Greeley County, Nebraska
Obituaries 8


Glenn Bowley

Glenn Bowley Killed in Automobile Accident.

Scotia, Nebr., Oct. 7. - Glenn Bowley, aged 21, who had been employed on farm of H. L. Foreman, near Scotia, while driving for a man living at Albion in a light touring car, hired from Burr Beck of Scotia, was accidently killed, three miles southwest of Spalding, on his return home after the trip to Albion. Bowley was alone in the car which overturned, and it seems that he was speeding and lost control of the car which overturned, landing in a ditch filled with water. He apparently was drowned, as the steering wheel had fallen on his neck holding him in the water, in which condition he was found by someone passing.

We are informed that the young man who met his death had been hired by Mr. Brown, the man who will conduct the North Loup Bakery to Albion. Mr. Brown had been to North Loup and went from here to Scotia where he hired the car to take him to Albion to meet some relatives. The accident happened as the young man was returning to Scotia.

[North Loup Loyalist, North Loup, Nebraska, published October 11, 1929; submitted by cddd]


Arnold D. Bredthauer

A.D. Bredthauer Dies Suddenly at Prescott, Ariz.

Mira Valley Farmer, Long Asthma Sufferer, Succumbs; Funeral June 30th

The news reached Ord Saturday of the sudden death of Arnold D. Bredthauer, 53, at 6:00 that morning at Prescott, Ariz., where he had lived for the past eighteen months in hope of securing relief from asthma, from which he had long been a sufferer. A sudden heart attack was the immediate cause of death.

Funeral services were held for Mr. Bredthauer at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran church in Mira Valley Wednesday afternoon, June 30, with Rev. Walter G. Landgraf presiding and burial was in Mt. Hope cemetery at Scotia.

Born in Valley county Dec. 22, 1895, all of Mr. Bredthauer's life was spent in this county until three years ago when he went to Tucson Ariz., and later to Prescott, Ariz., because of his health. His childhood was spent in the Elyria neighborhood and he moved to Mira Valley with his parents, the late Dave Bredthauer and Mrs. Bredthauer, now of Grand Island, while he was still a boy, and that community remained his home thereafter.

He served in the first World War from Oct., 1917 until May, 1918, first at a training camp near Little Rock, Ark., and then in overseas duty in France.

His marriage to Miss Alma Hellwege, occurred on Aug. 1, 1917, and three children were born to them, one son, Arvin, and two daughters, Mrs. Norma Fox, Ord, and Mrs. Louise Wells, Cotesfield. There also are two grandchildren.

Mr. Bredthauer was one of the most popular and well-to-do farmers of the Mira Valley area and was an extensive cattle feeder. He was also active in church work, remaining a member of St. John's Evangelical church throughout life and an elder for the past six years. He also was a member of the American Legion and was active in township, school and civic affairs, always being on the side of progress and keeping up his interest in the affairs of his home community even after health reasons required his residence elsewhere.

Pallbearers at the funeral Wednesday included Dan and Wilbur Fuss, Eldon and David Lange, Leland Bredthauer and Dale Hellwege. Frieda Foth, Mrs. Landgraf and Emma Dobberstein looked after the wealth of floral tributes which came from his hosts of friends, relatives and business associates.

Besides his mother, widow and children, Mr. Bredthauer Is mourned by two sisters, Mrs. Rose Fuss, North Loup, and Mrs. Esther Lange, Ord, and by two brothers, Herbert Bredthauer, Wood River, and Oscar Bredthauer, Grand Island.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE published Thursday, July 1, 1948 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Dale Henry Bredthauer

Dale H. Bredthauer, born July 31, 1915 at Scotia, Nebr., son of Henry Bredthauer and his wife, Cecil Daily, was baptized into the family of God shortly thereafter, and confirmed his Christian covenant in Zion Lutheran Church after instruction in the chief doctrines of the Christian religion. He received his elementary education in the schools of Scotia and later attended the University of Nebraska. He engaged in business in Burwell, later operated a dealership in Grand Island, since 1957 a business which ill health forced him to give up several years ago.

He was united in marriage with Clarice Mann, February 3, 1946. Their marriage was blessed with three children, a son Larry, and two daughters, Katherine and Pamela.

He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church at the time of his death. During his illness he demonstrated a strong trust in God's dealings with him and confidence in God's mercy in Christ, frequently receiving the Sacrament for a comfort in his affliction. He departed this life at the Veterans Hospital in Omaha last Tuesday evening. (Transcriber's note: Date of Death March 7, 1972).

