Greeley County, Nebraska
Obituaries 3


Dwight F. Ackles

Dwight F. Ackles, 75, of rural Scotia died December 27, 2009 at Heritage Living Center in St. Paul after a battle with lung cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. The Reverend Martha Voigt and Reverend Joseph Javorsky will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

Mr. Ackles was born January 31, 1934 in Sherman County, NE to Franklin and Helen (Philbrick) Ackles.

He lived with his family in rural Garfield and Valley Counties as a child. They moved to California where they lived for a short time before returning to Nebraska. He attended rural grade schools and high school in Ord and Burwell.

Dwight served in the U.S. Army from 1956 - 1958 and was stationed in Germany.

He was united in marriage to Oline Jensen of Elba on December 13, 1959 at the Dannevirke Lutheran Church.

To this union six children were born; Galen, Reba, Rene`, Trina, Shawn and Shannon.

The couple lived in rural Sherman and Howard County. Dwight was a farmer and rancher and also worked in carpentry for several years. He also did his own mechanical work on the farm.

He took pride in his cattle and loved to see the calves in the spring. He liked getting the haying and harvesting done.

The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 13, 2009.

Dwight enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He made many kites and toys for his children. Dwight loved to play the guitar and making music with his family.

He taught his wife and daughters to play the guitar and was starting to teach the grandchildren. He liked the old country songs.

He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and he was an expert hunter. He also liked to restore old tractors.

Survivors include his wife, Oline of Scotia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Galen and Laurie Ackles of Cotesfield, and Shawn and Nicole Ackles of Scotia; three daughters, and two sons-in-law, Rene` and Doug Derner of St. Paul, Trina and Craig Beed of Shelton and Shannon Ackles of St. Paul; son-in-law, Russell Wysocki of St. Paul; 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Jean Ackles of Ord; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Reatha Beneke of Ord, Maxine and Wayne Mattern of Ainsworth and Lois and Duane Kjeldgaard of Las Vegas, NV.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Reba Ackles Wysocki; and one grandson Logan Derner.

[Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE, submitted by cd]

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Doris Evelyn (Weed) [Meyer] Anderson

Doris E. Meyer Anderson, 100 of Scotia died Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the Greeley Care Home.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Middendorf officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church, Donor's Choice or Family's Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Evelyn Weed was born December 10th, 1910 in the Barker neighborhood of Valley County, Nebraska to Thurlow S. and Julia Etta Prouty Weed. Doris was the 6th child of 11 children, she had 3 sisters and 8 brothers.

On December 31st, 1929 she married Theodore Meyer at the minister's home in St. Paul, Nebraska. She and Ted had six children, David, Faye (Peggy), Sharleen, Robert, Deanna and Theodora (Teddi) at the farmstead in Fish Creek area of Greeley County. They farmed for 40+ years. Doris learned to cook and sew from her mother and put these talents to use in raising her children, sewing beautiful dresses from recycled fabric for their four daughters.

In 1949, Doris became the cook at the Fish Creek School for the Hot Lunch Program for 23 years and was a favorite of many of the schoolchildren. She and Ted moved to Scotia in 1971 where she was a waitress at the Scotia Cafe for several years. Ted died on November 20, 1971.

Doris married Morris Anderson on April 4th, 1981. Morris and Doris enjoyed 9 years together attending dances, camping and fishing and enjoying each other's grandchildren. Morris died on April 22, 1990.

Doris continued to follow her great grandchildren's activities and continued to be an avid supporter of sports at North Loup Scotia. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, belonged to the Happy Hour Extension Club, the BFFD Craft Club and was a 4-H leader.

Doris moved to the Greeley Assisted Living in 2005 where she embroidered, crocheted and completed many craft items for friends and family. She enjoyed playing cards at Social time, playing Yahtze and was a member of the bell choir, however her favorite game was Scat and she was willing to split the pot if playing one of the younger grandchildren in the end.

Doris is survived by her 6 children, David (Carmelita) Meyer of West Richland, Washington; Faye (Peggy) Vlach of Scotia, Nebraska; Sharleen (Jerry) Bebernes of Boulder, Colorado; Robert (Isi) Meyer of Scotia, Nebraska; Deanna (Delmer) Conner of Burwell, Nebraska and Thedora (Teddi) (Douglas) Hoyt of Loveland, Colorado; 18 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren, and Morris's children Beverly (Gene) McDermott, Donna (Gene) Cargill of Grand Island, Nebraska and Darrell (Jan) Anderson of St. Paul, Nebraska, sisters in law Dorothy Sorenson of Fremont, Nebraska and Edith Weed of Alliance, Nebraska and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband's Ted and Morris, son-in-law Millard Vlach, a great great grandson Toposna and brothers Pearl, Franklin, Boyd, Lloyd, Keith, Kenneth, Rolland and sisters Paula Faye Weed, Dorothy Barton and Thelma Seegrist.

[KNLVRadio.com, Published August 26, 2011]
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Vera Naomie Anderson

Scotia - Vera Naomi Anderson, 104, of Scotia died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at Valley County Nursing Home in Ord.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Scotia United Methodist Church. The Rev. Martha Voigt will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ord Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Anderson was born July 29, 1901, at St. Paul to Charles Fisk and Louise Elizabeth (Jelly) Beebe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard "Dux" Anderson, and a daughter, Jackie Wegner.

Survivors include two granddaughters and their husbands, Vicki and Chuck Shoemaker of North Loup and Michelle and Bill Biesterfeld of Ponder, Texas; two grandsons and their wives, Chuck and Roxanne Wegner of Grand Island and Craig and Chris Wegner of Kearney; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a nephew and his wife, Charles and Delouris Beebe of Scotia.

Except for a period of about seven years when the family lived in Oregon, Vera and her brother, Glen Everett Beebe, grew up in North Loup. During her childhood she helped several families and relatives with household chores.

At the age of 15, she began working at a general store in North Loup and she continued working for various owners until 1923, when she went to work for Bredthauer's Department Store in Scotia, working there for 28 years. In 1951, she began her own business, Vera's Style Shop, at North Loup. She maintained her store, providing clothing and household items to many people in the surrounding communities until she retired in 1998 at the age of 97.

On Sept. 3, 1926, she married Howard "Dux" Anderson at St. Paul. They made their home in Scotia, where Dux was a barber and photographer. Mr. Anderson passed away Aug. 18, 1974. The couple had one daughter, Jacqueline, who passed away Feb. 2, 1997.

In June 2002, Vera moved to Grandview Assisted Living at Ord, and she had been a resident of the Valley County Nursing Home for the past three months. She had just celebrated her 104th birthday with all of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many longtime friends.

Vera was a member of the Scotia United Methodist Church, North Loup Business and Professional Women's Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Andrew Chapter 41 for 59 years and numerous card clubs. She loved flowers, crocheting, playing cards, taking others to play cards, feeding and watching birds, chocolates, working and the latest fashions.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Victor Wegner; a brother, Glen Everett Beebe; and a great-grandson, Jason Wegner.

Memorials are suggested to the Family's Choice.

[Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, Nebraska, Published Wednesday, August 10, 2005]
Submitted by CD

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Dr. Paul A. Bartunek

Funeral Is Today for Dr. Bartunek

Knoxville, Ia. - Funeral services for Dr. Paul A. Bartunek, 54, native of Wolbach, Neb., and dentist in Knoxville the past 10 years, will be held here Thursday.

Dr. Bartunek, a dental graduate of Creighton University in 1924, died at a Des Moines hospital Monday of pneumonia and heart complications. Burial will be at Knoxville.

Dr. Bartunek practiced dentistry at Wolbach and Loup City, Neb., for 17 years.

Survivors: wife; three daughters; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bartunek, Wolbach.

[Omaha World Herald, Published March 29, 1951, submitted by CD]

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Reuben C. Beck

Reuben Beck, son of Will Beck of Scotia, is the first of the boys of our neighboring village to give his life in the present war. Word was received Friday of his death and Sunday morning memorial services were held for him at the M. E. church in Scotia. He was killed sometime in July.

[North Loup Loyalist, North Loup, NE, published September 27, 1918; transcribed by cddd]

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Hundreds At Funeral Of Hero At Scotia

Greeley Center, Neb., Aug. 8. - Hundreds attended the funeral Sunday of Ruben Beck, the first soldier to be killed in the world war from Scotia.

Beck was killed while crossing the Marne River near Chatueau Thierry, July 23, 1918. He was one of the twelve children of Mr. and Mrs. Will Beck, old-time residents of Scotia.

Members of the American Legion from Scotia, North Loup, Cotesfield and Greeley escorted the body from the home to the high school auditorium, where the services were held.

[Omaha World Herald, Published August 09, 1921, submitted by CD]

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Michael Shane Behnk

COLUMBUS - Michael Shane Behnk, 11 1/2 months old, of Columbus, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at the Children's Hospital in Omaha.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 at First United Methodist Church in Kearney. The Revs. Gary Main and Bill Ritter will officiate. Interment will be 2 p.m. at the Greeley Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Tuesday at O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney and one hour prior to service time at the church.

Michael was born Feb. 15, 2008 in Columbus, to Shane and Jennifer (Vogt) Behnk. Michael battled a rare chromosomal abnormality and underwent heart surgery soon after birth. After two months at the Children's Hospital, Michael was able to spend his final nine months at home with his family.

