Dale Abley , 92
(Feb. 19) CASPER, Wyo. - E. Dale Abley, 92, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at the Poplar Living Center in Casper, Wyo. He was born Sept. 17, 1908, in Box Butte County to Emory and Alice (Fulk) Abley. He attended school at Nonpareil country school and then worked on the family farm.
He was one of the first flying farmers and owned his own bi-plane. On Sept. 6, 1933, he married Marialice Burns at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. They moved to Sidney in 1937 where he worked for the John Deere Plow Company for several years before moving to Riverton, Wyo., in 1945. There he purchased the Riverton Implement Company. He later started the Riverton Rental Store. After retirement, they returned to Nebraska and resided in Alliance where he enjoyed his hobbies of woodworking and carpentry.
Following his wife's death in 1998, he moved to Casper to reside with his daughter. His survivors are his daughters, Marianne Scott of Casper, Wyo., Jacqueline Braig of Tempe, Ariz., and his son E. Michael Abley of Surry, Va. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, nephews and a niece. His parents, his wife, six brothers and sisters, preceded him in death.
Memorials may be given to St. Joseph's Children Home in Torrington, Wyo. Memorial services will be Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. Father Bryan Ernest will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be Thursday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. at the church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Four Horns Grover, 71
(Feb. 20) ROSEBUD, S.D. - Rose Four Horns Grover, 71, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Rosebud IHS Hospital, S.D. She was born July 20, 1930, at Rosebud, S.D. Her parents were Pete and Sophie (Didier) Four Horns.
She was married to Robert Grover. Mr. Grover preceded her in death.
She is survived by five daughters, Ruby Munger of Alliance, Maxine Gibbons of Gordon, Donetta Frankhauser of Scottsbluff, Linda Grover of Rushville and Irene Davis Landreth of Rapid City, S.D.; her son, Bob Grover of Gordon; and 21 grandchildren. She also is survived by her sisters, Pauline Black Wolf and Sue Wanda Four Horns.
Mrs. Grover's memorial service was Monday, Feb. 5, at St, Charles Catholic Church in St. Francis, S.D., with Fr. Joseph Gill officiating. Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery at St. Francis, S.D. Holmes Funeral Home of Valentine was in charge of arrangements.
Alma M. Walsh, 78
(Feb. 20) DENVER, Colo. - Alma M. Walsh, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002 at the Porter Hospice at the Johnson Center at Littleton, Colo. She was born April 11, 1923, at the family home east of Hemingford. Her parents were Michael and Mary (Shimek) Walters.
She attended elementary school at District 30 and graduated from St. Agnes Academy High School. In 1944 she graduated from the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing at Alliance. She worked as an RN at Alliance and at Cheyenne, Wyo. She was married to Patrick Walsh in May 1948, at Hemingford. She was a member of St. Frances de Sales Church, and had been active in Altar and Rosary Society and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She is survived by three daughters, Mary Loretta Walsh of new York City, N.Y., Ann Canavan and Julie Glotzbach of Denver; son John Walsh of Merriam, Kan.; and seven grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Leona Wilkins, and one brother, John Walters, both of Hemingford.
Mrs. Walsh's funeral was Thursday, Feb. 15, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, with Rev. Monsignor Frank Morfeld officating. Burial was at Fort Logan national Cemetery.
Wilda R. Gowin, 87
(Feb. 20) HEMINGFORD - Wilda R. Gowin, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at the Hemingford Community Care Center. She was born Aug. 20, 1915, at Arcadia, to Arthur E. and Mary R. (Fowler) Fisher.
She was married to Floyd Gowin on Sept. 14, 1933, at Hot Springs, S.D. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Good Sams Camping Club. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Floyd and Sharon Gowin of Mitchell; daughters and sons-in-law, Deloris and Howard Trussell of Hemingford, and Bonnie and Bill Tragessor of Alliance; grandchildren, Bob Trussell, Lori and Todd Karpen, Eric and Melanie Gowin, Laura and Tim Taylor, Renae and Dave Noble, and Brenda and Marty Fritzler; and 11 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Donal and Mary Lou Fisher of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Max and Wanda Fisher of Torrington, Wyo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, two brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the United Methodist Church at Hemingford, with Rev. Craig Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Schools Scholarship Fund, Hemingford Community Care Center, the Hemingford Volunteer Fire Department, or the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Marvin Belgram, 83
(Feb. 20) ORD - Marvin John Belgram, 83, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, of cancer at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1919, to John and Lena (Sonnentag) Belgram at Marathon, Wis.