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. His mother entered eternal life just a few weeks before his own death, passing away suddenly and quietly while in Omaha where she was constantly in attendance at his bedside.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clarice Bredthauer of Grand Island, son Larry of Lincoln, a daughter, Mrs. Michael Schuessler, and daughter Pamela, both of Lincoln, and a brother, William of Evergreen, Colo.

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Dale H. Bredthauer 56, a retired truck dealer and a resident of Grand Island the past 15 years, died Tuesday (March 7, 1972) in an Omaha hospital following a long illness. The family home is at 2226 So. Cochin.

Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. O. B. Hussmann officiating. A family prayer service will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the church chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Livingston Sondermann Funeral Home. Remembrances may be made through memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Cancer Fund. Interment is to be in Mt. hope Cemetery at Scotia.

Dale H. Bredthauer was born July 31, 1915 at Scotia, the son of Henry and Cecil Daily Bredthauer. He received his schooling at Scotia and attended the University of Nebraska for two years. He then began his career as a dealer for the General Motors Corporation. He purchased a dealership in Burwell and operated it until 1957 when he came to Grand Island and operated Hiway G.M.C. until 1969 when he closed the business due to ill health.

He and Miss Clarice Mann were married Feb. 3 1946 at Scotia.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Grand Island. He was affiliated with the Kiwanis Club and the American Legion here in Grand Island.

He is survived by his widow, Clarice; one son, Larry of Lincoln; two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Katherine) Schuessler and Pamela both of Lincoln and one brother, William of Evergreen, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

(The above obituaries for Dale H. Bredthauer submitted by Pamela Clark, daughter, from her family record collection and transcribed by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


David H. Bredthauer

David Bredthauer, ill 4 1/2 weeks, dies in G. I. Hospital

Wealthy Farmer - Cattleman mourned by Large Family and Host of Friends

At a Grand Island Hospital Thursday afternoon, Dec. 21, occurred the death of David H. Bredthauer, 74, a wealthy and highly respected farmer and cattle feeder who formerly lived in Mira Valley but whose home since 1931 had been Grand Island. He had been ill 4 1/2 weeks.

Born in Steinhude Schaunberg, Lippe, Germany, June 17, 1870, Mr. Bredthauer came to America with his parents at an early age and in 1883 settled near Ord. He was baptized as a child in Germany and was received into membership in the Lutheran church near Ord as a young man.

His marriage to Mary Hackel took place July 4, 1893 and their first home was on a farm in the Geranium community where Mr. Bredthauer made his start in learning the science of cattle raising and feeding which carried him to eminence in this business in later years.

To them eight children were born, five boys and three girls, of who three preceded him in death, two in infancy. Left to mourn are his widow and the following children: Mrs. Rose Fuss of North Loup; Arnold Bredthauer and Mrs. Esther Lange, Ord; Herbert Bredthauer, North Loup; and Oscar Bredthauer, Grand Island. He also leaves eighteen grandchildren, five brothers, Herman, Will, Ed, Henry and Albert, and one sister, Mrs. P. J. Seefus, as well as many other relatives and a host of friends. One sister, Mrs. Lena Sommer, preceded him in death.

Mr. Bredthauer made his home in Valley county, first in the western part and later in Mira Valley, until 1931 when he moved to Grand Island. Although he farmed a large acreage here his chief interest was in cattle feeding and he became known throughout Nebraska as an extensive operator, keeping up his interest in this business until his final illness. On July 4, 1942, he and Mrs. Bredthauer were privileged to observe their golden wedding anniversary. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran church.

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at Scotia and burial was made in the Scotia cemetery.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE published Thursday December 28, 1944 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Della (Gray) Bredthauer

Mrs. Bredthauer Dies One Day Before Her Birthday.

Mrs. Della Bredthauer, an elderly resident of Scotia, died unexpectedly at her home Saturday. Death came one day before she would have observed her 81st birthday.
(Transcriber's note: Date of death - October 18, 1969).

Born Oct, 19, 1988, at Monica, Ill., Mrs. Bredthauer was the daughter of Joseph ad Kathryn White Gray. She came to Valley County at an early age and on Apr. 25, 1906, was united in marriage to William Bredthauer at Elyria. After marriage their home was on a farm near Scotia until 1948, when they retired to make their home in Scotia. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Wilda Sperling of Westminister, Calif., Mrs. Elma Holt of Cotesfield, and Mrs. Estelle Penney of Hastings; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Lamberton of Akron, Colo., and Mrs. Florence Wheeler of Kewanee, Ill.; one brother, David Gray of Kewanee, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Bredthauer was preceded in death by her husband in 1953, and by her parents, three brothers, one sister, and one step-sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church at Scotia, with Rev. Theodore Zimmerman officiating. Mrs. Clarence Sixel, Cindy Rasmussen, Mrs. Nick Dutcher, and Mrs. Leonard Wells sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "The Lord is my Shepherd," accompanied at the organ by Cynthia Bredthauer.