Michael is survived by his parents, Shane and Jennifer, and sister Olivia of Columbus; grandparents, Steve and Lori O'Brien and Don and Cathy Vogt, all of Kearney; Helen Behnk of Greeley; Michael F. Behnk and special friend, Sharon Rosander of Greeley; great grandparents, Dale and Dorothy McCammon of Kearney, Leatrice Behnk and Lorraine Bjorklund of Greeley; aunts and uncles, Aaron and Patti Behnk of Blair; Austin Behnk of Lincoln, Abbie Behnk and fiancee' Russell Kelley of St. Paul; Katie Vogt, Misty Lewandowski and Tim Vogt of Kearney, and Kim and Greg Jarecke of Grand Island; and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Charles and Rose Vogt, Al Behnk and Arnold Bjorklund.

Memorials are suggested to the Children's Hospital in Omaha.

On-line condolences may be submitted to osafh.com.

O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.

[Columbus Telegraph, Published February 02, 2009, submitted by cd]

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Jennie Bonsall

Funeral services were held Monday July 9, 1990, for Jennie Bonsall at the Scotia United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne Alloway officiating.

Organist was Betty Corbit with the church choir singing.

Active pallbearers were Robert Vogeler, Charles Anderson, Laverne Jess, Elvin Voorhees, James Brown and Elery King. Honorary pallbearers were John Farrell, William Goldfish, Raymond Toogood, Jerry Jensen, Mike Jensen and Don Lehn. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia.

Memorials were to be given to the Scotia United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Jennie Bonsall was born June 15, 1889, at Dana, IL, to John Loren, Sr. and Harriett Burton and died July 6, 1990, at the Valley County Nursing Home at Ord, NE at the age of 101.

At the age of three, Jennie moved with her family to Alliance, NE, and later moved to the Burton farm south of Scotia. Jennie had attended school at Scotia and graduated in 1907. She taught school for one year and worked summers at the Romine Cafe on main street in Scotia.

She was married to Jesse L. Bonsall Aug. 11, 1909. They farmed south of Scotia until Jesse's death Nov. 14, 1980.

Jennie was a member of the Scotia United Methodist Church and had been a member of the choir for many years.

Survivors include a son Dean of Scotia; six grandchildren, Jimmie, Russell and Terry Bonsall, Kimberly Bonsell, Sharon Kay Torkelson, Robert Leach; a sister, Ruby Longeval of Laguna Hills, CA; a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Gene; three brothers and five sisters.

[Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published July 12, 1990, submitted by C. D.]

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Anne M. Brannen

Brannen, Anne M.
Oct 7, 1917 - May 22, 2010

Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband Fred L.; and sons, James L., and Daniel F. Survived by daughters, Marilyn and husband Jeff Elliott of Council Bluffs, IA, Janet Brannen of Bellevue, Betsy and husband Bill McClintick of Bellevue; son Terry Brannen of Central, SC; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

Visitation Sunday, May 23, 5-7pm, with Vigil Service at 7pm, at Bellevue Memorial Chapel.

Funeral Service Monday, May 24, 10am, at Bellevue Memorial Chapel. Interment Monday 2pm Greely Cemetery, Greely, NE. Memorials to: VNA Hospice.

Bellevue Memorial Chapel
Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann
Dworak-Cutler
2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 291-5000

[Omaha World-Herald, Published May 23 & May 24, 2010, submitted by cd]

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Fred L. Brannen

Fred L. Brannen, age 54 years, 2301 Van Buren, Bellevue, Neb., Sept. 28.

Survived by wife, Anne M.; sons, James L., Daniel F. and Terrence J.; daughters, Marilyn A., Janet M. and Elizabeth J., all Bellevue, Neb.; brothers, John R., Sacramento, Cal.; Thomas J., Omaha; Francis L., Portland, Ore., and Dr. Charles F., Omaha.

Rosary recitation at Brewer-Korisko Chapel, Saturday 8 p.m. Funeral Monday 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Church, Greeley, Neb. Military honors at the grave, American Legion. Committal Sacred Heart Cemetery, Greeley, Neb. T. J. Finn and Son, Greeley, Neb.

[Omaha World Herald, Published October 01, 1962, submitted by CD]

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Alma A. Bredthauer

Alma A. Bredthauer was born at Albert, Kansas on January 25, 1897 to Rev. Reinhold and Louise Pohlman Hellwege and died on February 11, 1984 at the Howard County Hospital in St. Paul, Nebraska at the age of 87.

She was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Albert, Kansas on February 7, 1897. When very young, the family moved to Hellshore, Kansas and lived there for three years. They moved to Ord, Nebraska in 1900 when her father received a call to serve the Mira Valley and Scotia congregations. She received her education at District 10 and was confirmed at the Mira Valley Church in 1911.

Alma was united in marriage to Arnold D. Bredthauer August 1, 1918 at Ord. They lived on a farm south of Ord until 1906 when Arnold's health forced them to move to Prescott, Arizona. After his death in 1948, she returned to her home south of Ord and in 1955 moved to her new home at Scotia, residing there until her death. During her life time, she was an active member of the St. John Lutheran Church at Ord and Zion Lutheran Church at Scotia and was an honorary member of the Ladies Aid of Scotia. She was a member of the Scotia Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Fox of Ord and Louise Wells of Cotesfield; one son Arvin of Ord; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one brother, Rev. Oscar Hellwege of Marshall, MO. She was preceded in death by her husband, three grandsons, one sister, Clare Ebel; and five brothers, Adolph, Walter, Otto, Edgar and Emil.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 14, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church of Scotia with Rev. Paul Kern officiating. Music was provided by a granddaughter Karen Wells of St. Louis, MO, at the organ, and the church choir. Pallbearers were Ronald and Michael Fox, Garry and Mark Wells, and Scott, Craig, Paul and Todd Bredthauer, all grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Bryson, Dale May, Harold Johnson, Wilbur Fuss, Daryl Holt and Gerhard Beilke. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery with Ord Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church of Scotia.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published February 16, 1984, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood]

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William D. Bredthauer

Funeral services were held May 21, 1996 at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia for William D. Bredthauer, a former Scotia resident. Mr. Bredthauer, age 69, died May 18, 1996 at Midlands Hospital in Papillion. The Rev. Paul T. Kern officiated.

Organist was Sue Vlach. Congregational hymns were "I am But a Stranger Here," and "Just As I Am."

Pallbearers were Bud Daily, Allen Keep, Allen Bredthauer, Dale May, Fay Gillham, Larry Bredthauer and Kevin Bredthauer.

Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery near Scotia with the Jacobsen Funeral Home in St. Paul in charge of arrangements.

William D. Bredhtauer was born to Henry and Cecile (Daily) Bredthauer June 19, 1926 at Ord.

Mr. Bredthauer received his education at Scotia and was a Scotia High School graduate. He then trained in car sales and was a car salesman for a number of years.

In January of 1950, he married Alyce Jacobsen at Scotia. Bill later worked as an over the road semi-truck driver. He worked as a chef in Omaha for the past 16 years, including the past 14 years at the Elks Club in Omaha. He also operated his own private catering service in Omaha. He enjoyed raising flowers, gardening and yard work.

He is survived by one son, Bruce of LaVista and one daughter, Cynthia Heedum of LaVista.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dale and Dean.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, NE, Published Thursday, May 23, 1996]
Submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood

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Mrs. W. C. Cavin

Mrs. W. C. Cavin, of Crawford, died last Saturday in the Grand Island hospital as the result of an operation performed for a chronic trouble with which she has been afflicted for several years.

Mrs. Cavin was thirty-nine years of age and was married to W. C. Cavin nineteen years ago at Scotia, Neb., the home of her girlhood and where her remains were laid away last Sunday.

She was possessed of a cheerful disposition and enjoyed a large circle of friends. The bereaved husband and daughter, Virgil, have the sympathy of everyone.

[The Alliance Herald, Alliance, Nebraska, Published September 26, 1902, submitted by CD]

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Mark E. Clevenger

Mark E. Clevenger Jr., 68, of Scotia died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006 at his home in Scotia.

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at 10 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. Reverends Christian Mattison and Rob Pearson will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m., at Gibbon Riverside Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6-8 p.m., at the church. Memorials may be directed to family. Ord Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.

Mark Edward Clevenger Jr. was born July 22, 1938, north of Gibbon to Mark Edward Sr. and Irma Bernice (Brown) Clevenger.

On Jan. 30, 1958, Mark enlisted in the United States Army, was a military policeman stationed in Turkey and discharged Jan. 13, 1961.

On April 28, 1962, Mark married Donna Rae Willard at Bartlett United Methodist Church.

Mark was a member of the Scotia Baptist Church, Gideons International, Awanas and Appaloosa Horse Club. He was board member at Timberlake Ranch Camp and a First Responder for Hampton Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include wife, Donna Rae of Scotia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Leslie and Margaret of Carpi, Italy and Leon and Christy of Hampton; one daughter, Lynette Clevenger of Greenwood, Mo.; two brothers, Bert of Omaha and Bob of Gibbon; two sisters, Doris Marquart of Oak and JoAnne Meyers of Kearney; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, David and Dominic Clevenger and Jerome Bryant.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Pearl Belle Johnson.

[York News-Times, York, Nebraska, Published November 29, 2006, sub. by CD]

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Leatha M. Cook

Leatha M. Cook, 94, of Wolbach died March 21, 2011 at Heritage Living Center in St. Paul.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. The Reverend Joseph Javorsky will officiate. Interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.

Leatha was born November 16, 1916 at Wolbach, Nebraska to Joe & Lena (Brandt) Steenson.

