edwin McGaughey (Pratt), Floy V Mook (Walsh), Eleanor
Maranville, Theodore Eli 'Ted' McGilvery, Arthur Moon, Lucinda Ida
Marble (Dixon), Virginia Mae McGinley, Harry John Moore (Stroup), Harriett Loretta
Maring, Moses Leonard McGlashan (Dunham), Abigail J Moore, Eric 'Trotter'
Maris (Bohlke), Mildred Caroline Anna McGlashan (Dunham), Abigail Janett Moores, Archie Lester
Maris (Dicke), Della S McGlashan (Richard), Gladys Abbie Moores, William
Maris, Devon Dean McGlashan, Ward LeRoy Moreau, Ivan Clinton
Maris, Floyd McGonagle, Clark Moreau, Michael James
Maris, Redfield (Lorance), Myrtle Margretta McGraw, Sarah Morehouse (Chipperfield), Marguerite Gertrude
Markle (Morrison), Eva McGuire (Krutsinger), Wanda Mae Morehouse, George Albert, Dr
Marks, Yale D McIntire (Yost), La Vina Tena Morehouse, John Ephriam
Marley, Wayne McIntire, Robert 'Bob' Moreland (Barnes), Darlean R
Marlin (Teeter), Lottie Lorene McKain, Lewis Roy Morford, Glen O. Rev
Marlin, Joseph Raymond McKay, Hugh James Morris (Benge), D. Joyce
Marling (Holden), Harriet E. 'Rev.' McKenzie, Gwendolyn Mae  (Jorgenson) Morris (Halsey), Martha
Marquardt, Leo Earnest McKenzie, Hartley C. 'Mac' Morris (Lemon), Mrs. Burl
Marquardt, Oscar Elis McKillip, William J Morris, Agatha Opal 'Gay'
Marquis (Brannan), Hazel Maxine McKinney (Petty), Bessie Fay Morris, Bob
Marquis, Jay C McKinney, Dwight Edmond Morris, Burl Montie 'Jim'
Marquissee (Ritchie), Olive Lee McLaughlin (Greene), Helen Morris, Cecil O
Marr, Karen McNaught (Polak), Anna Louise Morris, Cody
Marran, Royce McNaught, Clinton Ward Morris, Edward Eugene
Marranta, Conrad J. 'Rev' McNaught, George Washington Morris, Fred W
Marshall, Bennett McNeal (Barker), Jean Mardelle Morris, Oliver W. 'Sonny'
Martell, Earl Arthur McNeill (Henkel), Arvesta Morris, Paul Fred
Martin (Dutton), Marjorie Evelyn McVey (Bryan), Fay Lenoia Morrison (Berger), Leota P
Martin (Enevoldsen), Fern Mae McVey (Stalker), Lillian Heather 'Pat' Morrison (Cunningham), Lula Earlene
Martin (Erwin), Ruth E McVey, Ray N Morrison (Richard), Olive Mae
Martin (Lamb), Helen McVey, William D Morrison (Swanson), Mable Matilda
Martin (Perkins), Martha Elizabeth 'Martye' McVey, William Wayne Morrison (West), Lelia Amanda
Martin James E Mears (Lavell), Winnie Myrtle Morrison, Ashby Lee
Martin, Bennie E Mears, (Spaulding), Ivalee Margaret Morrison, Charles A.
Martin, Francis Marian 'Pep' Mears, Alfred Andres Morrison, George Arthur
Martin, Harry P Mears, Gene Alfred Morrison, Howard William
Martin, John Edward 'Jack' Mears, Kevin Morrison, John
Martin, Lynn W. Jr Mears, Norman Lavell Morrison, Orville
Martin, Lynn Wesley Medlock, Earl W Morrison, Wilfred Orvis
Martin, Melvin C Meguire (Foster), Margaret N Morrison, William John
Martin, Thomas Dudley Meguire (Foster), Margaret Neoma Morton, Gary Kenneth, Dr
Martin, Wilda Meguire (Jones), Katie M Morton, Victor Odell
Martin, William Dudley Meguire (Lowe), Ella Marie Moser (Bond), Bernice
Martin, Willis W. Sr Meguire, George Henry 'Hank' Moser (Harper), Gladys Nellie
Martinez (Bash), Brenda Kay Meguire, William A Moser, Gottlieb Gene
Mason (Wakefield), Alice Meinen (Potthoff), Phyllis Ann Moser, Gottlieb 'Gene'
Matchett, Frank Melchert (Bauerle), Anna A Moses (Campbell), Louise D
Matchett, Scottie Mendenhall (Dean), Vera Darlene Moses, Evan J. 'Bud'
Matchett, Veda Elizabeth Mendenhall (Grams), Lydia G Mosher (Daum), Rachel Margaret
Mather, James Allen 'Jim' Mendenhall, Joseph Lauren, Jr Mosher, James Francis
Mathews (Nelson), Florence Ida Mendenhall, Kenneth D Mosier (Robbins), Ruby Belle
Mathews (Strobridge), Edna May Menge (Hackler), Ada Mariea Mosier, Cecil Elery
Mathews (Williams), Inez Mary Kate Menge, John David Mosier, John Otis
Mathews, Bernard H. 'Matt' Menge, Maurice Eugene 'Gene' Mosier, Wesley Lowell
Mathews, Clifford Ira Menge, Robert E Moss (Blair), Rose Estella
Mathews, John Ira Merklin (Dickinson), Anna M Mossburgh (Doak), Margaret Mae
Mathews, Joseph Merklin (Osborn), Manila Alfreda Mossburgh, Loren K
Mathews, Loyal LeRoy Merklin (Penn), Violet Anna Mossburgh, Nancy Lea
Mathews, Roy Thomas Merklin (Reynolds), Estella J Mossburgh, William O
Mathews, Willard Henry Merklin (Sambor), Rachel Mosser, John C
Matson (Ransom), Hazel Almira Merklin (Schrader), Linda Kay Mosser, John III
Matteson (Pettit), Anna Bell Merklin (Wolbach), Arlene G Mosser, Melissa R
Matteson, Clarence Z Merklin, Cecil Mowery (Rosenfelt), Fay Ann
Matthews, J. Bruce, Rev Merklin, David O. II Mowery, Jesse
Mattocks (Roemmich), Pauline Merklin, Howard Raymond Mueller, Iron Henry 'Dutch'
Maupin (Clark), Evoi Elizabeth 'Bette' Merklin, Mabel E Muirhead (Tavenner), Bethel
Maupin, Jackson Merklin, Robert Henry Mullanix (Nordhausen), Elvera L
Maxwell (Johnson), Margaret Merklin, Willard Ross Mullanix (Shrum), Margaret Lola
Maxwell (Roberts), Shirley L Merklin, William Stanley 'Bill' Mullanix, Beverly C
Maxwell (Russell), Hannah J Merklin,Donovan Albert Mullanix, Charles G. 'Curly'
Maxwell, James L. 'Jim' Merrihew (Burk), Shirley Mullanix, Debbie Sue
Maxwell, Marion S Merrill (Main), Anna Marie Mullanix, Glen A
Mayfield (Harper), Velma P Merrill, Floyd E Mullanix, Jimmy L
Mays (Brown), Sallie Metcalf, George Stephen Muller (Williams), Bonnie J
McAdams (Kamla), Berdean Margaret Mettauer (Cook), Mary Eleanor Mulvany (Nelson), Mabel Annie
McAdams, Cecil Lee Meyer (Irish), Gwendolyn L Mulvany, Theodore 'Ted' Roosevelt
McAllister (Minton), Lucille Sara Meyers (Loomis), Helen E Mulvany, Waunetta Bell
McAllister, Benjamin F. 'Ben' Micek, John W Mundt (Cline), Geraldine Martha
McAllister, Benjamin Franklin Michels, William Mundt, Arlo Eugene
McAllister, James Albert Middleswart (Foster), Grace Marie Mundt, John Carl Frederick
McAllister, Leona May Middleswart, Robert L Mundt, Karl
McArtey, A. M Miles (Ross), Marjorie Clarissa Munn (Stewart), Blanche Viola
McArthur, John 'Dean' Miles, Eroll R Munn, Clinton Stewart
McBride (Kitt), Clara Fern Miles, F. Noris Munn, Clyde William 'Skeet'
McBride, Charles Hugh Miller (Andrews), Alta Marie Munn, Lloyd A
McBride, James Edward Miller (Bishop), M. Ilene Munson, Dennis L
McBride, John Andrew Miller (Cannon), Ellen C Munson, Fred
McBride, Robert George Miller (Caster), Pauline Munson, William F
McBride, William Miller (Clegg), Anna Murphy, Brice Blair
McCann, Anthony Howard Miller (Cole), Ada Gertrude Murry (Nelson), Vivian Esther Victoria
McCartney (Phillips), Loraine Avis Miller (Douthit), Edith Lisetta Muse (Gall), Eleanor Mildred
McCarville, Dennis Fredrick Miller (Eckhart), Katherine Muse, George L
McClain, James Henry Miller (Freehling), Garnet Mutchmore (Crow), Fannie Belle
McClain, John Uyless Miller (Harmon), Christine Michelle Muths, Dwayne Andrews
McCollam, Owen Miller (Hester), Joy Geneva Mutschler, James A
McCorkle, Clarence Miller (Jones), Barbara Marie Myer (Hansen), Grace Elizabeth
McCorkle, Joseph L Miller (Joseph), Susan Belle Myer, Everett Ross
McCorkle, Lewis L Miller (Merklin), Frances Nadine Myers (Bridgman), Gladyce L
McCormick (Singley), Rena Myrtle Miller (Osborn), Delena Lydia Myers, Chancie Lewis
McCormick, Earl Johnson Miller (Teeter), Nellie Alice Myers, Donald L
McCoy (Stoutsenberger), Ida Bell Miller (Thim), Kathryn Myers, Willis 'Bill'

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1997

James "Jim" L. Maxwell

LITTLETON, Colo.– James "Jim" L. Maxwell, a resident of Littleton, Colo., died Thursday, March 6, 1997, in Denver, Colo.

Jim, as he was known to family and friends, was born Nov. 24, 1910, to Lee and Hannah J. Maxwell at Warwick, Kan. They moved to the Stratton, Neb., area when Jim was quite young. He grew to manhood in the Stratton and Max, Neb., area. He graduated from Max High School with the Class of 1929.

Jim married Margaret Johnson on June 30, 1932. To this union seven children were born: Delores McGinnis, James N., Beverley Murphy, Sharon Schubauer, Rosemary Maxwell, George Lee and Kathryn Swanson, all of whom are still living.

Jim and Margaret moved to the Littleton area around 1952 where they spent the remainder of his life. Jim worked various jobs until poor health forced him into retirement.

Jim and Margaret enjoyed traveling. He also enjoyed his garden and yard work. He went fishing when possible. His family and friends were his pride and joy.

In addition to his wife and family, Jim leaves to mourn his passing sisters Ruth and her husband, Clyde Brown, Jean and her husband, Carl Stute, and Doris and her husband, Robert Williams; a brother, Robert "Bob" and his wife, Iris Maxwell; sisters-in-law Muriel Cunningham, Dorothy Burnsides and Georgia Nelson; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren plus a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sisters, Anna (in infancy), Opal Gallatin and Marjorie Bailey, and a brother, Marion.

A family memorial was held Sunday, March 9, 1996. Inurnment will be on Mt. Undo, Colo.

Correspondence will reach the family at: Margaret Maxwell, 6317 S. Louthan, Littleton, CO 80120.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1976

Marion S. Maxwell

Marion S. Maxwell passed away January 16, 1976 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lee Maxwell; born September 19, 1918 at Stratton, Nebraska.

Marion grew to manhood in the Stratton vicinity, graduating from the Stratton High School. He enlisted in the Navy in August 1940, serving 20 years in World War II and Korean Conflict. He received his medical discharge as Chief Petty Officer.

On January 13, 1948 he was married to Eveacdia Anevianuba in Shanghai, China, known to Marion's family and friends as Olga.

Marion was transferred to the states and stationed at Pensacola, Florida.

After living several years in San Diego, he received his medical discharge. He was custodian in the San Diego Unified School District for nine years, retiring because of illness.

Marion leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Olga; five sisters, Opal, Marjorie. Ruth, Jean and Doris; two brothers, Jim and Bob, He was preceded in death by parents and baby sister.

Services were held at the Greenwood Mortuary January 20, 1976 at 10:00 a.m. Chaplain Harvey Lilly officiated. Entombment was in the Greenwood Mausoleum, San Diego, California.

Those attending service from Nebraska and Colorado were Ruth, Marjorie, Jean, Doris and Jim.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1997

Velma P. (Harper) Mayfield

GOWER, Mo. — Velma P. (Harper) Mayfield, formerly of McDonald, Kan., died Saturday (Feb. 8, 1997) at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower, Mo. She was 89 years old.

She was born March 31, 1907, in rural Rawlins County, Kan., to Elmer Clarence and Bessie Jane (Hatch) Harper.

On June 26, 1929, she married Leonard E. Mayfield at St. Francis, Kan. She worked as a homemaker and a school teacher in the Rawlins County area for many years. She lived on a farm south of Beardsley, Kan., until her husband's death on March 15, 1982. She then moved to Missouri.

She was a member of the Kansas Teacher's Association and attended the First Christian Church of Atwood.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Lloyd E. Mayfield, and an infant sister.

Survivors include her daughter, Elaine Stubbs and husband, Lawrence, of Edgerton, Mo.; her son, Harold Leonard Mayfield of Goodland, Kan.; her sisters, Vera B. Kacirek and husband, Laddie, of McDonald and Leola B. Campbell-Jakel and husband, Henry, of Boulder, Colo.; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Brantley Funeral Chapel in Atwood with the Rev. Kirk Smethers officiating. Burial will be in the Atwood Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to service time at Brantley Funeral Home in Atwood. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

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

Brantley Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 2001

Sallie (Brown) Mays

OGALLALA — Sallie (Brown) Mays, age 77, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away Sunday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2001, at Indian Hills Manor.

Sallie was born on April 18, 1923, at her parents' homestead south of Chivington, Colo., the daughter of John and Valle (Root) Brown. She grew up and attended school in Chivington, graduating from Chivington High School in 1941.

Sallie married Johnny Mays on Dec. 31, 1941, at the Methodist Church parsonage in Tribune, Kan. To this union three sons were born: John Dean, Warren and Dwayne. The couple made their home in Chivington while Johnny worked for the railroad until the following year when Johnny was drafted into the Army for active military duty.

Sallie remained in Chivington arid lived with her parents until Johnny returned home in October 1945.

They continued to make their home in Chivington with Johnny working for himself and doing day work for local ranches until 1953 when they leased the Harrison Ranch, east of Chivington. In 1964 the couple, along with their family, purchased a ranch and farm south of Benkelman, Neb. Sallie and Johnny made their home there until 1997 when they retired and moved to Ogallala.

Sallie was a very dedicated wife and mother, working alongside her husband every day, be it calving out cows, putting up hay, helping in the harvest fields, maintaining a huge garden every summer and at the same time cooking three meals a day at 6 a.m., noon and 6p.m. and usually not a minute late.

Sallie received Christ as her personal Savior as a young teenager and remained faithful to him for the remainder of her life on earth. She grew up in the Assembly of God Church, and after her marriage was a member of the Friends Church until her death. After moving to Ogallala she attended the Faith Evangelical Free Church. Sallie taught Sunday school for many years and shared Christ whenever she had the opportunity. She would go the extra mile to help people in need.

Sallies hobbies included gardening, cooking and quilting. She made a quilt for each of her grandchildren. She was a member of the Big Timber Stitch & Chat Club. Sallie enjoyed running and was very active doing so until late in her 60s.

Her parents, sister Floy Mays and grandson Michael Mays preceded her in death.

 
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Johnny Mays of Ogallala; their sons and daughters-in-law; John Dean and Bonnie Mays of Denver, Colo., Warren and Marcia Mays of Big Springs, Neb., and Dwayne and Vanessa Mays of Ogallala; her brothers and wives; Tom and Lorraine Brown of Newark, Calif., and Wesley and Harriette Brown and Van and Mary Ann Brown of Eads, Colo.; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many lifelong friends.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at the Faith Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Eric Wait officiating.

Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery. Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1994

Berdean Margaret (Kamla) McAdams

SANDY, Utah-- Berdean Margaret (Kamla) McAdams was born June 13, 1921, in Cheyenne County, St. Francis, Kansas, to John and Bertha Kamla. She died October 25, 1994.

On July 14, 1949, she married Cecil Lee McAdams in Haigler, Nebraska. He preceded her in death. She was active in the Lutheran Church and enjoyed numerous hobbies.

She is survived by her children, Eileen and her husband Kent Kirkwood, John and his wife, Barbara McAdams, Larry and his wife, Vicki McAdams, Lela Christensen and Sherri McAdams; her grandchildren, Craig, Kamille, Tracy, Margaret, Rebecca, Kim and John Jr. ; a sister, Beth Leonard, and many friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 28, 1994, at 11 a.m. at Goff Mortuary. Interment was in Larkin Sunset Gardens.

Correspondence will reach the family addressed to her daughters, Lela Christensen and Sherri McAdams, 192 E. 9000 S., Sandy, UT 84070.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1989

Cecil Lee McAdams

Funeral services were held for Cecil Lee McAdams of Sandy, Utah, on October 29, 1989, in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sandy, with burial in Larkin Sunset Gardens.

He was born October 24, 1918, in Sherman County, Kansas, to Sheldon A. and Addie Ray (Thompson) McAdams, and died October 27, 1989.

He served during World War II from 1942 through 1945 in the medical unit of the U.S. Air Force.

He was married on July 14, 1949, to Berdean Margaret Kamla in Haigler, Nebraska.

He was employed throughout his life as a farmer, construction worker and truck driver.

He served his Lord faithfully as a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Churchin Sandy, Utah.

Cecil McAdams is survived by his wife, Berdean; children, Eileen Kirkwood and husband, Kent, John L. McAdams and wife, Barbara, Larry D. McAdams and wife, Vicki, Lela M. Christensen and Sherri McAdams; grandchildren, Craig Davis, Camille Christensen, John McAdams Jr., Margaret McAdams and Rebecca McAdams; a sister, Anna Reed, and her husband, Virgil, and many friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1981

Lucille Sara (Minton) McAllister

Lucille Sara (Minton) McAllister died June 30, 1981 at LaCenter, Washington.

Lucille was born October 17, 1901 to Calvin and Leah (Good) Minton.

She was born and grew up close to Haigler and received her elementary education there, attending High School in Benkelman, Nebr.

She met James Albert Phinney McAllister and they were married July 5, 1917 at Wray, Colo.

To this union were born four children: Marguerite Forch of Stratton, Nebr., James Loren of Denver, Colo.; Elsie Gauger of Wauneta, Nebr.; and Roger David of LaCenter, Washington.

She had 15 grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. James and Lucille were members of the original Pleasant Valley Church.

Those who preceded her in death were her parents; her husband Bert; three sisters,
Thelma Belle Stockham of Sedgwick, Colo.; Olivia Evans of Medford, Ore.; and a half-sister Laura; two half-brothers, William and Alvah Minton, and a grandson Bill McAllister.

Lucille was always an active person. She was a midwife when she was younger. Nursing was always her goal, and when she was widowed at 45 years of age she took up nurse's training, was graduated as an LPN and nursed the rest of her life.

She retired twice, once to write a book, but was bored with the average person's life so always went back to nursing. She worked right up to the day she died. She had come home from work, gotten the mail, and went over to visit the neighbors and suffered a fatal heart-attack.

Lucille would have been 80 years old on October 17th.  She planned to come home in August to celebrate her birthday in Haigler where she was born.

Her great-grandson Larry Forch was soloist accompanied by Kathy Goodenberger.

Survivors are: daughters Elsie (Shorty) Gauger of Wauneta, Nebr.; Marguerite (Robert Sr.) Forch of Stratton, Nebr, ; sons James (Viola ) of Denver, Colo.; and David of LaCenter, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her children and their spouses; also the many grandchildren and great grandchildren, friends and neighbors.

 
Services were held Wednesday, July 8, 1981 at 9:00 a.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebr. The Rev. Robert Sander officiated.

Kathy Goodenberger, organist, accompanied Larry Forch, Jr., in singing "Beyond the Sunset" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere".

Bearers were Paul J. Forch, Jimmie McAllister, Dale McAllister, Robert Forch, Jr., Larry Forch, and David Forch.

Interment was in Parks Cemetery, Parks, Nebr. Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Benkelman, Nebr. was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2008

Benjamin F. “Ben” McAllister

Former Hastings resident Benjamin F. “Ben” McAllister, 67, of Haven Home, Kenesaw, Nebraska. died Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Nebraska.

Services were held Saturday, August 16, 2008, 10:00 a.m. at Butler-Volland Chapel with Rev. Steve Markle officiating. Burial was also on Saturday, August 16, 2008, 3:30 p.m. mountain standard time in Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Nebraska. Memorials may be given to the family. Condolences may be sent to www.1bvfh.com. Livingston- Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Ben was born August 14, 1940 in Sidney, Nebraska to Benjamin F. Sr. & Grace J. (Wetherby) McAllister. He graduated from Chase County High School, Imperial, Nebraska and received his teaching certificate from McCook College, McCook, Nebraska. On October 2, 1960, he married Darla Eaton in Imperial and they later divorced in 2003. He taught in rural schools in western Nebraska from 1961 to 1972. In 1972, they moved from Champion, Nebraska to Hastings where he worked for Kerrco Plastics and Hansen Building Specialties and later retired from Hastings Senior High School from the custodial department. He was active in Boy Scouts and enjoyed hunting with his father in his early years. He was a former member of Vintage & Classic Wheels of Grand Island.

Mr. McAllister was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Survivors include: Daughters & Sons-in-law: Deb & Brent Littrel, Hastings, NE; Deena & Don Burbach Hastings, NE; Duanna & Jim Aulrich, Hastings, NE. His son, DeLynn McAllister, Parker. CO. Grandchildren, Seth & Tanner Littrel; Daesha, Jasmine, Leah., Heiden, Selena & Corbin Burbach, Jordan &, Kirsten Hargis & Jacynda AuIrich; Kaitlyn & Taylor McAllister, sister-in-law & spouse; Betty & Don Brown, Parks, NE. Several other special family members and friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2008

Benjamin F. “Ben” McAllister

Former Hastings resident Benjamin F. “Ben” McAllister, 67, of Haven Home, Kenesaw, Nebraska. died Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Nebraska.

Services were held Saturday, August 16, 2008, 10:00 a.m. at Butler-Volland Chapel with Rev. Steve Markle officiating. Burial was also on Saturday, August 16, 2008, 3:30 p.m. mountain standard time in Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Nebraska. Memorials may be given to the family. Condolences may be sent to www.1bvfh.com. Livingston- Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Ben was born August 14, 1940 in Sidney, Nebraska to Benjamin F. Sr. & Grace J. (Wetherby) McAllister. He graduated from Chase County High School, Imperial, Nebraska and received his teaching certificate from McCook College, McCook, Nebraska. On October 2, 1960, he married Darla Eaton in Imperial and they later divorced in 2003. He taught in rural schools in western Nebraska from 1961 to 1972. In 1972, they moved from Champion, Nebraska to Hastings where he worked for Kerrco Plastics and Hansen Building Specialties and later retired from Hastings Senior High School from the custodial department. He was active in Boy Scouts and enjoyed hunting with his father in his early years. He was a former member of Vintage & Classic Wheels of Grand Island.

Mr. McAllister was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Survivors include: Daughters & Sons-in-law: Deb & Brent Littrel, Hastings, NE; Deena & Don Burbach Hastings, NE; Duanna & Jim Aulrich, Hastings, NE. His son, DeLynn McAllister, Parker. CO. Grandchildren, Seth & Tanner Littrel; Daesha, Jasmine, Leah., Heiden, Selena & Corbin Burbach, Jordan &, Kirsten Hargis & Jacynda AuIrich; Kaitlyn & Taylor McAllister, sister-in-law & spouse; Betty & Don Brown, Parks, NE. Several other special family members and friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1931

A. M. McArtey

The first of last week Mrs. George Powell was called from her daughter’s at Haigler to Lebanon, NE., to attend the funeral of her brother, A. M. McCartey.

Mr. McCartey was at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.  He underwent an operation for acute appendicitis a few weeks before.  He showed good improvements until the last few days.  He died of an abscess in one lung.

Many here knew Mr. McCartey as he at one time operated the Benkelman Café here. He also sold pop here from his McCook Bottling Works.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1986

Clara Fern (Kitt) McBride

Clara Fern Kitt, daughter of Sarah L. and John C. Kitt, was born August 4, 1897, in Dundy County, Nebraska. She passed away on September 29, 1986, at the age of 89 years, 1 month and 25 days.

Clara spent her entire life in the Wauneta area, with the exception of 11 years in Brush, Colorado, and 14 years near Stratton, Nebraska.

On October 1, 1919, she was united in marriage to Charles Hugh McBride and from this union two daughters were born, Donna and Norma.

Clara lived a full life and had been blessed with good health and the ability to care for herself up until the last few weeks of her life.

Throughout her life, it was her family, her music and her church that meant the most to her. In her later years she found great comfort and joy in her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those preceding her in death were her husband, Charles, her father and mother, six brothers and one sister.