Pallbearers were Eldon Wheeler, Oscar Bredthauer, Everett Sommers, and P. J. Seefus. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery. Hastings-Pearson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord NE, Published October 23, 1969, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)

[Note: There is a discrepancy of the birth and death dates in the obituary and the tombstone engravings.]


Infant Daughter Bredthauer

Infant Daughter Buried Wednesday

Funeral services were held in Scotia on Wednesday afternoon for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bredthauer, who died that morning. The baby is survived also by two brothers, Leland and Vernon and by grandparents, Mrs. J. C. Wells and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Bredthauer. Rev. Wagner officiated and burial was in Scotia cemetery.

(Transcriber's note: Death at birth on November 2, 1943, daughter of Herbert & Mildred)

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE published Thursday, November 4, 1943 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Infant Son Bredthauer

MIRA VALLEY NEWS - Mr. and Mrs. Wells and children of Cotesfield attended the funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bredthauer Saturday. Mrs. Wells and Mrs. Pape of Scotia are now staying at the Bredthauer home.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to thank all for the kindness and sympathy in the loss of our dear baby, also for the floral offerings.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bredthauer and Leland.

(Transcribers Note: Death at birth on November 1, 1935, son of Herbert & Mildred)

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE published November 7, 1935 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Marie Edna Bredthauer

Valley County Young Woman Died Sunday (November 11, 1928)

Edna Bredthauer, Former Teacher in Mira Valley, Passed Away After Long Illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Scotia for Miss Marie Edna Bredthauer, 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Bredthauer, who passed away at 9:30 a.m. Sunday after an illness of many weeks. A service was held in the Bredthauer home at 1 p.m., Rev. W. Ernstmeyer being in charge. Later services were held at the Lutheran church in Scotia by Rev. G. H. Boehnke, of Mira Valley, and interment was in Scotia Cemetery. Pall Bearers were George Bremer, James Bremer, Ed Sommers, Henry Sommers, Elmer Bredthauer, and Herman Bredthauer.

Miss Bredthauer was born Feb. 1, 1926 (s/b 1906, correction by transcriber) on Turtle Creek, near Elyria. In infancy she was baptized into the Christian faith. While she was still a child her parents moved to a farm in Mira Valley and there her girlhood days were spent. Later she moved with her parents to their present home south of North Loup.

She grew up in the Lutheran faith and was confirmed at the Lutheran church in Scotia in October 1919, by Rev. K. Rosenwinkel. She then attended high school in North Loup, being graduated in 1925. Following her graduation she taught school for two years in Mira Valley, discontinuing this profession to clerk for a time in the Bredthauer Department store, Scotia, until ill health forced her to give up the work.

She is survived by her parents, three brothers, Arnold, Herbert and Oscar, and two sisters, Mrs. Louis Fuss and Mrs. Ernest Lange.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE, published November 15, 1928 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Mary (Hackel) Bredthauer

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Trinity Lutheran Church for Mrs. David (Mary) Bredthauer, 93, who died Saturday (Transcriber's note: April 23, 1966) in a local hospital. Following surgery several years ago, she had made her home with a son, Oscar of 203 East 22nd, and a daughter, Mrs. Rose Fuss of Scotia. The Rev. O. B. Hussmann will be in charge of the funeral and a family prayer service at 1:15 p.m. in the church chapel. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia.

Mrs. Bredthauer was born July 13, 1872 at Bentwater, Mich., to Carl and Babetta (Schmidt) Hackel. Her family moved to Kansas and then came to Valley County in a covered wagon. She was married to David H. Bredthauer on July 4, 1893, and they farmed in Valley county until 1931 when they moved to Grand Island. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. Bredthauer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1943.

She is survived by two sons, Herbert of Wood River and Oscar of Grand Island; two daughters, Mrs. Fuss of Scotia and Mrs. Esther Lange of Ord; 20 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; a brother, Ed Hackle of Ord, and a sister, Mrs. Katie Marks of Ord. She was preceded in death by four children, four brothers and two sisters.

(Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, NE, published April 25, 1966, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Robert Oscar Bredthauer

Mira Valley News

The sad news was received Saturday morning of the death of Robert Oscar, 19-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bredthauer of Grand Island. Funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran church of Mira Valley. The Rev. A. J. C. Moeller, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church of Grand Island delivered the funeral sermon. Interment was in Scotia cemetery.

