Esther L. Krause, 91
(Jan. 1) ALLIANCE - Esther L. Krause, 91, died Dec. 31, 2000, at her son Victor's home. She lived an exceptional, full life, most of it on the Krause Ranch northeast of Alliance. She was born Sept. 24, 1909, in Jamestown, N.D., one of six children born to Otto and Christine (Schlichter) Gasal.
Her childhood years were spent in Jamestown where she attended Jamestown High School. She married Emil H. Krause on June 11, 1931. They moved to the ranch and spent 62 beautiful years together until Emil's passing in 1993. Esther filled her days on the ranch with family, flowers and her famous baking. A piece of pie or fresh cookies were awaiting anyone passing through. One of her real passions was for art. She produced many beautiful oil paintings, as well as feather stationary for friends and family. In her later years, she made numerous, colorful crocheted items for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church, Chapter AH P.E.O., and the Alliance Art Society.
She is survived by her son Vic and his wife Jane, her daughter-in-law Carolyn Krause all of Alliance, her grandchildren and their families, Willow and Mark Holoubek of David City, and their children Joe, Luke, Chase and Katie; Mike and Susan Krause of Omaha, and their children Megan and Monica; Lisa and John Langemeier of Wahoo, and their children Ben and Chad; Wendy and Bob Bush of Morrill, and their children Andrew and Spencer. Her brother Wilbert Gasal of Jamestown, and her sisters-in-law also survive her, Marcella Krause of Alliance and Lois Gasal of Jamestown.
Her husband Emil, her son Howard, one, preceded her in death sister and three brothers.
A celebration of Esther's life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Alliance. Burial will be in Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 515 Emerson Ave., Alliance, NE 69301, or to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Lindeken, 86
(Jan. 1) CHADRON - William "Bill" Lindeken, 86, of Chadron died Saturday, Dec. 30, at Chadron Community Hospital. He was born in Holt County near O'Neill.
His family moved to Dawes County when he was 5, and purchased property northeast of Chadron. Lindeken lived on the property the rest of his life as a farmer/rancher. He participated in several civic and educational organizations and projects, and served on the Nebraska Wheat Commission and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Lindeken was a founder of Great Plains Wheat, which promoted wheat use and sales. He received the Distinguished Service Award from Chadron State College in 1990 and the Chadron Area Chamber of Commerce's Magic Key award in 1998. In 1999, the Chadron Record selected him as Citizen of the Year.
Lindeken was preceded in death by his wife, Francis. His survivors include two brothers, three sisters and nine nieces and nephews. Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Lindeken's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron. A wake service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Ava McBeth, 84
(Jan. 1) GORDON - Ava McBeth, 84, of Gordon died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born May 21, 1916, at Merriman, Her parents were James and May (Schultz) Buckle.
She lived her entire life in the Merriman/Gordon area. She married James McBeth in 1941. Mr. McBeth preceded her in death. She was a rural and elementary school teacher, started the Gordon Head Start and was a charter member of St. Mark's Church and Women's Guild. She was also a member of the Rebekah's, Delta Kappa Gamma, D.A.R. and the Home Improvement Extension Club.
She is survived by her son Bill McBeth of Wray, Colo.; daughter, Ellen Yuston of Gordon; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. McBeth's funeral will be at 10 am. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Gordon, with Father William Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery. A memorial may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Glen D. Rask, 81
(Jan. 1) HEMINGFORD - Glen Dean Rask, 81, of Hemingford, formerly of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Hemingford Community Care Center. He was born December 22, 1920, at Lakeside. His parents were Nels N. and Victoria Patrea (Pedersen) Rask.