She lived with her family on a farm east of town. She attended school in Wolbach and graduated from Wolbach High School as Valedictorian of her class in May 1933 at the age of 16.

The following September, Leatha began teaching at rural District #44 in Howard County and taught there for three years. After teaching she worked at the Wolbach Bakery and Cafe.

Leatha was united in marriage to Homer Cook on April 19, 1937 at York, Nebraska.

Their 69 years of married life was lived on a farm in Nance County, ten miles east of Wolbach, across the road from Homer's home place. Six of those years (1941-1947) they lived on what is now the Ernest Bane farm.

Leatha worked along side her husband on the farm; milking cows, cultivating corn, helping stack hay and picking corn by hand.

She and Homer always found time to fish in the Cedar River and in their later years they fished in Nebraska and Canadian lakes.

Homer passed away January 2007 and Leatha continued living on the farm until September 2010, when she entered Heritage Living Center in St. Paul after suffering a broken hip.

Leatha enjoyed sewing and crocheting quilts. She also liked playing cards, dancing, fishing and traveling.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach, and a sewing group called "The Holy Tearers". She also played cards with a neighborhood card club and was a past member of the Busy Bees Extension Club.

Leatha was a special lady. She enjoyed her family and friends.

Those who cherish her memory are a daughter, Marianne Peetz of North Loup; a son, Jerry Cook and his wife Shirley of Wolbach; granddaughter, Annette Malmstrom of Scotia; grandsons, James & his wife Lorraine Cook of Fullerton, Joe & his wife Cathy of Belgrade and Donald & his wife Jodie of North Loup; great grandchildren, Nathan Malmstrom and his wife Christy of Elba, Brian Malmstrom and his wife Tara of Ravenna, Jenae Malmstrom of Scotia, Daniel Cook and his wife Brianna, Nickolas Cook and his wife Becky and Jared Cook all of Fullerton, Sydney & Brady Cook of Belgrade, and Kyler & Reilly Peetz of North Loup; great great grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor Cook of Fullerton, Owen Malmstrom of Elba; a sister-in-law, June Steenson of Wolbach and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, step mother Lela Steenson, her husband Homer, brothers and sister-in-law, Lawrence "Bub" Steenson, Delmar & Reva Steenson, a son-in-law, Kenneth Peetz, a grandson, David Peetz, one nephew, Teddy Steenson and a niece, Judy Steenson.

[Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE, submitted by C. Danielson]

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Raymond E. Cronin

Raymond E. Cronin, age 68 years, residence 2965 Harney Street. Survived by two brothers, George, Spalding, Neb., Earl Cronin, Ione, Cal.; two sisters, Mrs. C. V. Kelson and Miss Jeanette Cronin, both of Omaha.

Rosary Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m., John A Gentleman Mortuary. Remains to be forwarded Thursday to Spalding, Neb., for services Friday, 9 a.m., St. Michaels Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Spalding, Neb.

[Omaha World Herald, Published February 02, 1955, submitted by CD]

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Lewis Dishaw

Pioneer of this County Answers Final Call

Lewis Dishaw, 88 year old Greeley county pioneer passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Cornell of Broken Bow, Nebraska, on Thursday evening from a slight stroke and old age.

He was one of the oldest pioneers of Greeley county. For eighteen years he made his home at O'Connor, later moving near Horace where he resided for thirty-one years. About five years ago Mr. Dishaw's wife passed away and since then he has made his home with his immediate relatives.

Harry Miller of the Miller Mortuary accompanied the body from Broken Bow to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clyde Kelly at Horace.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at Scotia on Thursday afternoon with the Rev. R. M. Reynolds of Scotia and Rev. Glansome of Horace conducting the services. Interment was made at the Mt. Hope cemetery.

Surviving relatives were Mrs. John Dutcher of Wolbach, Mrs. Will Cornell of Broken Bow, Mrs. Art Smith of Ord, Mrs. Clyde Kelly of Horace, Joe Dishaw of Omaha and Ed Dishaw of Scotia.

A complete obituary will be given next week.

[Scotia Register, Scotia, NE, Published February 23, 1933, submitted by Cathy D.]

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Civil War Veteran Laid To Rest Last Thursday

Lewis Dishaw Passes Away At The Home Of His Daughter, Mrs. Will Cornell of Broken Bow.

Military Funeral Services

Lewis Dishaw, 88 year old Civil war veteran and pioneer of Greeley county who died February 22nd at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Cornell at Broken Bow from old age, was laid to rest in the Mount Hope Cemetery last Thursday afternoon. Military funeral services were held at the Scotia Methodist church with the Rev. H. Grantham of Horace and Rev. R. M. Reynolds of Scotia officiating.

Mr. Dishaw had been in ill health for the past three years but his condition did not become alarming until about a week before his death. Not having the vitality to recover, he gradually failed until the end came Tuesday morning.

Mr. Dishaw was the last surviving Civil war veteran of the county.

He made his home in O'Connor for eighteen years and later moved to Horace where he lived for thirty-one years.

Obituary

Mr. Dishaw was born in Quebec, Canada on November 9th, 1844. With his parents he moved to New York State. When but sixteen years old he enlisted in company eight, 111 regiment of New York, and he fought throughout the Civil War. He was in the armies of General Grant and General Sherman. Nine days before the war closed he with fifteen companions were captured by General Lee's forces in Virginia. The remainder of this company had been killed or seriously wounded. Mr. Dishaw suffered a slight scalp wound. Three ears of hard corn was the daily ration given him and his companions during those nine days. However Mr. Dishaw always said General Lee was kind and considerate of the prisoners taken by the rebel army.

After the Civil War he moved to Iowa, where he was married to Miss Jane Neal at Fonda, Iowa, on January 27th, 1882. In the spring of 1884 the couple moved to Greeley county locating on a farm owned by James McCoy. They lived on a farm northeast of Greeley, and afterwards purchased a tract of land eight miles northwest of Horace in Parnell precinct. Mr. and Mrs. Dishaw retired from the farm and moved to Greeley about eighteen years ago, where they lived until the death of Mrs. Dishaw 5 years ago. Since that time he has made his home with his children, his life being saddened and lonely since her going.

Twenty-seven years ago he was baptized and united with the First Day Advent Christian church, being faithful to his Lord in his declining years.

He was a kind and patient father and his thoughts were for his children.

He died at the age of 88 years, three months and 14 days, he is survived by six children, four daughters and two sons; twenty-six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The children are: Mrs. Will Cornell of Broken Bow, Mrs. Clyde Kelley of Parnell, Edward Dishaw of Cotesfield, Mrs. John Dutcher of Wolbach, Mrs. Anna Smith of Ord and Joe Dishaw of Omaha. One daughter, Catherine, died when six months old. An aged sister resides at Marshalltown, Iowa.

Mr. Dishaw was respected and honored by all who knew him and was a obliging neighbor, honest in all which were many.

[Scotia Register, Scotia, NE, Published March 2, 1933, submitted by Cathy D.]

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Forrest L. "Woody" Douthit

Forrest was born March 1, 1919 in Scotia, NE. He lived in Iowa and Colorado most of his life. He served his country in WWII from 1941 to 1945.

Forrest is preceded in death by Grace, his first wife, and his daughter Susan.

He is survived by Virginia, his wife, and three children; Mary Ann (Jim) Jensen of Denver, Nancy Kofahl of Aurora and Robert (Janet) Douthit of Longmont. He is also survived by several grand and great-grandchildren, and his beloved brother Glen (Bobbie) Douthit.

His favorite pastimes were fishing, reading, volunteering, and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Monday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. An inurnment will follow at St. Stephen's Columbarium.

Friends who wish may give to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1303 S. Bross Lane, Longmont, CO 80501.

[Daily Times-Call, Longmont, CO., Published December 15, 2007, submitted by CD]

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Nora M. Fenton

Nora M. Fenton, age 76 years, Greeley, Neb.

Survived by 4 sons, James and Father Lawrence Fenton, Pastor of the Church of Visitation, O'Connor, Neb., Joseph, O'Neill, Neb., Francis, Wolbach, Neb.; 6 daughters, Mrs. Mary Peterson, Spalding, Neb., Mrs. Margaret Joyce, Greeley, Neb., Mrs. Rita McSharry, Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Madeline Thomas, Akron, O., Mrs. Theresa Welch, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Florence Moran, Des Moines, Ia.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Dugan, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Ann Gray, Grand Island, Neb.; 45 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.

Services Wednesday 10 a.m. Church of the Visitation, O'Connor. Interment Church Cemetery, O'Connor, Neb. Remains will lie in state at the rectory of O'Connor from 5 p.m. Monday until time of services Wednesday 10 a.m. Rosary Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the rectory, O'Connor. T. J. Finn and Sons Mortuary, Greeley, Neb., in charge.

[Omaha World Herald, Published January 31, 1967, submitted by CD]

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Luke Finn

Former Sheriff Dies

Spalding, Neb., Aug. 26. - Luke Finn, 74, sheriff of Greeley County for three terms in the early nineties, died suddenly this morning.

[Omaha World Herald, Published August 27, 1934, submitted by CD]

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Harold G. Gillham

Harold G. Gillham, 93, of St. Paul died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Heritage Living Center in St. Paul with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Ellen Campbell will officiate. Interment will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Sunday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

Harold was born May 24, 1918 to George & Lucretia (Crumrine) Gillham at the Fish Creek area east of Scotia, Nebraska.