(Transcriber's note: Date of death: January 25, 1936).

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE., published Thursday, January 30, 1936, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood).

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Bredthauer Baby Died January 25th.

Robert Oscar, 19 months' old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bredthauer, passed away Saturday Jan. 25, at the family home near Grand Island after a brief illness.

He was born in Valley county on June 16, 1934 and accompanied his parents to Grand Island in December.

Funeral rites were held Monday at St. John's Lutheran church of Mira Valley by Rev. A. J. C. Moeller of the Trinity Lutheran church of Grand Island. The choir sand "Asleep in Jesus."

Besides Robert's parents he is mourned by two sisters, Barbara Ann and Elizabeth June, by both grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Bredthauer and Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Foth, and many other relatives.

[Ord Quiz, Ord, Nebraska, published January 30, 1936; submitted by cdddd]


William Bredthauer

Bredthauer Rites Held Wednesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church for William Bredthauer, 72, well known Scotia man, who died early Sunday.

(Transcriber's note: born October 7, 1880, died September 27, 1953).

Death followed a heart attack.

Interment in the Scotia cemetery followed the funeral rites. The Ashley Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Prior to retirement a few years ago, Mr. Bredthauer was a prominent cattle feeder and farmer. He lived south of Scotia many years.

Survivors are his wife, Della, three daughters; Mrs. Arthur Holt, Scotia; Mrs. Merrill Penny, Crete; Mrs. Don Sperling, South Gate, Calif.; two brothers, Herman, Scotia; Ed, Pasadena, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Phillip Seefus of Scotia.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord NE, Published October 1, 1953, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Baby Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown, from North Loup, buried a little baby in the Scotia cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. Hellwege having charge of the funeral.

[Exchanges, Scotia Register, in Ord Quiz, published April 6, 1910; submitted by cddd]


Alvira E. (Young) Colby

Mrs. H. N. Colby.

Alvira E. Young was born near Elmira, N. Y., November 21, 1843, and died at her home in this village, Thursday night, April 10, 1913.

While living in Wisconsin she was married to Hamilton N. Colby, July 24, 1851. To this union were born four children, three of whom survive her, all being present at the funeral services held from the M. E. church Saturday morning, April 12.

Before her marriage she united with the M. E. church of which she was a faithful member for many years. When removing to this place she indentified herself with the Presbyterian church.

Her husband died December 8, 1908, and since that time she has turned longing eyes toward the home not made with hands.

Although in poor health for some time she was patient, unselfish, giving her first thought and care to others. And so another good woman has gone to the home prepared for her.

Interment in the Scotia cemetery beside the body of her husband. RT.

[North Loup Loyalist, North Loup, NE, published Friday, April 18, 1913; submitted by cddd]


Elizabeth June (Bredthauer) Eggert

Elizabeth June Eggert, 65, Russell, died Friday, June 12, 1998, at Russell Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Eggert was born Elizabeth Bredthauer on June 22,1932, near North Loup, Neb., and was a Russell resident since 1965, moving from Hays. She worked part time in her husband's drugstore and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and the Library Board, both of Russell, and Central Kansas Library Board. She also was director of the Deines Cultural Center, Russell.

Survivors include her husband, Richard H. of the home; four sons, Paul and Kurt, both of Los Angeles, Keith of Taos, N.M., and James of Bedford, Mass.; a daughter, Katherine Eggert of Boulder, Colo.; two brothers, Oscar Bredthauer of Grand Island, Neb., and John Bredthauer of Houston; two sisters, Barbara Jackman of Los Angeles and Joan Marotz of Lincoln, Neb.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, at St. John Lutheran Church, the Revs. Michael Fibranz and Henry Hartman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Russell City Library, Deines Cultural Center or the Lutheran Hour radio program. The body will be cremated. There will be no visitation. Pohlman's Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665, is handling arrangements.

(Transcriber's note: Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Scotia NE).

(The Salina Journal News, Salina KS, published Monday, June 15, 1998, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood).


Dean Fuss

Dean Fuss, 81 of Burwell died Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia with Rev. Mark Middendorf officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation was held Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church or the Donor's Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Dean Louis Fuss was born November 9, 1920 in the Mira Valley area of Valley County to Louis and Rose (Bredthauer) Fuss. Dean was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He attended rural Valley County Schools and graduated from Ord High School in 1937. The family moved to a farm near North Loup in 1939. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. He was trained in electronics and participated in the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll. He was always proud that the Navy chose him to be in their special electronics program. Dean was married to Vernelle Hadenfeldt on June 3, 1951 at Kearney, Nebraska. The couple first farmed at North Loup and then moved to a ranch in Garfield County in 1974. Dean and Vernelle had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church; he enjoyed gardening and reading and was currently learning Spanish.

