Leon Burkett Jr., 76
CLATONIA - Leon Burkett Jr., 76, died April 4, 2007.
He was born March 9, 1931, at Joplin, Mo., to Leon and Julia (Wheeler) Burkett. Sr.
His funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th St., Lincoln, with Rev. Paul Quackenbush officiating. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.
A reception at the Coyote's Den, 165 Washington, Clatonia will follow the committal services.
A memorial has been established to the Clatonia Fire and Rescue Squad.
Esther Prothe, 93
ALLIANCE - Esther Dorathea Anna Prothe, 93, died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at Box Butte General Hospital.
Esther was born at home on Feb. 26, 1914, at St. Francis, Kan., the oldest child of Dora (Hornbostel) and Rev. Otto C. J. Keller.
From St. Francis, her family moved to Block, Kan. It was here that she met and married Lorenz H. Prothe.They had three children while living at Block and lived on the family farm until 1957 when they moved to Denver, Colo. Esther began working out of the home doing typing for various companies until she secured a job in accounts receivable for Associated Grocers.
She worked for AG until her retirement. In September 2006, Esther moved to Alliance, living with her daughter, Alice, until the move to Good Samaritan Lutheran Care Center became necessary. Esther loved her church and dedicated her life to participation at Trinity Lutheran at Block, and Faith Lutheran and Emmaus Lutheran at Denver.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Emmaus Lutheran Church, with Rev. David Boyd officiating. Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Good Samaritan Health Care Center or to the St. John's Lutheran Church at Alliance for world hunger.
Olinger-Crown Hill Mortuary of Denver is in charge of the arrangements.
Leonard W. Wright, 40
TUCSON, Ariz. - Leonard Wayne Wright, 40, died Dec. 31, 2006.
He was born June 20, 1966, at Flint, Mich., to Leonard and Deloris (Crandall) Wright.
He was a 1984 graduate of Alliance High School.
His remains have been cremated.
Troy J. Hamilton, 36
AURORA, Colo. - Troy J. Hamilton, 36, passed away on March 31, 2007, at Aurora.
He was born on Oct. 13, 1970, at Alliance, to Kenneth Leroy and Doris Jean (Weakly) Hamilton.
He graduated from Alliance High School and after graduation he served his country in the U.S. Army.
After his term in the Army, he graduated from Denver Technical College with an Associates Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.
Troy worked on the automated baggage system at the Denver International Airport, starting before the airport opened and working there for 12 years.
He took great pride in his knowledge of the stock market and developed a career in trading stocks and options. He loved fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding and golfing.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home at Brighton, Colo. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Eagles Auxiliary Cancer Fund, P.O. Box N, Alliance, NE 69301.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Georgetta Vallentine, 89
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Georgetta Vivian Vallentine, 89, passed away, surrounded by loved ones, on Palm Sunday, April1, 2007, at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House where she had been a resident since January.
She was born Feb. 22, 1918, at Berwyn, Neb. to Elva (Gier) and Walter Pierce.
Georgetta spent most of her childhood with her randparents, Martha and Steven Gier, at Seneca, where she graduated from High School. She delighted in remembering riding "old Billy", her horse, to and from school and to town to sell cream.
She was married to Spencer J. Vallentine in July 1937; they lived and raised their four children at Seneca, Ravenna and Alliance, where Spencer was employed by the railroad. Five years ago she moved to LaQuinta, Calif., to live with daughter Roberta.
In January of this year Georgetta moved to Richland, Wash., where daughter Jacki and family live. She was fortunate to be able to move into the Hospice House at that time.
Georgetta worked at the Alliance National Bank for many years, later retiring from Western National Bank at Casper, Wyo., before returning to Alliance.
She was an active member of St. Mathew's Episcopal Church, where she served as president of the guild for several years.
According to her wishes, Georgetta was cremated; no local services were held. Her remains will be inurned at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at Alliance, with a service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Georgetta's name to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336.
Express your thoughts and memories in the online guest book at www.einansfuneralhome.com.
Eva M. Neitz, 87
HEMINGFORD - Eva M. Neitz, 87, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2007, at the Hemingford Community Care Center surrounded by her family.
She was born Feb. 12, 1920, at Edison to Daniel and Eva B. (Hosier) Orcutt.
She grew-up in Missouri and at Wray, Colo. Eva met Ray E. Neitz in December of 1940 and married him on Sept. 12, 1944, at Saint Francis, Kan., after he served in the Army during WWII.
She spent her life serving others as an in-home caregiver to families and the elderly. Eva was especially proud of obtaining her GED at the age of 68 and her 12 years of service to the mentally handicapped. She served her community by sewing and making quilts for others in need.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Congregational Church at Hemingford, with Pastor Jim West officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in the veterans' section of the Greenwood Cemetery at Sidney.
Memorials may be given to Hemingford community Care Center, or to the Congregational Church of Hemingford.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Joyce-Lea Rowe, 70
ALLIANCE - Joyce-Lea Rowe, 70, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at her home.
She was born March 8, 1937, at Kansas City, Mo., to Walter L. and Margaret Ellen (Calvert) Curnett.
She was a graduate of Southeast High School at Kansas City and William Jewell College at Liberty, Mo. On Aug. 1, 1959, she was married to James E. Rowe. Joyce served an active part in her husband's ministry as a Pastor of First Baptist Churches in Kansas City, Sioux Falls, S.D., Brookings, S.D., Scottsbluff and Alliance.
She served as a Sunday School Teacher, as Youth Minister, in choir and children's church programs. They came to Alliance in 1998 from Scottsbluff where they had lived for 31 years.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the First Baptist Church, with Susan Gillies, the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Nebraska officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, Box Butte General Hospital Auxiliary or to Prairie Haven Hospice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Travis Ballinger, 26
SCOTTSBLUFF - Travis Lee Ballinger, 26, died Wednesday, March 7, in rural Mitchell.
Travis was born Jan. 3, 1981, at Scottsbluff, to Gary Lee and Julie Ann (Howell) Ballinger. He attended Geil Elementary at Gering, Roosevelt and Bluffs Middle School, and graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1999.
He worked for several businesses including Scotts Bluff Country Club, Corral West Ranch Wear, Wheeler's, Wal-Mart, CenCon and Currently at Midwest Farm Services.
Travis loved to fish, hunt with gun and bow, black powder shooting and was an avid outdoorsman. He made friends with everyone. His laugh was contagious. When he smiled, it made others feel good and made them smile along with him.
His funeral was Monday, March 12, with interment in Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Western Nebraska Archer's Club.
David K. Wegner, 50
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas - David K. Wegner, 50, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2007.
He was born Dec. 3, 1956, at Omaha, to James and JoAnne Wegner. Dave grew up at Millard and moved to Alliance in 1972.
He graduated from Alliance High School in 1975, and continued his education at UNL and Dallas Automotive Management School. His involvement in the auto industry continued throughout his life and led him to Denver, Colo., Dallas, Texas, Portland, Ore., and Houston, Texas, where he had recently purchased his own dealership. Dave's love of life was evident to everyone who knew him.
His fun-loving spirit and lively stories will be greatly missed and always remembered.
His funeral will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Friendswood.
A memorial has been established to Make-A-Wish Foundation, c/o Jim Wegner, 1035 Duncan Ave., Alliance, NE 69301.