He was raised at Marathon where he attended school, graduating in 1937. On May 9, 1942, he married Loretta M. Wadzinski at Cassel, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked in the cheese business for over 30 years, then in sales and construction. He and his wife operated the Chanticleer Drive Inn at Ord. He was a member of the VFW #7029; American Legion #38; Knights of Columbus; Ord Elks Lodge 2371; Moose Club and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Loretta; five daughters and son-in-laws, Yvonne (Ron) Bredthauer of Ord, Jacquelyn (Neal) Sahling of Prosser, Jennifer (Dick) Kieffe of Gretna, Renee (Bill) Karre of Ord, and Yvette (Terry) Peltz of Alliance; one son Richard Belgram of Ord; 18 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one brother James Belgram of Merrill, Wis; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Eldora Seubert of Wausau, Wis, Erla (Leander) Bauman of Gwinn, Mich., and Leona Sauter of Edgar, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Marie Belgram; and three sisters, Loretta Krueger, Mamie Green and Elnora Muelbech.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at Ord, with Fr. Hugh Spanel officiating. Military rites were provided at the church by the Ord VFW Post 7029 and American Legion Post 38. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Valley County Hospital Foundation, St. Mary's School or the donor's choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
(Feb. 20) LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Fern Green, long time resident of Alliance, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003. She and her husband, Fred, owned and operated Green's Floor Covering. A memorial service will be held at Alliance at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at 2660 Grassy Springs Place, Las Vegas, NV 89135.
Ruth Emerson, 91
(Feb. 21) OSHKOSH - Ruth Emerson, 91, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Box Butte General Hospital. She was born on May 19, 1910, in rural Garden County. Her parents were Thomas W. and Ollie B. (Bruen) Withers.
She attended schools at Lisco, Dewey, S.D., and graduated from St. Patrick's High School at Sidney. She attended Chadron State College from 1927 to 1929, and taught schools in Deuel and Garden counties. She was married to Dean Emerson on Dec. 24, 1930, at the Methodist parsonage at Alliance. They lived on ranches in Sheridan and Garden counties, then bought at ranch neat Crescent Lake in 1950. They moved to Oshkosh in 1987, following their retirement. She is survived by her husband, Dean of Highland Park at Alliance; one daughter, Peggy LaDean of Scottsbluff; two sons, Joe Emerson of Lisco and Tom Emerson of Whitman; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Wilma Wilson of Ogallala.
Mrs. Emerson's funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at the Holechek Funeral Home at Oshkosh, with Rev. Cliff Transmeier officiating. Burial will be in the Ash Hollow Cemetery at Lewellen. A memorial has been established to the Garden County Rescue Unit.
Dora J. Root, 67
(Feb. 22) ALLIANCE - Dora Jeanette Root died Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff. She was 67. She was born Jan. 24, 1934, at Pine Ridge, S.D., to Leland and Opal (Harris) Frohman.
Her survivors include her children Randall Root of Sterling, Va., Kalen Heilig of Willits, Calif., and Lauri Gephart of Elbert, Colo. She is also survived by her sisters Betty Edelman of Danville, Calif., and Dorothy Jones of Hot Springs, S.D., brothers Leo "Toad" Frohman of Alliance, Francis Frohman of Gordon, and Merle and Wayne Frohman both of Hot Springs, S.D.; Six Grandchildren.
Her parents and two sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel. Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Regional West Medical Center Rehabilitation Care Unit. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Gary Dorshorst, 68
(Feb. 22) HAY SPRINGS - Gary Dorshorst, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at the Chadron community Hospital. He was born March 10, 1933.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Hay Springs; sons, Thomas Dorshorst and wife Chelie of Alliance, and Todd Dorshorst and Wife Janet of Hay Springs; daughters, Terri Bruner and husband Don of Mitchell, and Teena Gering of Cheyenne, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Idelle Steggs and husband Harold of Alliance, and one brother, Ronald Dorshorst and wife Pat of Hay Springs.