Survivors include his wife, Vernelle of Burwell; two sons, Marvin Fuss of Burwell and Dr. Alan Fuss and his wife Gail of Omaha; two grandchildren, Adam and Colin Fuss; a brother Wilbur Fuss of Scotia and a sister Mildred Dial of Chester, Illinois. Dean was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Laverne.

(The Burwell Tribune, Burwell Nebraska, published December 19, 2001, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood).


Laverne David Fuss

Mira Valley News - Laverne, seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Fuss, who has been an invalid since infancy, passed away Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blum and daughters and Mr. and Mrs. Louie Blum of York, Mr. and Mrs. David Bredthauer and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Fuss of Grand Island came up last Wednesday and attended the funeral of Laverne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Fuss. Card of Thanks

We wish to take this means of thanking our friends and neighbors for their help and sympathy during the illness and death of our loved one, and especially for the floral offerings.

(Transcriber's Note: Date of birth July 30, 1927. Date of death March 19, 1934.)

(Ord Quiz, Ord. NE published Thursday, March 29, 1934 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Louie C. Fuss

Louie Fuss Funeral was held Monday.

Louie Fuss, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Fuss of Grand Island, was born Nov. 16, 1893, and passed away at the Weekes hospital in Ord, Dec. 30, 1936, being 43 years, 1 month and 14 days of age at the time of his death. He was born in York county but came to Valley county at an early age with the family, and spent the greater part of his life here. He was married April 18, 1917 to Rose Bredthauer, and is survived by three children, Wilbur, Mildred and Dean, another child, Laverne died a few years ago.

Other relatives are his brothers, Will, Walter and Martin, and three sisters, Mrs. A. Hellwege, Mrs. Walter Foth and Mrs. Walter Blum of York, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Fuss, of Grand Island, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held from the Frazier Funeral Parlors Monday afternoon with his pastor, Rev. Wm. Bahr, having the services in charge. Interment was made in the Scotia cemetery.

The pall bearers were his three brothers, Will, Walter and Martin, and his three brothers-in-law, Arnold, Herbert and Oscar Bredthauer. Mr. and Mrs. James Bremer and Ava Bremer had charge of the flowers. Those in attendance from a distance included Mr. and Mrs. R. Fuss, Mr. Ted Heyden, and Mr. and Mrs. Blum and Alta Blum, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fuss, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Blum, Arthur Fuss and Arnold Fuss, all of York, Nebr.

Louie Fuss spent all his life in this county in Mira Valley, where he attended school for a time and after his marriage went on a farm where he managed his work well, and was known and loved by all who came to know him. A good conscientious man is gone, and he will long be missed by his associates.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE published Thursday, January 7, 1937 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Lyle Laverne Fuss

Lyle Laverne, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fuss, died at birth on 5/17/1925.

(Take from The Bredthauer Family Descendants of William Bredthauer and Dorothea (Vogeler) Bredthauer, published May 2005 by Gerald (Jerry) Wayne Bredthauer and submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Ronald James Fuss

Ronald James, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fuss, died Saturday, Sept. 6, soon after birth. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday with the Pearson-Anderson Mortuary in charge and burial was in the Scotia cemetery.

(Transcriber's note: Mother is Sophie Bredthauer Fuss, daughter of Herman and Mary Klein Bredthauer).

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE published Thursday, September 10, 1941 submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Vernelle J. (Hadenfeldt) Fuss

Vernelle J. Fuss, 78 of Burwell died Thursday, April 20, 2006 at the Lakeview Nursing Home in Grand Island.

Funeral Services were on Tuesday, April 25, 3006, at 10:30 a.m. at the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church. The Reverend Mark Middendorf officiated. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation was on Monday 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the St. John's Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast or the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church. Or Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Vernelle Jeanette was born July 14, 1928, southwest of Ravenna near Poole, Nebraska to Victor and Katherine (Buchmann) Hadenfeldt. She received her education at the Majors Lutheran Parochial Church School near Poole. She was confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at the Grace Lutheran Church in Wood River. Vernelle graduated from Wood River High School in 1946. After receiving her education she worked for Dr. Molzhan in his clinic office and with patient care.

On June 3, 1951, Vernelle married Dean Louis Fuss at Kearney, Nebraska. The couple first farmed at North Loup. In 1974, they moved to a ranch in Garfield County. Vernelle was an equal partner with her husband, Dean, in the family's farming and ranching operation.

Mr. Fuss passed away December 12, 2001. Vernelle remained on the ranch until this past February when she made her residence at the Lakeview Nursing Home in Grand Island.