Clara will be missed and remembered by her two daughters and their husbands, Leo and Donna Williams of Benkelman and Ivan and Norma Denker of Wauneta; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Vearl Kitt, and many other friends and relatives.

Memorial services were held October 2, 1986, at the Wauneta Methodist Church with Rev. Randal Smith officiating. Lucille McBride and Mike Kitt provided beautiful music throughout the service.

Escorts were Clara's grandsons, Jack Hunt, Rex Hunt, Allan Kuenning, Dennis Hohnholt, Jon Hohnholt and Jim Hohnholt.

Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery of Wauneta, Nebraska, under the direction of the Creveling Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1972?

Charles Hugh McBride

Charles Hugh McBride, son of William and Elizabeth Grose McBride, was born in Dundy county, Nebraska, June 10, 1894 and passed away at his home in Wauneta on November 25th, at the age of 78 years, five months, and 15 days. 

Charlie, as he was called by all who knew him, spent his entire life in the Wauneta area, with the exception of 11 years in Brush, Colorado, and 14 years near Stratton.

On October 1, 1919, he was united in marriage to Clara Kitt. To this union two daughters were born, Donna and Norma.

Charlie had been in poor health for several years and he had surgery in Denver in September from which he never fully recovered. He was never one to complain.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Clara; two daughters, Donna Hunt of Wauneta and Norma Lee of Longmont, Colorado; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren whom he enjoyed so very much. Also, two brothers remain, George of Gering, Nebraska, and Earl of Ogallala, Nebraska; three sisters, Alvina Buffington of Wauneta, Beulah Heye and Viola Gardner of Denver.

Preceding him in death were his father and mother, two brothers and two sisters.

One of Charlie's last requests was for Paul Kitt to sing "Far Away Places" and that his grandsons be pall-bearers.

Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Wauneta at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 28th with the Rev. T. J. Fraser officiating. The singers were Paul, John and Rodney Kitt and Rodney Heldenbrand, accompanied by Mrs. Virginia Fraser at the organ. Pallbearers were Jack Hunt, Rex Hunt, Dennis Hohnholt, Allan Kuenning, Jon Hohnholt, Barry Mintling and Jim Hohnholt. Interment was in Riverside cemetery in Wauneta under the direction of the Brunkho


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1986

James Edward McBride

James Edward McBride passed away at his home April 26, 1986, at the age of 79 years and 5 months.

Jim was born November 11, 1906, to George and Mahala McBride in a sod house on the family homestead in Dundy County. He grew to manhood in the Wauneta area and attended District 17 rural school.

In 1928 he was united in marriage to Edna Buffington who preceded him in death in 1936. To this union were born two children, infant James Stanley, who died shortly after birth, and Mary Ellen.

In 1938 he was married to Elzie M. Cline in Colorado Springs who preceded him in death in 1968. They made their home in the Wauneta area. To this union four children were born: Harvey G. (Bud); Jerald L ; Nancy D.; and Jacqueline E.

Jim was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and held several offices in that organization.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ben and Robert, and his sisters, Mary and Louisa.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his sons, Harvey and Jerald, of Wauneta; his daughters, Mary Budnella of Colorado Springs, Nancy Leroux of Byers, Colorado, and Jacqueline McBride of Bennett, Colorado; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his brother, Walter, of Humansville, Missouri; his sister, Nellie Jeffers, of North Platte; and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held April 29, 1986, at 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta, Nebraska, with Reverend Lisle Mewmaw officiating.

Michael Kitt, organist, accompanied Mrs. Robert Walgren, soloist, with the selections, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."

Escorts were Kent Doetker, Alan Nordhausen, Dale Bischoff, Gary Nordhausen, Mick Brunkhorst, and Monte Nordhausen.

Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta, Nebraska, with Creveling Funeral Home LTD. in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1939

John Andrew McBride

John Andrew McBride, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McBride, was born at the farm home southwest of Wauneta, Nebraska, on September 7, 1900, where he grew to manhood.

On November 2, 1921, he was united in marriage to Marie Lucile Miller. To this union was born five children, two sons and three daughters: George, Elizabeth, Jackie, Patricia and Wyoma.

He, with his family, moved to New Castle, Wyoming, and took a homestead in 1929. In 1936 they.moved to Tappenish, Washington, in hopes that the climate would be of benefit to his health. About a week before his death he was stricken with inflammatory rheumatism which rapidly grew worse finally going to his heart which caused his death. He passed away on July 12, 1939, in the hospital at Yakima, Washington, at the age of 38 years, 10 months and 5 days,

During the year of 1926 while living at Graf, Nebraska, he, with his wife and oldest son, were baptised and united with the M. E. church at that place.

It is said by the family that John was always of a happy, loving and free-hearted disposition, always willing to give his best to help others.

Besides the wife and five children he leaves a mother and father, four sisters and four brothers. One sister, Lillian, preceded him in the year 1920.

Funeral services were conducted from Mt. Zion M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 and interment was in the Mt. Zion cemetery. Rev. Marion Hill officiated.

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Robert George McBride

Robert George McBride was born November 24, 1909, to George McBride and Mahala Trembley on the hone place in Dundy County, Nebraska.

He received his education in Dundy County, District 17. He spent his entire life farming on the South Divide.

Bob was a member of the Mt. Zion Church until it merged with the United Methodist Church in Wauneta.

He was united in marriage with Lola Stinnette on August 17, 1935, and to this union were born four children: Madolyn, Doretta, Colleen and Robert.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his brother, Ben; two sisters, Louisa and Mary Gauger, and by a son-in-law, Richard Nordhausen.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lola, his children; Madelyn Morris, her husband, Robert, their two children, Mike and Melanie; Doretta Anderson, her husband, Harold, their sons, Andy and Hugh; Colleen Nordhausen, her children, Jonie and Seth, and Robert, his wife. Willa, their three children, Robert, Marti and Nikki; his brother, Walt, and his wife, Leslie; his brother, Jim; his sister, Nellie Jeffers, her husband, Raymond, and his brother-in-law, Christy Gauger, and a host of nieces and nephews.

    The Man We Call Dad
For the man who gave me life, I thank you, Lord. For the wonderful man we call Dad. For his joking, his eternal optimism, the joy 
he shed, the friends he's always made.
For the home he provided for us. For the courage and determination with which he bucked the world for his family.
Dear Lord, for this father I thank you. For this wonderful dad.
I thank you for the lessons he taught us. To be honest—never to take so much as a postage stamp.
To be brave—that so long as you did right you had nothing to fear.
To believe in yourself, because you're often the only one who will.
To be grateful, to appreciate little things. A drink of cold water from the well, a fish in a stream, the beauty of the land.
For these lessons, dear Lord, I thank you.
For his great love for our mother, I thank you.
Because he thought her the most beautiful woman in the world, we did too. Because he worshiped her, courted her, waited on her, we too revered and adored her. And while they may have spoiled us (we thought all marriages were like theirs), it is a happy thing to remember.
For this, dear Lord, I thank you.
 
l am glad that of all the men you might have chosen, it was he who brought me into being. Thank you for this father, Lord.
Thank you for this man we call Dad! 
Adapted from a poem by Marjorie Holmes


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1940

William McBride

Just before going to press The Post learned that William McBride, pioneer Ough divide farmer, had passed away at the family home at twelve o'clock Wednesday night at the age of eighty.

Mr. McBride came to Dandy county in 1884 and homesteaded upon the land where he has lived for the past 56 years. He had been in good health almost throughout his life span and was never forced to seek the services of the medical profession. Death came to him as he lay comfortably in his bed in the home which he had loved for so many years.

Besides Mrs. McBride there are eight children and a host of grandchildren and other relatives to mourn his passing. The children are Mrs.Ray Martin, Mrs. Ben High, Mrs. Viola Redfield, Mrs. Bill Buffington, Charles, Bill, Verle and George McBride.

Funeral services will be held at the Mt, Zion church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The obituary will be published in the Post next week.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1984

Anthony Howard McCann

Anthony Howard McCann, the son of Donna and Doug McCann, and known to his family and friends as Tony, was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, on July 3, 1970, and departed this life on August 16, 1984, at the age of 14 years, one month and 13 days.

Tony was baptized into the Christian Church on February 5, 1984, and used to lie in his bed at night reading his Bible.

Tony attended Edison School through the eighth grade and was looking forward to attending Arapahoe High School for his freshman year.

Tony was active and enjoyed all sports and was awarded many medals through his school years. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. Tony was a hard worker as he mowed lawns around town and on Wednesday he would take his horse to the sale barn and pen cattle and help other people move cattle. He was an active member of 4-H and had a lamb to show for the first time at State Fair. Tony and his brother, Matthew, had many animals including chickens, ducks, pigeons, and had purchased an incubator with graduation money to hatch their own eggs.

Tony was a friend to everyone, young and old, and enjoyed his many friends.

He leaves to mourn his passing his parents; two sisters, Annette and Karla; one brother, Matthew; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Smith of Arapahoe and Mrs. Lois McCann, also of Arapahoe; aunts, uncles and cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Glanzer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Gardner and family, Mr. and Mrs. Brad McCann and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Chapel and family, Mr. and Mrs. Don Griesbach and family and Mr. Robert Smith. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Howard McCann.

Services were held August 20, 1984, at the Edison Public School in Edison, Nebraska. Clergy were Rev. Walter Howrey and Rev. Roger Sloan.

Sharon Fletcher provided organ music with Marty Fuchs as soloist.

Bearers were Kirk Fox, Roger Watson, Darrell Barness, Waid Zyssett, Terry Hays and Arlen Thayn.

Interment was in the Edison Cemetery with arrangements by Mitchell-Nelson Funeral Home of Oxford, Nebraska.
l
    My Son, My Son,
 
With heavy heart I write these thoughts of things I should have said. How proud of you we all were for the way you learned to enjoy life and still care for someone else at the same time. The many little things you did and said that touched and enriched our lives and those of so many others. Many thanks for your endless hours of helping a little brother become a man. Many thanks for helping mom with so many things it seemed I had no time for. Many thanks for supporting your sisters and for your excellence at your own talents so they could in return support you, too. Many thanks for the days you gave to me when I know there were things you may have enjoyed more. Many thanks for spending time to talk with your brother and me and especially for those one-to-one talks with me.

I now realize that all of you children—your sisters and your brother, and you—have learned and practiced the thought of "do your very best" that mom and I have tried to teach you and it has been carried through.

Though the grief and sorrow are nearly more than we can stand, it seems easier when friends say from their hearts, "He was such a good boy."

I remember that Sunday morning when you were baptized and made your Christian stand and how much easier it makes this time seem to us now. This brings to me another thought:

Dear Lord, I know not why you called him home or what your plan may be but if it's for your choir, his will be the sweetest voice of all. If it's for an angel role, he will do his best as you have dearly seen. We ask that you may keep him well and stroke his hair and kiss his cheek until our times come to join him and grandad on those streets of gold. We loved him so that it's still too difficult to understand. Amen."

Well, son, there's more I should have said. If only we would know when these things are to happen, we could talk for days at length. I'll close with these thoughts,

Morn, Annette, Karla, Matt and I will miss you in our own separate ways, but we'll all join together as best we can and try to fill the gap that this has caused.

Whenever time requires that I should be alone, you will always be with me in thought.

We miss you. We love you, and that shall never pass. So until we meet again,

Love as always,

Dad


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1959

James Henry (J. H.) McClain

There will be a missing link in the roster of country correspondents this week, because of the absence of Mrs. Harry Pettit, who has so long and faithfully served her community and the Post as correspondent from Big Timber with an almost perfect coverage of news of that section.

Mrs Pettit received the sad newathe last of the week of the passing of her aged father, James Henry McClain, at Topeka, Kansas and with Mr. and Floyd Pettit left by motor Sunday morning to attend the funeral. Her father was well past the 90th milestone in Me and, up until recently, had always enjoyed good health and led an ambitious life.

He had visited family members here upon occasion at different time during past years and was quite well-known by many persons of the Big Timber, Parks and surrounding sections.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1981

John Uyless McClain

John Uyless McClain, son of James H. and Matilda (Eiserman) McClain was born
November 10, 1902 in Jackson Co. Kansas and departed this life June 9, 1981 at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebr., at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 29 days.

In his early years he helped his father in the sawmill. He came to Western Kansas in his early twenties and worked on various farms in wheat and corn harvest.

John was married to Mary Pettit June 15, 1929 at Wray, Colo.

To this union was born six children; five sons and one daughter, Robert, Dale, Vernice, Harold, Alfred and Harry.

They lived in Parks, Neb. vicinity while their children were growing up. John worked on the Pringle Ranch several years. Then he worked around the community shucking corn and trapping fur animals, and later went into the water well drilling business until his health failed and was forced to retire.

In October, 1977, it became necessary for the amputation of both legs. He spent the remainder of his life in various rest homes.

John is survived by five sons: Robert and wife, Patricia of Wheatland, Wyo., Dale and wife, Teruka, of Douglas, Wyo., Harold of Douglas, Wyo., Alfred and wife, Carol of Reedpoint, Mont., and Harry and wife, Kay of Darby, Mont; one daughter, Vernice and husband, Ernest Smith of Wheatland, Wyo.; two brothers, Samuel of Soldier, Kan., Fredrick of Ossawatomie, Kan.; four sisters, Stacia Eakins of Delia, Kans., Nona Hurls of Hollister, Mo., Ruth Whittington of Eudora, Kans, Myranah McClain of Glendale, Calif; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors.

Those preceding him in death were his fathes and mother, brother, Leslie and sisters: Estella, Edna and Myrtle.

John U. McClain was born November 10, 1902 in Jackson County, Kansas and died June 8, 1981 in Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebr.

Services were held Monday, June 15, 1981 at 10:30 a.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, Nebr.

Rev. Robert Sander officiated at the services.

 
Singers were Kelly Hayward and Gerald Hayward who sang "Life's Railway To Heaven."

Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Benkelman, Nebr.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1999

Owen McCollam

CULBERTSON — Owen McCollam died Wednesday (Dec. 22, 1999) at his home in Culbertson.

He was born Aug. 1, 1917, on a farm northwest of Arapahoe to William and Eliza Jane (Hill) McCollam.  He graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1936.

On July 10, 1942, he entered the U.S. Armv, serving with the Air Force Ordinance repairing bombers behind the lines during World War II. He received an honorable discharge on Oct. 20, 1945.

On Jan. 13, 1949, he married Lila Williams at Wray. Colo. They farmed in the Benkelman area for 10 years. They moved to a farm northwest of Culbertson and later to McCook where they lived for 26 years. In 1996 they returned to their farm near Culbertson.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Culbertson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. 6219.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Fern Petsch, Mable Randolph; and three brothers, Clifford, Donald and Wayne McCollam.

Survivors include his wife, Zila of Culbertson; son, Doran and wife, Cindy McCollam of Culbertson; three daughters, Kyla Mae McCollam of Carmel, Calif., Vickie Black of Washington State; Rae Walker of Gibbon; one brother, Orville McCollam of Commerce City, Colo.; three sisters, Faye Sukan of Ridgefield, Wash., Velma Prideaux of Woodburn, Ore., Beth Moon of Queens City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, 10 a.m. at Culbertson United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Morton officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by Moorhous-Steffen-Propp VFW No. 6219 Color Guard, will be at the Culbertson Cemetery.

Visitation is today until 8 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1910

Clarence McCorkle

After making a valiant struggle for life with a badly fractured frontal bone, Clarence, the 18-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McCorkle, died yesterday noon. Blood poisoning developed in the wound Tuesday and this, combined with the other injuries, was too much for the sufferer's already weakened condition.

Clarence was kicked by a horse on Friday, August 19, at the farm of Frank Crane, four miles west of town. Everything that could be done for the relief of the wounded lad was done, but at no time was he considered to have a fair chance for recovery. He was not removed from Mr, Crane's house.

Mrs. A.W. Peckenpaugh of Sand Point, Idaho, is a sister of the deceased.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1940

Joseph L. McCorkle

At the age of ninety years, four months and twenty-six days, Joseph L. McCorkle passed away, at his home in Benkelman Tuesday night. On Monday morning .Mr. McCorkle slipped and fell, breaking his arm above the elbow. He was brought to a local hospital for x-ray examination, immediately following which he asked to be taken home. He did not seem to be suffering much from his injury and was in his usual good spirits following his return home. Doctors said that a heart attack was undoubtedly responsible for his death.

Mr. McCorkle was born September 3, 1849, in Putnam county, Indiana, and moved to Iowa in 1853. He was married to Jane Mathers at Columbia, Iowa, on December 30, 1873, and in 1887 they moved to the homestead north of Max which was still in the family name at the time of Mr. McCorkle's death. in 1904 Mr. and Mrs.. McCorkle moved to Benkelman, at one time owning and living on what is now known as the H. J. Borchert farm. When they disposed of. the farm, they returned to their Benkelman dwelling which remained their home until death. Mrs. McCorkle died on August 10, 1932, after which Mr. McCorkle lived alone except at times when his adopted daughter and girls lived with him and later strangers shared a part of the house with him as was the case when death called him.

Mr. and Mrs. MoCorkle had no children but in early life adopted their niece, Mrs. Zella Peckenpaugh, now of California. She had married and left before they left their Max farm. Later they adopted a small boy who died along about 1909 after he had been kicked in the head by a horse.

Because of illness, Mrs. Peckenpaugh will be unable to attend the funeral  which will be held at the Methodist church at two o'clock Friday, and it is not expected that any other relatives will be present either. In fact there are very few relatives surviving Mr. McCorkle, for when one lives to be over ninety years of age, he has outlived all save perhaps a few more distant relatives.

 
Mr. McCorkle was a splendid man and a splendid citizen. He was of a very cheerful disposition and if ever he suffered discouragement and disappointment, he kept it entirely within himself. The writer had known him over a long period of years and we never heard him complain. On the other hand you couldn't meet him without finding him in a cheerful, optimistic mood. He was very much interested in politics in his active life and was quite a factor in his end of the county in the shaping of the fortunes of the Republican party. He held county office once, being the first county assessor. He was also quite active while on the farm in organizing  the county fair and in gathering exhibits for both the county and state fairs. He was a personal friend of former Governor John H. Morehead. They were boys together in Iowa and developed a friendship that endured and Governor Morelhead seldom came to this end of the state_ without visiting with Mr. and Mrs. McCorkle. Altho Uncle Joe never gave up hope of trying to show the Governor the error of his political viewpoints, and always looked forward to the time when he would reform him politically, he never quite got the job done. But on the other hand the Governor never succeeded in reforming Uncle Joe either, so it was an even break, every time they got together.

Uncle Joe McCorkle will be missed in Benkelman for everybody was his friend, but they realize that his life was a long and happy one because he lived it that way, and so in his passing now they feel that the only thing they can do is to pay tribute to the memory of a splendid man who did much for his county and community, and in the example he set for others in the form of right living and the reward it brought him.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1945

Lewis L. McCorkle

Lewis L. McCorkle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex McCorkle, was born June 12, 1866 at Muscatine, Iowa, and passed away at Topeka, Kansas, on November 25, 1915, at the age of 71 years, 5 months and 13 days.

He moved to Crawford county, Iowa, with his mother and family at the age of 3 years and they lived there 18 years. They then moved west to Dundy county, Nebraska, and he later went to Colorado and took a homestead and lived there several years. Later he went to Kansas and lived there until death. He was a kind and loving brother. There were ten children in the family, and only two survive him, Mrs. Anna Manning of Max and Charley Weakline of Benkelman. His mother passed away in 1918 and his father passed away when he was a small boy.

Funeral services were held at the Max M. E. church Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Brynoff in charge. Burial was made in the Highland cemetery.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1981

Rena Myrtle (Singley) McCormick

Rena Myrtle McCormick, eldest daughter of William Henry Singley and Mabel
Grace (Brunt) Singley, was born September 2, 1898, at Beverly, Neb.

She departed this life on September 29, 1981, at the Hester Home in Benkelman, Neb., at the age of 83 years and 27 days.

The Singley family journeyed to the Dundy County homestead in 1901 when Rena was only three and her first brother was just a baby. This pioneer family bore the trials and hardships of those times with courage and determination.

When a young lady, Rena attended Teachers' Institute at Kearney. She then taught school until some families moved away from the district which left too few to support the school.

Rena was a very industrious and dependable individual and many sought her services.

She was working for a family in Brewster, Kan., when she accepted the hand of E. J. McCormick. On February 24, 1926, Rena was married to Mr. McCormick and they resided in Hamlet, Neb.

In February of 1981 they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Rena was a good neighbor and was willing to help when and where needed while she was able.

Rena was also well known for her horsemanship. At her hands, horses were trained for buggies and wagons as well as for riding. Not only did she train horses for her own use but for many other people.

Flowers were also a pleasure and she was especially fond of her roses.

Rena accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and kept a Bible by her chair which she often read.

Mrs. McCormick was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, in May, 1981; 
their infant son, and her parents.

Surviving her are sisters, Stella Lester and husband Delbert of Laird, Colo., Rose Lindsey and husband Jim of Haigler, Neb.; brothers, Bruce and Otto Singley of Haigler, Neb., Milton Singley and wife, Erma, of Parks, Neb., and other relatives.

 
Services were held October 2, 1981 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hamlet Union Church, Hamlet, Neb., with the Reverends Dennis Gordon and Lawrence Showell officiating.

Music was provided by Mrs. Bernard Modrell and Mr. Gary Malone with the selections "No Night There" and "Whispering Hope".

Escorts were Pat Tyson, Bill Baker, Robert Singley, Don Myers, Albert Myers and Gerald Sievers.

Interment was in the Palisade Cemetery of Palisade, Neb., with arrangements by Creveling Funeral Home, Ltd.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1981

Earl Johnson McCormick

Earl Johnson McCormick, son of Arthur William McCormick and Flora Belle (Johnson) McCormick, was born June 8, 1895 in Hitchcock County, Nebraska He departed this life on May 24th, 1981 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Grand Island, Nebr. at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 15 days.

On February 24th, 1928 Earl was married to Rena M. Singley. In February of this year they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in Palisade, Nebraska.

Earl began carpentry at age 17 and this was his occupation until he retired at age 65. Even after this he did some cabinet work for friends until his eyesight failed.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows for over 60 years and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars for over 50 years. He was inducted into the Army May 28, 1918, at Palisade, Nebraska. He served overseas from August 24, 1918 until January 28, 1919. He was discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on the 8th of February, 1919.

Mr. McCormick was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and an infant son. Surviving him are wife, Rena ; Ora McCormick of Independence, Missouri ; Mrs. Clifford (Geraldine) Smith of Palisade, Nebraska, Verne McCormick of Kennewick , Washington and J. Arlin McCormick of Grant, Nebraska.

Services were held Thursday. May 28, 1981 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hamlet Union Church, Hamlet, Nebraska with the Rev. Lawrence Showell officiating. Music was furnished by Irene Modrell, organist and Gary Malone, soloist.. Selections were "No Night There" and "Whispering Hope".

Pallbearers were Byron Alberts, Richard Minor, Ronald McCormick, Clifford Smith, Charles Myers and Leroy McCormick. Honorary Pallbearers were G. W. Harris, L. E. Walker, Darrold Taylor, A. R. Bush, Glen Bailey and Dale Covert.

Interment was at the Palisade Cemetery, Palisade, Nebraska with committal service by American Legion Post 318, V.F.W. Post 7028. Creveling Funeral Home, Ltd. in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1945

Ida Bell (Stoutsenberger) McCoy

Ida Bell McCoy, daughter of Daniel and Frances Stoutsenberger, was born August 8, 1893, at Max, Nebraska. Her childhood and school days were spent in Max.

She was married to Lynn 0. McCarty April 22, 1914, who preceded her in death December 25, 1916 at their home in Sheridan, Wyoming. To this union was born two daughters, Frances and Linnie Bell.

On March 29, 1921, she was married to Harry A. McCoy at Trenton, Nebraska. To this union was born two children, son Vern, and daughter Ida May. She lived with her husband and family for four years on a farm northwest of Stratton after which they moved to Max.  Her home was there until her death October 6, 1945, at the age of 52 years, 1 month and 26 days. At all times she was a loving mother and wife, and will be greatly missed by her children. She always took a willing and active part in all community functions and was a charter member of the Max Woman's Club, also a member of the Royal Neighbors lodge at Benkelman.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brothers Charles and R. M. Stoutsenberger, and sister, Mrs. Nettie Shank, and son-in-law, Staff Sgt. A. Harry Greene, U. S. Army.

She leaves to mourn her passing daughters Mrs. Frances Andrews, Tacoma, Washington; Mrs. Linnie Bell Boedecker, Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Ida May Greene, Max, Nebraska; her son, Vern McCoy, U. S. Navy; four grandchildren, Lynn and Barbara Andrews, Selma and Michaell Boedecker; two sons-in-law, Alfred Andrews and Stan Boedecker; her brother, W. H. Stoutsenberger, Adrian, Missouri, and sister, Mrs. Ruth Harper, Benkelman; also many other relatives and friends.

Interment will be in Fairmont cemetery, Denver, Colorado, on October 12, 1945 at the side of her husband.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1950

Charles McCoy

Sergeant Charles McCoy, the husband of the former Miss Marquietta Blanchard, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. L. F. Blanchard, was killed in action in the Korean war on August 13th. Word of his death came on Friday from the War Department.

