John W. Anderson, 93
(Jan. 24) HARLINGEN, Texas - John W. Anderson, 93, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002. He was born March 19, 1908, at Hutchinson, Kan. His parents were Walter and Lucy Anderson.
He is survived by his wife Ethel Andrick Anderson of the home; two daughters, Joyce Riedl of Sedgewick, Kan., and Joanne Aden of Wichita, Kan.; six step-children, Ben Andrick, Susan Holloway and Marjorie Guernsey of Alliance, David Andrick of Ellsworth, Lois Hutchinson of Lincoln, and Sandra Brungard of Twin Falls, Idaho; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one brother, Forrest Anderson of Wichita; and one sister, Eula Burch of Lindsborg, Kan. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth, three brothers, one sister and one granddaughter.
He was buried with full military rites Saturday, Jan. 12, at Hutchinson, Kan. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice.
Walter A. Seiler, 86
(Jan. 25) ALLIANCE - Walter A. Seiler died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He was 86. He was born July 5, 1914, to Adolph and Mary (Vetter) Seiler at Columbus, Neb.
He graduated from the Grand Island, Neb., High School in 1933. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1938 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He married Mary Anne Fritz on Nov. 19, 1939, at Grand Island, Nebraska. Walt worked for Grand Island Trust Company in Grand Island, Nebraska and for General Adjustment Bureau in Omaha prior to moving to Alliance in 1946 where he managed General Adjustment Bureau for 12 years. In 1968, he established his own insurance adjustment business, Seiler Claims and Service. He retired in 1980. He was a 60-year member of Alliance Lodge No.183 A.F. & A.M., a member of Gering, Neb., York Rite Bodies, member and Past Venerable Master, Alliance Scottish Rite Bodies, Tehama Shrine Temple of Hastings, Neb., member and past president of Cattle Capital Shrine Club; 48-year member of Advisory Council of Alliance Chapter, Order of DeMolay; past president of Masonic Temple Association of Alliance; a member, Elder and former Trustee of First Presbyterian Church of Alliance; a former member of Alliance School Board, Life member of Alliance Elks Lodge No. 961; and former scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop No. #216 of Alliance.
He was also an Ambassador of Tehama Shrine Temple of Hastings, recipient of Honorary Legion of Honor from International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay; recipient of KCCH and 33rd degrees from the International Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Bodies.
His survivors are his wife, Mary Anne Seiler of Alliance; son Wally Seiler of Alliance, son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Bob and Rita Seiler and grandsons Rob and Scott Seiler of Omaha; son Jim Seiler and grandson Jay Seiler of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Jerry and Mary Seiler and grandchildren Aaron and Brigitte Seiler of Hastings, and brother Paul Seiler of Glendale, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.
Funeral services with Masonic Rites will be Saturday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Reverend Arlys Wilbur officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alliance Chapter, Order of DeMolay, or the First Presbyterian Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. .
Walter E. Merrihew, 70
(Jan. 25) ASHBY - Walter Earl Merrihew, age 70, of Ashby, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001. He was born Aug. 26, 1930, to Victor Hugo and Dorothy Ellen (Patch) Merrihew.
Walt grew up on a ranch south of Ashby and was a 1948 high school graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Neb. He married Barbara Anne Schauda of Millburn, Neb., on April 9, 1951. They made their home on the Merrihew ranch until January 1961 when the family purchased the former Martin Lumber Company. Moving to Ashby and renaming the business Ashby Lumber Company, he served area ranchers and residents for 40 years.
He was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church and several organizations including Sandhills Chamber of Commerce, Grant County Historical Society, Ashby A.V. Club and the Rural Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of Ashby, daughter Diane Faz of Kearney; sons Mark of Liberal, Kan.; Timothy of Wheeling, IL; Terry of Alliance; Derek of Marshall, Minn.; and Dana of Ralston, Neb.; grandchildren, Brent Bruce and Frazer Faz of Kearney; Heather Daniels of Bridgeport; Lucinda Bruce of Flora Vista, N.Mex.; Gabriel Merrihew of Lawrence, Kan.; Chalin Merrihew of Los Angeles; Morgan Merrihew of San Francisco; Victor Merrihew, JoAnn Gentles and Natasha Merrihew of Wheeling; great-granddaughter, Tonya Ellen Daniels of Bridgeport, and his brother, Harry Merrihew of Ashby.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis. The Reverend Christine Mottl will officiate. Memorials may be given in care of the Nebraska Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 639, Alliance, NE 69301 or to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1452, Kearney, NE 68848. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Johnny Eugene Keane, 61
(Jan. 25) McCOOK - Johnny Eugene Keane, 61, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at his home in McCook, Neb. He was born on June 17, 1941, in Alliance, Neb., to John Robert and Gatha Beatrice (Hack) Keane.