She was a member of the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed outdoor activities, gardening and fishing.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Marvin Fuss of Burwell and Dr. Alan and Gail Fuss of Omaha; two grandsons, Adam and his wife Valja Fuss and Colin Fuss; one great-granddaughter, Eva Fuss; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Vernelle's twin Vernon and Arlene Hadenfeldt of Lincoln and Glen and Babs Hadenfeldt of Albuquerque, NM; and a sister-in-law, Ramona (Mrs. Dale) Hadenfeldt of Fort Collins, CO.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dean; and one brother, Dale Hadenfeldt.

(The Burwell Tribune, Burwell Nebraska, published April 26, 2006, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood).


Richard Holcom

Nearby Greeley Center, Neb., F. A. Gardiner, a farmhand, shot and killed Richard Holcom at Widow Nason's farm. Holcom went home drunk and drove Gardiner and Mrs. Nason from the house. Gardiner re-entered, was fired on, and killed Holcom in self defense. He gave himself up.

[Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI, published Wednesday, September 14, 1892; submitted by cddd]


Arthur Holt

Arthur Holt, 99, of Scotia died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at Rose Lane Home in Loup City. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia, with the Rev. Mark Middendorf and the Rev. Shawn Kitzing officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.

Mr. Holt was born May 20, 1906, at Dannevirke to Louis and Fredricka (Bebernes) Holt. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elma.

Survivors of the immediate family include two sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl and Betty Holt of Scotia and Robert and Marlene Holt of Grand Island; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Loradel and Bob Preston of Fremont and Janet and Darrel Cox of North Loup. Additional survivors include 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

When he was the age of six months Art's mother passed away and his father sent him to live with his uncle and cousins on a farm adjacent to theirs. Art attended rural schools in Howard County.

He married Elma Bredthauer on Sept. 19, 1928, at Scotia. They farmed in the Scotia area all of their married life. After retiring from farming, Art and Elma spent their winters at Casa Grande, Ariz. Elma passed away Sept. 13, 1978. Following Elma's death Art continued to live on the farm south of Scotia and also wintered in Arizona. Because of his failing health Art moved to the Rose Lane Home in November of 1999.

Art was baptized and confirmed at the Danish Lutheran Church at Dannevirke. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Scotia and had served on the Co-op board at Scotia. Art's life was centered around his family and farming.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred and Chris Holt; and three sisters, Laura Holt and Mary and Clara Christensen.

Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church or at the donor's choice.

(Grand Island Independent, Grand Island NE, published December 7, 2005, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood).


Elma (Bredthauer) Holt

Scotia Rites for Mrs. Elma Holt

Funeral services were Saturday for Elma Estelle Holt who died September 13, 1978 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord. She was 69.

Pastor Leon Zimmerman officiated at the 2 p.m. rites at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. Congregational singing included "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" and "Abide O Dearest Jesus". A quartet composed of Louise Wells, Susan Sixel, Loren Babcock and Gary Wells sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives", accompanied at the organ by Marilyn Fuss. Pallbearers were Richard Penney, Dennis Holt, Richard Christensen, Milton Christiansen, Dave Tuma and William Sperling. Interment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Scotia. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Holt was born November 6, 1908 at Scotia, the daughter of Wm. and Della Ray Bredthauer. She was united in marriage to Arthur F. Holt on September 19, 1928 at Scotia. She and her husband farmed in the Scotia community all of their married life. For the past seven years they spent the winter months in Casa Grande, AZ.

Elma was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Loradel) Preston of Fremont and Mrs. Darrel (Janet) Cox of North Loup; two sons, Daryl of Scotia and Robert of St. Paul; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Wilda Sperling, Westminster, CA and numerous relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Mrs. Estelle Penney.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord Ne, Published September 21, 1987, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood).


Robert Kuntz

Brayton, Neb., Dec. 29. - Robert Kuntz, a farmer living three miles north of here, died yesterday morning from wounds received Christmas night at the hands of Joe and Nick Kruth. These men had had trouble this fall over the grain crop.

Christmas night they called at Kuntz's house and demanded some beer, and upon being refused began pounding him with brass knuckles. Kuntz fought desperately, and the two assailants then began shooting at him. Two bullets and two loads of shot were fired into Kuntz's body. The man finally secured the gun and then fled barefooted to a neighboring farm. When he arrived there his hands and feet were frozen. After lingering in great agony until Monday morning he died. The murderers are under arrest and were taken to Greeley Center for safety, as threats of lynching have been freely made.