Sergeant McCoy was serving his ninth year with the U. S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of World War II in which he had sustained wounds in the war against the Japanese. He had decided to make a career of Marine service and was a platoon leader in the First Division of the Marine Corps.

Sergeant McCoy and his wife were married at Santa Ann, California on March 4th this year. When he received word that his division was to embark for the Korean front on July 13th, his wife arranged to leave the same day to visit family members at Bosler, Wyoming, and at Benkelman. She received a letter from him which was written on August 12th informing her that the war situation was very serious there and for her to be brave.

Mrs. McCoy left Benkelman on Wednesday to go to Hackerville, Oklahoma, to visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCoy. Her friend, Miss Detta Mortz of Hastings, who came to Benkelman to visit with her over the weekend, returned home on Tuesday evening.



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Gene McCoy

Gene McCoy, 60, of Marietta, Texas, died Friday at his residence.

Services were at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. 0. L. Stafford officiating. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Home.

He was a grocer, a rancher, and a member of the Methodist Church, the Marietta Lodge and the Shrine Temple. He was a lifetime resident of Cass County, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth McCoy of Marietta; a son, Billy G. McCoy of the US Air Force in England; a brother, Lawrence McCoy of Marietta; and three grandchildren.

Many people around the Benkelman area will remember Gene as he had been coming to Benkelman for 16 years during pheasant hunting season. He had made many good friends here and will be missed this season by many.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1945

Harry Arthur McCoy

Harry Arthur McCoy, eldest son of Wm. and Anna McCoy, was born June 18, 1888, near Trumbull, Nebraska. His childhood, school days and early life were spent at Trumbull, Nebraska. In 1914 the family moved to Arapahoe and he farmed there until his entrance into the U. S. Army. He served in the Medical Corps from June 24, 1918 to March 8, 1919.

On March 29, 1921 he was married to Ida B. McCarty at Trenton, Nebraska. Two step-daughters, Frances, age 6, and Linnie Bell, - age 4, were accepted as his own and reared with the love and affection that only a father can give. Two children were born to this union, son Vern, and daughter Ida May. Their home was made on a farm northwest of Stratton until March 1925, at which time he took the position of rural mail carrier at Max. He served in that capacity until his death October 6, 1945, at the age of 57 years, 3 months and 18 days. At all times he was a loving father, step-father, and affectionate husband, with the welfare and happiness of his family uppermost in mind. He served the patrons of his rural route faithfully and tried to accommodate them in all ways possible.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister, Mrs. Pearl Harshfield and son-in-law, Staff Sgt. A. Harry Greene, U. S. Army.

He leaves to mourn his passing, son Vern McCoy, U. S. Navy, daughter, Mrs. Ida May Greene, Max, stepdaughters, Mrs. Linnie Bell Boedecker, Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Frances Andrews, Tacoma, Washington; four grandchildren, Lynn and Barbara Andrews, Selma and Michael Boedecker; two sons-in-law, Alfred Andrews and Stan Boedecker; his brother, Harley McCoy, Arapahoe and sisters, Mrs. Carmen McCann, Edison and Mrs. Eva Cantin, Loveland, Colorado, and many other relatives and friends.

Interment will be in Fairmont cemetery, Denver, Colorado, on October 12, 1945 at the side of his wife.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1994

Oliver Gailen McCoy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo— Oliver Gailen McCoy, 58, died September 3, 1994, at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following complications of a heart attack.

He was born April 5, 1936, in Haigler, Nebraska, to Oliver G. and Fern B (Nickelson) McCoy.

He was married June 15, 1958, in Lamar, Colorado, to Dorothy Black, who survives. He also is survived by two sons: Craig L. of Hutchison, Minnesota, and Kent D. of Longmont, Colorado; a sister, Dani Mead, of Fullerton, California, and five grandchildren.

McCoy was a real estate agent having worked for Century 21 Professional Team, Inc. He had also been a district manager for Duckwall and Alco Discount Stores for 32 years.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1990

William V. McCoy

ENCINITAS, Cal.— William V. McCoy. 68, of Encinitas, California, died November 22, 1990, at his home. He was born in Stratton, Nebraska. and lived in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1950 to 1952.

He lived in Washington. D.C... and San Marino, California. before moving to Rancho Santa Fe, California in 1986. He moved to Encinitas in June 1969.

Mr. McCoy worked for the Marley Cooling Tower Co. for 35 years. retiring as western marketing vice president in 1986. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1948 and taught in the Mechanical Engineering School there from 1947 to 1949.

He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau and Pi Thu Sigma. He was tomer president of the American Society of Heating. Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers and was a member of the Pacific Coast Electrical Association and the Rocky Mountain Electrical League. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Mr: McCoy was the son of the late Ida and Harry McCoy of Max. Nebraska, and nephew of the late Harley McCoy of Arapahoe and Eva Canton, formerly of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Deaver McCoy of the home; a son. John McCoy of Seattle. Washington; four daughters. Sarah McCoy of Encinitas, Mary Fenoglio of Garden Grove, California,Nancy Burns of Metuchen, New Jersey. and Susan McCoy of Laguna Niguel, California; two sisters, Lennie Boedecker of Seattle and Frances Andrews of Ocean Shores, Washington. and three grandchildren.

Services were held at the Popkess Chapel in Sabetha, Kansas, with burial in the
Sabetha Cemetery.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2008

Jerry Dean McCrumb

Jerry Dean McCrumb, 43, formerly of Wauneta, Neb., died unexpectedly on Wednesday. Oct. 11, 2006, at his home in Overland Park, Kan.

He was born on July 7, 1963. in Imperial. Neb., to Al and Marilyn McCrumb. The family lived on a farm north of Max, Neb., and he attended grade and high school at Wauneta Public Schools and graduated in 1981. He attended college at Kansas University in Lawrence, and played football for the Kansas Jayhawks. In December 1981, he played in the KU Hall of Fame Bowl game. He attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., and Southeast Community College in Milford, Neb., receiving a degree in 1987 in Diesel Technology with a construction option.

On Sept. 21, 1986, he married Deborah Kallevig of Overland Park, Kan. They later divorced.

Jerry was a wonderful father and very active with the youth. He served as a leader in Boy Scouts, as a Little League coach for football for three years, basketball for two years and T-ball through high school baseball as his son, Luke, was growing up.

He spent the last 16 years of his life at Northland Trucking in Kansas City, Mo., as the lead "Engine Man" and was known as "Chilly Willie."

His passions were football (Go Huskers!), NASCAR and spending time with this sons.

Jerry is survived by and will forever remain in the hearts of his sons, Luke and Steven; his parents; sister Sheila and husband. Rich Cooley; nephews Ryan, wife Renae and 
twins Ryleigh and Trey, and James, wife Elizabeth and son Gabriel; granddaughter Sydney; ex-wife, friend and supporter, Deborah, and her son, Thomas, of Overland Park; all the extended Kallevig family; friends and co-workers, and his church family.

A celebration of life service was held Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with Pastor Judy Dye officiating. Music was provided by organist Diana Ham and pianist Lucille McBride. Dawn Doetker sang "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and "How Great Thou Art."

Casket bearers were Sid Haarbergm, Kip Polly, Hugh Anderson, Gaylin Hartzer, Cliff Larson and Stuart Hoff. Honorary bearers were Steven and Luke McCrumb, Ryan McCrumb, Sydney Enloe, James McCrumb, Trey McCrumb, Ryleigh McCrumb and Gabriel McCrumb. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta with McGilley & Hoge Chapel arid Liewer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1987

Lucille Lavera (Straub) Tucker McCuiston

Lucille Lavera Straub of Hershey, Nebraska, departed this life on May 13, 1987, at her home after a long struggle with cancer. She was born to Jacob and Rosie (Hofer) Straub at the family farm in Cheyenne County, Kansas, on July 20, 1930. She was the sixth of 11 children.

Lucille was united in marriage to Alvie Robert Tucker on August 31, 1947, at Benkelman, Nebraska. Three sons were born to this marriage: twins, Robert Lee and Delbert Dee, and Donald Allen. The family lived in Haigler, Nebraska, later moving to North Platte, Nebraska.

Alvie died March 18, 1965. Lucille married Bob McCuiston on December 8, 1968, at North Platte. They lived in Hershey and raised their grandson, Andy Tucker, for nearly nine years. Bob died January 27, 1982. Lucille's youngest son, Donald Allen Tucker, was killed in an auto accident June 12, 1976.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Rosie Straub; two husbands, Alvie Tucker and Bob McCuiston; a son, Donald Tucker; a brother, Paul Straub who died January 15, 1986; an infant brother, Fredrick, in 1924, and an infant sister, Pauline, in 1933.

She is survived by two sons, Delbert of Montana and Robert and his wife, Margi, of North Platte; six grandchildren: Kami Lind, Kerri Lynette and Benjamin Lee of North Platte, Amy Arlene of Montana, Andy Russell of Ogallala and Laura Marie of Hershey; two brothers: Oscar and wife, Alice, of St. Francis, Kansas, and Harry and wife, Nola, of KayCee, Wyoming; five sisters: Elsie and husband, John Cook, of St. Francis, Ida and husband, Kenneth Tucker, of Oshkosh, Nebraska, Berniece and husband, Pat Redden, of Palisade, Nebraska, Irene and husband, Joe Garner, of Clovis, New Mexico, and Louella and husband, Gerald Smith, of Whitney, Nebraska; one sister-in-law, Zella (Mrs. Paul) Straub of North Platte, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Services were held Saturday, May 16, 1987, at 2 p.m. at the Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte with the Rev. Robert Gelsthorpe officiating. Burial was in the North Platte Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Hospice Fund.

Music selections were "One Day At A Time" and "Till We Meet Again." Soloists were Nancy Stoeger and Karen Newton. They were accompanied on the organ by Jolene Gelsthorpe.

Pallbearers were Wesley Meyer, Kenneth Bergner, J. E. Evison, John Morrison, Gary Davis Sr. and Herbert A. Sukraw.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1987

Charles Franklin McCullough was born April 28, 1928, at Ottawa, Kansas. He was the son of Ray M. and Mable Esther Tussing McCullough.

He was reared on a farm several miles west of Ottawa on Fifteenth Street. He attended Wycoff Grade School and Ottawa High School.

Charles was a heavy equipment operator for Peter Kiewitt Sons Company in the Midwest and later for other construction companies. He lived much of his life in eastern Colorado and western Nebraska, and had been living at Benkelman, Nebraska, for a number of years.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict in the 1950's. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations in Benkelman.

Charles was a patient at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, where he died on Wednesday, January 7, 1987. He was 58 years of age.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter; three sisters, Maxine Payne of Fulton, Missouri, Mary Catherine McCullough of Pocatello, Idaho, and Dorothy Robertson of Overland Park, Kansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, William Nash McCullough, who died in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 14, 1985.

He will be remembered by family and friends.

Services were held at the graveside in Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, Kansas, on Monday, January 12, 1987, with the Rev. Jerrald R. Hamden of the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa, Kansas, officiating.

Casket bearers were Lewis Bell, Don Ferguson, Jerry Farris, Lawrence Lundstedt, Milton Farris and Ray V. Smith.


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Leo James McCullough

Leo James McCullough, better known by most people as Shorty, was born in Seattle, Wash., Oct., 27, 1917. He departed from this life at his farm July 15, 1977.

Leo was adopted by Albert and Margaret McCullough when he was six months old. He lived in many different places the early years of his life. He served his country eight years: four in the Army and four in the Navy. He worked as a fry cook for several years at the Youngson Cafe. He has lived on his farm south of Benkelman the last twenty-four years of his life.

On Dec., 12, 1970, he was united in marriage to Nina Hanes. To this union two daughters were born. Jennifer Lea McCullough, five years old, and Trina Lynn McCullough, two months old. Leo was a loving husband and father.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Nina, two daughters; Jennifer and Trina, two step sons; James Hanes and wife Pam of Imperial, Nebr., Tim Hanes and wife Sherri of Benkelman; four step daughters; Jeanne Draper of Benkelman, Alice Gutierrez and husband Frank of Benkelman, Louise and Lora Hanes of the home. Nine grandchildren and many other friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one step son.

Bearers were Paul Ham, Tom Jones, Walt Barenberg, Sheridan Magnani, Richard Ham and Mason Jones.  Honorary bearers were Wes Donohue, Orval Johnson, Ross Goddard and Clinton Munn.

Interment was at Benkelman Cemetery with Martin F. Bowles Post #65 in charge


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 9, 2009

Leah Donna (Thompson) McCune

Leah Donna McCune, born August 30th, 1921, entered into perfect rest, August 30th, 2009 in Benkelman, NE.

Funeral services were held September 2nd, 2009, 11:00 MT at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, Rev. Brian Fong officiating.  lnurnment was held September 3, 2009 at 2 p.m. MT at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, NE with Rev. Valjean Warman from Fullerton, NE officiating.

Leah was born to Wray and Sarah Trussel-Thompson, in a sod House at Lund, Nebraska. Her parents homesteaded from Iowa because they received a Kincaid claim, meaning if they stayed on the land for five years, they would receive 640 acres and they own the property. She attended country schools graduating from Curtis High School in 1940. Leah's family made their living by selling cream. Her father was also an electrical engineer and spent his winters in Bayard, NE running the machinery to process sugar beets into sugar.

Leah served her country as a WRAC from January to August of 1943. She served in the Photo Lab at Bradley Air Field, Connecticut. She was honorably discharged under a hardship, as she was needed back on the family ranch.

Leah left the homestead and married Dwight Keith McCune on October 25th, 1945. Dwight worked as a ranch hand in the Gordon area and later in Martin, South Dakota, serving in Law Enforcement. From this union came Jean Marie, a housewife, Clifford Lee, an irrigation Specialist, and Terry Keith. a Chief Deputy Sheriff in Dundy County.

After graduating from Chadron State College in 1969, Leah, her husband Dwight
and their youngest son Terry moved to Benkelman. Leah taught school for over 20 years in Benkelman. After retiring, Leah continued to work with students at her home near the school. Her hobbies included gardening, canning and her flowers. She was well known for her bread baking abilities. She was a generous person who was not concerned with material things and went out of her way to help her neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wray and Sarah Thompson, husband Dwight McCune, brothers Harold, Vern, Lee (her twin), Robert, Kenneth and one sister Nondas Thompson.

 
She is survived by her daughter Jean Marie (Celso) Gonzales, of Scottsbluff, Sons, Clifford Lee McCune of Alliance, NE and Terry Keith (Judy) McCune of Benkelman. Grandchildren: John (Leila) Gonzales, Benkelman; Kimo, Tina, Willa & Orlando Gonzales, Scottsbluff; Mary (Doug) Crichton, Grey Bull, WY; Nikki McCune, Alliance; Kelly (John) Brunker, Elizabeth, CO; and step granddaughter, Alexus Brandenburgh, Benkelman, plus many great grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent in care of the family to P.O. Box 157, Benkelman, NE 69021.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1988

Dwight “Tiny” Keith McCune

Dwight “Tiny” Keith McCune was born December 6, 1919. at Gordon, Nebraska, to J.P. and Marie McCune. He passed away November 16, 1988, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 68.

On October 25, 1945, "Tiny" was united in marriage with Leah Thompson at Rushville, Nebraska. Three children, Jean Marie, Clifford and Terry, were born to this union.

'Tiny" joined the I.0.0.F. in April of 1939. He was also a member of the Methodist Church, Princess Rebekah Lodge, Old Time Cowboys, State Police Officers and Police 
Officers Association of Nebraska.

"Tiny" worked on several ranches, helped his father in the plumbing business and spent years serving the public as a police officer in Martin, South Dakota, Gordon, Rushville and Benkelman, Nebraska. His love of people, large frame and big heart served as extremely useful tools for his profession.

"Tiny" can best be remembered for the smile he could produce even in the face of strong adversity.

Preceding him in death were his father and one brother, Emmett. Survivors include his wife. Leah of Benkelman, daughter. Jean Marie, and her husband, Danny Gonzales of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; sons: Clifford and his wife, Faye, of Alliance, Nebraska, and Terry and his wife. Cindy, of Loup City, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Marie; two sisters, Darlene Hiller of Gordon and Elaine Heller of Grand Junction, Colorado; two brothers, Virgil of Denver, Colorado, and Lyle of Hyannis, Nebraska, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church of Gordon, Nebraska, at 10 a.m. on November 19, 1988. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.



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John P. McDermott

John P. McDermott was born in Guthrie county, Iowa, and came to western Kansas as a young man. He engaged in farming and stock raising until drought struck the country. He then located in Gillette, Wyoming, and was employed by the railroad company
for several years. He then entered into partnership with a brother-in-law in the mercantile business.

On February 11, 1903 he was united in marriage to Miss Oda Armstrong. Seldom indeed has the usually optimistic outlook and hopes for the future been so amply fulfilled as in this union.

One of their first objectives in their new married life was to go into business for themselves. Disposing of their business interests and home in Wyoming, they came to Benkelman, Nebraska, where they spent the next twenty-three happy and prosperous years. This was also the birthplace of their two sons, Francis L. of Denver, Colorado and Joseph P. of Camp Carson.

After many years of continuous store work, Mr. and Mrs. McDermot' decided to retire. It was also their desire that their two sons be educated in parochial schools. Mrs. McDermott, Mrs. Armstrong and the boys moved to Denver, Colorado. Mr. McDermott remained to dispose of the stock and then rejoined his family. For many years thereafter the McDermotts spent their winters in California and the summers in cool Colorado.

In California, Mr. McDermott not long wishing to be idle, supervised the construction of two beautiful Spanish style homes in San Diego, California. The depression arrived on the scene and put an end to this enterprise.

Attracted by the climate of the South, the McDermotts settled next in southern New Mexico where Mr. McDermott entered the oil business. He remained there three years. At the end of that time the family decided upon Denver, Colorado, as their permanent home.

The McDermott home was always a happy and hospitable one, where many have found rest and comfort. One of Mr. McDermott's most outstanding characteristics was love of home and family. He had faith too; faith in his God, faith in the country in which he lived and faith in his fellow man. The writer seriously doubts if he was ever heard to make a gloomy prediction.

The widow mourns the loss of a kind and devoted husband, the children the absence of a wise and tolerant counselor, the community a respected and upright citizen.

 
In the shadow of God's eternal hills we leave the mortal home of his gallant spirit which has marched ahead into life's golden sunset.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1972

Lawrence C. (Mac) McDermott

Services for Lawrence C. (Mac) McDermott, 84, a rural Nyssa, Oregon, resident who died Wednesday, August 30, 1972, in a Nyssa nursing home of natural causes were conducted Saturday., September 2md at Lieukaemper Chapel. Rev. Robert Hutchinson. of Nyssa First Methodist Church was in charge of the service. Burial followed at Owyhee.

He was born March 25, 1888 in eastern Nebraska and married Sylvia Jones October 19, 1908 at St. Francis, Kansas. They lived many years in the Benkelman area and in eastern Colorado. In 1933 they moved to Delta. Colorado then to Nyssa in 1936. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors in addition to his wife are four sons; Charley McDermott, Nampa, John, (Terry) McDermott, Meridian, Larry McDermott, Pilot Rock, Oregon and Bud McDermott of Caldwell; six daughters. Mrs. Earl (Alla), Province, Caldwell, Mrs. Bernard Beulah Voss of Sunnyside, Washington, Mrs, Floyd (Nellie) Eason of Parma. Mrs. Ralph (Ruby) Bailey of Coos Bay, Mr Elmer (Velma) Derrick of Williams Lake, B. C. Canada and Mrs. William (Verla) Baxter of Kennewick, Washington; 36 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Alvin and a daughter, Olive.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1983

Agnes Helen (Bierhaus) McDonald

Agnes Helen McDonald, daughter of Henry William and Minnie Bierhaus, was born at Gibbon, Nebraska, and died at Omaha, Nebraska, in the University of Nebraska Medical Center on June 5, 1983.

She was graduated from the Campbell High School and attended Hastings College and Peru State Teacher's College.

Her teaching career culminated as principal of the Junior High School at Benkelman in 1936, when she married Lawrence McDonald and moved to Franklin. Her life in Franklin was centered with the operation of the IGA market, which ended with her husband's and her retirement in 1977.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Rebekah Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star No. 213.

Agnes will be rembered by those of us who knew and loved her in the different ways she touched our lives through the years, and we are grateful to God that her path crossed ours.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Carl and Herbert Bierhaus, and a sister, Henrietta McDonald.

Agnes is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of Franklin; a brother-in-law, Jeff McDonald, of Stratton, Nebraska; a sister, Irma Murray, of Sun City, Arizona; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Services were held on Wednesday, June 8, 1983, in Franklin, Nebraska, with the Rev. Dillon Hess officiating.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1980

Frances C. (Dolan) McDonald

Born September 16, 1904 in Red Willow County, Nebraska, Frances C. McDonald passed away October 18, 1980 at the Great Plains Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Thomas and Lillie (Fritz) Dolan.

She was married to John Arden McDonald June 24, 1946 in Oberlin, KS. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and St. Joseph's Altar Society.

Survivors include one son, Lee Dolan of Mesa. AZ; three grandchildren: six great-grandchildren, two sisters, Margaret Askew of Benkelman and Bernadine Larson of Sacramento, CA; and one brother, Phillip Powers of Hawthorne, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers, William, Lawrence and Johnnie.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 in the Jones Funeral Chapel, Mass was said at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Irvin Weber officiating. Organist was Janet Faimon and the choir of St. Joseph's Church sang "Amazing Grace", "How Great Thou Art" and "Prayer To Saint Francis" Altar boys were Greg Owens, Shawn McDonald and Kirby Ham.

Bearers were John McDonald, James Owens, Robert McDonald, Dale ??


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1996

Elma Ethel (Harder) McDonald

Elma Ethel McDonald was born Oct. 5, 1918, in Denve,. Colo., the daughter of George J. and Emma (Hunsten) Harder.

As an infant she received holy baptism in a Lutheran Church in Denver.

Because of her father's employment with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, the family moved a number of times, living at Lafayette, Colo., Funk, Neb., Oronoque, Kan., Cowles, Neb.. and then Oxford, Neb.

While living at Cowles, the family attended the Lutheran Church at nearby Blue Hill, Neb., where Elma was confirmed in 1932. She graduated from the Oxford High School in the spring of 1937. The family moved to Benkelman, Neb., in late 1942.

On Aug. 15, 1943, at St. Francis, Kan., Elma was united in marriage with Willard McDonald. Six children were born to their marriage: Willard, Kenneth, Gary, Richard, Gwenn and Mary. They lived first in town in Benkelman where he was an employee of the Benkelman Power and Light Department. They moved to the farm south of Benkelman in 1946. Mr. McDonald died very suddenly in 1953, after which the family moved back to Benkelman.

Mrs. McDonald worked at various cafes and managed the Benkelman Swimming Pool for many years. She was a member of the Benkelman Zion Lutheran Church and a member of the Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star.

In poor health for a number of years, she entered the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman in 1993. Then in October of 1994, she entered the Walker Post Manor Nursing Home in Oxford.

She died at the Cambridge (Neb.) Memorial Hospital on Friday, June 28, 1996, at the age of 77 years, 8 months and 23 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Elmer; her husband, Willard, and a brother, Wilbert, who died as a young adult.

She is survived by her children, Willard "Bill" and his wife, Rebecca, of WaKeeney, Kan., Kenneth of Benkelman, Gary of Hastings, Neb., Richard and his wife, Julie, of Oxford, Gwenn Schleeman of Benkelman and Mary and her husband, John Schneider, of Brule, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandson; her brothers and sisters, Al Harder and his wife, Emma, of McCook, Neb., Lucille Harley of Salem, Ore., Dorothy O'Brien of Long Beach, Calif., and George Harder of Americus, Kan.

 
Funeral services were held Monday, July 1, 1996, at 9:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Organist was Helen Lutz and Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Bearers were Scott McDonald. Jerry McDonald, Eric Cobb, Relgene Zimbelman, Audie Bundy and Bill O'Brien. Committal was by Holly Chapter No. 233. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1992

Joyce Beverly (Headrick) McDonald

MOORE. Okla.- Joyce Beverly (Headrick) McDonald was born June 22, 1932, to Paul Robert and Jennie (Lucas) Headrick at Alexandria. Nebraska, and died at the Presbyterian hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 14, 1992. at the age of 59.

Joyce attended grade school at Alexandria, Beatrice and Ashland in Nebraska, graduating from Mead (Nebraska) High School in 1950,

She was married in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 30, 1949, to Sgt. James McDonald of Choctaw, Oklahoma. who was stationed out of Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska.

To this union were born three children: Bonita Ann of Midwest City, Oklahoma, James Austin of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jon Ashley of Oklahoma City.

Preceding her in death was her father in 1972.

Survivors are her husband, SMSgt. Ret. James "Mac;" her children, Bonnie, Jamie and his wife, Nancy, and Jodie; her three grandchildren, Jennifer Ann, Jeffrey Adam and Emily Amber, of Atlanta, Georgia; her mother, Jennie, of Grand Island, Nebraska; her sister, BettyJo Pinkerton, her husband, Gerald, and nephew, Gary, of Benkelman, Nebraska; her brother, Clinton, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and nieces, Lisa and Andrea, and her brother, Jon, and his wife, Jeanette, of Lincoln. Nebraska.

Joyce treasured her home and family, always looking forward to the next move they would make during the 24 years Mac would serve with the USAF. She spent several years alone with the children during Mac's assignment in the Korean War and 
his remote assignment in Norway.