The family moved to Scottsbluff when Glen was an infant and he received his education in the Scottsbluff Public School System. He enlisted in the United States Navy on May 5, 1944, and served during World War II until being honorably discharged on Oct. 30, 1944. He married Betty Lou Gillam who preceded him in death in 1970. He returned to Alliance where he operated the Co-Op Grocery Store. He moved to Scottsbluff when Co-Op opened the grocery there. He later moved to Wheatland, Wyo. where he owned and operated a slaughter house for thirteen years. He moved to Bakersfield, California where he worked for Mayfair Grocers for eleven years. He retired and returned to the Alliance area in 1990. He had been a resident of the Hemingford Community Care Center since 2000. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, the VFW, Masons, and was a 4-H Leader. He is survived by children Glen D. and Louise Rask of Eaton, Colo., Laurel and Wade Cox of Gateway, Colo., Mike and Brenda Rask of Commerce City, Colo., Stephen and Pam Rask of Bakersfield, Calif., Susan and Malvin Sherlock of Hemingford, and Florence and Stanley Harrington of Grand Junction, Colo.; 22 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Edna Kukuk of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, infant daughter Patty Lou, granddaughter Sarah Rask, and brothers Bill, Pete, and Ray.
Mr. Rask's funeral will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with the Reverend Stanley Harrington officiating. Interment with military honors will be conducted at Fairview Cemetery following the funeral service. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Box Butte County 4-H through their extension office.
Duane Howard Wells, 60
(Jan. 1) BOULDER, Colo. - Duane Howard Wells, 60, died on Dec. 30, 2001, at his Boulder, Colo., home with his parents and sister. He was born Sept. 14, 1941, in Alliance. He was raised in Sioux County, Neb., on the ranch of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Wells.
He attended grade school in District 57, Sioux County, where he excelled in spelling, commonly winning countywide spelling contests. He completed the 9th grade by correspondence. He was an avid reader as a child and into his adult life. Along with his sisters Duane loved ranch life, especially the animals. He is survived by his parents, Howard C. and Marjorie Mendenhall Wells of Boulder; two sisters, Connie Nowlan of Boulder, and Beth Carlson of Ardmore, Okla.; an uncle, Paul Wells of Alliance; aunt, Mary Ellen Wells of Alliance; three nephews, Jay Carlson of Ardmore, Okla., Shawn Nowlan of Lincoln, and Terry Nowlan of Boulder; and two nieces, Jill Carlson White of Baltimore, Md., and Erin Nowlan of Lincoln. He was a life-long member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and always attended church services until illness prevented it. He loved hymns and gospel songs and was very proficient at identifying musical numbers when he heard them. Though he was an invalid most of his life he never complained about his circumstances. With the support of his parents, he was involved in family, church, and social activities for most of his life.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hemingford, with Pastor Kent Knight officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Research may be sent to Indiana University Foundation, c/o Dr. M.D. Hodes, Department of Medical Genetics, 975 West Walnut, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5251. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lawrence W. Watson, 66
(Jan. 2) HEMINGFORD - Lawrence W. Watson, Sr. died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at his home in Hemingford. He was 66 years old. He was born May 24, 1934, to James V. and Viva (Wretz) Watson at Gordon, Neb.
He married Patricia A. Cox at Alliance in1955. He had worked as a machinist at the Burlington Northern Railroad, and had owned and operated his own catering business. In1974, he started the "People Helping People" Thanksgiving Day Dinner and had continued helping with the dinner every year since. He was a member of the American Legion.
His survivors include his mother Viva Watson of Independence, Kan.; children Steven Kent Watson of Lincoln, Connie Lynn Lickliter of Hemingford, Lawrence William Watson Jr., of Alliance, and George Randall W.Watson of Lincoln. Also surviving him are his brothers, William Klindworth, Harvey Rearrick of Kentucky, Robert Watson of Montana, sister, Dona Nicholaides of Dallas, Texas, and 13 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post No. 7 in Alliance. Memorials may be given in care of the family at P.O. Box 632, Hemingford, NE, 69348. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Volaria "Vera" Freimuth, 94
(Jan. 2) SCOTTSBLUFF - Volaria "Vera" Agnes Freimuth, 94, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Beverly Health Care in Scottsbluff. She was born Dec. 31, 1906, at Omaha. Her parents were George and Anna (Micek) Kloch.
At age 2, the family moved to western Nebraska and homesteaded east of Angora. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School, and then received nursing training at Omaha. She married Paul Freimuth on Feb. 16, 1931, at All Souls Church in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker and an avid bowler. She was a member of the All Souls Catholic Church, Alter Society, Angora Hilltoppers Extension Club and DCCW, serving as president and attending the National Convention in the 1970s.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Freimuth; her son Richard Freimuth of Angora; her daughter Joan Phillips of Lisco; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Eleanor McDonald and Mary Ann Melick, both of Alliance.