[Repository, Canton, OH, published Tuesday, December 29, 1891; submitted by cddd]


Donald J. Medbery

Donald J. Medbery, 69, of Grand Island, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Jack Gillam will officiate. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at All Faiths Funeral Home.

Donald was born Feb. 5, 1946, in Ord to Marion and Anna (Winter) Medbery.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Jeff (Billie) Medbery of Wichita, Kan., Mike Medbery of Grand Island and Mitch (Christina) Medbery of Lincoln; brothers, Kenny Medbery of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wilber (Mary) Medbery of St. Paul and Gary (Marty) Medbery of Central City; sister Betty (Ralph) Green of Grand Island; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Mikayla, Abbie, Jordan, Kamryn, Lauryn, Ashlyn and Isaac; and two great-grandchildren, Sophia Marie and Eli.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kim Medbery; and his grandparents.

Donald grew up on the farm in Scotia, later moving to North Loup. He graduated from North Loup High School.

Donald was married to the mother of his children, Carolyn Crow, in 1965 and then resided in Grand Island.

He was employed by Case New Holland before working for his best friend on Meier Farms. He loved all aspects of farming and friendship while he was with Ned and Nancy Meier. His other enjoyments included playing golf, spending time with friends and cherishing his beloved grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.

The Grand Island Independent, September 8th, 2015


Amelia (Bredthauer) Seefus

Church Rites Held For Scotia Woman, Mrs. Amelia Seefus

Funeral services were held Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia for Mrs. Amelia Seefus, who died June 10 after a six-month illness.

Rev. Stanley Rosenau officiated at the 2 pm. Service which followed a special family prayer time. The Walther League choir sang "Just As I am" and "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth", accompanied at the organ by Cynthia Bredthauer.

Pallbearers were Arvin Bredthauer, Eugene Bredthauer, Leland Bredthauer, Oscar Bredthauer, Frank Fuss, and Daryl Holt.

Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia with Hastings-Pearson Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Seefus was born Nov. 8, 1893 at Elyria, the daughter of William and Dorthea (Vogler) Bredthauer.

At an early age she moved with her parents to Greeley County near Scotia and made her home there until 1912, when they moved to Scotia itself. Mr. Seefus preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1964.

A member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Scotia, Mrs. Seefus leaves to mourn her passing one son, Philip Seefus of Scotia. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and one sister.

(The Ord Quiz, Ord, NE, published June 19, 1969, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Philip J. Seefus

Philip J. Seefus, 77, former Scotia postmaster and businessman, died unexpectedly Saturday evening at 6 at the St. Luke's hospital in Denver where he had undergone major surgery on Wednesday and Saturday. Death was due to a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Zion Lutheran church in Scotia, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Stanley Rosenau. A quartet, Mrs. Leonard Wells, Mrs. Ronald Johnson, Mrs. Lester Wells and Mrs. Claude Johnson, sang "Abide with Me," and "The Lord is My Shepherd." Mrs. Roy Fillinger was the organist. Pallbearers were Chester Krebs, Jim Bryson, Harry Selk, Frank Beedle, Marius Hansen, and Albert Anthony.

Interment was at Mr. Hope cemetery, Scotia. Rites at the cemetery were conducted by the Reuben Beck Post No.150, American Legion.

Philip J. Seefus, son of John G. and Sophia Seefus was born January 25, 1887, in Papillion, Nebraska. He attended schools in Douglas county and was graduated from the Waterloo high school in 1904. After attending the Fremont preparatory school he completed three years of college at the University of Nebraska College of law. After engaging in business several years with his father at Elkhorn, Nebraska, he operated a farm south of Scotia. In 1915 Mr. Seefus and his father became owners and operators of the Scotia Lumber and Implement business, and continued in this business for several years,

On September 5, 1917, he was united in marriage with Amelia Bredthauer. This union was blessed with the birth of one son, Philip, Jr. Mr. Seefus was preceded in death by his parents.

Philip Seefus was highly respected and admired for his wholehearted leadership in many activities of the community. He gave much time and effort to business and recreational activities. He served as postmaster of Scotia for four years, accountant for the Scotia Cooperative Creamery as well as having many other business activities. He was a member of Reuben Beck Legion Post 150 for 45 years. He was a member of the armed forces in 1918 during World War I. Mr. Seefus was a member of Zion Lutheran church. At the time of his death he was 77 years, 10 months, and 10 days old.

Surviving are his wife, Amelia; son, Philip J. Jr.; a sister Elsie Warren, and a brother, Dean Seefus, all of Scotia. One niece and one nephew and other relatives are left to mourn his sudden passing.

Transcriber's Note: Date of death was 12/5/1964.