She spent three years in France, one year in Holland and three years in Nova Scotia where their youngest son, Jon, was born.

Alter Mac retired from the USAF. they moved to Moore. Her children raised, Joyce went to work at the Hertz Rent-A-Car Terminal Center In Oklahoma City for 16 years. She took medical leave when she developed pancreatic cancer and fought it for two years.

One of the last things Joyce said to her sister was "I have no regrets."

Private services were held Saturday, May 16, at their home in Moore for relatives and friends, with Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1969

Mazie Laura (Ketler) McDonald

Funeral services for Mrs. Mazie L. McDonald were held at the United Methodist Church on Friday afternoon with the Rev. William E. Whittaker officiating. Mrs. Paul Erdman was the organist and the quartet was composed of Robert I. Andrews, John Baer, Ray Balderson and Harold Ferguson. Bearers were Paul Cobb, Lloyd Maranville, A. G. Shafer, Milo Spaulding, Lee Bowers and Howard Miller. Jay's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and interment was in the Benkelman, Cemetery.

Mazie Laura Ketler was born April 1, 1877, at Blacktown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Clara M. Cummings and John Ketler, and passed away at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman on March 19 at the age or 91 years, eleven months and eighteen days.

She came to Cheyenne County, Kansas, in 1886 with her parents to homestead on Big Timber Creek, later moving to Benkelman in 1889 to attend school, after which she became a teacher and taught in this area until her marriage to John A. McDonald on April 27, 1898. After their marriage they resided on a farm near Wray, Colorado, for a short time and then returned to Benkelman and opened the McDonald Meat Market in 1901, which business has continued operation under the family name as the oldest business institution in Benkelman.

She was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and as a member of the Eastern Star served as Worthy Matron of Holly Chapter in 1929. She was a member of the WSCS and a charter member of the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her son. John Arden, and wife Frances; three grandchildren, Sandra Antholz of Linden, Colo., John McDonald of St. Francis, Kans., and Robert McDonald of Hastings; daughter-in-law, Florence McDonald; brother, C. L. Ketler; and three great grandsons.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John A. McDonald, who died on March 23, 1949; son, Lyle, her parents, a sister, Anna Ketler Eaton, and brothers, Clyde and Carl Ketler.

Mazie McDonald was a woman of great energy and ambition. In addition to her duties as a mother and homemaker, she managed a large poultry enterprise and a dairy as well as sharing in the planning and operation of her husband's market. As these responsibilities were resolved, she continued her interests in other fields, devoting a great deal of time to her beautiful yard and enjoying the love of family and friends. Mrs. McDonald was a fine person, alert and knowing. She has merited the place of love and esteem with which her memory will be held.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1993

Flora "Flo" (Lenhart) McDonald 

BENKELMAN– Flora "Flo" McDonald was born July 1, 1911, at McCook, Nebraska, the daughter of Henry and Amelia (Maul) Lenhart.

She received Christian baptism on August 15, 1911, at the German Congregational Church at McCook. She spent her youth in McCook and attended schools there.

On May 19, 1935, in a service officiated by the Rev. H. J. Stroh at the German Congregational Church in McCook, she was united in marriage with Lyle A. "Bunny' McDonald.

After their marriage they resided on a farm on the south fork of the Republican River, witnessing the historic Republican River flood only days after moving to the farm. They moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, later on, and then returned to the farm in 1949.

After her husband died in 1966, Flo moved to Ogallala, Nebraska. for four years. Moving back to Benkelman, she was a nurse aide at the hospital for six years. She retired in an apartment at the Rainbow Fountain Park in Benkelman and then entered the Hester Memorial Nursing Home in Benkelman in December 1989.

In poor health for the last several months, she entered Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, Saturday, May 29, and died the following day, May 30, 1993, at the age of 81 years, 10 months and 30 days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, "Bunny” McDonald; a brother, Henry "Hank" Lenhart; her sisters, Marie Aymes, Elizabeth McDill and Rachael Lenhart who died at the age of seven.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra, and her husband, Carl Antholz, of McDonald, Kansas; two sons, John McDonald, and his wife, Margaret, of Benkelman and Robert A. McDonald and his wife, Janet, of Fort Collins, Colorado; grandchildren Shawn McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska, Dana McDonald of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Robert Matthew McDonald, Scott McDonald and Kevin McDonald, all of Fort Collins.

She is also survived by her brother, Robert "Lindy" Lenhart and his wife, Ileen, of McCook: her sister, Hannah Sloniker, of Kearney, Nebraska; a sister-in-law, Grace Lenhart, of Spokane, Washington; four nieces and one nephew.

Flora was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman, which she Joined with her family on May 4, 1949.

Services were held Wednesday, June 2, 1993, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating.
 
Jackie Wilson was the organist. Shirley Adkinson and Edwina Roesener sang "Children Of The Heavenly Father" and “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder." The congregation sang "Beautiful Saviour."

Bearers were Eldon Roesener, Kenny McDonald, Jerry Owens, Jim Osborn, Dallas Watkins, Jerry Preston, Scott Wiese and Ron Berry.

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


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1981

Mary Eliza “Mayme” (O'Neall) McDonald

Mayme E. McDonald was born May 4, 1882 in Appleton, Missouri and died April 28, 1981 in the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska.

Services were held Friday, May 1, 1981 at 10:00 a.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. The Rev. Allan Martin officiated at the services.

Organist Betty Erdman accompanied Ray Balderson, Robert Andrews, John Baer and Wilbur Case in singing "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Garden".

Bearers were Scott McDonald, Kenny McDonald, Bill McDonald, Jerry McDonald, Gary McDonald, and Dick McDonald.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Committal service was by Holly Chapter 233, O.E.S. in Benkelman, Nebraska.

Mary Eliza (Mayme) O'Neall McDonald was born May 4, 1882, at Appleton City, Missouri and passed away April 27, 1981 at Dundy County Hospital at the age of 98 years, 11 months and 24 days.

She came to Nebraska with her parents, John B. and Elizebeth Miller O'Neall, when a small child in a covered wagon where they took a homestead and built a one room frame house in 1886. The O'Neall homestead was located in Union Precinct, 14 miles northwest of Benkelman. Mayme started teaching in 1903 and taught for nine years.

On November 25, 1908, Mayme was united in marriage to Kenneth W. McDonald at home in Union Precinct. He preceded her in death on October 4, 1951. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Irma, and a son, Willard, her mother, father and one sister, Lulu. Also four brothers: Dan, Jim, John and Freeman.

Survivors include two sons, Laurence McDonald and wife Agnes; and Jeff McDonald and wife Doris of Stratton; daughter-in-law, Elma McDonald; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Mayme was a 50-year member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church, and a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Women. She was also a 30-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary in which she received her 50-year pin in the Holly Chapter Number 223 Order of Eastern Star in 1963.

Mayme was a kind and loving mother, active until the last six months. She enjoyed her family and friends. She was a very kind and generous lady.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1996

Charley Marvin McDonald

CANON CITY, Colo.–Charley Marvin McDonald of Canon City, Colo., died Friday, April 26, 1996, at home. He was born Feb. 3, 1918, to John and Sally Belle (Walling) McDonald at the family homestead near Lockney, Texas.

He married Willie Muriel Field of South Plains, Texas, on Dec. 25, 1939.

He was a professional auctioneer for 34 years, retiring in 1983 to Canon City from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Throughout his life he remained active in ranching and sales. He owned and operated McDonald Sales/McDonald Auctioneers from 1962 to 1983.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years; his sons, Philip M. and his wife, Joy, of Colorado Springs and Barry M. and his wife, Phyllis, of Canon City; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert E. "Pete" of Plainview, Texas; four sisters, Mourica King of Tulia, Texas, Espaneeta McWilliams of Plainview and Johnnie T. Dillner and Dorothy Lewis, both of Colorado Springs, and nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday, May 1, 1996, at 2 p.m, at Wilson Memorial Chapel in Canon City with the Rev. Randy Woodlin officiating. Vocalists were Ben and Fern Lacy. Selections included "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and "How Great Thou Art." 

Bearers were Arlo Smith, Marty Schuster, Bud Asbridge, Jim Selby, Lynn Boughton, Bill Rains and Nate Clasby. Honorary bearers were Glen Johnston, Milt Evans and Jake Behm. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City with Wilson-Almont Funeral Home of Carion City in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1937

Donald McDonald

Donald McDonald passed away at his home in Benkelman at near four o'clock last Friday night. His death was very much unexpected and came as a great shock to both relatives and to the community.

Although Mr. McDonald had not been in the best of health for several months, no one even surmised that the end could be so near. On Thanksgiving day he attended a family dinner at the home of his sister, Mrs. D. L. Ough. At near four o'clock he quietly left the house and returned to his home on the adjoining lot. His daughter Agnes followed him shortly and her father told her that he was not feeling well but thought he would soon be alight. Later Doctor Morehouse was called and his sister Berneice remained to nurse him. He continued to develop worse throughout the night and it became evident soon thereafter that he could not recover. He was afflicted with a complication of diseases but his death was directly attributed to heart trouble.

Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster. Singers were Lloyd Boswell, H. L. Ough, Victor Westermark and John Bae,r and Miss Ann Gorthy presided at the piano. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

In the passing of Donald McDonald' Benkelman lost one of its earliest pioneers. Mr. McDonald came to Benkelman as a very young man to become one of the Burlington's first section foremen after the road was completed through Dundy county. He served the Burlington in that capacity at Haigler for only a short time after which he was transferred to Benkelman and continued in that position here until 1894 when he joined the Rio Grande in a simliar position around Buena Vista, Colorado.

In 1915 Mr. McDonald returned to Benkelman with his wife and rebuilt the dwelling which had been their home before and they made plans to make Benkelman their home during the rest of their lives. He had pretty thoroughly resolved to slow down his activities and to take life easier which he did to some degree, but he found it one of the most difficult tasks he ever attempted because Donald McDonald was not born to the, theory of an easy life. He much preferred to work and accomplish things and his friends and relatives realized how difficult it was for him to drift along with the tide from day to day without having contributed anything to the labors of his community.

 
Finally he returned to the railroad service for several years and worked in municipal work or at anything he could find to do until old age and its infirmities made it absolutely imperative that he quit. But he was never so happy after that and when his wife passed away ten years ago, his grief, though concealed, was intense and he was never fully himself again. Mr. McDonald didn't believe in burdening others with his grief and troubles, nor did he, but those who knew him best knew that he welcomed the day when his spirit could follow that of his departed wife, the one person he loved the best in all the world.

He was a great reader and a real student of human nature and he took an active interest in everything that was going on around about him. He was a disciple of the school of thrift, believed everyone should work faithfully, spend less than they earned, meet every obligation promptly, so live that one could face the world with upright countenance, and unafraid, live honorably, frugally and industriously, and treat everybody with fairness and consideration. And that was exactly the type of life he led and that was the type of existence and treatment that he expected from his fellow man. Mr. McDonald had many friends, won over life-time of contact with people here  and elsewhere and he will not alone be missed within his family circle but in the entire community as well.

Donald McDonald was born at Craigs Road, Alberta, Canada, June 1, 1859, and departed this life November 26, 1937, age 78 years, 5 months, 25 days. He moved with his parents to the United States at the age of eight. They settled in Kansas where they lived for several years. Later they moved to Benkelman.

April 20, 1887 he was united in mariage to Katherine Thorn at Weston, Missouri. To this union were born four children.

In 1894 the family moved to Colorado where Mr. McDonald was engaged in railroading and where they lived until 1915, again returning to Benkelman. Here he lived until his death.

He was preceded in death by his wife November 11, 1927, one son Bruce Robert, January 1919 and one grandson, Bruce Robert, Jr., in 1925. .

He is survived by one son, Rice E., of Buena Vista, Colorado; two daughters, E. Jane Smart of Benkelman and Agnes Bristow of Loveland, Colorado, and daughter-in-law, Sadie McDonald, Denver; ten grandchildren; two brothers. John and Kenneth of Benkelman; three sisters, Mrs. Jane Scott of Cardston, Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Maggie Cox of McCook and Mrs. D. L. Ough of Benkelman; besides other relatives and a host of friends.

Mr. McDonald was sick about twenty-four hours and passed away peacefully at his home. All the children were at his bedside at the last. He was a good father, neighbor and friend.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1994

Elmer W. "Jeff" McDonald

STRATTON–Elmer W. "Jeff" McDonald was born February 21, 1921, in Benkelman, Nebraska, to Kenneth and Mayme (O'Neall) McDonald. He died Monday, May 16, 1994, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

He grew up in Benkelman, graduating from Benkelman High School in 1938. He served in the Army during World War II and then joined the Merchant Marines.

He married Doris L. Heater December 22, 1947, at Littleton, Colorado. To this union three children were born: Nancy, Scott and Jerry.

He was a meat cutter by trade and worked in the grocery business.

The family moved to Stratton in 1960 where McDonald was employed at the lumberyard.

He was a member of the Methodist Church for more than 50 years, a member of American Legion Post No. 65, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178, Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 A.F. & A M and a charter member of the Benkelman Country Club where he spent many enjoyable hours on the golf course.

In addition to golf, he enjoyed watching sports on television, playing solitaire, working jumble crossword puzzles, taking leisurely drives and engaging in playful mischief with his grandchildren.

He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed the time he spent with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Irma, and one brother, Willard.

Survivors include his wife, Doris, of Stratton; a daughter, Nancy Fasano of Littleton, Colorado, and her children, Ryan and Megan; a son, Jerry, and his wife, Brenda, of Stratton and their children, Stephanie and Chuck; a son, Scott, and his wife, Peggy, of Stratton and their children, Matthew, Katie and Trisha; a brother, Lawrence K. of Franklin, Nebraska; a sister-in-law, Alma McDonald of Benkelman; nieces; nephews; a host of other family members, and friends.

Services were held Thursday, May 19. 1994, at 2 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating.

Marilyn Goodenberger was the organist and Wallace Gummere the soloist. Selections included “His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and "I Believe."

 
Members of Robert Burns Lodge No. 173, A.F. & A.M. conducted a service at the church.

Bearers were Phillip Goodenberger, G.M. Sutton, Lee Carter, Wayne Higley, Victor Kisela and Roy League. Honorary bearers were Earl Bailey, Fred Hanson, Bill Line, Clyde Daniels, Loren Humphreys and Lawrence Campbell.

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

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


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1949

John Alexander “J.A.” McDonald

Funeral rites for J. A. McDonald were held at the Methodist church in Benkelman last Friday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. H. T. Slagg, resident pastor. Singers were H. L. Ough, Lloyd Boswell, Carson Andrews and John Baer with Mrs. Sam Hopkins at the piano and Miss JoAnn Laughlin played the organ music. Pallbearers were W. F. Fallert, A. N. Sherbert, Dave Jones, Dr. J. C. Ough, Fred Walker and E. L. Campbell. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. The Laughlin funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

And thus ends a long and useful life spent in and devoted to the cause of Benkelman, loved ones and friends. During the almost eighty years that was his to live, it had been Jack's sad duty to help bear the body of many friends from childhood on to the last resting place and seldom indeed did a pioneer pass on when Jack was not called upon to share in that last sad mission and until some two years ago, when the family requested the local morticians not to ask Jack to serve in that manner because of his failing health. However, Jack himself, never knew why he was not asked to thus serve, for had he been asked, the family knew full well that he would gladly responded, no matter how bad he felt or how unable in fact he might be able to do it.

John Alexander McDonald, son of Kenneth and Eliza Jane McDonald was born on August 2, 1869, and passed away in Benkelman on March 23, 1949, at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 21 days.

He was united in marriage to Mazie L. Ketler on April 27, 1898 and to this union were born three children, John Arden and Lyle A., and one daughter who died at
birth.

He was baptised in the Presbyterian church and accepted Christ when a young man and lived according to the Golden Rule and his convictions of right and duty.

He was affiliated with Justice Lodge No. 180, A. F. & A. M., and was a strong supporter of the order and its principles. For the past several years he has worn the Jourdan Medal, an honor reserved for the Mason with the longest affiliation with the fraternity. He was also a charter member of Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.

He came to Nebraska with his parents from Quebec, Canada, in 1883 at the age of fourteen. After working for the Burlington railroad from 1885 to 1894, he went into the cattle business until 1899 when he entered the retail meat market business in Benkelman.

 
From that time until his death, he devoted unlimited time and energy in, the public interest. He was always foremost in community improvement projects, striving always to keep his town progressive. History reveals his name among the encouragers of every community event of consequence. He not only gave encouragement but was always willing to share in the responsibilities of seeing a worthy project achieved.

He was a past member of town and school boards for sixteen years of service and served as mayor of Benkelman.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, three grandchildren, two daughters in-law, one brother and three sisters.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1976

John Arden McDonald

John Arden McDonald was born on Apr. 17, 1905, to Mazie Ketler McDonald and John (Jack) Alexander McDonald at Benkelman, Neb., and passed away very suddenly at Mesa, Ariz., on Thurs., Dec. 16, 1976, at the age of 71 years, seven months, 29 days.

Arden attended the Benkelman schools and was a graduate of the senior class of 1925. He then entered the business community with his father in a grocery store. Soon after, World War II was declared. He enlisted in the Navy where he spent three years in the service of his country. He was a member of the Benkelrnan United Methodist Church.

On June 10, 1925, he was married to Henrietta Bierhaus and to this union one daughter, Wilma, was born, both of whom preceded him in death.

On June 24, 1946, he was married to Frances Dolan of McCook, Neb., and together they operated the McDonald Market and Lockers at a Chief Street location, later selling this business to Max Earnest. In 1948, they built the present Jack and Jill store building, later selling it in June, 1969.

In 1952 Arden became interested in racing horses and in raising thoroughbreds. It was a joy to him and Frances to see them grow to racing age and then take them to the track where he was quite successful. He was forced to retire from this business because of health problems.

Since retirement the McDonalds spent several winter months in Mesa, Ariz., where he made a host of new friends who will sadly miss him, along with his many friends in the Benkelman community.

Arden was preceeded in death by his father and mother, John and Mazie McDonald, and his only brother, Lyle McDonald.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, one stepson, Lee, and wife Betty, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Florence McDonald, several nieces and nephews and many friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1951

Kenneth W. McDonald

Kenneth W. McDonald died at the Morehouse hospital last Friday evening after a lingering illness of several years which reached the critical stage over a week before when he declined rapidly to the point where he sank into a coma from which he never awakened.

Funeral services were conducted. by Rev. H. T. Slagg at the Benkelman Methodist church Monday afternoon, October 8, at 2:30 p.m.

Singers were Lloyd Boswell, Jacob Bauer, Ross D. Druliner, Jr., and Dent Gallatin, accompanied by Mrs. JoAnn Rath at the organ. Pallbearers were Fred Turman, A. N. Sherbert, William Fallert, David Jones, Fred Walker and William Menge. The Laughlin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Kenneth W., youngest son of Kenneth and Eliza J. McDonald, was born at Marysville, Kansas, on June 16th, 1875, and passed away at the Morehouse hospital in Benkelman on the evening of October 5th, 1951, at the age of 76 years, three months and 19 days.

He came to Benkelman with his parents in 1883 and this has been his home constantly over since. He was baptized in the Presbyterian faith when a small boy. He was united in marriage to Mayme E. O'Neall at the home of her parents in Union precinct on November 25th, 1909, and to this union four children were born, they being Lawrence, Willard J., Irma and Elmer E., all of whom survive their father except Irma who passed away on the 20th day of August, 1949.

There were seven other children in the original McDonald family, they being Barbara, Donald, David, Jane, Maggie, John A. McDonald and Anna E. Ough, all of whom have departed this life except Maggie Cox of McCook and Anna E. Ough, the latter having been an almost life-long resident of Benkelman.

Other surviving relatives are nine nieces and five nephews, the nieces being Jane Smart, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Mrs. Lizzie Garwin, LaJara, Colo.; Mrs. Hazel Wollard and Mrs. Irma Harshaw, McCook, Nebr.; Marguerite Ough, Tucson, Ariz.; Helen Shafer, Lincoln; Melba Ragsdale, LaJunta, Colo., and Genevieve Peirano of Benkelman. The nephews are Arden and Lyle McDonald, Benkelman; Walter Ough, San Pedro, Calif.; Kenneth and Harry Scott of Cardston, Canada. Also, in addition to his widow, is one brother-in-law, Freeman O'Neal! of Loveland, Colo., three sisters-in-law as well as eight grandchildren and three daughters-in-law.

 
Kenny McDonald, as he was known to hundreds of Dundy county people during the span of almost a lifetime spent in Dundy county, was of a kind and generous nature with a deep appreciation of their good qualities and tolerant of their faults and shortcomings. He loved the great out-of-doors and farm life to which he devoted most of his active life, starting with the homestead days when he filed on his claim and with many acres added since and in which he felt a great interest even up to the time of his last illness. Knowing it at its worst, he found great satisfaction in the gradual development of the country as it progressed step by step in the direction of better things, making life more abundant for the children of the pioneers who struggled on for things amidst many handicaps, most of whom had preceded him to the great beyond and who had been such an inspiration to him from boyhood up. Because of his love for the farm he found no greater pleasure than in farming and stock growing in which he attained a very creditable degree of success.

Kenny's greatest hobby was children and he delighted to have them around him and to visit and fraternize with them. And they all liked Kenny too. He likewise loved flowers and the things of beauty that nature provided and one of his outstanding traits was his generosity and hospitality. No one ever visited at his home at near meal time when they did not receive a most cordial and sincere invitation to be the family guest and not even a tramp ever knocked on the door asking for food who was denied.

His was a useful life. He believed in a fair deal for all and thus he lived and thus he died. And not alone will he be missed in the affection of those of the family circle but in our entire community as well.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1996

Lawrence Kenneth "Mac" McDonald

FRANKLIN, Neb.–Lawrence Kenneth "Mac" McDonald was born Aug. 24, 1910, in Benkelman. He was the eldest child of Kenneth and Mayme (O'Neall) McDonald. He died Thursday, June 20, 1996, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Neb.

He grew up in Benkelman, graduating from Benkelman High School with the class of 1928. He began his business career as a clerk in the J.A. McDonald Market in Benkelman.

In June of 1936 he married Agnes Bierhaus in Benkelman, moving to Franklin where he engaged in the grocery and market business with his brother-in-law, Carl Bierhaus, for 23 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he saw action in the European and Pacific Theaters.

After returning home, he and Agnes bought the I.G.A. Store in 1958, retiring in 1977. 

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Post No. 209, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5757 and the Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 264 A.F. & A.M., all in Franklin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, on June 5, 1983, one sister and two brothers.

He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Doris McDonald of Stratton, Neb., and Alma McDonald; nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 24. 1996, at Hutchins Funeral Chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Richard L. Dimond officiating.

Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Franklin with Hutchins Funeral Home of Franklin in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1996

Zona Blanche (Morehouse) McDowell

St. FRANCIS, Kan.--Zona Blanche McDowell was born on July 27, 1902, in a sod house in Calhoun Township, Cheyenne County, Kan., and died at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. on June 3, 1996.

She was the eldest of six children born to John Ephriam and Mary Ellen (Pigg) Morehouse. When she was six years old, the family moved to Thayer County, Neb., where they lived for 12 years. She graduated from St. Francis (Kan.) High School in 1921, and taught four years in rural Cheyenne County schools and three years in the St. Francis Grade School.

She was united in marriage to Douglas McDowell on June 10, 1928. She taught the 1928-29 term of school at Longview Rural ,School.

The McDowells farmed for more than 60 years in Cheyenne county, experiencing the good times and the bad--drought, depression and hail--and good crop years, too.

After their three daughters were raised and in homes of their own, Mrs. McDowell went back to her great joy of being a school teacher. She taught at District 22 school north of Benkelman, the home school of Mt. Hope, St. Francis Grade School and finished her teaching career at the South Fork School until it was consolidated. During these years, she attended summer sessions at McCook Junior College and Kearney State Teachers College. finally reaching her goal of earning her degree in Elementary Education in 1962.

She was thrilled to be chosen the Bird City (Kan.) Antique Engine and Threshers Show Queen in 1988, but to her family she has always been a queen.

After the McDowells' health began to fail, they moved into an apartment in the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. They continued to enjoy the sanctity of their home. Blanche always loved to entertain and continued to be a gracious hostess even up to the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Albert, and two great-grandchildren

She is survived by her husband of almost 68 years; their daughters, Mary Jo and her husband, Melvin Haack, of Loveland, Colo., Jean Ann and her husband, Leo Richard, of rural St. Francis, and Jackie and her husband, Dale Lutz, of Benkelman; her sisters and their spouses, Bernie and Eldon Baker of Peoria, Ariz., Gladys and Joe Neilan of St. Francis, Deloris Klotz of Aurora, Colo., and Helen Howk of Bird City; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

 
Final rites for Mrs. McDowell were held Wednesday, June 5, 1996, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ in St. Francis with Norman Morrow, a friend of many years, officiating. Musical selections included "In The Garden," “The Old Rugged Cross" and "Precious Memories."

Bearers were Jack Maring, Gene Young, Troy Burr, Claude Gleason, Lonnie Willis and Don Ayers. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1997

William Douglas McDowell

William Douglas McDowell was born July 25, 1903, in Graham County, Kan. He was the eldest of five children born to Joseph James and Ida Bell McDowell. He attended country school in Graham County.