Mrs. Freimuth's funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at All Souls Catholic Church in Bridgeport, with Father Christopher Keith officiating. Burial will be in Angora Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 2, at the church Visitation will be from noon until 6 p.m. today at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Bridgeport, and during the vigil. Memorials may be made to All Souls Catholic Church.
Roberta A. Roy, 89
(Jan. 2) ALLIANCE - Roberta A. Roy, 89, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colo. She was born July 14, 1913, in a sod house 6 miles north of Alliance to John Lewis and Letha (Watson) Munger.
On June 4, 1942, she was married to William A. Roy at Kinston, N.C. She taught school for 49 years in the Alliance School District. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, charter member and last surviving member of the Sod House Society, she was instrumental in the founding of the Box Butte County Federal Credit Union. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7, Eastern Star and the As You Like It Card Club. She is survived by Jon W. Roy of Denver, Colo., and Richard B. Roy of Arvada, Colo.; daughter Clara A. Conger of Longmont, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Mildred Kosmicki of Alliance; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, brothers Clarence, Ralph and Fred, and sister Ruth Matjeka preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 3, at the United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jerry Mercer officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alliance Public Schools Foundation. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Hannah G. Armstrong, 73
(Jan. 2) ALLIANCE - Hannah G. Armstrong, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at Box Butte General Hospital. She was born Jan. 9, 1929, at Scottsbluff to Henry J. and Catherine Grasmick.
She was married to David N. Armstrong on Sept. 24, 1958, at Omaha. She was a member of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church where she was also a member of the Altar Guild, a member of the Eastern Star where she was Past Grand Worthy Matron, P.E.O., and the B.P.O. Does at Scottsbluff. She is survived by her husband David Armstrong of Alliance; sister, Rachel Parvin of Gering; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and John Hopp of Scottsbluff; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Grasmick of Gering, and Alta Grasmick of North Platte; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and one sister.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, at the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, with Revs. Paul Mottl, Cheryl Harris, and John Adam officiating. Memorials may be given to the church or a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Elizabeth Lucille Mackey, 90
(Jan 3) CHADRON - Elizabeth Lucille Mackey, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Crest View Care Center in Chadron. She was born Dec. 6, 1910, at Chadron, Neb., to Henry and Sarah May (Black) Miller.
She was one of 10 children. She was raised in Chadron, and graduated from Chadron High School. She was married to Fred D. Mackey on March 17, 1930, at Harrison. The couple divorced in 1954. To this union two children were born: Daughter Dixie Lee Simpson of Alliance and son Fred R. Mackey of Idaho City, Idaho. The couple managed clothing stores in Harrison, Hay Springs and Bayard, Neb. She also managed the clothing store for Montgomery Ward in Alliance, and was a checker for Safeway for a number of years. She owned and operated the first soft ice cream shop in Alliance, called "Mack's Dairy King." She was baptized Feb. 23, 1958, and confirmed into the Christian faith April 20, 1958, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff. She was lovingly known as "Gramma Bette" or "Gramma Nana."
She is survived by her son Fred and daughter Dixie; five grandchildren, Tacy Liptack of Alliance, Fritz and Charles Mackey of California, Dirk W. Simpson of Paonia, Colo., and Voni Hanson of Rapid City, S.D.
The highlights of her life were her eight great-grandchildren, whom she called her "sweetie pies": Kellen McGinnis and Taylor "Frannie" Liptack of Alliance, Seth Nunn of Pratt, Kan., Saige Elizabeth Anderson of Rapid City, S.D., and Patrick, Colby, and twins Michael and Matthew Simpson of Paonia, Calif. Her sister, Sarah Mae Carlbom; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, also survive her.
Her parents, four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Cremation was performed at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Scottsbluff.
A family service is planned, with inurnment in Chadron Cemetery. For the last four and one-half years, Alzheimer's robbed her of the person she once was. She will be fondly missed for her lemon pies. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, or to the donor's choice. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is in charge of arrangements