He was raised on the family farm northeast of Marsland, in Dawes County. He attended school through the sixth grade at District No. 61 and from seventh through 12 grades in Hemingford, where he and his sister Martha stayed with their grandmother, Mary Hack during the week. On Aug. 16, 1959, he married Marlene J. Britton at Fort Collins, Colo.. To this union, four children were born. On Dec. 8, 1991, he married Susan Tyler in Alliance. On Oct. 4, 1996, he married Frieda Ritter. He worked as a hired hand for neighbors, as a sheep butcher for Swift and Co. for 11 years, as a Rainbow Bread Salesman for 17 years; and as a chemical formulator for Cornbelt Chemical Co./Van Diest Supply Co. from 1994 until he was diagnosed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Min, in May of 1999 with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and was declared totally disabled. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, John Duane. He is survived by his wife, Frieda of McCook; his sons David of Salt Lake City and Karry of Scottsbluff; daughter Diane Ernst of Idaho Falls, Idaho; three stepsons, Dennis Ritter, Craig Ritter and Phillip Ritter, all of Jennings, Kan.; three step-daughters, Donna Mangold of Victoria, Kan., and Victoria Bainter and Teresa Hartzog, both of Norton, Kan.; one sister, Martha Colburn of Brush, Colo.; six grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.
Mr. Keane's Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 27, at St. Patricks Catholic Church in McCook. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in McCook. Memorials may be given in his name.
Thomas G. Brown, 73
(Jan. 26) CHADRON - Thomas G. Brown, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Chadron Community College. He was born Dec. 24, 1927, at Dawes County , Neb. His parents were Thomas A. and Wilma (Manchester) Brown.
He was a member of Church of Christ Christian, life member of Chadron Elks Lodge No. 1399, Governor's Board of Developmental Disabilities, Office of Area Aging Board, and Chadron Senior Citizen Center Board.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis J. Brown of Chadron; son Bevin Brown of Thedford; daughter Cheri Chitwood of Scottsbluff; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Sheldon Brown of Mankato, Minn.
Mr. Brown's memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Church of Christ Christian in Chadron, with Pastor Ken Peterson officiating. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Chadron Senior Citizens Center or Church of Christ Christian. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
John G. Buchfinck, 54
(Jan. 26) MULLEN - John G. "Jack" Buchfinck, 54, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at his Mullen ranch. He was a rancher, and radio and television announcer.
From 1966 until 1978, he worked in the Green Bay and Milwaukee areas of Wisconsin as a radio announcer.
He is survived by his wife, Jill, of Mullen; his parents, Lloyd and Glenna Buchfinck of Mullen; son John Buchfinck of North Platte; and daughters Kim Nielsen of Sun Prairie, Wis., Shauna Buchfinck of Lincoln, and Becky Bader and Carla Bader, both of Rapid City, S.D. He also is survived by his brother, Roy Buchfinck of Virginia Beach, Va.
Mr. Buchfinck's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Lariat Auditorium, with Pastor Kent Turnbull officiating. Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. MST Sunday at Mullen Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Mullen Ambulance & EMT fund.
Owen Briles Gardner, 2
(Jan. 26) RAPID CITY, S.D. - Owen Briles Gardner, 2, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Rapid City, S.D. He was born Jan. 21, 1999, at Rapid City. His parents were Vernon and Shanna (Kramer) Gardner.
He is survived by his parents, Vernon and Shanna Gardner of Martin, S.D.; paternal grandparents Dan and Virginia Gardner of Hartford, Kan.; maternal grandparents Chancey and Alberta Kramer of Gordon; and great-grandmother Mabel Jones of Mullen.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis, with Pastor Chris Mottl officiating. Burial will be in Whitman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at Mullen Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to donor's choice.
Nola M. Saxton, 85
(Jan. 27) ALLIANCE - Nola M. Saxton, 85 died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 30, 1917, in Scottsbluff, Neb. to Gerald (Jack) and Lillian E. Simpson.
On Feb. 14, 1939, she was united in marriage to Robert (Pug) Saxton. Her survivors include her husband, grandsons Doug Saxton of Omaha, Tim Saxton of Colorado Springs, Colo., brother-in-law, Norval D. Saxton of Bedford Heights, Ohio. Her parents, son Robert, and a grandson Mike Saxton preceded her in death. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with the Reverend Jerry Mercer officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church, 704 Box Butte Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301 or to the Nebraska Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 639, Alliance. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Velma B. Engelhaupt, 90
(Jan. 28) ALLIANCE - Velma B. Engelhaupt, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born March 8, 1911, at Denver, Colo. to Alex and Anna (Solberg) Lee.