In the fall of 1918, he came to Dundy County, Neb., in a covered wagon. He felt quite grownup because he was the driver of the wagon on the trip. His father drove a hayrack loaded with the furniture, tools, etc. His first job was shucking corn north of Benkelman that fall. The following year his father started a dray line in Benkelman and he helped with that for a couple of years. Later the family moved to a farm in the South Fork area of Cheyenne County, Kan.

On June 10, 1928, he was united in marriage with Blanche Morehouse at the home of her parents in Cheyenne County with the Rev. Frank Woodward officiating. Douglas and Blanche farmed and raised Hereford cattle in Porter Township, Cheyenne County, for more than 60 years, experiencing drought, depression, hail and several good crop years. In the fall of 1990 they moved to an apartment in the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. They were faithful members oi the St. Francis (Kan.) Church of Christ for many years, up to the time of their deaths.

Douglas died Tuesday morning, April 8, 1997, while a patient in the Dundy County Hospital at Benkelman.

Douglas was a gentle, caring husband, father and neighbor. He lived his deep faith in God in his everyday life and leaves a legacy of love, hope and faith to his children, grandchildren and all who knew him.

Douglas was preceded in death by his wife; a sister, Mildred; a brother, Wayne; a stillborn son and two great-grandsons.

Surviving him are his daughters: Mary Jo, and her husband, Melvin Haack, of Loveland, Colo., Jean Ann and her husband, Leo Richard, of St. Francis, and Jackie and her husband, Dale Lutz, of Benkelman; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, and his brothers: Glen and his wife, Viola, of Sun City, Ariz., and Kenneth and his wife, Ann, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Final rites for William Douglas McDowell were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 1997, at the Church of Christ in St. Francis with Norman E. Morrow officiating. Musical selections were "How Great Thou Art," "My God And I" and "It Is Well With My Soul." Bearers were Don Ayre, Jack Maring, Gene Young, Troy Burr, Lonnie Willis and Claude Gleason. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1982

Ann Ewing (Ewing) McEvoy

Ann Ewing McEvoy passed away suddenly at her home in Benkelman, Neb., on March 12, 1982, after a short illness. She was 79 years of age and had spent most of her lifetime in Benkelman.

Ann was born on July 30, 1902, on the family ranch north of Parks, Neb. Her parents were Samuel M. and Addie Hamilton Ewing. At an early age, Ann moved with the family to Benkelman where she and the other children entered the Benkelman schools. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Ann taught a couple of years in the country schools of Dundy County.

On May 16, 1921, Ann and John M. McEvoy were married. To this union three sons were born, John D., Robert K., and Samuel Patrick.

Ann and Jack spent most of their married life in Benkelman, although their business interests carried them to Imperial and Holdrege, Neb., and Goodland, Kan., for a few years.

In May of 1971, Ann and Jack celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Benkelman, made especially memorable to them by the presence of all of their children and grandchildren as well as other family members and many friends. On June 21, 1974, Jack passed away.

Ann was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Her life centered around Jack and their sons, Jack, Bob and Pat and their families. She became a member of the United Presbyterian Church while young and loved and worked in the church all of her life. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the D.A.R. Her community activities were many and varied, including the Benkelman Woman's Club, the Library Board, and the Reading Club.

Ann was a cheerful, smiling and friendly person. She loved people and would listen to and be concerned about their problems.

Ann is survived by her three sons and their families: Dr. Samuel Patrick McEvoy of Scottsdale, Ariz., John D. McEvoy and wife Jerry, of Hays, Kan., their three children Colleen, and husband, Thomas Strayer, of Hill City, Kan., and Claudia McEvoy of San Francisco, Calif., Robert K. McEvoy and wife, Dee, of Burwell, Neb., their son, Michael and wife, Carolyn, of Palisade, Colo.; and daughter, Ann Elizabeth, and husband, Charles Henderson, of Littleton, Colo. Ann had four great-grandchildren: John and Matthew Strayer and Adam and Paige McEvoy.

Also surviving Ann are three sisters: Ida Toler, Gladys Borchert and Florence Ewing, all of Benkelman, and one brother, Robert L. Ewing, of Tempe, Ariz.
 
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack, three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 15, 1982, at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Benkelman, Neb. Rev. Everett Erickson officiated. Anna Benge played the organ with Pastor Gary Karoly singing "Ivory Palaces," and "How Great Thou Art."

Pallbearers were Mason Jones, Vinton Jones, Bill Osborn, Stanley Jones, Dale Bauer and John Ham.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with committal service by Chapter No. 233, O. E. S.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1915

Ann (Moran) McEvoy

Mrs. Ann McEvoy, a long-time resident of Benkelman, passed away at her home on Chief Street Sunday morning, March 14, at 8:00.

Mrs. McEvoy was born in Westmeath, Ireland, 74 years ago, coming to this country when a small child.

She was married to John McEvoy in Clinton County, New York, and made their home in Ogdensburg, New York, for a number of years. She came to Benkelman, Nebraska, in the fall of 1885 to join her husband, who came here nearly two years before her.

She leaves to mourn her loss one son, one daughter and six grandchildren. Two children died in Ogdensburg and her husband in Benkelman 14 years ago.

Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a maiden name of “Moran”, a date of birth as 1841, a date of death as 3-15-1915, and as the wife of John F., Jr.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1995

Doris Leora Beatrice (Sparks) McEvoy

Doris Leora Beatrice (Sparks) McEvoy was born to Curtis Henry and Indiana Abilene (Kendall) Sparks on May 30, 1909, in Glade, Kansas, and died at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, on January 14, 1995, at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 15 days.

She began her school years in Glade and completed her education through the eighth grade in Atwood, Kansas.

She moved with her family to Benkelman in 1927 where she lived the remainder of her life.

She was united in marriage to Leo "Irish" Francis McEvoy on December 23, 1930, in Benkelman. To this union seven children were born: Indiana Angeline, Curtis Leo, Doris Marie, Rosemary, Frank Leon, Geraldine Gay and Janet Maxine.

Her work career included being a domestic, a waitress and caring for family and friends who were sick and in need--often ignoring her own well-being because she was needed more by someone else. She was a loving mother to her large family.

Mrs. McEvoy loved her gardening and flowers. It gave her pleasure to share things she grew with family and friends. She felt she had to keep her hands busy, even when she was sitting. She made rugs and crocheted during her rest times. She made afghans for all of her children and her 27 grandchildren.

Many can attest to how much she loved to joke and laugh and bring laughter into everyone's life. She never wanted a bundle of money. She always said that her children were her riches and treasure.

The Senior Center was an important part of her life when her health was good. She looked forward to the excursions on the mini-bus and her meals with friends at the center. She especially enjoyed the music and playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a baby brother, Dale; two brothers. Harvey and Lyle, and her husband.

Survivors include her seven children: Indiana Wood of Fairbanks, Alaska; Curtis McEvoy of Fort Collins, Colorado; Doris and her husband, Bill Randall, of Akron , Colorado; Rosemary Sauvage of Havensville, Kansas; Frank and his wife, Margaret, of Oberlin, Kansas; Geraldine and her husband, Bob Turpin, of Stratton, Nebraska, and Janet and her husband, Norman Lee, of Anchorage, Alaska.

 
Others surviving her are her sisters, Alice Ellis of Benkelman and Elma Merrill of Moscow Mills, Missouri; 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A graveside service with interment was held Thursday, January 19, 1995, at 10:30 a.m. at the Benkelman Cemetery with the Rev. Noel Cisneros officiating. Robbie Turpin sang “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder," “The Old Rugged Cross" and "Over The Rainbow."

Bearers were Lewis Wood, Steven Wood, Danny Wood, Randy Wood, Phillip Wood, Donovan McEvoy, Harold E. Brown, Floyd E. Brown, Charles Sauvage, Chris Sauvage, Robert F. Turpin. Vincent N. Turpin, Norman K. Lee, Lonnie McEvoy, Evan McEvoy and Stanley McEvoy.

Jones Funeral Home of BenkeLman was in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1992

Geraldine "Jerry" B. (VanRiper) McEvoy

HAYS. Kan.—Geraldine "Jerry" B. (VanRiper) McEvoy died February 17, 1992, at the Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus, in Hays, Kansas, at the age of 67 years. She was born on October 9, 1924, in Groton, South Dakota, to Frank and Katie (Koch) VanRiper.

Jerry was the youngest of eight children: Elwin, Marvel, Milton, Kenneth, June, Marcella, Lorraine and herself. Only two remain of these children, Marvel (VanRiper) Menninga and Lorraine (VanRiper) Roth.

Jerry spent her childhood in Groton and graduated from Groton High School with the Class of 1942. She was an excellent student and found time for band where she specialized in percussion and was active in the Groton High School pep club.

After graduating from high school, she moved to a larger community nearby where job opportunities were available. At Aberdeen, South Dakota, she began her 40-year career as a legal secretary.

It was in Aberdeen during the war years that Jerry met Jack McEvoy of Benkelman, Nebraska. Jack was assigned to the Signal Corp Advanced Training School in Aberdeen. Jack and Jerry were married on November 20, 1943, at Camp Crowder, Missouri, Chapel 800, where Jack was stationed for basic training during World War II.

To this union, two children were born: Colleen Ann (McEvoy) Strayer, born July 10, 1947, and Claudia Gay McEvoy, born September 20, 1949.

Jack was involved with broadcasting, television and cable television for most of his career. His work required the family to live in several different communities during their marriage of more than 48 years.

Jerry continued her career as a legal secretary after the two daughters started school, working for lawyers in Benkelman and Minden, Nebraska, and Goodland and Hays. Before retiring in 1983, she worked for the firm of Jeter and Larson in Hays for 14 years.

Jerry was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the United Methodist Church of Hays. Also during her working years, she belonged to organizations for legal secretaries and other women's and service clubs in the various communities in which she and her family lived.

Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

 
She is survived by her husband, John D. "Jack" McEvoy of their home in Hays; two daughters, Colleen Strayer and her husband, Tom, of Hill City, Kansas, and Claudia McEvoy of San Francisco, California; two grandsons, John Paul Strayer of Lenexa, Kansas, and Mathew Alan Strayer, a student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence: two sisters, Marvel Menninga of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Lorraine Roth of Milwaukee, Oregon, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held Friday, February 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Betty Erdman at the organ accompanied M.D. Sailors, Wilbur Case and Richard Bartholomew with the selection "How Great Thou Art" and the solo, “The Lord's Prayer," by Bartholomew.

Bearers were John Strayer, Mathew Strayer, Chuck Henderson, Frank McEvoy, Bill Osborn and Ron Jones.

Committal was by Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star, with interment in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2008

Claudia G. McEvoy

Claudia G. McEvoy was born September 20, 1949 at Benkelman, Nebraska, the daughter of John D. and Geraldine (Van Reiper) McEvoy.

She was raised in Goodland and Hays, Kansas, and attended Goodland High School before moving to Hays where she graduated from Hays High. After graduation, Claudia chose the University of Kansas for her college, and was very successful and active in the student government throughout her years at KU. She graduated in 1970 with her Bachelor of Arts degree.

After traveling throughout the Midwest, Claudia settled in San Francisco, California. She lived for 30 years in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco working as a computer systems analyst. Claudia owned her own computer software company before moving to the Wells Fargo Financial Corporation. There she continued her work as a software analyst and became a manager in the web site area. She was involved in the community throughout her years in San Francisco and worked and volunteered tirelessly for the Gay and Lesbian Community.

Claudia, age 58, lost her battle with lung cancer and died peacefully on August 2, 2008, surrounded by friends, at the Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her life-partner, Judy Duncan; her parents, John D. "Jack" and Geraldine "Jerry" McEvoy; her sister, Coleen Strayer; her grandparents, John M. and Ann Ewing McEvoy; and various aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Survivors include her aunts, Lodema (Dee) McEvoy of Greeley, Colorado, and Loraine Roth of Milwaukee, Oregon; her nephews: John Strayer and wife, Pam and their daughter, Megan of Kimberling City, Missouri, and Matt Strayer of Lenexa, Kansas; cousins, Mike McEvoy and wife, Carolyn of Palisade, Colorado, Ann McEvoy Henderson and husband, Charles of Greeley, Colorado; Adam McEvoy wife, Daisy, son Noah and daughter Lilly of Palisade, Colorado, Paige McEvoy of Denver, Colorado, and Merilyn Menninga of Buffalo, Minnesota.

A celebration of Claudia's life was held in San Francisco on August 9, 2008. A family graveside service and private inurnment was held at the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebraska on Saturday, August 16, 2008.

It is suggested that memorial gifts and contributions be made to the Susan G. Koman Foundation in your area.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1912

James T. McEvoy

James T. McEvoy, for 28 years a resident of Benkelman and Dundy County, died Monday afternoon at 4:30 of heart failure.

Mr. McEvoy had not been feeling well for the past two weeks, although he continued to work at his trade of blacksmith. Monday afternoon he went to the blacksmith shop of A.W. Laumann to have his assist in setting a wagon tire. He sat down in a chair to the shop and conversed with different people, seemingly in his usual good health, when Mr. Laumann noticed him throw up his hands.

Realizing what was happening, he summoned help and the dying man was carried to his room close by and Dr. J. G. Walthall summoned, but he breathed his last shortly after the doctor's arrival.

Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 1-3-1860 and a death date of 6-3-1912.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1999

John D. "Jack" McEvoy

WICHITA, Kan.–John D. "Jack" McEvoy, 76, passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., from complications of a stroke he suffered Jan. 29, 1999. He was born June 11, 1922, in Benkelman, Neb., to John M. and Ann (Ewing) McEvoy and attended high school in Benkelman. He graduated, president of his class, in 1940.

After graduation he worked briefly in southern California. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 4th Signal Company of the 4th Infantry Division. He received training at the Army Signal Corps Radio School in Aberdeen, S.D., where he met Geraldine "Jerry" VanRiper. They were united in marriage at Camp Crowder, Mo., on Nov. 20, 1943.

After his discharge in October 1945, Jack began his life-long career in the then-new broadcast industry called television. For the next 40-plus years, he helped expand and refine the television business throughout markets in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. When cable television appeared in the late 1960s, Jack joined the new wave in communications, helping to bring the service to many towns in the Midwest. He helped build and manage cable systems in Goodland, Hays, Ellis and Herrington. Kan., and South Sioux City, Neb., among others. He retired from KAYS Inc. in 1989 after more than 30 years of employment.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife who died Feb. 17, 1992, and a daughter, Colleen Strayer.

He is survived by his new wife, Mary K., of Hays; a daughter, Claudia McEvoy, of San Francisco, Calif.; a brother. Robert, and his wife. Dee, of Palisade, Colo.; a grandson, John Strayer, his wife, Pam, and their daughter, Megan, of Grandview, Mo.; a grandson, Matt Strayer, of Overland Park, Kan., and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for John McEvoy were held Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Mary Margaret Powell was the organist. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." A committal service was offered by Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M.

Casket bearers were John and Matt Strayer and Chuck Henderson. Honorary casket bearers were Robert McEvoy and Bob Ewing.

Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery with the American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178 conducting the military rites.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1941

John Francis McEvoy

John Francis McEvoy, son of John and Ann McEvoy, was born at Keysville, New York, January 14, 1871 and died May 1, 1941.

As an infant he moved with his parents to Ogdensburg, New York, where he grew up and attended school. Then in late fall of 1885, he with his mother and sister, joined his father in Benkelman. His father had taken up land and a tree claim. The family lived there for several years.

Then in 1893 John F. McEvoy married Emmeline Sherbert, who died in 1913. To this union seven children were born, Edna, who died in 1920, Erma Stamm, John M. and Leo McEvoy of Benkelman, Ann Jokerst of Norton, Kansas; Emmeline Pitner of Stratton, Nebraska and Willie, who died at the age of three years. He has lilved on the farm three and a half miles southwest of Benkelman all these years.

In 1930 he married Gertrude VanBuskirk, who cared for him in his last illness. He had been in poor health for almost three years.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Gertrude; two sons, John and Leo; three daughters, Erma, Ann and Emmeline and one sister, Lizzie McEvoy.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, May 3, at St. Joseph's Catholic church, by Rev. Father Kolar.

The pall bearers were P. E. O'Brien, J. Reining, P. R. Wakefield, J. A. McDonald, T. J. O'Leary and A. J. Grimmeis.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1974

John Murdock McEvoy

John M. McEvoy passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Friday after a short illness. He was 76 years old and had spent most of his lifetime in Benkelman.

In his lifetime he saw Benkelman emerge from a small homestead community into its present status. He was born of pioneer parents and as a young man was active in community affairs beginning his career in the business world as a clerk and later manager of the Paul Jones Hardware. He was well known by all the pioneers who enjoyed his wit and friendship. In later years he went from the merchandising field into the livestock business and was highly regarded in that field also.

John Murdock McEvoy was born September 4, 1898, at Benkelman, Nebraska. His parents were John and Emmeline Sherbert McEvoy. Both the McEvoy and Sherbert families were pioneer families of Dundy County, Nebraska.

He attended the Benkelman schools and graduated from high school with the class of 1916.

In 1921 he was married to Ann Ewing. To this union three sons were born: John D. of Hays, Kansas, Robert K. of Burwell, Nebraska and S. Patrick of Tuba City, Arizona.

In the 1920's Mr. McEvoy was associated with the J. C. Penney Company at Imperial, Nebraska. Later the family moved back to Benkelman where he bought cattle for the Shurtleff & Jones Company.

For several years Mr. McEvoy and his sons owned and operated the Goodland Livestock & Commission Co. at Goodland, Kansas.

After he reached the age of retirement, he had part-time employment with the Top Hat Flying Service. He enjoyed this association very much,

Mr. McEvoy was a member of the United Presbyterian Church where he was presently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was also a member of Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F.& A.M.

He passed away at the Dundy County Hospital Friday, June 21, 1974. He is survived by his wife, Ann; his sons, John and his wife, Jerry; Robert and his wife, Dee, and Patrick; four grandchildren, Colleen and her husband, Tom Strayer of Hill City, Kansas; Michael McEvoy and his wife, Carolyn of Burwell, Nebraska; Claudia McEvoy of Hays, Kansas; and Ann Elizabeth McEvoy of Denver, Colorado. He also leaves three great-grandsons, John and Mathew Strayer and Adam McEvoy.

 
Also among the survivors are his three sisters, Erma Stamm and husband Roy of Benkelman, Nebraska, Ann Jokerst and husband, Carl, of Tucson, Arizona and Emmeline Pitner and husband Albert of Dubois, Wyoming and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.

Jack McEvoy met and talked with anyone, most of whom responded to his clever Irish wit. He was a kind and loving man and much loved by his family.

Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian Church in Benkelman on Monday morning with the Rev. Allan Martin  officiating. LaNeta Anderson was the soloist and Anna Benge, the organist. Casket bearers were Vinton Jones, John Ham, Mason Jones, Dale Bauer, Bill Osborne and Bradley Waters. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1959

Lizzie McEvoy

Miss Lizzie McEvoy, pioneer Benkelman business woman, passed away at the Morehouse Hospital at 1:50 a.m., Tuesday morning after an illness of several weeks complicated by injuries sustained in a fall from her bed at her Chief street home three weeks ago. Altho her condition had been critical for many days at the time of her demise, she was showing much improvement and her doctors believed that her chances for survival were much improved. She had suffered a fractured hip and arm in the fall. 

Miss McEvoy came to Benkelman in 1886 with her family to join her father who had established a blacksmith shop here in 1883. Her father established a furniture store and undertaking business early in the history of the town and Miss McEvoy joined her father as a mortician in 1920 after attending a Chicago school. The McEvoy establishment has been at the same location since the beginning, altho the present building replaced a previous frame building which was destroyed by fire in 1906.

For many years Miss McEvoy operated the only furniture store and undertaking establishment in Benkelman. During the greater part of her service as a mortician the business was carried on without the advantages of a funeral home. The present McEvoy mortuary was built in the declining years of Miss McEvoy's years of service and in fact it was used but a few times as failing health forced Miss McEvoy to a life of less public activity and her business operations in the furniture line also were abandoned. For  the past fifteen years Miss McEvoy had been more or less confined to her home by her delicate health situation.

Miss McEvoy was the last of her family and is survived by the children of her brother, the late Jack McEvoy. They are Leo McEvoy and Mrs. Irma Stamm of Benkelman, Jack McEvoy, Sr., of Holdrege, Mrs. Annie Jokerst of Denver and Mrs. Emmaline Pitner of DuBois, Wyoming.

Relatives have been unable to determine the age of Miss McEvoy but it is generally considered that she was between 91 and 93 years of age.

Funeral services are being arranged by the Laughlin Funeral Home for Friday morning with; the Rev. Fa. Francis Murphy officiating at St. Joseph's church in Benkelman of which Miss McEvoy was a member. The Rosary will be on Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock at the Laughlin Funeral Home. The funeral hour will be ten o'clock Friday morning.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2007

Robert K. McEvoy

Robert K. McEvoy was born September 2, 1924 at Benkelman, Nebraska to Jack and Ann McEvoy. He married Lodema Dee Lavell on February 9, 1947 in Benkelman, Nebraska.  He passed away on December 13, 2007 at the hospital in Greeley, CO.

Robert was born and raised in Benkelman, Nebraska. He served his country in the Navy and prior to that was a member of the Merchant Marines. Robert was a radio announcer in Goodland, Kansas and started his banking career at the 1st National Bank in Goodland. He was the President at the Bank of Brady in Brady, Nebraska as well as the Bank of Burwell in Burwell, Nebraska. Before retiring, Bob and Dee moved to Palisade, Colorado where Bob finished his financial career at the Palisade National Bank. He was active in the Methodist Church in Palisade. In every community where Bob resided he was active in the Chamber of Commerce, the Mason's, and the Elk's. He was a gentle, caring, family man who enjoyed reading, hunting, and golf. Bob and Dee moved to the Greeley community in 2006. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lodema "Dee" of Greeley; son, Michael (Carolyn) McEvoy of Palisade, CO; daughter, Ann (Charles) Henderson of Greeley, CO; grandchildren, Adam (Daisy) McEvoy of Palisade and Paige McEvoy of Palisade; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Lilly McEvoy of Palisade.

Bob was preceded in death by is parents, two brothers Jack and Pat McEvoy and 1 sister-in-law Jerry McEvoy.

A private inurnment will take place later in the Benkelman, Nebraska, cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Patty Darbonne Walter Nursing Scholarship Fund in care of the Colorado Nurse Foundation with a note explaining the donors wishes: To: Corinne Koehler, Treasurer CNF 7831 Lewis Ct., Arvada, CO 80005.

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Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, April 2008

COLORADO -- Robert K. McEvoy, 83, died Dec. 13, 2007, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. 

He was born Sept. 2, 1924, at Benkelman, Neb., to Jack and Anne (Ewing) McEvoy and attended school in Benkelman. 

He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy and received his honorable discharge in 1946. 
 
He was united in marriage to Lodema E. Lavell. 

A memorial service with military honors will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. (MDT) at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, PMA, officiating. Services will conclude at the chapel. There will be no visitation or viewing. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman. 



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1987

Samuel Patrick McEvoy

A memorial service will be held for Samuel Patrick McEvoy at the Jones Funeral Home in Benkelman on Monday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m., with graveside military honors by the Benkelman American Legion Post No. 65. Mr. McEvoy died on December 16, 1987, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, at the age of 61. His remains were cremated according to his wishes.

Mr. McEvoy was born February 26, 1926, in Stratton, Nebraska, to John M. and Ann (Ewing) McEvoy. He spent his childhood and graduated from high school in Benkelman, Nebraska. He received a bachelor's and master's degrees at Wesleyan University in Lincoln and a master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. He spent his entire working life teaching in public schools and colleges in Nebraska. Kansas. Wyoming, Utah and Arizona.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, an Arizona American Legion Post and the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity. Mr. McEvoy served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater.

He is survived by two brothers, John D. of Hays, Kansas, and Robert K. of Palisade, Colorado.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1909

Willie McEvoy

The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family of John McEvoy, residing two miles southwest of Benkelman in the death of their son and brother, Willie, who departed this life Wednesday night after a short illness of spinal meningitis. The child was about four years old.

Researcher note: Burial records for the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 4-13-1906 and a death date of 10-13-1909.  Also shown as the son of John F., Sr., and Emeline.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1978

Esther S. McFadden

Services were held Sat., July 8, 1978 at 10:00 a.m. for Esther S. McFadden at the United Methodist Church in Stratton, Nebr.

Ms, McFadden was born May 1, 1906 in Bloomington, Nebr. and died July 5, 1978 at the Dundv County Hospital in BenkeIman, Nebr.

Officiating the services was Rev. Willard Scott. Organist was Marie Kleinschmidt with Daniel Rife. Richard Stabler, Phil Olson and Wallace Gummere singing the selections, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Gene Kleinschmidt, Bill Latta. Kerry Krutsinger, Herman Bley, Wayne Roschewski and Bert Latta.

Interment was in the Trenton Cemetery in Trenton, Nebr. Committal service was by Ola Chapter, No. 317, of Stratton, Nebr.

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


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1980

Gertrude Eliza (Nickel) McFarland

Funeral services for Gertrude E. McFarland were held Tues., April 22 at the Wray United Methodist Church. Rev. Morris Coggin officiated. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery.