The family lived on a farm between Greeley and Scotia where Harold went to Fish Creek School. They moved to Wolbach in 1931 and Harold graduated from Wolbach High School in 1936.

Harold worked for his father on the farm milking cows as well as working for other farmers in the area. He also worked with his father in the filling station in Wolbach.

Harold was united in marriage to Gladys L. Jensen on October 6, 1940 at her parents' farm northeast of St. Paul.

The couple went to Idaho for one year to do various jobs and moved back to settle down north of St. Paul and farmed on their own.

Harold worked for the ASCS office where he measured fields.

Harold and Gladys belonged to a card club and liked to play pinochle and pitch. They also occasionally went to dances.

Gladys passed away on August 21, 1986. The couple enjoyed 46 years together. Harold retired from farming and moved into St. Paul. He moved to Matelyn in 2005. In January 2011, Harold moved to Heritage Living Center.

He enjoyed mechanical work on tractors and cars. He loved animals, listening to the radio and crossword puzzles. He was very outgoing and knew many people.

Harold was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge, District #21 School Board northwest of St. Paul and Farmer's Union Board. He was also a 4-H Leader.

Harold is survived by one son, Jim Gillham of Grand Island; one daughter & son-in-law, Marlene & Richard Kosmicki of St. Paul; four grandchildren, Amy & and her husband Kevin, Carrie, Sharon and Darrell; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Gillham of St. Paul and Wayne Gillham of Harrison, Arkansas; a special friend treated as granddaughter, Jessica DePaul of Kansas City and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gladys; and an infant son, Robert Eugene Gillham.

[Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE, submitted by C. Danielson]

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Viola Wallace Granberry

First White Woman Settler Dies At Orange, Texas

Friends here have learned of the death of Mrs. Viola Wallace Granberry, which occurred recently at Orange, Texas. Mrs. Granberry then Mrs. James L. Wallace, came to the North Loup Valley in 1871.

While this was still unorganized territory, they homesteaded the land now owed by Mrs. T. J. Stoetzel. A brother who accompanied them filed on the quarter section on which is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milt Colby.

Mrs. Wallace was the first white woman to settle in Greeley county. She was a woman of education and refinement, born and reared in Norfolk, Virginia. Wallace Creek was named for this family.

[Scotia Register, Scotia, NE, Published January 18th, 1934, submitted by Cathy D.]

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Nellie Marie Rose (Stevens) Grantham

Mrs. Grantham Dies
Rites At Horace

Mrs. Walter Grantham, wife of the pastor of the Horace Baptist church, died at the Ord hospital at 6 Thursday morning, Aug. 1. She had suffered a stroke a few days previously and had been in poor health for some time.

Funeral services were held at the Horace church Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Charles Ver Straten of the Calvary Baptist church of Arcadia, the Rev. Wilber Madsen of the Bethel Baptist church of Ord, and the Rev. Paul Lundgren, missionary of the General Baptist conference in the Platte Valley, of Omaha.

Mrs. Wilbur Madsen of Ord and Mrs. Ken Christensen of St. Paul sang "My Home Is There," "When We See Christ," and "Lead Me Gently Home." Miss Karen Oswald of Aurora was the pianist.

Ushers were Jim Timmons, Harry Hermsmeyer, Gred Gydesen and Vernon Moody.

Pallbearers were Orvil Hamer, Perry Cargill, Neville Cargill, Adrian Sweet, Harry Ita and Clarence Moody. Interment was at the Scotia cemetery. The Hastings-Pearson Mortuary, Scotia, was in charge of arrangements.

Relatives from out of town who attended the services were Mrs. H, K. Johnson and Mrs. Ray Husk, Maskell; Mrs. Cletus Koch, Fordyce; Mr. and Mrs. Art Hinrich, Pender; Mr. and Mrs. Roy DeForce, M. H. Wyant and Mrs. Arthur Utesch, Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. M. H. Bystrom, St. Edward; Misses Leona and Alta Littell, Gothenburg; Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Grantham, Milton Grantham and Mr. and Mrs. Nick Van Sant, Chadron; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Grantham, Rapid City, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Marshall, Crawford; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wiedenfeld and Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Tesdall, Yankton, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Childs, Ponca; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Tesdall, Mrs. Jessie Tesdall and Harold Stevens, Obert; Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Wiedenfeld, Kathy and Marilyn, Hartington; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hamann, LeMars, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Wyant, Beatrice; Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Thomazin and Sharon, Albion; and Mr. and Mrs. Willis Stenzel, Monroe.

Friends from out of town included Mrs. Maud Acker, the Rev. and Mrs. Ward Smith, Mr. and Mrs. H. Kay Sawyer and Mr. and Mrs. Walter O. Ediger, Central City; Mrs. Merle H. Fairfield and son, Robert, Berwyn; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Oswald and daughter, Karen; Mrs. Glenn Taylor, Kenneth and Kathy, Chambers; Mrs. Edna Rogers, Chapman; W. C. Heikes, Obert; Earl Heikes, Newcastle; the Rev. and Mrs. Dean Thompson, Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jeffres, E. A. Ondracek and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Mills, Greeley; Mrs. Harold Clement and daughter, Sheela, Spalding; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dent, Burwell; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Moody, Elgin; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Montgomery, Fullerton; the Rev. and Mrs. Wilbur Madsen, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moody, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Boilesen and Stanley Johnson, Ord; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Pierson and Mrs. Carolyn Babcock, Arcadia; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Guerney, Rose; Mrs. Gene Keown of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Sandra Hinkle, Lincoln; and Mrs. Grace Jensen, Mrs. Emma Bridge, Mrs. Bernice Cornell, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Acker, Mrs. Jesse Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Freese, the Rev. Ralph Sawyer and Mr. and Mrs. Elery King, North Loup.

Nellie Marie Rose Stevens, the daughter of Frank and Hattie Stevens, was born in Mills county, Iowa, on July 12, 1897, and passed away at the Ord hospital on Aug. 1, 1963, at the age of 66 years and 20 days.

In 1898 she moved with her parents to a farm in Dixon county, Nebr., where she resided until 1913 when they moved near Obert, Nebr.

On Oct. 4, 1916, she was united in marriage to Walter Grantham. One son blessed their home.

They lived on a farm near Obert until 1926 when they moved to Kilgore to pastor a church. In the fall of 1926 they moved to Kansas City where Walter entered the seminary.

Upon graduation in 1929, they returned to the home church at Obert, Nebr., for two years. The following year was spent near Hemingford, Nebr., and from there they moved to Horace in 1932 where they have lived since with the exception of six months in Central City as they served a church there.

She accepted Christ as her Saviour in 1922 and united with the Baptist church at Obert, Nebr., at that time where her membership remained until she transferred it to the Horace church.

Her life was one of service to others, especially through prayer, cheerful visits and with thoughtful remembrances of flowers and fruit from her own garden. Her heart's desire was to glorify the Lord Jesus, whom she loved so much and served so faithfully. A lover of Christian music and poetry, she spent many hours with her collection of gospel recordings, poems and hymn books. She instilled a desire for these finer things in the lives of her family. Sacrifice for the Lord's work was exemplified in her life continually. Many times when the home duties required someone she would say, "You go and I'll stay." Because of her godly life, "Her children arise up and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28.

She will be keenly missed by her husband, Walter; one son and daughter-in-law, Joyce and Bernice; three grandchildren, Judy, Steve and Penny Lee; three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Tesdall and Mrs. Alfred Tesdall, Obert, Nebr., and Mrs. DeLoss Grantham, Scotia, Nebr.; one brother, Harold Stevens, Obert, Nebr.; other relatives and members of the Horace church and a large circle of friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, an infant brother, and one sister, Mrs. W. H. Wyant.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published August 1963, transcribed by CD]

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Home, Sweet Home

I have heard of a beautiful city,
With mansions so wondrously fair;
I am told that my Saviour is waiting
To meet me and greet me up there.

Oh, I want to live wholly for Jesus,
And make my brief life a success;
Grant I may have treasures in Heaven,
A wealth that some day I'll possess.

I have friends in that City up yonder,
They're watching and waiting for me;
Oh, the joy when some bright happy morning,
My loved ones in Glory I see!

Friend, I beg you to meet me in Heaven,
I'll look for you near the white throne;
We must hasten, the shadows grow deeper,
Soon Jesus will come for His own!

Home, sweet home, I often see thee in my dreaming,
Far beyond the stars that twinkle in the sky;
Soon I'll say good-by to earth and all its sorrow,
And I'll wing my way to brighter realms on high!

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Diana Lynn Hunter

Diana Lynn Hunter Rites Held At Scotia

Funeral Services for Diana Lynn Hunter were held Saturday, Dec. 7, 1985, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia with Rev. Paul Kern officiating. The organist was Susan Vlach accompanying Wilber Medbery and Kathy Kern as they sang "Children of the Heavenly Father." And the congregation sang, "Christ Be My Leader," "now Sing We Now Rejoice," and "If you But Trust in God to Guide You."

Pallbearers were Millard Vlach, Dennis Ziefel, Errol Wells, Dennis Rasmussen, Gary Dickey and Mike Fox.

Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia.

Memorials are to be given to the Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the donor's choice.

Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Diana Hunter was born June 28, 1946, at Grand Island to Leonard and Louise Bredthauer Wells and died Dec. 4, 1985, north of Fremont due to an auto accident at the age of 39.