She graduated from Alliance High School and attended the Chadron State Teaching College. She was married to Richard A. Engelhaupt June 5, 1935, at Alliance. She was a schoolteacher in her early years and later worked at her husband's business. She volunteered for many years in several community organizations and was a long time cooking chairwoman at the Eagles Club at Alliance. She served several times as the President of the local Eagles Auxiliary and as the State President in 1961. She was honored as the Eagle Organization's State Mother of the Year in the mid 1970's. She also was recognized as the Woman of the Year for the state Aksarben organization in the mid 1980's. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She was also a long time member of the Alliance Rural Woman's Club, the Happy Homemakers Extension, and the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. In recent years she enjoyed traveling to many places with local tour groups. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and many good friends. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Jan Engelhaupt of Leawood, Kan.; Dean and Yvette Engelhaupt of Grand Island; and Dale and Terry Engelhaupt of Gering; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, and two brothers, Gerald and Donald Lee.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Vince Parsons officiating. A wake service will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at the church. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Eagles Auxiliary Alzheimer's Fund in care of Edna Gies at, 324 Cheyenne, Alliance, NE, 69301; or the St. Agnes Foundation at 1104 Cheyenne, Alliance. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
John Kaiser, 71
(Jan. 28) CHEYENNE - John Kaiser, 71, former Alliance resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Cheyenne, Wyo. He was born in Alliance and moved to Cheyenne with his parents. After graduation from high school, he became an employee with Burlington Northern until his retirement. Survivors include two sisters, Irene Homerighausen of Alliance and Freda Bessey of Sparks, Nev. There will be a private family service.
John Schneider, 78
(Jan. 28) ALLIANCE - John Eugene "Gene" Schneider, 78, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, while visiting his granddaughter. He was born April 21, 1943, in Eldorado, Olka. His parents were Harold George and Emma Almeida (Yates) Schneider.
He was stationed at Alliance, in the Army Airborne Division, and later worked as a parts man for Mandelberg's, then at the Chevrolet dealership. He married Lola Maxine Christie Jan. 13, 1945, at Denver, Colo. He was a member of first Christian Church, and an active member in the Eagle's, VFW, AARP and Senior Center. He is survived by one daughter, Connie Schneider (Stark) and Vern Wirsch of Salt Lake City, Utah; Ronald Schneider of Alliance; grandchildren, Shannon Stark, and Shawn and Sherice (Stark) Wilkerson; and foster grandson, Anthony Green. He also is survived by one sister-in-law, Neva Sisley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola C. Schneider, mother and father, and five brothers as well as two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Don Sisley, husband of Neva.
Mr. Schneider's memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at the First Christian Church.
Edith Margaret Smith, 89
(Jan. 28) ALLIANCE - Edith Margaret Smith, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1912, at Denton to Johann Marinus Nikolaj "John" and Elise Hansine (Stenberg) Nielsen.
The family moved to Alliance in 1918. While in high school she was active in 4-H, with a special interest in horticulture. After graduating from Alliance High School in 1930, she spent a number of years working on the family farm and helping her mother with the home. She met Alvin Winfield Smith, a paratrooper stationed at the Alliance Airbase, and they were married May 15, 1943. After he returned from Europe, the couple had two more children and built a home in Alliance. Edith stayed at home to raise the children and tend her flowers. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church's Womens Circle, the Toastmistress Club and Immanuel Lutheran Church. After her children had grown, Edith became her husband's assistant in his carpentry business. She is survived by a son, Willard A. Smith of Boulder, Colo.; a daughter and her husband, Karen J. and Ed Trickler of Alliance; one granddaughter and her husband, Vannesa J. (Graves) and Kris Fritzsche of Denver, Colo.; and one great-grandson, Benjamin Fritzsche. She also is survived by two sisters, Esther Von Bargen of Alliance and Gladys and her husband Mearl Solberg of Loveland, Colo.; and brother-in-law and his wife, Roy and Sue Boyer of Greenburg, Kan. She was preceded in death by her husband; and infant son; her parents; a brother Chris Nielsen; and two sisters Louise Boyer and Mary Donovan.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance with Reverend Richard C. Mueller officiating. Inurnment will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Highland Park Care Center, P.O. Box 950, Alliance, NE 69301 or to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.