Gertrude Eliza Nickel, child of James Nickel and Rebecca Darland, was born at Red Oak, Iowa and departed this life at Wray, CO April 19, 1980 at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 27 days.

She moved from Iowa at age 11 years to Delta, CO, a year later moved with the family to Holyoke, CO.

On Sept 29, 1915 she was married to James E. McFarland. To this union were born two daughters, May of San Juan Capistrano, CA and Edith of Wray, CO.

Gertrude was the only daughter and youngest of eight children. Her brothers have all preceded her in death.

Gertrude and Ed lived on a cattle ranch north of Haigler retiring from ranching in 1949 to live in Laird, CO. She moved to Wray in 1979.

She leaves to mourn her passing her two daughters, May and Edith, two sons-in-law, six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me.
May there be no moaning at the bar When I put out to sea.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1996

Floy V. (Pratt) McGaughey

Huntington Beach, Calif. – Floy V. McGaughey was born Oec, 15, 1915. to James and Pearl (Thornton) Pratt in Arkansas. She died Nov. 13, 1996. in her home in Huntington Beach, Calif.

She married Harold McGaughey Nov. 1, 1932, in Colorado. To this union one child was born, Leola F.

She was employed as a cook at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb., from 1955 to 1983. She moved to Huntington Beach in 1991 to a retirement center to be near her family and enjoy her great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971 and her prarents, three brothers and two sisters,.

Survivors Include her daughter, Leola, and her husband, Don Thompson, two grandsons, Mike and his wife, Deanna, and Randy and his wife, Diana, and three great-grandsons, Cole, Garrett and David, all of Huntington Beach; a sister, Peggy. aud her husband, LeRoy Stewart, Casper, Wyo.; four sisters-in-law, Velma McGaughey and Helen Hathaway of Wray, Colo. and Bea Pratt and Mary Pratt, of Denver, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She will be missed by her family and all the people who knew this loving, giving, wonderful lady.

Final rites for Floy McGaughey were held Tuesday, Nov, 19, 1996, at 10 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, P.M .A. , officiating. Elaine Blank was the organist and Joan Vontz sang "In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art." Bearers were Randy and Mike Thompson, Mark Rosenfelt, Monty Hansen, Tom Nozicka and Bobbie Behlke, Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery at Wray. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of local arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1908

Arthur McGilvery

Arthur McGilvery, who located on a Kinkaid homestead 17 miles northwest of Benkelman a few months ago, died at his home Wednesday morning from lung trouble, from which he had been a constant suffer for several years.

Funeral services were held at the Mt. Emmett Church yesterday by the Rev. Gillett, and interment made in the Sleeper Valley Cemetery.

Deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his departure.

(Researcher note: Arthur was married to Gladys Korb.  He was born on 4-11-1877 and died on 3-18-1908.  He was buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Dundy county, NE.)



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1982

Harry John McGinley

Friends in Dundy County have received word of the death of Harry John McGinley, 69,
on October 10, 1982, in Nyssa, Oregon.

Mr. McGinley died in his home of natural causes.

He is remembered in this region because of his service as a teacher and coach at Haigler High School. It is believed he was at Haigler in the late 1930's and early 1940's.

His wife, Ruth Tennant, was a BenkeIman girl.

The following obituary appeared in the Idaho Statesman which is printed in Boise, Idaho.

Harry John McGinley was born, August 23, 1913, in Odell, Nebraska, son of Harry and Josephine McGinley. He was raised and educated in Odell.

He attended college in Atchison, Kansas, and graduated from Peru State Teacher's College in Nebraska in 1935. He taught at Filley and Haigler.

He married Ruth Marie Tennant in Mitchell, Nebraska on August 5, 1939. He taught in
Alexandria, Nebraska; Grants, New Mexico; Weston, Oregon; Redmond, Oregon and Fruitland, Idaho, before moving to Nyssa, Oregon, in 1950.

He taught and coached sports in Nyssa until 1978 when he retired. He was a member of St, Bridget's Catholic Church in Nyssa and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 2134 In Nyssa.

Surviving include his wife of Nyssa; four daughters, Ms. Kathleen Oliver, Ms. Patricia McGinley West, both of Eugene, Oregon, Mrs. John (Ruth Ann) Rossow of Harrisburg, Oregon, and Mrs. James (Colleen) Teresa Edens of Boise, Idaho; four sisters, Josephine Zumbahlen, Abby McGinley, Anna Bolijak, all of Odell, Nebraska, and Octavia Koppes of Marysville, Kansas; one brother, Robert McGinley of Marysville, Kansas; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

Memorials can be made to the Nyssa High School Athletic Fund in care of Lienkaernper Chapel, Nyssa, Oregon.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1977

Abigail Janett (Dunham) McGlashan

Abigail Janett McGlashan was born June 11, 1876 at Lexington, N.Y. to Addison James Dunham and Ann Elizabeth Ford Dunham. She passed away at the Dundy County Hospital, Benkelman, Neb., on Jan. 11, 1977 at the age of 100 years and 7 months.

She was united in marriage to Orland William McGlashan at Gilferd, New York on January 2, 1902. To this union two children were born, a son, Ward LeRoy and a daughter, Leah Mae.

In 1916 Mrs. McGlashan came to Dundy County, Neb. with her family to make their home on a farm north of Parks. She lived in Dundy County for the remainder of her life.

She was a member of the Parks Methodist Church and for many years devoted much of her time and energy to the activities of the church.

The kind and genteel nature of Abbie was always available and much appreciated by her friends and neighbors who needed her aid and comfort in the early years of Dundy County development.

She celebrated her 100th birthday anniversary last June at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home where spent the last year.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; 4 brothers and 2 sisters; her husband Orland William; daughter Leah Mae West and son Ward LeRoy. She is survived by daughter-in-law Gladys McGlashan; two granddaughters; Doris Clegg Doyle of Colorado Springs and Shirley Cunningham Friedman of Denver; six great grandchildren; Beverly Jean Clegg Lamb, Robert Kent Clegg, Ronald Lynn Cunningham, Michael Ray Cunningham, Susan Kay Cunningham and Steven Craig Cunnimgham . She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families in New York State and West Virginia.

She was lovingly called "Grandma" by friends of all ages. After her eyesight failed, she enjoyed even more her many friends who brightened her days with their visits and calls.
She will be long and lovingly remembered by her family for the love, devotion, and kindness so unselfishly given them for so many years.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1977

Abigail J. (Dunham) McGlashan

Abigail J. McGlashan was born June 11, 1876 in Lexington, New York. She passed away January 11, 1977 at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelrnon and services were Saturday, January 15, 1977 at 10:30 a.m. from the United Methodist Church, Benkelman. She was 100 at the time of passing.

Rev. Allan Martin officiated. Betty Erdman was organist and Dan Brown was soloist. Songs were "The Old Rugged Cross" and “In the Sweet Bye and Bye."

Bearers were Ray Harford, Kenneth Brown, Bus Krutsinger, Hal Tacker, John Dunn and Jude Lemmert.

Interment was at Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home In charge of arrangements.

(Researcher note: Burial records of the Benkelman cemetery show a birth date of 6-11-1876 and a death date of 1-11-1977.  The records also a maiden of “Dunham” and that she was the wife of Orlando.)


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1987

Gladys Abbie (Richard) McGlashan

Gladys Abbie McGlashan was born April 17, 1903, at Parks, Nebraska, to John and Salina (Wilson) Richard, and died March 31, 1987, at the Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the age of 83. She lived all of her life in Dundy County, Nebraska, and was well-known by the residents of this area,

She was married to Ward L. McGlashan at Wray, Colorado, in 1926, and this marriage was blessed with two daughters: Shirley and Doris. Ward and Gladys farmed north of Parks and were active in many county activities. In October 1975 Gladys moved to Benkelman. She attended the dinners at the Senior Citizens' Center nearly every day and enjoyed seeing and visiting with her friends.

She was an active member of the Benkelman Methodist Church and enjoyed attending U.M.W. and Circle meetings and the various activities of her church.

She was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing with her family, was a member of the Benkelman Woman's Club and the Tehama Shriners.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Ward, who died in 1975; two sisters, Mollie and Olive; two brothers, Jasper and Aubrey, and a grandson, Michael Ray Cunningham.

Survivors include two daughters: Shirley and her husband, Barry Friedman, of Golden, Colorado, and Doris and her husband, Tom Doyle, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren; one sister, Emma Penn of Benkelman, Nebraska; one sister-in-law, Nellie Richard of St Francis, Kansas; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held April 3, 1987, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Betty Erdman and she accompanied Richard Bartholomew as he sang the selections "Amazing Grace" and "In The Garden."

Bearers were Ward Felzien, Billie Baney, Merle Richard, Leon Baney Jr., Everett Stute and Dan Brown.

Honorary bearers were Kenneth Brown, Don Harford, Max Cline and Urlin McCartney.

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



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1975

Ward LeRoy McGlashan

Ward LeRoy McGlashan was born May 9, 1905 at Tannersville, New York to Orland William McGlashan and Abigail J. Dunham. He passed away at the Cambridge, Nebraska hospital June 9, 1975 at the age of 70 years and one month,

In 1916 he and his family came to Nebraska to make their home on a farm north of Parks. He lived in Dundy County for the remainder of his life. He attended school in Dundy County, graduating from the Benkelman High School with the class of 1923.

On July 24, 1926, he was united in marriage to Gladys Abbie Richard at Wray, Colorado. To this union two daughters were born, Doris Mae and Shirley Ann.

Ward was very active in the community serving on the school board, active in the building of the Parks Methodist Church and serving on the church board, 4-H council, Extension Board, Fair Board, North Platte Experiment Station Advisory Council, Cemetery Board, Farm Bureau and many others. His community service was rewarded in 1954 by being given the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award and in 1966 by being named an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. He received one year the Nebraska Outstanding Methodist Layman Award.

He served on the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home Board from its beginning and was administrator at the Home for nearly five years. While at the Home he enjoyed teaching the Sunday School Mass on many occasions.

He was instrumental in developing the Dundy County Certified Seed Growers Association and was a large producer of Certified Sudan Grass Seed for many years. He was awarded numerous State Fair Grand Championships for his Sudan Grass Seed, and in 1962 his farm was named the Outstanding Conservation Farm by the Dundy County Soil and Water Conservation District.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, serving in many capacities within Justice Lodge No 180 Benkelman, Nebraska, becoming a Shriner in the Tehama Shrine. He was honored to be named as Assistant Custodian of Grand Lodge AF&AM of Nebraska. He devoted much time and derived much pleasure from this position and its opportunities for meeting with and enjoying chapters of the lodges in his area.

Ward was a devoted family man, always available for comfort, love and advice to his loved ones. His strength and faith was an inspiration to all.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Leah Mae West; his father, Orland William, and a son-in-law, Norval Kent Clegg.

 
He is survived by his wife, Gladys; his mother, Abigail; two daughters, Doris Mae Clegg of Colorado Springs and Shirley Ann Cunningham of Denver; and grandchildren, Beverly Jean Clegg Lamb and husband Thomas R. Lamb, Robert Kent Clegg, Ronald Lynn Cunningham, Michael Ray Cunningham, Susan Kay Cunningham and Steven Craig Cunningham. He is also survived by several cousins and their families in New York State and West Virginia.

He leaves an unfillable void in the lives of his loved ones. He will he sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held at the Unite Methodist Church in Benkelinan on Thursday with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and the singers were Lee Gallatin; Ray Balderson, Robert Andrews and Wilbur Case. Casket bearers were Don Hatlord. Harold Allen, Ned Tecker, Gary Krutsinger, Kenneth Brown and J. H. Lemmert. Honorary bearers were Free and Accepted Masons. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1966

Clark McGonagle

Benkelman relatives were advised of the death of Clark McGonagle on Monday of this week. Mr. McGonagle, 82, passed away at an El Cajon, California, hospital about one o'clock Saturday afternoon after a lengthy illness. He lay in a coma for three weeks suffering from a ruptured gall bladder, kidney failure and pneumonia.

Mr. McGonagle spent his early days in Dundy county and several years in the produce business in Akron, Colorado, before moving to California in the middle 1940's. He and his wife, Sylvia, operated a date farm near El Centro, Calif., for several years before moving to their home in El Centro. They spent their summers in the mountains at Quatay, Calif., to escape the desert heat at El Centro. They left the desert in May of 1965 to locate in El Cajon to be near his brother, Harry McGonagle, who lives there.

Funeral services were tentatively arranged at the Lemons-Wiley Mortuary in El Centro for Tuesday of this week. Interment was to be in El Centro.


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

Sarah McGraw

Services were held in the Trickett Funeral Home Tuesday for Sarah McGraw.

Mrs. McGraw came here in 1886 on an immigrant train.  In those days, there was not much in Bird City and the McGraws were considered some of the early pioneers in this area.

Her husband was burned to death in a prairie fire over 56 years ago.

For the last 35 years, Mrs. McGraw has been residing in Boulder, Colorado.  She passed away March 4 in Boulder.  Burial was in the Bird City Cemetery. – Bird City Times


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1998

Wanda Mae (Krutsinger) McGuire

Wanda Mae (Krutsinger) McGuire was born Aug. 19, 1921, at Parks. Neb., the fifth child of Clarence S. and Sarah Grace (Gerver) Krutsinger. She died on Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Lancaster Manor Nursing Home in Lincoln, Neb., where she had resided since December 1995. She was 76 years old.

She grew up in Parks and graduated from Parks High School with the Class of 1938. She received her Teacher's Certificate and taught in Dundy County for seven years.

She married Wayne Micky McGuire on Dec. 15, 1945, at Atwood, Kan., and to this union three children were born: Mike, Jerrilynne and Tom.

She was employed by the McCook Elks for many years and was a favorite waitress for her friends from Benkelman, Neb., and the surrounding area. Wanda owned and operated the 6 & 34 Club from 1963 to 1965.

She was a lifetime member and past president of the McCook Does.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Dec.15, 1985; their son, Tom; two brothers, Clarence "Bus" and Louis; a granddaughter, Melaine Anne Unger, and a great-grand daughter, Taryn Mackenzie Jones.

Survivors include her son,and his wife_ Kay. of Lincoln; her daughter, Jerrilynne, and her husband, Jack Unger, of McKinney, Texas; five grandchildren and families: Konia and Tod Jones and son, Tyler, of Unadilla, Neb., Chad and Mary Unger and son, Riley, of Frisco, Texas, Amy Jo and Shawn Lewis of Alameda, Calif., Kimberly and Gregory Bro and daughter, Abagail, of Hickman, Neb., and James McGuire of Lincoln; three sisters: Opal Winston of Benkelman, Evelyn Schauer of Indianapolis, Ind., and Alice Alba of Anaheim, Calif.; a brother, Jerry Krutsinger, of Alliance, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Final rites for Wanda McGuire were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 1998, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, P.M.A., officiating. Elaine Raichart was the organist and Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "How Great Thou Art," "In The Garden" and "Nearer My God To Thee."

Bearers were Chad Unger and Dennis, Bob, Garry, Kerry and Lannie Krutsinger. Honorary bearers were James McGuire II, James McGuire IV, Ron and Bruse Krutsinger, Tony and Dwight Schauer, Rick Alba, Toby, Tyler and Jesse Schneider, George Pearson and Bob Thayer. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1920

La Vina Tena (Yost) McIntire

After an illness, covering but a few short days, Mrs: F. L. McIntire departed this life at the home in this city early Tuesday morning. Services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon by Rev. E. C. Staley and the remains were taken to Swanton, Nebraska,,to be laid to rest in the family cemetery, Tuesday night.

The dleath, of Mrs., McIntire was a shock to the entire community as well as to near relatives, being due to a very acute attack of appendicitis. She was only confined to her bed a short time and the seriousness of her illness developed rapidly in the closing hours and physicians in attendance were unable to combat and stay the progress of the: disease which rapidly claimed the young life. 

Deceased had made Benkelman her home a little over a year during which time she formed many friendships and she will be greatly missed by our people as well as in the home. The grief stricken husband and relatives have the deepest sympathies of all in their sudden loss and bereavement.

La Vina Tena Yost was born November 24th, 1901 at Swanton, Saline county, Nebraska, and died at her home in Benkelman, Nebraska, July 20th, 1920, age 18 years, 8 months and two days.

She was united in marriage to Fonce L. McIntire, June 28th, 1919. To this union one child was born, Arnold Ross. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, baby, father, mother and nine sisters and brothers and many relatives and friends.

While at home with her parents, she confessed her faith in Christ, and joined the Methodist church in Swanton, Nebraska, where she held her membership at the time of her death.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2008

Robert "Bob" McIntire

Funeral services for Robert "Bob" McIntire, 84, of Levelland, TX, were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Second Baptist Church, Levelland, with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor, officiating.

Burial was in the City of Levelland Cemetery under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland.

He died at 2:40 a.m., Friday, August 29, 2008 at Covenant Medical Center, Levelland.

He was born on December 18, 1923 in Leuders, Texas.

He moved to Levelland in 1959. He married Gertrude Potter on November 14, 1948 in Kermit. He owned and operated Bob's Rental Service, and he was a member of Second Baptist Church, Levelland. He also served in World War II in the United States Navy.

He is survived by his wife Gertrude McIntire of Levelland; three sons: Larry McIntire of Levelland, David McIntire of Pflugerville, and James McIntire of Lubbock; three brothers: Wilburn McIntire of Harper, Clay McIntire of Las Cruces, NM, and Don McIntire of Fort Worth; three sisters: Lillie Tidwell of Stamford, Sue Robbins of Buffalo, Minnesota, and Alma Pittman of Ardmore, OK; six grandchildren; Amy Montez, Nicci Palermo, Laura Bailey, Jeff McIntire, Robby McIntire, and Nathan McIntire; seven great grandchildren; Amanda McIntire, Jaramya Montez, Olivia Palermo, Caitlin and Kylie McIntire, and Brooke and Kristopher Michael Bailey.

To leave online condolences go to www.mem.com.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1995

Lewis Roy McKain

TRENTON, Neb. – Lewis Roy McKain was born August 26, 1912, at the family home near Beardsley, Rawlins County, Kansas, to Roy and Sophia (Kletchka) McKain. He died at his home in Trenton July 1, 1995, at the age of 82.

He attended Prairie View Country School one mile north of his childhood home. On March 20, 1942, he joined the Army, from which he was honorably discharged December 7, 1945, a veteran of World War II.

He married Dolores Haller June 19, 1952, at St. John's Catholic Church near Beardsley.

He worked for the county in Rawlins County, Kansas, and spent many years farming in Rawlins County and in Hitchcock County in Nebraska.

He was a member of the Trenton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. James Catholic Church in Trenton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Oscar and Ralph, and three grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, of Trenton; their 14 children, Shirley and husband, Hal McConnell, of Trenton. Gary and wife, Linda, of Benkelman. Nebraska, DeWayne and wife, Lori, of North Platte, Nebraska, Leo and wife, Coleen of McCook, Nebraska, Gene and wife, Madelyn, of Culbertson, Nebraska, Dale of Wheatland, Wyoming, Diane and husband Ken Specht of Lamar, Colorado, Roger of Trenton, Sandra of San Bernardino, California, Susan and husband, Rich Brown, of McCook, Karen and husband, Tim Shepherd of McCook and Bruce, Regina and Peggy of Trenton; 28 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Gertrude Antholz of St. Francis, Kansas, Blanche and husband, Gene Koons, of Stratton, Nebraska, and Irene and husband, Irvin Hopkins, of Loveland, Colorado.

Mass of the Resurrection was Wednesday, July 5, 1995, at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Trenton.

Celebrant was the Rev. Philip Luther with Larry Forbes the lector and Allan McConnell, David McKain and Cody Lashley, servers. Valerie and Linnette McConnell and Marsha and Melissa McKain provided the offertory.

Usher was Bob Hrnchir, Ben Baker the organist and Becky and Hal Antholz the vocalists. Musical selections were "Only A Shadow," "Be Not Afraid," "On Eagle's Wings," "Song Of Farewell" and "The Old Rugged Cross."

 
Bearers were Craig Cole, Jeff Cole, Roy Koons, Robert Antholz, Danny O'Byrne. Robert McConnell, Gilbert Antholz, Larry McKain, Charlie Mack and Steve Forbes.

Committal service was by Stelgas Baker Post No. 337 with interment at Trenton Cemetery in Trenton. Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1955

Hugh James McKay

Hugh James McKay, son of William and Christine McKay, was born on Prince Edward Island in the Dominion of Canada on the 23rd day of August, 1893, and passed away at the Wray Hospital in Wray, Colorado, on the 25th day of January, 1955, at the age of sixty-one years, five months and two days. He had not been in good health for the past two years, but about the fifth of January he became ill with influenza and had apparently made recovery from that and worked on his books on Monday but that evening he became seriously ill and entered the Wray Hospital. About three o'clock  the following morning his heart failed and he passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly. His death came as a great shock to his family and the entire community.

He received his education in the schools of Clifton on Prince Edward Island and grew to manhood there. At the age of twenty-three he was married to Jennie Pigeon, a Canadian girl, and to this union one son, Wallace Fulton McKay, was born. He was employed by the postal department of Canada as a courier and left there when Wallace was two and a half years old, his family following in the spring.

He came to Haigler in December, 1919, at the request of his Canadian friend, Walter S. Found. Mr. Found had previously come to Haigler and gone into partnership with W. F. Wood, pioneer lumberman, and the business was operated under the name of the Wood-Found Lumber Company. Hugh served his employers and the public well in the lumber business and continued there until 1930, when Mr. Found moved to California. Hugh then entered the automobile business and founded the garage which bears his name.

Stark tragedy entered his life on Thanksgiving Day in 1922, when his young wife was burned to death in their home in Haigler. With the help of the beloved Mrs. Lura Roach, the young father and son kept their home together for about five years, when he met and married Miss Lillian Muir, who was teaching in the Haigler schools. Lillian passed away in June, 1948, after a long illness.

In June, 1949, he was married to Dorothy E. Haskin of Benkelman, who, with the help of Wallace and his family, showered him with devotion and loving care through his failing health and illness.

Mr. McKay was baptized in the Presbyterian church in 1907, and remained a firm believer in God and His teachings all of his life. His Christian life found its greatest expression in the Masonic Lodge. He was a Shriner, having traveled both the Scottish Rite and York routes, and had served his local Blue Lodge as Worshipful Master and as Patron of the Holly Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

 
He gave his time and talent generously to his community, serving as treasurer of the school board and as chairman and treasurer of the village board for many years. He had' a prominent part in the establishment of US  Highway 34 through Haigler, the building of the Haigler municipal light system and many other local and community betterments. At the time of his death he was president of the Elmer E. Hester Foundation and gave much of his time to the charitable purposes of that organization. Being of Scotch descent, he loved, laughed at and frequently told stories of the parsimony of that race, yet there was no greater contradiction for he gave generously to charities, churches and needy persons.

He leaves to mourn his passing his widow Dorothy; his son Wallace; his daughter-in-law Edith, and his grandson Ronald James, all of Haigler; one brother, Dan F. McKay; one sister, Della Cole, and one aunt,. Mrs. Franklin Brown, with whom he had lived and loved as a mother. All of the latter still live in New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

All through his business life his watchwords had been courtesy and efficiency. From an old newspaper clipping found among his treasures, we find that on the occasion of his leaving the postal service in Canada, the local newspaper published a tribute written by the minister, saying in part, as follows:

"Someone, we hope, will try to keep up your course and your place but we are ready to challenge the world to give us your equal as a punctual, painstaking and obliging mail driver and friend."

Those qualities remained with him through all his life and endeared him to the people he knew in his later life with the same force as they did to his Canadian friends.

We will all miss Hugh in his old linen duster standing by the gas pump in front of the garage with a smile and a friendly wave to all passers-by, friends and strangers alike. There was never a poor lonely soul whom he did not comfort with his smiling warmth, nor a shamed one that he did not lift from the mud and steady on his stumbling feet. If there was a fight, he was in the core of it holding high the torch of justice as he saw it. It was never too late, nor too cold or disagreeable for him to rescue some stranded motorist or to supply his needs. His garage may be likened to the house by the side of the road and the highway to the highway of life. It was there that his soul found expression—

I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
And the men who are faint
with the strife.
But I turn not away from theirsmiles or their tears
Both parts of an infinite
plan.
Let me live in a house by the
 
side of the road
And be a friend to man.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1995

Gwendolyn Mae (Jorgenson) McKenzie

Gwendolyn Mae McKenzie, longtime resident of McCook, died Wednesday (Aug. 2, 1995) at Cozad, where she had been a resident at South View Manor since 1990. She was 86 years old.

She was born June 16, 1909, in Pottawattamie County, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Before the age of one she moved to Sidney, with her parents, Albert and Mary Jorgenson. She was a graduate of Sidney High School. She studied at Stephens College, then graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and history and a masters degree in mathematics.

She returned to Sidney to begin her teaching career. During World War II, she served as a meterorologist in the Navy. Upon leaving the Navy, she taught at Norfolk Junior College.

On Aug. 19, 1951, she married H.C. "Mac" McKenzie. He died in 1969.

She had taught in McCook Public Schools and at McCook Junior College for 18 years. She served as president of the McCook College Board of Education and, before her retirement, as administrative dean.

After her retirement, she was elected to the Mid-Plains Area Board. She served two terms. She was a member of American Field Service; past-president of the American Association of University Women, and had served as education sponsor for Beta Social Sorority. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church in McCook.