Diana was raised near Cotesfield and attended grade school at Cotesfield. She then attended North Loup-Scotia High School and graduated in 1963. She went to Lincoln to take nurses training at the Lincoln General Hospital and graduated from there in 1966. She was united in marriage to William Hunter April 29, 1967, at Scotia. They made their home in Lincoln for a short time, and for the last nine years she lived in Greeley, Colorado, where she was administrator for the Windsor Health Care. Recently Diana had accepted the position of the Nebraska Region ARA Living Centers and had just moved to Fremont to make her home. Diana had just received the Administrator of the year Award for the Colorado region for her caring and giving for the elderly.

Diana was baptized at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Mira Valley July 14, 1946, and was confirmed May 17, 1959, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. Diana was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church at Greeley, Colorado.

Survivors include her parents, Leonard and Louise Wells; her children, Jennifer and John both of Fremont; a brother and his wife Kaye of Ashill, England; and a sister, Karen of St. Louis, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by grandparents and two brothers, Mark and Gaylen.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published December 12, 1985, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood]


Sarah Imus

Body Sent For Burial

Caldwell. - The remains of Sarah Imus, who succumbed Saturday to chronic diabetes, were forwarded Monday for burial at Wolbach, Neb., where Mrs. Imus formerly lived.

She was 68 years old and is survived by four sons and four daughters. Two of the sons, C. H. and W. G. Imus, live in this city, while all the other children reside in middle western states.

[Idaho Statesman, Published April 04, 1916, submitted by CD]

Note: Buried in Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach, NE, next to husband, William Harrison Imus


Lula M. (Bredthauer) Kirby

Funeral services for Lula M. Kirby, 82 of Troy, Mo., were held Wednesday, May 9, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Troy with the Rev. Tom Larson officiating. Mrs. Kirby died May 6, 1990, at the Medicalodge of Troy.

Mrs. Kirby was born Jan. 8, 1908, in Scotia, Neb., the daughter of Herman and Anna Klein Bredthauer. In 1933, she was married to Cleo L. Kirby who preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Mildred Thomas of Caseyville, Ill; two sisters, Dorothy Meyer of the state of Arizona and Lillian Smith of the state of California; three brothers, Herman Bredthauer of Lincoln, Neb., Wilmer Bredthauer of the state of Wyoming and Alvin Bredthauer of Algonquin, Ill. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Margaret Kirby; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Music was provided by Mrs. Arthur Schemmer with members of the church serving as casket bearers. Interment was in the Troy City Cemetery, Troy. Funeral arrangements were conducted through the Kemper Marsh Funeral Home of Troy.

(The Lincoln County Journal, Troy, Mo., published May 9, 1990, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)

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Services for Lula M. Kirby 82 of Troy (Missouri)

Lula M. Kirby, 82 of Troy, died Sunday (May 6, 1990) at the Medicalodge of Troy. Mrs. Kirby was a businesswoman and owned a retail confectionary business in Troy.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at the Trinity Lutheran Church on West Boone Street in Troy. Burial will be at the Troy City cemetery on West Boone Street.

Visitation will be this morning until the time of the service at Kemper-Marsh Funeral Home, 352 Monroe Street, Troy.

Among survivors are a daughter, Mildred Thomas of Caseyville, Ill.; two sisters, Dorothy Meyer of Sun City, Ariz. and Lillian Smith of Los Angeles and three brothers, Herman Bredthauer of Lincoln, Nebraska, Wilmer Bredthauer of Lusk, Wyo., and Alvin Bredthauer of Algonquin, Ill.; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

(Transcriber's note: She was the daughter of Herman and Anna Marie "Mary" (Klein) Bredthauer and she is buried in the Troy City Cemetery, Troy, Missouri).

Contributions to memorials can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Troy or to the St. Louis Heart Association in care of Kemper-Marsh.

(Transcriber's Note: Lulu was raised in Scotia.)

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Missouri, published Wednesday May 9, 1990). Submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood.


Bessie Mach

HEBRON -- Bessie Bell Mach, 77, of Hebron died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Blue Valley Care Home in Hebron.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Greeley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bonnie Forney officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in the Greeley Cemetery.

T. J. Finn and Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Mach was born Jan. 15, 1928, at Greeley to Thomas and Cecelia (Hust) Buck.

Survivors of the immediate family include three sons, Leonard Stafford of Fremont, Richard Buck of Vancover, Wash., and James Youngland of Stromsburg; a daughter, Linda; and two brothers, Kenneth Buck of Grand Island and Clarence Buck of Gregory, S.D.

Additional survivors include three sisters-in-law, Fern Buck of Greeley, Mary Buck of Cordova, N.C., and Kathleen Cooper of Gore Springs, Miss.; and a brother-in-law, Roy Medbery of Greeley, Colo.

She grew up at Greeley and attended Greeley Public Schools. Bessie was married to Leonard Mach on Aug. 12, 1948, at Greeley. The couple had four children. Bessie had lived in Beatrice and Lincoln and in 1999 moved to the Blue Valley Care Home at Hebron because of health.

Bessie was preceded in death by five brothers, Thomas, Edward, Harold, Dale and Richard Buck, and two sisters, Margaret Medbery and Grace Lukefahr.

[Grand Island Independent, Published Thursday, January 12, 2006, submitted by cd]

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Lyle McDonald

Lyle W. McDonald, 83, of Central City, father of Aurora residents Larry and Robert McDonald, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 24 at Community Bible Church in Central City with Rev. Gil Larsen officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery near Scotia.

Lyle Wayne McDonald, son of Samuel E. and Pearl C. (Madison) McDonald, was born Sept. 10, 1920 in Cotesfield. He attended school in Greeley and graduated from Scotia High School in 1939.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1945.

He married Wilma H. Biskeborn Nov. 11, 1942. She lived in Grand Island while he was in the service, then in 1945 they moved to North Loup where they farmed and he began doing professional house painting.

In August of 1959 they moved to Central City where he was self-employed with McDonald Painting. He also did carpentry work and made cement address markers. His sons joined him in business and it became McDonald and Sons.

Survivors include one daughter, Suzanne (Louis) Brunken of Clarks; five sons, Robert McDonald and Lucille Thompson of Aurora, Larry (Nancy) McDonald of Aurora, Kenneth (Shirley) McDonald of Central City, John McDonald and Melody Blackwell of Central City, Tim (Cindy) McDonald of Central City; one sister, Violet (Bernard) Morrow of Grand Island; one brother, Gerald (Bonnie) McDonald of Cherokee, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Evelyn McDonald of Green River Wyo.; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

[Aurora News-Register, Aurora, Nebraska, Published July 30, 2004]
Submitted by CD

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Ann McManaman

Ann McManaman, age 76 years, of Spalding, Neb., formerly of Omaha, died March 1, 1973, survived by brothers, Hugh J. and John E., both of Spalding; sister, Grace Zahn, Greeley, Neb.

Rosary 8 p.m. Friday, Dolce Mortuary, Spalding. Funeral St. Michael's Church, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Spalding, Neb.

[Omaha World Herald, Published March 03, 1973, submitted by CD]

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Carl H. Meyer

Carl H. Meyer, 89, of Sun City, Ariz., and formerly of Ottawa, (IL.) died May 30. Funeral services were June 1 at the Menke Funeral Home in Sun City. Burial was June 3 in Greenwood Cemetery in Seward, Neb.

Mr. Meyer built, owned and managed the radio station, WCMY, in Ottawa from 1952 to 1971. During this time, he was active in many local organizations including Zion Lutheran Church, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by this wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Dottie Osthus of Clinton (IL.) and Kathryn Goodwin of San Antonio, Texas; two sons, Robert of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Michael of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and 12 grandchildren.

[Note: Carl H. Meyer & Dorothy Marie Bredthauer were married in Scotia, Nebraska on December 9th, 1928]

[Daily Times, Ottawa, Illinois, Published Wednesday. June 19, 1991]
Submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood

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Dorothy Marie (Bredthauer) Meyer

Funeral Services will be held May 25, 1996 at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia for Dorothy Meyer of Grass Valley, CA. who died May 16, 1996 at Grass Valley, CA. She was 90. Services are 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Paul T. Kern officiating.

Burial will be at Seward in the Greenwood Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Hess will officiate. Dorothy was born near Scotia Nov. 19, 1905 to Herman and Mary (Klein) Bredthauer.

She married Carl H. Meyer Dec. 9, 1928 at Scotia.

She graduated from Scotia High School in 1924. She taught in the Grand Island area for a few years.

Survivors include her two sons, Michael Meyer of Scottsdale, AZ and Robert Meyer of Penn Valley, CA; and two daughters Katherine (Mrs. Larry) of San Antonio, TX and Dorothy (Mrs. Wes) Osthus of Clinton, IL; one brother, Alvin Bredthauer of Algonquin, IL; one sister, Mollie Long of Grass Valley, CA; sister-in-law Eleanore Bredow of Seward; 12 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, NE, Published Thursday, May 23, 1996]
Submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood

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Frank Phillips

Builder Of Oil Empire, Frank Phillips, 76, Dies

Atlantic City, N. J., August 23. - Frank Phillips, who built one of the nation's biggest oil empires so he could wear striped pants "even on weekdays," died here Wednesday. He was seventy-six.

Phillips, retired board chairman of the 350-million-dollar Phillips Petroleum Company with headquarters at Bartlesville, Okla., underwent an emergency abdominal operation Monday night.

He had retired as president of the company, sponsors of the famed Phillips 66 basketball team, in 1937.

