Richard G. White
KIMBALL — Richard G. “Whitey” White, 76 died at Beverly Health Care Center in Scottsbluff on Friday, April 5, 2002. Cremation will take place and a private family service will be held at the Kimball Cemetery. The Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on August 18, 1925 in Cloquet, Minn. a son of Mr. and Mrs. George White. He spent his childhood there and on July 26, 1943 he married Georgia Ann Kelley. The couple moved from Minnesota to Loveland, Colo. in 1979 and then to Kimball. His wife died on April 1, 1988. He has made his home in Scottsbluff for the past several years.
He is survived by two daughters, Judy Sampson and her husband Clint of Kingman, Ariz. and Susan Sanford and her husband Leonard of Superior, Wis. and three sons, James White and his wife Priscilla of Ely, Minn., Jerry White and his wife Ann of Loveland, Colo. and Joseph White of Rock Springs, Wyo. Also surviving are a number of grand and great grandchildren.
Ada Lee Allan
SCOTTSBLUFF — Ada Lee Allan, 81, of Scottsbluff, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at her home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2002, at The First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff, with Charles Richardson officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery here. Memorials in her name may be given to the Panhandle Humane Society, the Long’s Peak Council Boy Scout Foundation or to the donor’s choice. Friends who wish may call at The Jolliffe Funeral Home Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the funeral service.
Ada Lee was born Nov. 30, 1920, in Scottsbluff, to Beach and Mae (McFadden) Coleman. She was born in the same house and bed that she died in. She was educated in Scottsbluff, graduating from Scottsbluff High School with the class of 1939. She attended and was graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1943. After returning from college, she worked in Scottsbluff for the price and rationing board as the chief gas clerk, and she also worked in her father’s law office as a secretary and stenographer. She then moved to Arlington, Va., where she was employed by the United States Signal Corps. She returned to Scottsbluff and spent four years as the secretary to Lawrence Lemons, the Principal of Scottsbluff High School. She married Vernon A. Allan Nov. 11, 1950, in Scottsbluff. She also worked for Grace’s Flower Shop, McDonald’s Floral and as a sales clerk at the Cat’s Meow. She and her husband sponsored numerous boys to the United States from Denmark, cared for nursing students, sponsored children at many different camps and helped to send several children to college. Ada Lee loved people, nature, food, music, and dogs.
Her church was a very important part of her life. She was a seventy-year member of the First United Methodist Church, sang in the Chancel Choir there for over sixty years, was a former member of the Longfellow Prayer Circle and taught third grade Sunday school for over twenty-five years. She also was a member of Chapter HN, P.E.O., a lifetime member of A.A.U.W., a lifetime member of the Longs Peak Council Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, a longtime member of A.A.R.P., the Delta Zeta Sorority, was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and was a member of the D.A.R. One of Ada Lee’s great interests was scouting. She received the first annual Distinguished Service Award from the Longs Peak Council, had earned her Woodbadge award and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon A. Allan of Scottsbluff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Margaret Elizabeth Coleman and a second cousin, Alice Bird Barr.
Lucy ‘Hull’ Edwards
CHADRON — Memorial services Lucy “Hull” Edwards, 99, of Chadron, will be Friday, June 7, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. at Chamberlain Chapel, Chadron with Deacon Fred Merrit officiating. Burial will be in Cody, Neb. She died Nov. 8, 2001 at Chadron. A memorial may be sent to the donor’s choice in care of Chamberlain Chapel PO Box 970 Chadron, NE 69337. Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Lucy “Hull” Edwards was born in Wood Lake, on Oct. 15, 1902. She was the daughter of George and Jessie Hull. Her family also included five brothers, Troy, Clint, Glen, Ray, and George. Five “one-of-a-kind” sisters, Maude, Edna, Mary, Jessie and Nettie, joined them.
Her father had a meat market in tiny Wood River. She went to country school for two years then the family moved into town so the children could attend school. Lucy graduated from High School in 1922 and in the summer of the same year, she entered Chadron State Teachers College. That fall she accepted a job teaching in a school south of Cody, Neb. While boarding there with the Edwards family, she met and married Charley Edwards. They had only one child, a son named Billy. At the age of 17 he died of complications from an appendicitis attack.