Mr. Dorshorst's funeral will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at St. Columbekille Catholic Church at Hay Springs, with Fr. Robert Karnish officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery on Mirage Flats. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, at the church. A memorial has been established for the American Legion Firing Squad of Hay Springs or the Hay Springs Ambulance Fund. Donations may be sent to the funeral home. Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Alvin E. "Al" Hisey, 71
(Feb. 23) KIMBALL - Alvin E. "Al" Hisey, 71, a longtime Kimball resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at his home in Kimball. He was Dec. 14, 1929, at Lenora, Kan. His parents were Everett and Edna (Thompson) Hisey.
He attended school and graduated from high school in Norton, Kan. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 until 1950 as a flight engineer with the 10th Rescue Squadron, stationed at Fairbanks, Alaska. He married Beverly J. Butler on Nov. 24, 1950, at Norton. He owned and operated Western Auto Store at Oberlin, Kan., and also did custom combining before moving to Kimball in 1959 to ranch and farm. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church; and served on the District No. 4 school board, Fair Board and as 4-H leader.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Hisey of the home in Kimball; three sons, Richard Hisey and Michael Hisey, both of Kimball, and Greg Hisey of Maple Creek, Canada; one daughter, Trish Lukassen of Kimball; and six grandchildren. His brother Galen Hisey of Cummings, Kan.; and sister Evelyn Reiman of Benkleman, Neb, also survives him.
Mr. Hisey's funeral was at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with The Reverend Roger Gilming officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Prairie Haven Hospice. Cantrell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Austin Dean, Infant
(Feb. 25) LINCOLN - Austin Raymond Dean was born at rest Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Omaha. His parents were Mitch and Stephanie (Swanson) Dean.
He is survived by his parents and one brother, Thaddeus Swanson of Lincoln. He also is survived by grandparents Randy and Linda Dean of Alliance and Robert and Mary Swanson of Lincoln; and great-grandparents, Raymond and Donna Nelson of Ogallala and Bernadine Harms of Hastings.
The funeral was at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Babyland. Memorials may be sent in care of the family.
Theresa I. Brown, 98
(Feb. 25) ALLIANCE - Theresa I. Brown, 98, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 6, 1904, at Gering, to Clarence M. and Hazel (Johnson) Looney.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and past-president of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her brother, Wesley Looney of Naples, Fla.; nephew, Jeff Thompson of Rochester, N.Y.; and nieces, Nancy Segalla of Daphne, Ala., Mari Thompson of Houston, Texas, and Melanie Thornton of Wenatchee, Wash. Her husband Raymond, daughter Marilyn, sister Virginia Thompson, and an infant brother preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Bates-Gould Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Mercer officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan Health Care Center or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mollie Specht, 98
(Feb. 25) GERING - Mollie Keller Specht, 98, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Heritage Health Care Center. She was born on Feb. 8, 1905, in Underdorf, Russia, to Jacob and Katherine (Schmer) Keller.
She came to the United States on Oct. 12, 1912, and settled in Scottsbluff. She was naturalized on April 3, 1942. She was married to Jacob Specht Jr. on Jan. 29, 1924, and to this union six children were born - Harold, Lucille, twins Ruby & Ruth, Violet and Pat. The couple farmed south of Gering until 1961. They moved to Alliance, returning to Gering in 1967. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge Dome Rock #340 of Grace Chapel Church. She enjoyed hobbies of sewing and crocheting. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Harold and Darlene Specht of Scottsbluff; daughters and sons-in-law Ruth Reisig of Scottsbluff, Ruby and Jake Yakel of Worland, Wyo., Violet and Merrill Anderson of Omaha, and Pat and Dr. Cork Taylor of Alliance; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Jake, daughter Lucille, grandsons Mike Specht and Randy Yakel, five brothers, two sisters and her parents.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Grace Chapel in Scottsbluff, with Pastor Don Van Deraa officiating. Interment will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Memorials have been established to the Prairie Haven Hospice. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Gering Memorial Chapel and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.