In 1930, Phillips became the first white man adopted as a chief by the Osage Indians. He was given the name "Wah-shah-she Hluah-ki-he-kah" (Osage Eagle Chief).

This honor was in recognition of Phillips' fair dealings with the Osages when in his early wildcatting days he drilled many well on their lands. His company has paid the tribe more than 32 million dollars in lease bonuses and royalties.

Among other honors bestowed on Phillips was the French Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1928.

Gov. Roy J. Turner, learning of Phillips' death, called him "one of Oklahoma's greatest empire builders."

Phillips is survived by a son, John G. Phillips of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Marcus C. Low of Bartlesville and Mrs. Frank W. Begrisch of Rye, N. Y.; three brothers, Waite Phillips of Los Angeles, E. E. Phillips of Okmulgee and Fred Phillips of Tulsa; two sisters, Mrs. Johnson D. Hill of Tulsa and Mrs. Neil P. Walker of Gravity, Iowa; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Born Nov. 28, 1873, on a farm near Scotia, Neb., Phillips' first job was as a barber in Creston, Iowa. His family moved to Creston to escape the grasshopper scourge of 1874.

Admiring the striped pants his boss wore, the 14 year old Phillips made up his mind to earn enough "to wear striped pants even on weekdays."

By the time he was twenty-four, Phillips had earned enough to buy out his boss and owned the remainder of Creston's shops.

Phillips, the businessman, caught the eye of John Gibson, the town banker. Gibson took Phillips into his bond business and his daughter married him.

With an estimated $75,000 in bond-selling commissions in his striped pants, Phillips went in June 1904, to Bartlesville, where Oklahoma's first oil boon was developing.

Despite the fact that Bartlesville already had several banks, Phillips and his brother, the late L. E. Phillips, opened one of their own, the Citizens Bank & Trust Company.

When they weren't banking, the brothers dabbled in oil. Success came after two dry holes.

In June, 1917, the present Phillips Petroleum Company was incorporated with physical assets of $3,000,000,000 and twenty-seven employees.

By 1925 the company's assets were more than $130,000,000. Its annual payroll was some $5,000,000 and it owned more than 1,700 producing oil and gas wells. Among the Texas properties today of the company is a refinery at Borger.

In 1927, Phillips backed Col. Art Goebel's nonstop flight to Hawaii.

Phillips also backed several stratosphere test flights by the late Wiley Post. His interest in aviation later sparked operation of the "flying laboratory" to test fuels under extremes of heat and cold.

Contributing millions to the Boy and Girl Scout movements, Phillips always insisted that local sponsors match his gifts, dollar for dollar. He believed outright donations "blunt the initiative and stultify the responsibility of recipients."

He also set up a scholarship fund for his employees' children and promising farm youths.

During the depression, he paid off the mortgages of Bartlesville churches.

The company's Christmas parties, with "Uncle Frank" handing each child a shiny silver dollar, will never be forgotten in Bartlesville.

Phillips was chairman of Oklahoma's 3-man Santa Claus Commission, which annually sends gifts to unfortunate children. Other members of the commission are Tulsa Oilman W. G. Skelly and Forrest Harper, partner of Gov. Roy J. Turner in the oil business.

[Dallas Morning News, Published August 24, 1950, submitted by C. D.]

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Osage Hills Oil King Dies; Frank Phillips once Barber

Atlantic City, N. J., Aug. 23. - Frank Phillips who rose from barber to the presidency of a $350,000,000 oil company, died Wednesday at Atlantic City hospital.

Phillips, 76, had a personal fortune estimated as far back as 1928 to be close to $40,000,000.

He was about to conclude a two-month holiday at the Traymore hotel here when he was stricken by a gall bladder condition. Following an operation Sunday night by a surgeon flown in from St. Louis, a heart complication set in.

At the bedside when he died were his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Phillips of Dallas, Tex.

Oil Company Formed

Phillips and two brothers, L. E. and Waite, formed the Phillips Petroleum company, one of the largest independent oil concerns in the world. The royalties and lease bonuses paid by the company for drilling land made the Osage Indians one of the richest tribes in the country.

Before he retired as president of the company in 1937, Phillips dressed in leather boots and wide-brimmed hat and sought to preserve the "howdy" spirit and the glamorous west.

He was reputed to have directed stock and bond trades in New York involving millions of dollars as casually as the average man would order a restaurant meal.

Osage Ranch Maintained

Phillips retained chairmanship of the company's board of directors. He maintained a 4000 acre ranch in the Osage hills that held the nation's largest collection of animals. He was interested in youth activities and gave generously to the Boy Scouts.

Born in Greeley county, Neb., Phillips grew up on a farm near Creston, Ia. It was at Creston when he was 14 years old that he got a job in a barber shop. Eventually, he bought it out and took over the town's other two barber shops.

"I was the best damned barber in Iowa," he would boast.

From the barber shops, Phillips moved into bond sales and then went to Bartlesville at the beginning of the Oklahoma oil boom. There he opened a bank to finance drilling. From that, Phillips moved into the oil business until his company operated in 33 states, Canada, and Central and South America.

William G. Angel, Phillips' secretary, said no funeral arrangements were made immediately, but it was likely the body would be taken to Bartlesville.

Phillips also is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marcus Low of Bartlesville and Mrs. Frank Begrisch of Rye, N. Y. Phillips' wife, died in 1948.

[Oregonian, Published August 24, 1950, submitted by C. D.]

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Ivan Dean Smith

Sargent - Ivan Dean Smith, 71, of Sargent died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at St. Francis Skilled Care in Grand Island.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ord Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Don Studley will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia, with military rites conducted by Rueben Beck American Legion Post No. 150 of Scotia.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Fairfield to Len and Viola (Brown) Smith.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Norma Smith; a son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Lorraine Smith of Ord; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Lynette Jarman of Grand Island, Rhonda and Karl Davis of Sargent and Wanda and Tim Kelly of St. Paul; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Bertha and Lloyd Ljunggren of Aurora, Shirley and Don Ljunggren of Dell Rapids, S.D., and Norene Holmstedt of Genoa.

Other survivors include nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Sheryle Smith of Fullerton.

He attended school at Fairfield until the age of 14, when the family moved to Genoa. Ivan graduated from Genoa High School in 1952.

Ivan served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany and Austria.

On Aug. 31, 1957, he married Norma Sharman at the North Star Church in Nance County.

While living in Central Nebraska, Ivan used his many skills working in carpentry, management, and farming. Before his retirement he was the area manager for the Omaha World Herald.

He was a member of the Sargent American Legion and the Scotia Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, reading, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Ivan was a loyal and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Melvin, Claire, Irvin and Orville.

Memorials are suggested to the family or the St. Francis Hospice.

[Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, Nebraska, Published Sunday, April 23, 2006]
Submitted by CD

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Raymond G. Smith

Funeral services were held Friday, July 6, 1990, at the Salem United Methodist Church near Scotia for Raymond G. Smith, who died July 3, 1990 at Palmer at the age of 85 years.

Officiating were Rev. Wayne Alloway and Rev. Walter Grantham with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery near Scotia.

Organist was Gertrude Hermsmeyer who accompanied soloist Brenda Popp singing "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" and "The Family of God."

Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder."

Casketbearers were James Smith, David Smith, Duane Smith, Donald Smith, Timothy Smith and Andrew Smith. Honory casketbearers were Paul Smith, Matthew Smith, Eric Smith, Brenda Popp, and Charissa Smith. Jacobsen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond G. Smith was born to Fred and Lena Whitefoot Smith May 15, 1905, at Boelus.

Raymond received his education in the Boelus area and grew to manhood on the family farm. As a young man, Raymond was engaged in farmwork in Iowa, Kansas and the Fish Creek area near Scotia.

May 17, 1933, Raymond was united in marriage to Mildred Hermsmeyer at the Fish Creek Salem Methodist Church near Scotia. The couple made their home and farmed in the Fish Creek area. After retirement, Raymond and Mildred moved into Scotia to make their home. Mildred passed away in September of 1973.

Raymond continued to make his home in Scotia. Oct. 26, 1979, Raymond married Anna Barbara Vinson at the Cedar Hill Church at Greenwood. The couple lived on a farm near Greenwood. Due to the couple's ill health, Raymond has made his home with his son, Gilbert and family, since last September.

He is survived by his wife, Anna of Greenwood; a daughter, Mrs. Merl (Carol) Vinsons of Greenwood; four sons, Burdette of Scotia, Gilbert of Palmer, Carl of Vilonia, AR, and Haold of Lincoln; step-son, Merl Vinson of Greenwood; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Mildred; two sisters, Hulda Sautter and Henrietta Smith; and four brothers, Herman, Arthur, William, and Robert Smith.

[Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published July 12, 1990, submitted by C. D.]

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Teddy J. Steenson

Teddy Jay Steenson, 67, of Sarasota, Florida, died December 25, 2010, in Florida.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. Reverend Joseph Javorsky and Vicar Casey Lieneman will officiate. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach.

Memorials are suggested to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2031 S Euclid Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237; Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 37, Wolbach, NE 68882; or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of local arrangements.

Mr. Steenson was born October 14, 1943 the son of Lawrence "Bub" and June (Myers) Steenson at St. Paul, Nebraska.

He graduated from Wolbach High School in 1961. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney (formerly Kearney State College), receiving his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Business Education in 1965. He received his Masters Degree from Kearney State College in 1969.