Charley was a cowboy’s cowboy and Lucy had a long close relationship with ranch life, both in the Sandhills and the open spaces of Wyoming. They sold the ranch near Cody and moved to Wyoming in October of 1941. Charley worked as a hired hand and Lucy’s job was to provide six meals a day for ranch hands, owners and guests. Her work began at sunup and lasted past sunset every day of the week. The CM ranch, which functioned as a dude or guest ranch, hired them on to help entertain and feed their summer guests. Over the next 20 years, as word of Lucy’s good cooking got around, a lot of city folks became country folks.
Gertrude Swanson of the Swanson Frozen Dinners family of Omaha lured Lucy and Charley over to their ranch where they spent the next ten years. Lucy was the summer mother for her two boys Rick and Kurt. This helped ease the pain of losing her own son.
Charley’s health began to fail so they decided to move to Chadron and live out their golden years. After Charley paused away, Lucy spent the next 12 years working as a volunteer at the Dawes County Museum. She put in long hours Filing important papers, clipping obituaries and showing guests around the museum. She was active in the Auxiliary of the American Legion, which she joined during World War II and a member of Grace Episcopal Church.
This hearty but gentle spirit is survived by sisters Edna and Mary both of Casper, Wyo. and loved by all who knew her.
Verda Grace Hazen
VALENTINE — Verda Grace Hazen, 90, of Valentine, died May 27, 2002, at Pine View Good Samaritan Center. Memorials are suggested to the Brownlee Cemetery or Assembly of God Church. Services were Friday, May 31 at the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Thedford, with the Rev. Jonathan Busch officiating. Burial was in the Brownlee Cemetery. Mullen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Her niece, Pat Gantz of Scottsbluff, survives her.
Lena Leever Nuss
BAYARD — Lena Leever Nuss, 87, of rural Bayard, died Monday, June 3, 2002 at her home. Her funeral will be Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at Faith United Church of Christ at Bayard with Pastor Les Parmenter officiating. Interment will be in the Bayard Cemetery. A Memorial has been established to the Church. Friends may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home at Scottsbluff, Wednesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at the funeral.
Lena was born March 3, 1915 at Scottsbluff, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Homan) Leever. She was raised and educated in the Bayard area. Lena was united in marriage to Carl A. Nuss, March 14, 1937 at Bayard. She loved rose gardening, cooking, especially making butterballs and grebel, working crossword puzzles, singing songs, playing cards, watching her favorite soap opera “Guiding Light” and spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ.
Lena is survived by her son, Larry Nuss and his special friend Georgia Thompson of Ft. Laramie, Wyo.; grandchildren, Donna (Nuss) Dodge of Guernsey, Wyo., Judy Lif of Bayard, Carol and Chuck Zabinski of Bayard, Larry Eugene Nuss of Denver and Lisa Nuss of Guernsey; great grandchildren, Kendra, Andrew, Cameron, Heidi, Kaylynn and Jordan; numerous other relatives and special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Buckhammer, Anne Haffner and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stark.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Fred, Hank, Alex, Bennie and Willie Leever; sisters, Anna Leever Deines and Mollie Leever Hein.
Cruz Palomo Jr.
SCOTTSBLUFF — Cruz Palomo, Jr., 27, of Scottsbluff, died Sunday, June 2, 2002 at his home. A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 7, 2002 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Father Thomas Dowd officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park. A memorial has been established to the Office of Human Development. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Cruz Palomo was born on October 23, 1974 in Scottsbluff to Cruz Sr. and Margarita (Magdalleno) Palomo. He lived in the Scottsbluff area most of his life. In 1976 he lived at the RICHARD’S Foster Home, in 1979 he lived in the Children’s residence with the Office of Human Development. In 1982, he moved to the Beatrice State Development Center. In 1984, he resided in the Martin Luther Home in Mitchell and in 1992 he returned to the Office of Human Development until his death. He enjoyed listening to Spanish music.
He is survived by his father, Cruz Palomo, Sr.; a sister Susana Palomo of Fredrickburg, Colo.; half-brother; half-sister; aunts, Marcelina P. Enriquez, Tacha Murrieta, Vicenta Ramirez, Julia Mendez, and Pam Najera; Uncles, Matt, Barnerd, Benito, Felipe, and Domingo Palomo; many cousins, nieces and nephews; guardian, Mary Ruth Reed and friends at the Office of Human Development.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, grandfathers, and an uncle.