(Scotia Register, Scotia, NE, Published December 10, 1964, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood).


Philip John Seefus

Philip John Seefus, 77, of Milford, formerly of Scotia, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Sunrise Country Manor at Milford.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Scotia Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mark Middendorf officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Seefus was born Jan. 31, 1938, in Grand Island to Philip and Amelia (Bredthauer) Seefus.

P.J. was raised at Scotia and graduated from Scotia High School. He had worked as a farmhand for Willard Bremer for 15 years. He continued to make his home at Scotia until moving to Milford.

Survivors include a number of Bredthauer cousins.

P.J. was preceded in death by his parents.

(The Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, NE, Published April 23, 2015, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Clarice (Mann) Bredthauer Stelling

Clarice Kathryn Stelling, 99, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 28, 2014, at her daughter's home in Pocatello, Idaho. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island, with Pastor Jack Gillam officiating. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Guests are invited to join the family at a luncheon immediately following the service. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia. All Faiths Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Survivors of the immediate family are a son, Larry (Cathy Lynn) of Grand Island; two daughters, Kathryn (Michael Schuessler) of Milwaukee, Wis., and Pamela (Gregg Clark) of Pocatello, Idaho; and a stepdaughter, Kathy (Vic Auftumberge) of Grand Island; She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A true pioneer in life and in spirit, our beloved mother was born Dec. 10, 1914, to Allen and Emma Mann on the family ranch west of Burwell. She was baptized in the Christian faith and later confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She was the second oldest of five children. Mom loved the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills, wildflowers and ranch life. She developed a strong faith and work ethic as they struggled to maintain the ranch after the early death of their father and onset of the Depression. She attended rural school and graduated from Taylor High School in 1931. Mom completed normal school training at age 18 and taught in one-room rural schools for eight years. She took continuing education classes at the University of Nebraska.

Mom was married to Dale Bredthauer, a World War II veteran and GMC Dealer, on Feb. 3, 1946. To this union three children were born, Larry, Kathryn and Pamela. They made their first home in Burwell. Mom's sweetheart and children were her life. She proudly said that her greatest achievement was loving her family.

The family moved to Grand Island in 1957, when Dale expanded his dealership to include the sale of semi-trucks. To Mom's great sorrow, Dale was called home in 1972 after a valiant fight with cancer. She tirelessly sat by his bedside to comfort her aching heart. Being a widow with three children in college was a challenge for her, but her strong faith saw her through. Later, to ease the loneliness, Mom found satisfaction in working part-time as a teller at Five Points Bank.

In 1979 Mom married Albert R. Stelling, president of Five Points Bank. They shared a strong Lutheran faith and a love of traveling. Albert passed away in 1986. Mom was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School and serving in Ruth Society. She loved bowling and playing cards with her friends. Being a widow for a number of years, her friends meant a lot to her. She was most comfortable in her kitchen and yard. Like her mother, she was a good manager, thrifty, and resourceful. Needlework occupied her hands during the long winter months and each grandchild gratefully received an afghan hand crocheted by Grandma!

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Dale Bredthauer and Albert Stelling; three brothers, Ralph, Glen and Arthur; one sister, Dorothy; a granddaughter, (Allison Jones); and a great-grandson, (Brannigon Bredthauer).

A special thank you to Heritage Hospice and Idaho Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and caring support. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Heartland Lutheran High School of Grand Island.

(Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, NE, published July 2, 2014, submitted by Phyllis Bredthauer Harwood)


Beulah (Romans) Vogeler

Mrs. W. W. Vogeler.

Beulah, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Romans, was born May 20, 1902, in Omaha, Nebraska, and died at Ord, Nebraska, October 6, 1922, aged twenty years, four months and sixteen days.

She moved with her parents to North Loup in the year of 1911.

On September 24, 1921, she was united in marriage with William Wallace Vogeler and to this union was born a son, Donald Dale, August 7, 1922.

One month from this date it became necessary to consult a physician. Her condition gradually becoming more serious, she was moved to an Ord hospital where the best of medical science and loving care and devotion was given but they proved of no avail.

Mrs. Vogeler is survived by her husband and infant son, also by her parents, four brothers and four sisters all of whom reside at North Loup.

Besides these she leaves to mourn many relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. K. H. Clifton of North Loup Methodist church Sunday afternoon from the home of William Vogeler, Sr. The body was laid to rest in the Scotia cemetery.

"There is a land, where beauty cannot fade,
Nor sorrow dim the eye,
Where true love shall not droop nor be dismayed,
None shall every die."

[North Loup Loyalist, published October 13, 1922; submitted by cddd]


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