Mr. Steenson taught at Hildreth High School from 1965-71. He then joined the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) that serve dependents of the military and others outside the USA and launched a lifelong global teaching journey. He taught briefly in England, Afcent American High School in Brunssum, the Netherlands, and two years at Karamursel High School on the Karamursel Common Defense Installation in Karamursel, Turkey. He was then assigned to Okinawa at the Kubasaki Air Base where he taught at Kubasaki High School for 26 years. Most summers he returned to Wolbach to spend time with his family and friends, where he enjoyed visiting and playing cards.

He received his certificate to practice Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, from the International School of Ikebana in Tokyo, Japan. He then went on to continue his studies and received his teaching (Sensei) certificate in Ikebana.

In 2001 he retired from teaching and moved to Sarasota, Florida, joining many former DoDDS colleagues in the area. He worked part-time in a local florist shop for two years. He was very active in his local chapter of Ikebana International, teaching and participating in many shows with his arrangements and those of his students. Mr. Steenson continued to be active with other DoDDS retirees, participating in and organizing many events.

Mr. Steenson enjoyed traveling and learning about the local cultures where he was stationed. He shared the experiences with family and friends through pictures, stories, and items that were indicative of the place and time. He went to many local areas of interest in Europe, including Ireland, Belgium, England and Germany. He traveled through Japan, Korea, Borneo, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and other areas of interest while in Asia.

In 2004 he was diagnosed with cancer.

He is survived by his mother, June Steenson of Wolbach; one brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Harriet Steenson; an aunt, Leatha Cook; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bub; and grandparents, George and Josie Myers and Joe and Lena Steenson.

[Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE, submitted by C. Danielson]

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Erwin Steffen

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Erwin Steffen, 88, formerly of the Bellevue and Ord areas, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. The Revs. Mark Middendorf and Kurt Busskohl will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia, with military honors by Reuben Beck American Legion Post 150.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Steffen was born July 13, 1919, in York County to William and Minnie Steffen.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Steffen.

Survivors of the immediate family include two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Rose Steffen of Garretson, S.D., and David Steffen of Omaha; and a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and William M. Elton of Lincoln.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, William S. Elton, Julie McGuire, Ryan Steffen and Adam Steffen; four great-grandchildren, Brent, Rachel, Derek and Makenna; and a special friend, Mildred Manchester.

Erwin was baptized in the Lutheran faith. He attended and graduated from North Loup High School in 1937. He then attended school in Milford to study refrigeration.

Erwin served in the U.S. Army in northern Africa during World War II in automotive repair services. After his discharge, he returned to Valley County.

He was united in marriage to Thelma Burton on July 14, 1946.

The couple lived in Scotia and then moved to Bellevue, where Erwin worked for the REA and the city of Bellevue. He retired from the city of Bellevue in the late 1970s. They continued to live in Bellevue.

His wife, Thelma, died on Jan. 11, 2000. Erwin lived in Bellevue until 2002, when he moved to Ord, where he lived until May 2007. He then moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., to be near his son, John.

Erwin was a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches in Bellevue and Ord and was a member of Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon, S.D. He was a member of the VFW in Bellevue, where he served as commander.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thelma; and four brothers, Wilford, Herbert, Loren and Marvin Steffen.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

[Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, Nebraska, Published September 16, 2007, submitted by CD]

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Marvin H. Steffen

Casper—Services for Marvin Harry Steffen, 79, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Daniel Holthus officiating.

Burial will take place in Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville with military honors accorded by the United Veterans' Council and National Guard.

Viewing is Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Newcomer Family Funeral Home.

He died June 21, 2007, at Life Care Center.

He was born Sept. 29, 1927, in York, Neb., the son of William O. Steffen and Minnie S. Wiempken.

He graduated from Scotia High School in 1946.

He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947.

He worked for the railroad as a locomotive engineer for approximately 25 years.

After leaving the railroad, he moved to Douglas and worked in the oilfields of Wyoming.

He semi-retired and moved to Casper in 1978.

He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church from the time he moved to Casper.

Woodworking was one of his passions and he had a real gift for repairing anything mechanical.

He was a proud caring man who was always willing to help a friend in need.

Marvin will be greatly missed by many friends and relatives.

Survivors include a brother, Erwin Steffen, Garrison, S. D., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Loren Steffen, Wilford Steffen and Herbert Steffen.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Newcomer Family Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

[Death date: June 21, 2007, newspaper unknown, submitted by Sharon Hiett]

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Marvin H. Steffen, 79, of Casper, Wyo., died Thursday, June 21, 2007, at Life Care Center of Casper.

Services will be Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Casper. Burial will be in Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyo., with military honors accorded by the United Veterans Council and National Guard.

Mr. Steffen was born Sept. 29, 1927, at York to William O. and Minnie S. (Wiempken) Steffen.

Survivors of the immediate family include a brother, Erwin Steffen of Garrison, S.D., and two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Steffen of Scotia and Joyce Steffen of Hastings.

Additional survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Scotia High School in 1946. He then enlisted in the Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947.

Mr. Steffen then moved to Wyoming and worked for the railroad as a locomotive engineer. Following approximately 25 years with the railroad, he began working in the oil fields of Wyoming. He semi-retired in 1978.

He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He had a passion for woodworking and a real gift for repairing anything mechanical. He was a proud, caring man who was always willing to help a friend in need.

Mr. Steffen was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Loren V. Steffen, Wilford H. Steffen and Herbert Steffen.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

[Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, Nebraska, Published June 26, 2007, submitted by CD]

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Ronnie R. Vang

U.S. Veteran Ronnie R. Vang, 69, of St. Paul, died Monday, April 18, 2011, at his home.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul. The Rev. Joel Rathbun will officiate. Mr. Vang chose to be cremated and have his ashes buried at sea by the United States Navy.

Mr. Vang was born on May 1, 1941, at Wolbach, the son of Nels Stefhan and Rita (Kelley) Vang.

He is survived by one brother, Fred Vang of Lincoln; and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Nancy Ebel of Waterloo, Iowa and Ruth and Ronald Mercer of Omaha.

Ronnie grew up in Wolbach where he attended Wolbach Public Schools and was a 1958 graduate of Wolbach High School.

He then enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1958. He served in Germany and Turkey and was discharged in 1962. At that time he returned to Wolbach and became a carpenter and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years.

He worked in construction having helped build power plants in Sutherland, Grand Island and Hastings, as well as, shopping centers, banks and the St. Francis Medical Center.

In 1986, he went into the United States Navy serving until 1995 as a Seabee Reservist. He moved to St. Paul in 1991 and worked at Keller's Korner for a number of years before retiring.

He had served as a St. Paul EMT since 1992.

He enjoyed walking and reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis Vang.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul EMT's.

[Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE, submitted by C. Danielson]

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Anton Vopat

Anton (Andy) Vopat, age 76 years, St. James Hotel.

Survived by sister, Josephine Rochek, Omaha; 2 nieces, 4 nephews.

Funeral services Friday, 2 p.m., from Trinity Lutheran Church, Wolbach, Neb. Interment, Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach, Neb. N. P. Swanson, 3205 Harney St., JA 1060.

[Omaha World Herald, Published February 25, 1960, submitted by CD]

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Henry C. Waldrip

Henry C. Waltrip, owner and editor of the Scotia Register since 1885 died at his home in Scotia last Friday. His death was due to kidney and allied troubles and he has been in poor health for a number of years. He was in his 72nd year at the time of his death.

He is survived by a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Bressler of Belgrade, Nebraska.

[Ord Quiz, Ord, Nebraska, Published Thursday, March 01, 1923, submitted by C. D.]

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Gaylen Duane Wells

Gaylen Duane Wells, son of Leonard and Louise Wells, was born at Cotesfield, Nebr., on March 31, 1950, and departed this life on Aug. 31, 1953, at the age of three years and six months.

He was baptized in early infancy in Zion Lutheran church at Scotia.

During his three and one-half years of life he made many friends with his happy cheerful disposition and was a great joy to his parents and sister as well as to all others who were close to him.

Left to mourn his great loss are his parents; one sister, Diana; his grandmother, Mrs. Alma Bredthauer of Ord; his great-grandmother, Mrs. Mary Bredthauer of Grand Island; and numerous other relatives and friends.

There's a home for little children,
  Above the bright blue shy,
Where Jesus reigns in glory,
  A home of peace and joy;
No home on earth is like it,
  Nor can with it compare;
For everyone is happy,
  Nor could be happier there.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published September 3, 1953). Submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood

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Leonard Wells

Leonard Wells, 63, of Cotesfield died Thursday, May 1, 1986 while working in his fields near Cotesfield.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia, with the Rev. Paul Kern officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia.

Visitation will be Sunday from 1 - 8:30 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia.

Mr. Wells was born on June 24, 1922 in Cotesfield to Jacob and Elizabeth Karre Wells. He grew up on the family farm east of Cotesfield and attended District 5 rural school and the Cotesfield School.

On March 11, 1945, he married Louise Bredthauer at Mira Valley. He farmed for a short time until serving in the U. S. Army from June 1945 until September 1946. While in the service, he spent some time in Italy. After the service, he came back to farm a half-mile from his home place and lived there until his death.

Mr. Wells was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Scotia, where he served on various church boards and committees and was the chairman of the building committee to build the present church.

He was past commander of District 6 of the American Legion. He also served on the Howard and Greeley County Public Power Board since 1971. He was a director of the Omaha Livestock Producers for more than 30 years. He served on the National Livestock Producers board from 1972-81, and also on the National Livestock and Meat Board from 1979-81.