In addition to being a member of the McCook College Foundation, she was a director of the American National Bank of Sidney. She had been active in the Nebraska Arts Council and served for six years as treasurer for the Association of Nebraska Arts Clubs. She was chosen to have one of her pictures hung in the Nebraska State Office Building. In 1980 she was recognized as "The Citizen of the Year" by the McCook Elks Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Delores Harder of Lexington; two grandchildren, Ellen and husband, Doug Cunningham, of Lexington; and John Shurtleff and wife, Cathy, of Grand Island, and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents and brother, Don.

Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, at the First Congregational Church in McCook with the Rev. Philip Ewert officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook.

Visitation will be 1-9 p.m., Friday at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.
 
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimers Foundation in her memory.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of a


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1970

Hartley C. (Mac) McKenzie

Hartley C. (Mac) McKenzie, 69, passed away in St. Catherine's Hospital in McCook. Mr. McKenize, a retired railroad engineer, was a resident of Benkelman for about nine years in the 1930's. During that period he served as a chef and later operated the Cottage Cafe before returning to full time rail employment in the late '30's.

Mr. McKenize began his rail service with the Burlington as a fireman in the late 1920's and served on the extra board in the decade of the great depression. His second profession as a chef served him well during these years. He, his wife Blanche and;
daughter Delores came to Benkelman in 1930, where he was employed in a cafe located in the building occupied by Ireland's department store and operated by the late John S. Hollinger. He always looked forward to the small grain harvest during those years at which time he was called back to rail service. In the intervening years he operated the Cottage Cafe among other enterprises until the economic picture brightened in the late ‘30's and he returned to full time employment with the railroad. For the next three decades he served as engineer on the McCook-Denver division until his retirement in September 1968. He was born in Decatur county, Kansas, on November 17. 1980, and passed away at St. Catherine's Hospital in McCook on Thursday morning, January 29th.

He is survived by his widow, Gwendolyn; one daughter, Mrs. Delores Harder of Ballwin, Missouri; two grandchildren, John Shurtleff of McCook, and Ellen Jean Harder of Ballwin; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Lindquist of Oberlin; Kansas, and Miss Jo-Ann McKenize of Pasadena, California.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the First Congregaitonal Church in McCook with the Rev. John Craig officiating. Interment was in the Memorial Park cemetery under the direction of the  Breland Funeral Chapel.


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

William J. McKillip

William J. McKillip passed away at Salt Lake City Utah.

The remains accompanied by Mrs. McKillip were shipped to Belvidere, Nebraska, for interment. 

He married Miss Florence Stinsman of the Ough Divide.

The young people had gone to Utah with a view of taking government land and had just reached Salt Lake when he was taken ill Monday.  Friday he passed away with Pleuro Pneumonia.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1990

Bessie Fay (Petty) McKinney

WRAY, Colo.— Bessie Fay McKinney, daughter of Clyde A. and Dora Petty, was born June 24, 1914. in Fairfield township of Carroll County, Missouri. She departed this life February 5, 1990, at Renotta Nursing Home in Wray, Colorado. She was 75 years, 6 months and 12 days old.

At the age of two, Bessie moved with her parents and older sister, Lucille, to the Armel community.

Bessie was united in marriage to Dwight E. McKinney on July 9. 1932. To this union, one daughter and three sons were born.

Dwight and Bessie spent the first half of their married life farming and ranching in the Armel community. From there they moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and then retired in Haigler, Nebraska, in 1971. Bessie entered the Renotta Nursing Home in October 1989.

Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight who died July 11, 1982; her parents; three sisters, one who died at birth, Agnes Elizabeth, who died at the age of three, and Lucille Soehner; one grandson, Raymond Samler; and one granddaughter, Misty Lee McKinney.

Bessie is survived by her daughter Iona Samler and her husband, William, of Haigler; sons Dwayne and his wife, Ruth, of Denver, Colorado, and Ronald and Douglas of Phoenix, Arizona; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Lilly McKinney and Myrtle McKinney; brother-in-law Kenneth McKinney; and many nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1982

Dwight Edmond McKinney

Dwight Edmond McKinney was born on July 9, 1911, to Henry E and Florence McKinney at the family home near Armel. Colo, He departed this life on July 11, 1982, at the age of 71 years and 2 days.

He was united in marriage to Bessie Faye Petty on July S, int. To this union one daugtder and three sons were born.

Dwight and Bessie spent the first half of their married life farming and ranching in the Armel community. Later years were spent in Phoenix, Ariz., and Haigler.

He was a loving husband and father. His home and famitly were very dear to him, For many years, he was a dedicated farmer. After his retirement he developed an interest in 
rafting and biking.  Following a kidney transplant in 1974, he enjoyed playing pool with his sons and brother

He was preceded in death by his parents: one brother, Carl McKinney; one nephew, Carroll McKinney and one granddaughter, Misty Lee McKinney

He is survived by his wife, Bessie; suns, Dwayne and wife, Ruth, of Denver, Colo.. Ronald and wife, Marjory, of Phoenix, Ariz., Douglas and wife, Sandra, of Phoenix., Ariz., and daughter, Iona Samler, and husband, William, of Haigler; thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren ; and two brothers, William of Wray, Colo., and Kenneth of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1996

Helen (Greene) McLaughlin

By Granddaughter Renee and Family

CARPINTERIA, Calif.– Helen McLaughlin, my Nana, was born on May 6, 1910, in Hiawatha, Dundy County, Nebraska. She was the seventh child of eight children born to Edward and Anna Greene. Nana had three brothers and four sisters (eldest to the youngest): Marguarite, William, Joseph, Edward, Marian, Lorraine, Helen "Nana" and Frances. By the time the last child was born, Nana's mother was 46 years old and her father was 56.

All of the children were born and raised in the very small town of Hiawatha. In fact, it was so small that they were the entire population! Nana's mother was a midwife for that part of the country and her father owned the only post office and general store for miles.

Nana lived in the horse and buggy days when farmers used to travel quite a distance to town to bring their cream and eggs to their store to trade for groceries. When Nana was a little girl, she used to throw a couple of pieces of candy in their bags. She also was responsible for tidying up the candy on the shelves in their store, which little did she know, marked the beginnings of her resume for her much later employment with Sees Candy Stores.

The town that Nana and her family lived in was so small that the school teacher actually lived in their home and Nana, of course, could never miss a day of school unless she was sick. Frances said that even if it snowed, they still could not miss a day of school because the school was right across the road from their farmhouse.

After graduating from Benkelman High School with the Class of 1930, Nana moved to Long Beach. Calif., to be with Lorraine and her other brothers. She met
Edward McLaughlin at a dance in Long Beach and they were married in Ohio on July 1, 1936, when she was 26 years old and Edward was 30. They honeymooned in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Edward, who we grandchildren called Popper, and Nana lived initially in an apartment in Ohio were Popper was raised as a child. Apparently it was so cold and miserable that first winter that they decided to pack up and leave. So they bought a brand new $500 1936 dark blue Plymouth and drove to sunny California.

They first settled in Whittier, and had two daughters, Kathleen and Irene. Popper was an accountant and Nana was a housewife. She later worked for Sees Candys for 20 years from 1962 to 1982. After Popper died in 1981, Nana moved from West Los Angeles to Carpinteria in 1985 to live near her family, where she spent the remaining years of her life. She died Oct. 24, 1996.

 
Nana is survived by her two daughters, Kathy and her husband, Russ Butcher and Irene and her husband, Dan Rockwell; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Frances, and many nieces and nephews. Nana was loved by all and we will miss her so very much.
    ***
For Helen "Nana" McLaughlin
May 6, 1910-Oct. 24, 1996
In the sorrow of this moment There is cause to celebrate
God took Helen from her troubles
Walked with her through Heaven's Gate
Pain and heartache have departed
No confusion from now on
Peace and joy are everlasting
In the place where she has gone
Helen's day is just beginning
Eternity is her reward
Most beloved and precious lady
Resting with Christ our Lord
--Russ Butcher



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1972

Anna Louise (Polak) McNaught

Mrs. George McNaught, a resident of Dundy county for fiftyyears, expired at the Greater Community Hospital at Creston, Iowa, Saturday at the age of 71 years. She had been in ill health and submitted to major surgery at McAllen, Texas and was transferred to the Iowa hospital one and a half weeks ago.

Funeral services were conducted at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman on Tuesday afternoon with Pastor Otto Zeilinger officially. Mrs. Betty Erdman was the organist and Ray Balderson the soloist. Casket bearers were John Talmon, Alfred
Lutz, Harold Brunswick, Harold Hall. Earnest Graham and John Ferguson. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Anna McNaught came to Dundy county as a high school teacher at Parks and became the bride of George McNaught on February 21, 1922. She was a very capable person and adapted herself well to the life of the ranch where she and her husband reared a family of four children and developed a fine ranching property She was aggressive and progressive and inspired all about her to deal with the problems of the ranching industry and to develop new systems and new ideas. Altho always a hard working person, Mrs. McNaught knew of other values and she and her husband look time out to enjoy the fruits of their labors having adopted a policy wintering ln Texas some twenty years ago.

Anna Louise McNaught, daughter of Agnes and Frank Polak, was born on May 9, 1900, at Wymore, Nebraska, and died on February 19, 1972 at Creston, Iowa, following surgery at McAllen, Texas, hospitalization at Scott-White Clinic, Temple, Texas, and Greater Community Hospital, Creston. Iowa.

She attended Cotner College. Lincoln, Nebraska, and Kearney State College, Kearney, Nebraska. She taught high school at Virginia and at Parks, Nebraska.

On February 21, 1922, she married George McNaught. Four children were born to this union. Most of her married life was spent farming and ranching near Parks, Nebraska. 

For the past twenty years. she and her husband have wintered in McAllen, Texas. They were active shuffleboard players, having won at least a dozen trophies. She was nominated in "Who's Who in American Women" from her many activities with the Tourist Clubs in the Rio Grande Valley. She was a member of American Lutheran Church, Benkelman, Nebraska.

 
She is survived by her husband, George; three daughters, Mrs. Richard Bruner (Donice), David City, Nebraska; Mrs. John Hatfield (Marian), Creston, Iowa; Mrs. Lewis Reese (Wilma Jean) Parks, Nebraska; one son, Clinton McNaught, Afton, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Roy Shoff (Mildred ), Brea, California; and Mrs. Elmer Boyd (Blanche), Berkley, Rhode Island, and one brother, Albert Polak, Omaha, Nebraska ; ten grandchildren and one niece.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2009

Clinton Ward McNaught

Clinton W. McNaught, 80, of Afton, Iowa, died Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Services were held on Monday, June 8, 2009 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Creston, Iowa. Pastor Robert Solberg officiated. Burial was at the Greenlawn Cemetery northeast of Afton, Iowa. A Masonic service was held Sunday, June 7, 2009 at the Powers Funeral Home in Creston, Iowa. Memorials can be made to the Afton Fire Department, Gideon International or Global Health Ministries. Online condolences may be given under the obituary category at www.powersfh.com.

Clinton Ward McNaught, son of George Washington McNaught and Anna Louise (Polak) McNaught was born December 29, 1928 in Dundy Co., Nebraska. Clinton was educated in the Rollwitz Country School, Benkelman High School and graduated from Parks Nebraska High School as Valedictorian in 1946. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1952. Clinton also served his country in the Nebraska Air National Guard from 1948 to 1952. On April 19, 1952 Clinton married Dorothy Louise Kuhlman in Grand Island, Nebraska. While on the McNaught ranch in Dundy Co., Nebr., Clinton applied his Technical Science degree in Agriculture. Seeing a need for a well driller in the area, he engineered and fabricated a rotary well-drilling rig and began a sideline of drilling stock wells and erecting windmills in Southwest Nebraska in 1957. He expanded with a commercial drilling rig and later drilled irrigation wells.

During the 14 years on the ranch, Clinton and Dorothy started their family with 3 children: Ray, John, and Susan. Clinton brought the 4400 acre ranch from dry land to irrigated production, and tripled the cowherd capacity.

In 1965 they visited Iowa, and in 1966 the young family moved to Union County, Iowa, where they have owned and operated a combination crop and livestock farm. In 1971 their family was completed with the birth of daughter, Amy.

After a tractor rollover accident in the middle 1970's, Clinton was unable to do the farm and livestock work due to compression fractures of his spine which continued to pain him the rest of his life. Finding a need for a dependable driller in the seismograph drilling oil fields, in 1979 he purchased a new 1400 Gardner Denver drill rig. From 1979 through 1982 Clinton, Dorothy, and Amy traveled the Rocky Mountain oil patch from northern Montana to southern Utah, living in an RV, and moving every 2 to 6 weeks, contracted to Sheehan Exploration. John and his wife, Debra, worked with them for two of the years. Ray and Jerry cared for the farm and livestock. These were years of farming economic hard times.

 
When the drilling shut down in 1982, they returned to their Iowa farm. Clinton was a pioneer in the drilling and installation of ground heat loops for heating and cooling buildings. In 1983, he was the driller for the ground source heat loop system in Terra Haute, Indiana, which was the largest system in the United States at that time. He continued this drilling until about 5 years ago when he had his right shoulder repaired.

Clinton was a faithful steward of that which was in his care. The fields were cared for with regard for future generations, and good yields were received. The cattle were cared for with soft words and gentleness, and the cows met him when he approached. To move the cattle from one pasture to another, he led them with a bale of hay on the back of the tractor, or a bucket of sections of ear corn, and they followed where he led them. Even when he was not well, he would be outside feeding them at the expected times. Clinton was dedicated to doing things "right" and in an economical way, making use of materials available. He was a faithful husband and father, dedicated to the welfare of his family.
He was a long time member of the Lutheran Church, active member of the Gideons International Creston Camp and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Clinton is survived by his wife Dorothy; two daughters, Susan (husband Jerry) Young of Afton, Iowa and Amy McNaught (husband Michael Crenshaw) of Lincoln, Neb. and Indianapolis, Ind.; two sons, Ray (wife Helen) McNaught of Afton, Iowa and John (wife Debra) McNaught of Alvo, Neb.; ten grandchildren, Lesley (husband David) Gustafson of Waterloo, Iowa, Cheryl (husband Juan) Moya of West Des Moines, Iowa, Andrew (wife Natalie) McNaught of Clive, Iowa, Elizabeth McNaught of Omaha, Neb., Anthony McNaught of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Sheila (Young) Kirkland of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Clint (wife Ashley) Young and Luke (wife Kalli) Young, all of Creston, Iowa, Oliver and Alexander Deng, both of Lincoln, Neb.; three step grandchildren, William Bowen of Creston, Iowa, Kelsey and Casandre Crenshaw, both of Indiana; nine great-grandchildren, Lauren, Connor, Mason, Victoria, Kendra, Kadin, Karah, Audrey and Rebecca; one step-greatgrandson, Reise; three sisters, Donice (husband Richard) Bruner and Marian Hatfield, both of Sun City, Ariz. and Jean Reese of Phoenix, Ariz., and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1978

George Washington McNaught

George Washington McNaught was born Oct. 6, 1889 to John Oliver and Emeline Taylor (Hendlin) at Williamsfield, Ill., and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital, Benkelman, Nebr., March 10, 1978 at the age of 88 years, 5 months and 4 days. He lived in Williamsfield, Ill. as a young boy, later  moving to a farm near Joplin, Mo.,then to the Roliwitz area northwest of Benkelman in 1907. There his father and mother, one brother, John, one adopted brother, William Harvey, two sisters, Mary Jones and Emeline Holman. ranched and lived in a sod framed house.

In 1922 George's father and mother, with sister, Emeline Homan and niece Betty Holman Confer moved to Benkelman. George. however, remained on the ranch and on Feb. 21, 1922 was united in marriage to Anna Louise Polak at Wymore, Nebr. Anna was a teacher at the Parks and Rollwitz schools. They made their home on the ranch Northwest of Benkelman for 50 years. They set as their goal, in farming. the raising of fine Hereford cattle, good corn and wheat. Their goal was achieved, and could be attested to by all who saw their fine herds of cattle, and their fields of abundant grain. For the last twenty-five years this couple spent their winter months at their home in McAllen, Tex. They possessed many trophies designating them as shuffleboard tournament winners while at their Rio Grande Valley home in Texas.

In June 1976 he entered the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home at Benkelman,  following surgery in Denver, Colo., after having sustained a broken hip. George faithfully attended chapel services and participated in the many activities at the Home.

George was a member of the Lutheran Church in Benkelman. He was also a member of the Mens Bible Class of McAllen, Tex.

Survivors include his daughters: Mrs. Jean Reese, husband Lew, and grandson Scott of Parks, Nebr.; Mrs. Donice Bruner, husband Richard and grandsons David, Kevin and granddaughter Kathy of David City, Nebr.; Mrs. Marian Hatfield, husband John and granddaughters Ann and Jane of Creston, Iowa; one son, Clinton, wife Dorothy, grandsons Ray and John, and granddaughters Suzie and Amy of Afton, Iowa; one niece, Mrs. Betty Holman Confer of St. Francis, Kans.; one brother-in-law, Albert Polak of Omaha, Nebr.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mildred Shoff of Brea, Calif.; and other relatives and friends.

His wife Anna preceded him in death two days before their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Feb. 19, 1972. Also preceding him in death were his father, John, and mother, Emeline; one brother, John, one adopted brother, William Harvey, three sisters; Josephine, Mary and Emeline Holman; one sister-in-law, Blanche M. Boyd of Rhode Island.

 
George was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand to any he found in need or distress. He was tolerant and kind to all. even when his own problems weighed heavily upon him. He will long be remembered and respected by not only his family, but his many relatives, friends and acquaintances both near and far

Services for George W. McNaught were held Monday, March 13, 1978 at the Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, Nebr. with Donovan Merklin officiating. Music was provided by Mike Shaw, organist, Kim Beck and Sharon Baney singing, “How Great Thou Art," and "The Lord's Prayer.”  The Benkelman Greenhouse handled the beautiful flower arrangements.

Escorts were Johnny Ferguson, Ernest Graham. Harold Hall, Oliver Gapen, Harold Brunswick, and Ned Tecker. Honorary bearers were Lee Gallatin, Vinton Jones, Joe Owens, Albert Hansen, Bill Shrum, Alfred Lutz, John McClain, John Tolman, and Herbert Tolman.

Interment was at the Benkelman Cemetery. Masonic graveside services were conducted by Justus Lodge #180 A.F. & A.M. of which George was a member in good standing for 27 years. Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials have been donated to Hester Home Chapel, Dundy County Historical Society, Benkelman Lutheran Church and other civic organizations.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 11, 2009

Jean Mardelle (Barker) McNeal

Jean McNeal passed away at her home in San Gabriel, California, Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Jean, the daughter of Fred and Irene (Mills) Barker, was born October 30, 1916 in Atlantic, Iowa, and moved to Max, Nebraska where she grew up and attended Max Rural Public School and graduated in 1934.

After graduation she worked in Tom Bacon's beauty shop in Trenton, NE.  She met her future husband, Archie Bowman, in Trenton. They were married in California and to this union one child, Rod Bowman, was born.

Jean worked for many years at the telephone company in Pasadena, CA.  Her second husband, Arthur McNeal, also worked for the telephone company. They were married October 30, 1959.

Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, reading and writing poetry for all of her loved ones. A poem written for her son won a Golden Poet award. A collection of poems and her history was compiled in book form called "My Treasures" and given to each family member. Another love was lilacs, violets and all things purple, which earned her the nickname "Nana Purple" from her great-granddaughter "Nicole" Nichols. Purple was the theme at her Celebration of Life ceremony held on January 17, 2009 at her home in San Gabriel, California. Although she moved to California in 1936, she still considered Nebraska home.

Preceding her in death were her parents Fred and Iva Irene Barker, her brother Jack Barker, sister Joann (Barker) Smith and two other brothers, Bill and Bob Barker, granddaughter Bonnie Jean (Bowman) St. Rock, brother-in-law Paul Barraclough, and sister-in law LaVada Barker

She is survived by her husband Arthur McNeal of San Gabriel, CA; son Rod Bowman and wife Angie of Trenton, NE; sister Marian Barraclough, of North Platte, NE; brother Gary Barker and wife Rose of North Platte, NE; brother-in-law, Jack Smith, Gandy, NE; grandson Robert Bowman and wife Lily of Beijing, China; granddaughter Pam Magley and children Brandon Salmeri and Amanda Magley of Tigard, Oregon; granddaughter Nancy Nichols and husband Kyle and children Victoria Nicole and Christopher of Culbertson, Nebraska; great-granddaughter Jacqueline O'Neill and husband David of Chino Hills, CA; cousins Dorothy (Dean) Whaley of Trenton; Marjorie Redfield of Stratton, NE, Derold Rickard, Max, NE; Jerry Shaffer of Benkelman, NE.; Rita and Carl Fallgren of Hacienda Heights, CA; and many nieces and nephews and friends.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1972

Arvesta (Henkel) McNeill

Arvesta Henkel McNeill was born to Henry and Bertha Talmon Henkel on November 26, 1929 near Bird City, Kansas and passed away on September 5, 1972 in San Jose, California.

She was united in marriage to J. J. McNeill of Denver, Colorado on November 24, 1962. To his union one daughter, Tara Ann, was born.

She was preceded in death by one infant sister, Henrietta; her father Henry Henkel, and one brother, Harold H. Henkel.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, James, and daughter, Tara Ann; her mother. Bertha Bacon of Bird City, Kansas; two brothers, Roland R. Henkel, and wife, Judy, of Littleton, Colorado and John L. Henkel and wife, Dorthea, of Lawrence, Kansas; two sisters, Elvena Collins and husband, Bill, of Denver, Colorado and Eriminia Sherman and husband, Monte, of Westfir, Oregon; two nephews, Kendall Collins and Charles Sherman; four nieces, Lana Collins Manley and husband, John, of Tempe, Arizona, Nyla and Donna Henkel of Littleton, Colorado and Cassandra Henkel of Lawrence, Kansas and a host of other relatives and friends.


Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, May 20, 2003
Fay Lenoia McVey
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
HAIGLER -- Fay Lenoia McVey, 84, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) at Heritage of Wauneta in Wauneta. 
She was born Sept. 17, 1918, at Talmage, to Hartly and Cornelia (Meyers) Bryan, and was a graduate of Nebraska City High School. She attended Peru State Teacher's College where she received her teaching degree, and taught elementary grades in the Nebraska City vicinity, including Baker's School, for several years. She moved to the Haigler area and continued teaching throughout the early 1940's. 
On July 4, 1945, she married W. Wayne McVey and two children were born to this union. The family lived in the village of Haigler until 1954, when they moved to the ranch north of town. In May of 1981, she suffered a major stroke leaving her with many daily challenges. Her mobility and speech were greatly affected. She entered the Renotta Nursing Home in Wray, Colo., and resided there for five years. At that time, she and her husband decided it was time for her to come back home, and for the next ten years she remained at home. In January 1997, she had another health setback and moved to Heritage of Wauneta, where she resided until her death. 
She was a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Sandhills Butterflies Extension Club. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hartly and Nellie Bryan; her husband, Wayne McVey; son, Bill McVey; sister, Margaret and her husband, Vernon Clark; brother, Harold Bryan; brothers and sisters-in-law, including Ray and L. Heather "Pat" McVey, E. Lyle McVey, Dr. J.P. and Elizabeth "Betty" Tollman, Dr. G. Wilber and Mildred McVey, Dr. Francis Bean, Dr. Bill Johnson, and Harold Kiever. 
Survivors include her son, Mark McVey and wife, Karen of Haigler; sisters-in-law, Berna Bryan of Longmont, Colo., Frances McVey Bean of Tucson, Ariz., and Arlene McVey Kiever of Redmond, Ore.; and three grandsons. 
Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Haigler with the Rev. Terry Douglas officiating. Interment will follow services at the Haigler Cemetery. 
Visitation is Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. (MDT) at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman. 


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1998

Lillian Heather "Pat" (Stalker) McVey

HAIGLER— Lillian Heather "Pat" McVey was born Oct. 14, 1911, near Oak Creek in Routt County, Colo., to John and Lillian (Weller) Stalker.

She attended grade school near her home, but with no high school nearby she moved to near Haybro, Colo., and lived with her sister, Flora, and brother-in-law, John. She attended high school for about two years. After her education, she moved to the Crawford Ranch where she cooked and worked for the owners' family. It was here that she met Ray McVey.

Heather and Raymond Noble McVey were united in marriage on Oct. 28, 1931, at Kimball, Neb. The newlyweds spent the winter of 1931-32 in a tent while their house was being built west of Haigler, Neb. Heather lived in that house for the next 62 years. She worked for many years in the main street stores in Haigler. Among the store proprietors she worked for were the Kamlas, Tremblys and Schorzmans.

Heather moved to the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb., in October 1994 and resided there until her death on Tuesday, March 3, 1998.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers Rowallen "Roy," Seibert and Vernon; sisters Flora Scheer, Emily Belmont, Irene Stalker and Zora Girard, and a nephew, William D. McVey.

She is survived by sisters-in-law Berma Stalker of Palisade, Colo., Fay McVey of Wauneta, Neb., Frances Bean of Tucson, Ariz., and Arlene Kiever of Chico, Calif.; a brother-in-law, George Wilber McVey, of North Haven, Conn., several nieces and nephews and friends.