SCOTTSBLUFF — Carolyn Santero, 73, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at Regional West Medical Center. Services are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel.
SCOTTSBLUFF — George Sauer, 87, of Scottsbluff, died June 2, 2002 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2002 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Rev. Dale Brown and Rev. Floyd Sauer officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2002 and one hour before the service. A memorial has been established to the Family.
He was born March 26, 1915 at Alliance, to Balzer and Barbara (Kniss) Sauer and he received his education in the Scottsbluff Schools. He married Mary Sinner in 1936 at Scottsbluff and they made their home in Gering. Three children were born to this union Lorraine, Don and Gloria. He later married Delores Ballinger and they made their home in Scottsbluff. They raised six children, Rita, Debra, Steven, Pat, Gary and Jerry. He farmed in Gering Valley, opened a café and filling station in Scottsbluff, sold cars in the Valley for thirty years and finally opened a flea market.
He enjoyed farming, gardening, woodworking, fishing, tinkering with cars and having coffee and visiting friends.
He is survived by his wife, Delores of Gering; daughters, Lorraine Aschenbrenner of Grand Junction, CO; Gloria Heiney of Brighton, CO; son, Don Sauer of Los Angeles, CA; three stepsons, Steven Ballinger and wife Karen of Gering; Gary Ballinger and wife Julie of Gering; Jerry Ballinger of Gering; three stepdaughters, Rita Rico of Las Vegas, NV; Debra Engler and husband Jim of Gering; Pat Deines and husband Danny of Gering; twenty-five grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; brother, Adam Sauer and wife Dorothy of Mitchell; sister, Katherine Priggee of Walla Walla, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Mary, brothers, Henry, Jake and John and sisters, Elizabeth Eisenack, Marie Schwartz and Molly Priggee.
Polk Andrew Elkins
PERU, NEB. — Polk Andrew Elkins, 52, Peru, Neb., died July 26, 2002. There will be no visitation. There will be a reception at home Saturday, August 3 at 1 p.m., and family and friends are welcome. Memorials may be sent to the Andrew Elkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Chadron State Foundation, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE 69337.
He was born in Saint Louis, Mo. on June 17, 1950 to Allan and Jacqueline Elkins. He graduated from Little Rock Central High in 1968, Washington University (BA, Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, 1972), Northwestern University (M.A., English, 1977, Ph D. English, 1980). He was a professor of English at Chadron State College, 1981-2000, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Peru State College, 2000-02. He was the author of three books of literary history and criticism: The Poetry of James Wright, (1990, University of Alabama Press, winner of the Elizabeth Agee award for best press publication for the year 1990), The Great Poem of the Earth: The Poetry of Thomas Hornsby Ferril (1995, University of Idaho Press, winner of the first annual Thomas J. Lyon Award from The Western Literature Association) and Another Place: An Ecocritical Study of Selected Western American Poets (Texas University Press, 2002).
He is survived by his spouse, Mary Ellen Elkins; his mother, Jacqueline Elkins, Little Rock, Ark.; brother, Allan Elkins, Salt Lake City, Utah, brother, Stephen Elkins, San Francisco, Calif. and sister, Christine Elkins, Little Rock, Ark.
Melvin J. Haase
SCOTTSBLUFF — Melvin J. Haase, 82, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, July 27, 2002. A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Rev. Ed Steele officiating. A private family inurnment will be at a later date. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory. A memorial has been established to the family.
He was born April 5, 1920 at Reynolds, Neb. to Frank C and Rachel (Sawyer) Haase. He received his early education in the Reynolds and Sioux County Schools. He served in the United States Army Air Corps. on March 31, 1942. He served in the European Theatre during WWII and was honorably discharged on Nov. 2, 1945. He married Verna Arlene Wilson on Oct. 14, 1945 at Fairbury, Neb. and they made their home in Fort Collins, Colo. for a short time before moving to Scottsbluff. He was employed as a route salesman for Coca-Cola for twenty years and later for Cawley Potato Flakes for twenty years. He retired in 1982 and spent his time hunting, fishing and gardening.