Survivors include his wife, Louise; one son, Gary of Ashill, England; one daughter, Karen of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren; one brother, Lester of Cotesfield, and two sisters, Mrs. Herbert (Mildred) Bredthauer of Wood River and Mrs. Lewis (Fern) Klein of Preston, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, and a daughter.

(Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, NE, Published May 1986, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)

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Funeral Services

Funeral services for Leonard Wells were Monday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia with the Rev. Paul Kern officiating. Mr. Wells died May 1 while working in his field on his farm near Cotesfield at the age of 63.

Susan Vlach and Debbie Kern were organists. The flutist was Shawn Medbery. Congregational hymns sung were, "For All the Saints", "How Great Thou Art" and "I know That My Redeemer Lives".

Active pallbearers were Millard Vlach, Daryl Holt, Leonard Vlach, Dennis Rasmussen, Don Hughes and Norm Keller. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Bryson, Wilbur Fuss, Ron Johnson, Roy Olsen, Loren Steffen, Don Thompson, Allen Keep and Darwin Dimmitt.

Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery near Scotia.

Military rites were conducted by the Scotia American Legion Post No. 150 and the North Loup American Legion Post No. 285 with Tracy Johnson and Joel Medbery sounding "Taps".

Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published May 8, 1986, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood]

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Mark Wells

Mark Wells, 20, of Cotesfield died Saturday as the result of a plane crash.

Mark was born April 14, 1965, at Grand Island, the son of Leonard and Louise Wells. He attended grade school in Cotesfield and was a 1983 graduate of North Loup-Scotia High School. While in High School he had been active in all sports, music and speech. He also attended the University of Nebraska and Central Community College, each for a year. He would have been a student at UNL this fall. During the summers he worked on his father's farm near Cotesfield.

He was baptized May 2, 1965 and confirmed May 20, 1979, both at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia, and had been active in the church.

Survivors include his parents, two sisters, Diana Hunter of Greeley, CO. and Karen Wells of St. Louis, MO; a brother, Garry and his wife Kaye, of Ash Hill, England; three nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a brother.

Memorials are suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church, (memorial fund) in Scotia or the donor's choice.

[The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Published July, 1985, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood]
Death Date 27 July 1985

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Alice Irene Wetzel

Daughter of D. J. Wetzel Passes Away Thursday

Alice Irene, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Wetzell, living southwest of Scotia passed away Thursday, February 23 at the age of six weeks.

The small child contracted a case of the flu about two weeks ago, and although everything possible was done to help her, she passed away Thursday.

Funeral services were held from the home of her parents on Saturday afternoon with the Rev. L. A. Hawkes officiating. Interment was made at the Mount Hope cemetery.

She leaves to mourn her parents, six brothers and three sisters.

[Scotia Register, Scotia, NE, Published March 2, 1933, submitted by Cathy D.]

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Betty J. Wibbels

Betty J. Wibbels, 88, of Grand Island died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Wolbach, Nebraska. The Reverend Martin Leeper will officiate. Interment will held at Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.

Memorials are suggested to the Wolbach Community Center.

Betty was born August 23, 1922 to Roy & LaVerne (McCoy) Bissell at Wolbach, Nebraska.

She attended Wolbach Schools and graduated in 1940 from Wolbach High School. She then attended Kearney State College.

Betty was united in marriage to Leonard Wibbels on September 20, 1942 at Wolbach, Nebraska.

The couple moved to Safford, Arizona. In 1954 they moved to Wolbach where they farmed. In 1973 they moved to Grand Island.

During her lifetime she worked at the Hastings Tribune, Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, Farwell Bureau of Reclamation and the Wolbach Public School.

Betty enjoyed volunteering at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. She was active in church and community organizations. Betty's children and grandchildren kept her very busy as she and Leonard loved to follow their activities. She also enjoyed reading and being around people.

She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church.

Betty is survived by three sons & two daughters-in-law, Gregg & Linda Wibbels of Grand Island, Alan & Marti Wibbels of Boca Raton, Florida and Jon Wibbels of Sargent Bluffs, Iowa; one daughter & son-in-law, Linda & Kim Summers of Leavenworth, Kansas; 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Beethe of Seattle, Washington.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard on August 8 2005; one infant son, Lon Jay Wibbels and a brother, Charlie Bissell.

[Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE, submitted by C. Danielson]

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Evelyn (Maddox) [Donscheski]Williams

COTESFIELD Evelyn M. Donscheski Williams, 89, of Cotesfield died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at Good Shepherd Home in Blair.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. The Rev. Martha Voigt will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Williams was born Oct. 14, 1917, at North Loup to Earnest and Ella (Jacobs) Maddox.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edwin "Bud" Donscheski.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Robert Williams of Tekamah; a son and daughter-in-law, Dallas and Kathy Donscheski of Elba; and a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Don Keep of Arlington.

Additional survivors include six grandchildren, a step-granddaughter and nine great-grandchildren; nieces, Janet Wells and her husband, LeRoy, of Grand Island, Deloris Beebe and her husband, Charles, of Scotia; a nephew, Kenny Stegar of Wisconsin; and many other family and friends.

She graduated from Cotesfield High School on May 14, 1936. She was united in marriage to Edwin "Bud" Donscheski on June 26, 1937, at St. Paul. The couple lived in Cotesfield for all of their married lives. They worked together in the trucking business and Evelyn drove a school bus and did wallpapering. Her husband, Bud, died April 19, 1972.

She was united in marriage to Robert Williams in September 1978. Evelyn loved being involved in the insurance business, in which she worked from 1965 until 1999.

Evelyn served on the election board for many years. She wrote news for the Phonograph-Herald in St. Paul, the Ord Quiz and the Scotia Register newspapers. She was a member of a card club in Cotesfield and she also enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting and embroidery work. She was baptized in the Methodist Faith. She was active in the Cotesfield United Methodist Church.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Paul and Turrel Maddox; and four sisters, Allura Anderson, Gladys Thrasher, Fay Steger and Berniece Carruth.

Memorials are suggested to the Cotesfield United Methodist Church.

[Grand Island Independent, Published Tuesday, August 07, 2007]
Submitted by C. Danielson

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Iva Marie (Whalen) Williams

SCOTIA -- Iva Marie Williams, 94, of Scotia died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Greeley Care Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in North Loup. The Rev. Chris Mattison will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church or the Greeley Care Home. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Williams was born Nov. 13, 1909, south of North Loup to Michael and Iva (Barker) Whalen.

Survivors of the immediate family include a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Kathleen Williams of Minneapolis; a daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Ray Van Slyke of Scotia; and a brother, Mike Whalen of Inglewood, Calif.

Survivors also include six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Mrs. Williams lived most of her early years south of North Loup in the Fussyville neighborhood. She attended Fussyville District 24 school through the tenth grade and then attended Scotia High School.

On Nov. 29, 1927, she married Ross Williams at Ord. The couple lived on farms south of North Loup. They later moved to North Loup, where they operated the Williams Oil Company. Iva was a bus driver for North Loup-Scotia School District and also for Lowell Dulitz Bus Service.

She and Ross celebrated their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries. Mr. Williams passed away Aug. 3, 1989. Iva later moved to Scotia to be near her daughter. She became a resident of the Greeley Care Home in July of 1999.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ross; two brothers; two sisters; and six stepbrothers and stepsisters.

[Grand Island Independent, Published December 03, 2003, submitted by C. Danielson]

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Harry Wright

Harry Wright, 55, of Scotia died Friday, May 7, 2010 at his home in Scotia as a result of a farm accident.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the United Methodist Church in North Loup. Inurnment will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia. Military honors at graveside by Rueben Beck American Legion Post #150 of Scotia. There will not be any visitation, Mr. Wright was cremated.

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in North Loup or to the Scotia Rescue Unit.

Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements.

Harry was born March 12, 1955 in Bonneau, South Carolina to Joan Wright.

He was raised by Sarah & Daniel Warren in St. Stephen, South Carolina. He attended Bonneau Elementary and Macedonia Junior High School. He moved to the Bronx, New York with his mother at age 13 and attended Evander Childs High School.

He joined the US Army in 1975 serving in Georgia, California and Germany. Harry received an Associates Degree in Business while in the service.

He was united in marriage to Crystal Jensen of North Loup in Tacoma Washington on September 18, 1978. Three children were born to this union, Maceo, Amber and Belinda.

After his discharge from the service in 1988, the couple moved to North Loup and then Scotia.

He worked for the Twin Loup Reclamation District in Fullerton. He also enjoyed the farmers he worked with in Fullerton.

Harry loved his small farm, livestock and hunting with friends in the Fullerton area. He was proud to be of service to the Scotia area. Harry was very proud of his children and their accomplishments.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in North Loup, Rueben Beck American Legion Post #150 of Scotia, a former EMT and served on the Fire Department. He also served as the Scotia Mayor.

Survivors include his wife Crystal of Scotia; a son & daughter-in-law, Maceo & Angie Wright of Scotia; three daughters, Kenya Wright of New York, Amber Wright of Omaha and Belinda Wright of Lincoln; one granddaughter, Ashlyn; his mother, Joan (Wright) Flowers of Mount Vernon, NY; grandmother, Victoria Harper of Harlem, New York; two sisters Celeste King of New York and Regina Walker of New Jersey; and a special cousin Regina Canty of Atlanta, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by a brother Donald King.

[Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, Death date, May 07, 2010, submitted by CD]

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