Final rites for Lillian McVey were held at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Haigler on Monday, March 9, 1998. The organist was Florence Daniels and selections were "Green Cathedral" and "Bridge Over Trouble Waters." The congregational hymn was "Whispering Hope." Bearers were Calvin Freehling, Roger Phipps, Dan Leinen, Dick Bannister and Marvin and Craig Kamla. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1980

Ray N. McVey

HAIGLER — Ray N. McVey died Monday morning at the Wray Community Hospital in Wray, Colo.

Mr. McVey was born Feb. 4, 1901 in Memphis, Mo. to Andrew J. McVey and Luella M. Nobel. He was married Oct. 28, 1931 at Kimball to Pat Stalker. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Lyle.

Survivors are his wife, Pat of Haigler; three sisters, Mrs. Perry (Elizabeth) Tollman and Frances Bean, both of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Harold (Arlene) Kiever of Mission Hills, Calif.; two brothers, Dr. William McVey of Hamden, Conn. and Wayne McVey of Haigler.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. MST in the Haigler United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Urton officiating. Interment will be in the Haigler Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1990

William D. McVey

BOULDER, Colo.— William D. McVey was born May 4, 1946, at St. Francis, Kansas, to Wayne and Fay McVey and died February 20, 1990, at Boulder, Colorado.

Bill grew up in Haigler, Nebraska, and graduated from Haigler High School in 1964. He 
attended the University of Colorado and worked for Mountain Bell and US West.

Survivors include his parents, Wayne and Fay McVey; brother Mark and his wife, Karen; and "his" boys (nephews) Brian, Clay and A.J. McVey.

Services were held Saturday, February 24, 1990, at 2 p.m. at the Howe Mortuary Chapel in Boulder, Colorado.

Interment services were held Sunday, February 25, 1990, at 3 p.m. at the Haigler Cemetery.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1996

William Wayne McVey 

HAIGLER—William Wayne McVey was born May 1, 1911, in Haigler, Neb., the sixth child of Andrew J. and Luella M. (Noble) McVey. Wayne died Oct. 1, 1996, at his home on the ranch north of Haigler.

On July 4, 1945, Wayne married Fay L. Bryan in Denver, Colo. They returned to Haigler where they lived until 1954 when they moved to the ranch.

Wayne attended school in Haigler and graduated from Haigler High School in 1929. He farmed and raised sheep southwest of Haigler until the late 1930s when he went into the cattle business. He enjoyed ranching and loved a good horse. He was involved with the management of the ranch to the very last day.

Wayne very much enjoyed all the nephews, nieces and other young people who worked with him in the summer or on week ends. His grandsons were his greatest joy and he was very proud of their accomplishments.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Duane, and brothers Ray and Lyle. He is survived by his wife Fay; their son, Mark, his wife, Karen, and their sons, Brian, Clay and A J, of Haigler; sisters Elizabeth and her husband, Perry Tollman, of Tucson, Ariz., Francis Bean of Tucson and Arlene Kiever of Chico, Calif.; a brother, Wilber, and his wife, Mildred, of North Haven, Conn.; sisters-in-law Heather McVey of Benkelman, Neb., and Berna Bryan of Frederick, Colo., and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Final rites for William Wayne McVey were Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Haigler with the Revs. Harun Gatobu and Dr. John Kilgore officiating. Musical selections were by The Bluegrass Sheiks.

Bearers were Calvin Freehling, Dan Leiner, Marlin Crouse, Larry Webster, Bernie Brown and Royce Stute. Honorary bearers were Don Webster, Ray Harford, Vic Stasser, Melvin Crouse, Lance Antonson, Don Harford, Warren Sandy, Larry Collins and The Bluegrass Sheiks. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1995

Winnie Myrtle (Lavell) Mears 

ATWOOD, Kan.--Winnie Myrtle (Lavell) Mears was born at Stockton, Kansas, on June 8, 1901, and died February 20, 1995, at the Good Samaritan Village in Atwood, Kansas, at the age of 93 years, 8 months and 12 days.

The Lavell family lived in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1913, and moved to a Rawlins County, Kansas, farm In 1916. She attended school at Prairie Dog District 80 and attended high school in McDonald, Kansas, graduating in 1918. She took Normal Training at Atwoód before teaching at Prairie Dog four years where she walked 1 1/2 miles to and from the school. She then taught at East White Eagle for three years. She rode her horse four miles to get to this school.

On March 27, 1925, she married Alfred A. Mears at her parents' home in Rawlins County. They had four children: Gene Alfred, Norman Lavell, Eula Ardis and Kyle Leroy.

They attended church at Walnut Grove School, Baker School, Mayflower Church and the Evergreen Church and she was a member of the Federated Church in McDonald. She gave her heart to the Lord when a young girl and worked with young people in Sunday School and church work as she grew older.

Mrs. Mears was a member of the Chit Chat Quilting Club and Ladies' Guild. She was always available to take care of the grandchildren, and they loved her endless supply of cakes and cookies.

She loved to sew and gave crocheted doilies to nieces, nephews and friends. She embroidered, did punchwork and made most of her grandchildren a quilt.

Mrs. Mears enjoyed flowers and gardening and was always more than ready to lend a helping hand to anybody.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; a son. Kyle; her parents, J.T. and Elizabeth Lavell; two sisters: Gertrude Trammel and Hazel LeBow; three brothers: Tim, Minor and Dale, and a great-granddaughter, Cheyenne.

She is survived by her children: Gene and his wife, Carol. and Norman and his wife, Ivalee, all of Benkelman, and Eula Cook of Goodland, Kansas; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Lavell, of Benkelman; a brother-in-law, Dale LeBow; nieces, nephews and many friends.

 
Services were held Thursday, February 23, 1995, at 10:30 a.m. at the Federated Church in McDonald with the Revs. Gregory H. Moyer and Clarence Swihart officiating. Phyllis Wingfield was the organist and Becky and Hal Antholz sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "My Savior First Of All." The congregation sang "What A Friend." Bearers were Dave Hubbard. Dan Hubbard, Gilbert Antholz. Jerry Knapp. Craig Antholz and Ron Johnson. Interment was in the Grace Cemetery at McDonald. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1976

Alfred Andres Mears

Alfred Mears, well-known farmer in the McDonald area, passed away at the Rawlins County Hospital in Atwood, Kansas March 9 following a brief illness. Death was caused by a heart attack following an illness of flu.

Alfred Andres Mears, son of Oscar A. and Anna (Marwick), Mears was born at Eskridge, Kansas April 23, 1901 and departed this life at the Rawlins County Hospital on March 9, 1976 at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 15 days.

At the age of two years, he came with his parents and two sisters to western Kansas where he spent the remainder of his life.

He received his education in the public schools of Cheyenne County, aid then became a farmer in the northeastern part of the county sharing the hardships and joys of the pioneer days where the neighbors shared visits and the social life of those who homesteaded in that locality.

On March 27, 1925 he was married to Winnie Lavell, and they established a farm home where they spent their 50 years together. Four children blessed their home: Gene, Norman, Eula and Kyle. Their lives were saddened when Kyle passed away in 1936.

When a young man, he accepted Christ as his Savior and joined the United Brethren Church in that locality. After that church closed, he attended the Federated Church in McDonald. Kansas.

He enjoyed hunting as a sport and was always real happy with the farm work, especially enjoying the harvest season.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his two sisters, Mrs. Ada David and Mrs. Rubie David of Benkelman, Nebr.; his wife, Winnie; two sons and their wives, Gene and Carol and Norman and Ivalee in the McDonald area; and daughter, Eula and husband Keith Cook of Edson, Kansas. There are eleven grandchildren: Brent Cook and wife Debra, Shelly Fenner and husband Dennis, Joyce Cahoj and husband Kenneth, Kevin Mears and wife Teresa, Monica, Glenn and Janet Mears who all live in the surrounding area. Other relatives and many friends also cherish his memory.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 12 at the Federated Church in McDonald, Kansas with Rev. C. Swihart officiating.

Interment was in the McDonald Cemetery with the Jones Funeral Home in charge.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2005

Norman Lavell Mears

Norman Lavell Mears was born on Feb. 12, 1928, to Alfred A. and Winnie M. (Lavell) Mears in their rural Cheyenne County, Kansas, home. He died in Aurora, Colo., on Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 15 days.

Norman attended the rural Walnut Grove School through the eighth grade and received his GED while in the military. Two of his cousins and classmates, Inez (David) Stamm and Richard Payne, shared many heartwarming and fun stories of that time of their lives. He worked locally for many people doing all sorts of jobs and learning many useful skills. He went on the harvest drive two summers. He bought farm land in Colorado and lived and worked there for a few years before he was drafted into the military.

He served in the military in Germany as a driver. He was a crack shot and took many honor, after he was allowed to shoot left-handed. Norman shared with his family many stories of his time in the military. He had several friends from his service days whom he stayed close with all his life.

On Dec. 30, 1956, he was Joined in marriage with Ivalee M. Spaulding at Steamboat Springs, Colo. They returned to the McDonald, Kan., area where they made their home for the next 47 years, 11 months and 28 days. Their union was blessed with three children: Joyce A. Cahoj, Glenn J. Mears and Janet M. Martin.

Norman enjoyed collecting and trading guns and hunting.  There were many wild rides taken when a coyote would run across the road in front of him. When his grandson was young, he spent many afternoons teaching Laramie how to hunt prairie dogs. One of his greatest joys was farming and growing wheat. Norman was never happier than when he was on the tractor, but the greatest joy was his grandchildren. He was known as Grandpa Norman by many, and he touched many lives by his presence.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws; Glenn and Margaret Spaulding; a brother, Kyle, and a sister Eula (Mears) Cook.

He is survived by his wife, Ivalee; daughter Joyce and husband, Kenneth Cahoj, of Fair Play, Mo., their son Laramie Cahoj and wife, Melissa, of Brookline, Mo., and his son, Bailey Cahoj; his son Glenn "Bud" Mears and future wife, Meridee, of Strasburg. Colo.: his daughter Janet and her husband, Rocky Martin, of Champion, Neb., their children.. Rebecca Martin, Faylena, Emma and Julia Martin of Champion, and Elizabeth, husband, Steve Estrada, and daughter, Meghan, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Carol Mears, of McDonald; many nieces and nephews, and many friends.

 
Funeral services with military rites by the Honor Guard of Fort Riley, Kan., were held Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Knodel Funeral Home in St. Francis. Kan. Burial was in the Grace Cemetery at McDonald.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1944

Earl W. Medlock

Pvt. Earl W. Medlock made the supreme sacrifice on December 3rd, while fighting with the Third Army on the banks of the Roer River in Germany in the gigantic Allied drive to smother Hitlerism into an inglorious past. He gave his life heroically to a cause so fine that its depth is barely understood in places distant from the festering lands where the battle rages.

The shocking news of the loss of another of Dundy county's young manhood came in a message to his wife, the former Miss Clara Blecha on Wednesday at the family home in Haigler, at a time when she and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Medlock were telling friends that they had just received a letter from him which had been written on November 22nd. The message was brief and the words weighed heavily with grief.

The news will make Christmas, 1944, a memorable date for Pvt. Medlock's family and many friends and to his one son, Everett Eugene who in his seventh year last visited his father in August before he ventured into foreign lands in the service of his country.

Earl enlisted in the army on December 8, 1943 at Denver and during his training he earned sharpshooting medals for machine gun, rifle and carbine. Born at Wauneta, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Medlock, on August 20, 1914, Earl was thirty years of age.

He was married to the former Miss Clara Blecha on March 14, 1936.


Printed in the Benkelman Post in March, 1991

Margaret N. (Foster) Meguire

Margaret N. Meguire died Friday, March 22, 1991, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming, at the age of 83.  She was born August 6, 1906, in Dundy County, Nebraska, to Stephen L. And Frances M. (Hardwick) Foster.  She married William Anderson Meguire, who died in 1978.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stratton and the P.E.O. of Casper. 

Also preceding her in death were her parents, one brother, Glen, and her sister, Frances Foster and Elsie Trupp.  Survivors include one daughter, Betty Gay Walts of Casper; two sons, Alan of Watertown, South Dakota, and Bill of Ft. Lupton, Colorado; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and one sister. Services were held Thursday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Richard Call officiating.

Marjorie Redfield was the organist.  Danny Rife, Wallace Gummere, Elmer Case and Art Hawkinson, as a quartet, sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset."  Bearers were William Meguire, Stephen Meguire, David Meguire, Michael Meguire, Kevin Meguire, Jack Walts, Joe Matson and Mark Peterson.  Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Stratton was in charge of the arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1991

Margaret Neoma Meguire

STRATTON–Margaret N. Meguire died Friday, March 22, 1991, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming, at the age of 83. She was born August 6, 1906, in Dundy County, Nebraska, to Stephen L. and Frances M. (Hardwick) Foster.

She married William Anderson Meguire, who died in 1978.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stratton and the P.E.O. of Casper.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, one brother, Glen, and her sisters, Frances Foster and Elsie Trupp.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Gay Walts of Casper; two sons, Alan of Watertown, South Dakota, and Bill of Ft. Lupton, Colorado; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one sister, Joy Eller, of Trenton, Nebraska.

Services were held Thursday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Richard Call  officiating.

Marjorie Redfield was the organist. Danny Rife, Wallace Gummere, Elmer Case and Art Hawkinson, as a quartet, sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Bearers were William Meguire, Stephen Meguire, David Meguire, Michael Meguire, Kevin Meguire, Jack Walts, Joe Matson and Mark Peterson.

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


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1978

Katie M. (Jones) Meguire

Katie M. Meguire, youngest daughter of Charley B. and Mary E. Jones was born at Newton, Iowa, July 18, 1881. She passed away at the Hester Home in Benkelman, Nebr. Sept. 23, 1978 at the age of 97 years, 2 months, and 5 days. The family came to Nebraska in a covered wagon and located at Carlton, Nebr., then moved to Hitchcock County in March 1887. There were four brothers and three sisters born to this union. All preceded her in death but one brother, Orla P. Jones, now residing in Denver, Colo.

On Oct. 13, 1898 she was united in marriage to George W. Meguire at Trenton, Nebr. To this union was born four sons, Leo G., George Henry, William Anderson, Lorraine E. and two daughters, K. Eleanor, and Bonnie M. George and Katie resided in Kansas on a homestead until 1917 when they moved to a farm eight miles south of Stratton. In 1944 they retired to their home in Stratton. On Oct. 13, 1548 they celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary.

Katie was a charter member of Ola Chapter, order of the Eastern Star No. 317, also a charter member of the M.G.R. Club. She pieced and quilted many quilts, doing all the work by hand sewing. She was a lover of her home, family, garden and flowers. She was always thinking of others before herself.

Mr. Meguire preceded her in death April 23, 1952, also preceding her were her parents, three brothers, Harry L. Bertie, and Bruff C.; three sisters, Rie, Alice, and Leota; one son, Wm. Anderson; one grandchild; and seven great-grandchildren. She leaves to mourn three sons, Leo G. of Holdrege, Nebr., Geo. Henry of Stratton, Nebr., Lorraine E. of Seattle, Wash; two daughters, K. Eleanor Robinson of Otis, Colo., and Bonnie M. Wickizer of Stratton, Nebr.; 23 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Orla P. Jones of Denver, Colo.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Sept. 27, 1978 at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Willard Scott officiating. Eastern Star had committal services. Bearers were all grandsons of Katie, Ervin Meguire, Eugene Meguire, Jack L. Wickizer, Melvin Meguire, Billy Meguire, and Bob Standley. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home making arrangements.
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 Sometimes it's hard to understand and harder still to say
"Thy will be done," when sorrow comes
And sadness fills our day.
But faith was meant for times like these
And if we take God's hand
With loving wisdom He will help
Our hearts to understand.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1986

Ella Marie (Lowe) Meguire

Ella Marie Lowe was born to Joseph and Elizabeth (Henkel) Lowe June 16, 1908, in Rawlins County, Kansas,

Ella Marie was united in marriage to Lorraine Earl Meguire February 20, 1929, and to this union four children were born, Robert Louis, Delores Elane, Melvin Leroy and Lois Ilene.

Ella Marie was a wonderful mother and grandmother, loving and doing all she could for them as long as her health permitted.

Sometimes in life there is much pain that keeps one from doing all the things that you want to do for your family, but she overcame a lot of sickness in knowing that she had the love of all who knew her.

Ella Marie was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church in Benkelman, Nebraska. She knew that God would call her home some day and relieve her of pain, so with a smile on her face, she went with Him where there is no pain or sorrow.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Henry, and wife, Opal; a brother, Chester; two grandchildren, Vickie Lynn and Robin Leslie Meguire.

Ella Marie passed away September 6, 1986, at Seattle, Washington. Funeral services were held September 11 and interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery.

She leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband, Lorraine; four children; Robert Louis and wife, Delores, Melvin Leroy and wife, Patty, Delores Elane and husband, Paul Dowdy, and Lois Ilene Mueller; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris E. O'Donnell, and husband, Leslie; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Chester (Lucille) Lowe; a host of other relatives and friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1992

George Henry "Hank" Meguire

STRATTON–George Henry "Hank" Meguire was born October 11, 1901, to George and Katie (Jones) Meguire on the family homestead in Rawlins County, Kansas.

He died July 27, 1992, at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Nebraska.

He attended rural school eight miles south of Stratton, Nebraska, until the eighth grade. He then worked for his father on the family farm.

On January 24, 1929, he married Letha Golding in Wray, Colorado. To this union seven children were born: Henry Eugene, Ervin Warren, George Raymond, Marjorie Irene, Shirley Letha, Kenneth Lloyd and Beverly Ann.

Hank worked for the City of Stratton as a drayman and as a power plant operator. He then went to work for Hitchcock County as a maintenance man. He really enjoyed driving and maintaining the large equipment. On January 1, 1969, he retired from the county.

He kept active until failing eyesight and ill health prevented it. In May 1991 he moved to El Dorado Manor in Trenton and resided there until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Anderson and Leo; two sisters, Elanor and Bonnie; his wife, Letha; one daughter, Marjorie, and one son, Eugene.

Hank is survived by his children: Ervin and his wife, Mickey, of McCook, Nebraska, Raymond "Whitie" and his wife, Theresa, of Ingleside, Texas, Shirley Scarrow of Oxford, Nebraska, Kenneth of Stratton and Beverly and her husband, Harvey Green, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one brother, Lorraine, of Bartley, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held Thursday, July 30, 1992, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with the Rev. Don Egle officiating. Organist was Beverly Henderson and Wallace Gummere sang "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were James Meguire, Mike Meguire, Bill Meguire, Jerry Marrs, Jim Marrs, Harvey Green, Tony Scarrow, Paul Scarrow, Steve Green and Rick Green.

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


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1978

William Anderson Meguire

William Anderson Meguire was born on Nov. 8, 1903 in Rawlins County, Kan. to George W. and Katie M. (Jones) Meguire and died on March 25 at St. Elizabeth's Community Health Center in Lincoln at the age of 74.

He was raised on a homestead in Kansas until they moved in 1917 to a farm south of Stratton. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stratton, having been baptized and confirmed in December of 1953. His entire life was spent in Hitchcock County.

In 1926 he was married to Ethel Louthan and one son, William A., Jr., was born to them. Ethel preceded him in death in 1930. On Nov. 9, 1932 he and Margaret Neoma Foster were married in Atwood, Kan. Two children, Alan F. and Betty Gay, were born to this union.

He farmed south of Stratton until he retired and moved to Stratton in January of 1971. He served on the Board of Directors of Hitchcock County Farm Bureau, the F.H.A. Board, Hitchcock County Weed Board and as Director of Rural School District 33 for many years.

He was elected to the McCook Public Power Board and served for the past 23 years, having most recently served as vice president and president of the local board; he served on the State Board of Directors as a member of the legislative committee and was presently serving on the State Executive Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of G and T Co-op of Columbus.

He is survived by his widow, Margaret, his mother, Katie, of Benkelman; two sons, William A. of Fort Lupton, Colo. and Alan F. of Florence, S. D.; one daughter Betty (Mrs. Ron) Petersen of Lexington; three brothers, Leo of Holdrege, Henry of Stratton and Lorraine of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Eleanor Robinson of Otis, Colo. and Bonnie Wickizer of Stratton; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2007

Phyllis Ann (Potthoff) Meinen

Phyllis Ann Potthoff Meinen passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2007. She was born on May 17, 1933, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, and moved to Mission, Texas, with her husband, Charles H. Meinen, in 1976 and started Meinen Construction Company.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, parents Gerhard and Katie Potthoff and a brother, Dale Potthoff.

She is survived by her children: Linda Fankhauser and husband, Tommy, of Jarkarta, Indonesia, Ann Christensen of McAllen, Texas, and Stephen Christensen of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren Jeremy Hutchinson of Kingsville, Texas, Ashley Hutchins of McAllen, Texas, and Adrian Buelna and husband of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters Shirley Blakeney and husband. Joe, of San Diego, Calif., and Betty Orth and husband, Gordon, of St. Francis, Kan.; and a brother, Kenneth Potthoff, of Haigler, Neb.

Funeral services were held at the Ric Brown Family Funeral Home on Saturday, June 9, 2007, and internment followed at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen, Texas.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 2001

Anna A. (Bauerle) Melchert

Anna A. Melchert, 92, formerly of Stratton, Neb., died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb. She was born Oct. 8,, 1908, at Bloomington, Neb., to William and Freda (Ott) Bauerle, and moved with her family to Southwest Nebraska. Anna attended school in Trenton, Neb., through the 10th grade.

On March 9, 1930, Anna was united in marriage to Lorenz Paul Melchert at St. John's Lutheran Church in Culbertson, Neb. Anna and her husband spent most of their lives farming near Stratton.

Anna loved to sew, embroider and paint. She enjoyed cooking and always took great pride in her garden. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Trenton and later in Culbertson, and was an active member of the Garden Club in Stratton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband; a sister, Esther McFadden, and a brother, Fred Bauerle.

Those who survive her include her son, Alfred Melchert and wife Burdean, of Stratton; grandsons Steve Melchert and wife, Karin, of Stratton and Richard Melchert and wife, Linda, of Benkelman; great-granddaughters Melissa, Stephanie, Lindsey and Kara; a great-grandson, Brett, and other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2001, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Culbertson with the Rev. Bryan L. Hopfensperger officiating. Shirley Stecker was organist. The congregation sang "Old Rugged Cross," "I know That My Redeemer Lives" and "Abide With Me."

Casket bearers were Jim and Burdette Melchert, Wendell Peterson, Henry Stecker, Dennis Bauer and Harold Manning. Interment was in the Trenton Cemetery at Trenton, with arrangements by Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1995

Gwendolyn Mae (Jorgenson) McKenzie

Gwendolyn Mae McKenzie, longtime resident of McCook, died Wednesday (Aug. 2, 1995) at Cozad, where she had been a resident at South View Manor since 1990. She was 86 years old.

She was born June 16, 1909, in Pottawattamie County, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Before the age of one she moved to Sidney, with her parents, Albert and Mary Jorgenson. She was a graduate of Sidney High School. She studied at Stephens College, then graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and history and a masters degree in mathematics.

She returned to Sidney to begin her teaching career. During World War II, she served as a meterorologist in the Navy. Upon leaving the Navy, she taught at Norfolk Junior College.

On Aug. 19, 1951, she married H.C. "Mac" McKenzie. He died in 1969.

She had taught in McCook Public Schools and at McCook Junior College for 18 years. She served as president of the McCook College Board of Education and, before her retirement, as administrative dean.

After her retirement, she was elected to the Mid-Plains Area Board. She served two terms. She was a member of American Field Service; past-president of the American Association of University Women, and had served as education sponsor for Beta Social Sorority. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church in McCook.

In addition to being a member of the McCook College Foundation, she was a director of the American National Bank of Sidney. She had been active in the Nebraska Arts Council and served for six years as treasurer for the Association of Nebraska Arts Clubs. She was chosen to have one of her pictures hung in the Nebraska State Office Building. In 1980 she was recognized as "The Citizen of the Year" by the McCook Elks Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Delores Harder of Lexington; two grandchildren, Ellen and husband, Doug Cunningham, of Lexington; and John Shurtleff and wife, Cathy, of Grand Island, and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents and brother, Don.

Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, at the First Congregational Church in McCook with the Rev. Philip Ewert officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook.

Visitation will be 1-9 p.m., Friday at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimers Foundation in her memory.

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


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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, May 13, 2005
Rachel Merklin
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.

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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.
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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.
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1989

Cecil Merklin

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.       

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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.
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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1945

William Michels

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1976

Bruce Miller

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.

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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,
1970.

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.

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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.


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Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, February 6, 2004
Eugene Miller
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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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 .

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1979

Leonard Miller

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970

William Miller

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.

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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.

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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 .......

Researcher note: The typewritten note ended at this point, and I could find nothing more.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1982

Melvin Minton

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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1988

Jack Montgomery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1991

William Moores

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1963

Bob Morris

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.

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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.

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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.

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

Cody Morris

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1930

John Morrison

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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970

Orville Morrison

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."
 

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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.

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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
Collins.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1976

Jesse Mowery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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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—

    “God”
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.
—Mayme Cline

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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.

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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.


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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1945

Karl Mundt

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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1940

Fred Munson

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.

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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.

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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- ...

Researcher note: The obituary ended at this point.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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