He enjoyed the outdoors especially teaching his children how to hunt and fish and working in his garden. He was a past member of the Admiral Dewey Post #1681 VFW and 23-club baseball, which he helped by coaching and umpiring.
He is survived by his wife, Verna Arlene of Scottsbluff; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Jackie of Del Mar, Calif.; Steven and Kathy of Burlington, Iowa; grandsons, Bryan Haase and wife Melissa of Des Moines, Iowa; Chad Haase of Overland Park, Kan.; one great-grandson, Jacob of Des Moines, Iowa; sister, Viola Kriesel of Gurley; brother, Gale Haase and wife Anita of Casper, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and six brothers.
Alan Kimio Kawaguchi
MITCHELL — Alan Kimio Kawaguchi, 50, of Mitchell, died Monday, July 29, 2002 from injuries of an automobile accident near Cheyenne, Wyo. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2002 at Scottsbluff Elks Lodge #1367. Interment will be in the Mitchell Valley Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Elks Lodge. Friends may call at Dugan- Kramer funeral home between 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. At Alan’s request, casual attire is acceptable.
Alan was born July 11, 1952 in Scottsbluff to Tom and Shigeko (Yoshimi) Kawaguchi. He received his education in Scottsbluff graduating from Scottsbluff High School in 1970. He attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. on a wrestling scholarship. Alan graduated in 1974 with a B.A. degree in physical education. He returned home and joined in the family farming partnership until the farming operation ceased. While Alan was farming he started bartending part-time at the Elks. After farming he was a bartender at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. for a short time. He returned to Mitchell after the death of his mother Shigeko to aid in caring for his dad, and returned to work at the Elks.
Alan was a life member of Elks Lodge #1367 and was named Elk of the year in 2000.
Survivors include brothers, Fred and his wife Tomoko of Tokyo, Japan, Paul of Mitchell, Richard of Ft. Collins, Colo., twin brother, Dana and wife JoAnn of Scottsbluff; three nephews, one niece and all his family at the Elks.
Allan was preceded in his death by his father, Tom; mother, Shigeko; a infant brother; and an infant sister.
Alfred M. Mikkelson
SCOTTSBLUFF — Alfred M. Mikkelson, 93, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at his home. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 10 a.m. at the Grace Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastor Don Van Deraa officiating. Interment will be at the West Lawn Cemetery in Gering following the service. Visitation for Alfred will be held at the Jolliffe Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 31, 2002 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church prior to the service on Thursday. Memorials can be made to Prairie Haven Hospice or to the Scottsbluff Senior Center.
Alfred was born Jan. 7, 1909 in Albion, Neb. to Ole and Mabel (Evans) Mikkelson. Alfred received his education in the Elgin Public School system before moving to western Nebraska. He married his wife Daisy in 1935 and farmed north of Lisco until 1949 at which time the couple moved to Scottsbluff when Alfred joined the City of Scottsbluff by working as a maintenance worker in the water department until his retirement in 1973. After his first wife died in 1973, Alfred married Velva Childs in 1979 with whom he enjoyed his retirement years. Alfred and Velva enjoyed the Scottsbluff Senior Center and their affiliation with the Grace Chapel here in Scottsbluff. Alfred was a member of the Kitchen Band associated with the Senior Center. He played guitar and mouth-harp for many years, including playing at barn dances. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, spending time with his family, and driving his car up until his illness. Alfred was a avid pool player and a past champion at the Senior Center and looked forward to playing pool with his granddaughter Jackie when she stopped by the center. He was a member of the Eagles, AARP, and Grace Chapel, along with being a past member of the Monument Wesleyan Church.
Alfred is survived by sons, Merlin and wife Shelby Mikkelson of Miltonville, Kan., Wayne and wife Diane Mikkelson of Russelville, Ark. and Larry and wife Marlene Mikkelson of Gering; daughters, Devita and husband Ray Beals of Miltonville, Kan., Wanda and husband Bernie Phipps of Branson, Mo., Linda and husband Bill Busch of Omaha and Brenda and husband Larry Messina of Lake Worth, Fla.; sister, Vivian Learned of San Bernardino, Calif.; step-daughter, Virginia Schifferns; step-son, Gene Childs; 22 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his two wives, two stepsons, two grandchildren, three brothers, and four sisters.