Lyle Watson, 87
(Feb. 25) RUSHVILLE - Lyle Watson, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 20, at the VA nursing home at Sturgis, S.D. He was born Oct. 18, 1915, to Robert and Hattie (Owens) Watson, who lived on a farm northwest of Gordon. He was the second oldest of nine children.
They moved to Rushville in 1935. He married on Nov. 25, 1940. They divorced in 1964. Their first daughter, Kathleen, was born in May, 1942. When she was six months old, he was drafted into the Army. He served in North Africa and Italy in World War II. He was discharged in November, 1945. He owned and operated Watson Auto and Machine Works, which started in 1948. The building was completed in 1950. He worked at the business until he had a stroke in 1982, at the age of 66. The stroke left him paralyzed on his left side. His recovery was slow, but he never gave up. He enjoyed tinkering and making auto and machinery parts. He even got up on the roof of his shop to do a little repair job. His disability from the stroke never kept him down. He was a very inspiring man. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, he was baptized by the chaplain at the VA nursing home. He is survived by daughters Carolin (Johnny) Dick of Arvada, Colo., Judy (Doug) Appel of Lakewood, Colo., and Jean Harris of Wheatridge, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Kathleen Nissen, sons Larry Watson and Albert Lee Watson, grandson Justin Dick, brother Ralph, sisters Irene, Nora, Hope and Wilma Jean, and an infant brother.
Mr. Watson's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel at Rushville, with Pastor Andrew Matkie, husband of his granddaughter Heidi, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Rushville. Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Darlene Irick, 58
(Feb. 26) MUSCATINE, Iowa - Darlene Irick, 58, formerly of Alliance, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at her home in Muscatine, Iowa. She was born Aug. 12, 1942, at Porcupine, S.D. Her parents were Eugene and Hannah (Yankton) Bush.
She was married to Randy Irick on Feb. 12, 1990, at Hot Springs. S.D. She was employed at Muscatine County Residential Services for six years.
She is survived by her husband, Randy Irick of the home at Muscatine; her father, Eugene Bush of Porcupine, S.D.; her son, Paul Weidmann of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Teresa Bendoff of Columbus, Ohio, and JoAnn Weidmann of Orlando, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and two stepdaughters, Tina Irick and Beth Hillard, both of Muscatine, Iowa. Five brothers also survive her, Gerald Bush of Wanblee, S.D., and Dennis White Shied, Daryl Bush, Anthony Bush and Harold Bush, all of Porcupine, S.D.
Mrs. Irick's funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral home in Muscatine, with Father Bernie Weir officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today, Feb. 26, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made, in care of Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home.
Mildred L. Hoar, 86
(Feb. 26) CRAWFORD - Mildred L. Hoar, 86, of Crawford died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, and Chadron Hospital. She was born Nov. 25, 1914, at Promise City, Iowa. Her parents were Melvin and Mary Kinser.
Her son, Sid Hoar of Crawford; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren survive her.
Mrs. Hoar's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford, with Rev. Lee Eads officiating. Burial will be in Black Hills National Cemetery Memorials may be made to Crawford Fire & Rescue, in care of Security First Bank of Crawford. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Mercedes Pollock, Infant
(Feb. 26) OAKDALE - Mercedes Kay Pollock, 5 months, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital in Denver. She was born August 31, 2001, at Denver, Colo.
Survivors include her mother, Michelle Pollock of Alliance; grandparents LaVern and Sharon Pollock of Alliance; great-grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kinnan of Oakdale; uncle and aunt Todd and Lori Pollock and cousin Derek Pollock of Chadron, and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bates-Gould Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at the United Methodist Church at Oakdale, with Rev. Kay Alnor-Moyer officiating. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be sent in care of the family at 320 Platte Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance and Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home of Tilden are in charge of arrangements.
Helen Coleman, 82
(Feb. 26) BOISE, Idaho - Helen Maxine Coleman, 82, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at her home. She was born Sept. 5, 1919, at Alliance, the daughter of Talma and Arthur Lyon.
She graduated from Alliance High School in 1938. She was married to Millard R. Coleman of Alliance on May 26, 1941, at Salt lake City, Utah. She was a devoted wife and mother, spending her time centered on her family and with her church. The couple made their home at Boise for many years, but Helen still had many friends and family in the Alliance area. She is survived by her husband, Millard; son Dallas "Skip" Coleman of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and daughter, Melissa Celeman of Eagle, Idaho. She also is survived by one brother, Bill Lyon of Tulsa, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews including Bill and Beverly Coleman and Cheri and Geoff Hopkins of Alliance; and Dick and Ruby Coleman of Valentine. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and cousins. Cards may be sent to the family at 7104 Rosewood Drive, Boise, ID 83709-1847.
Mrs. Coleman's funeral will be Thursday, Feb. 27, at Cloverdale Funeral Home at Boise.
Elmer E. Egger, 85
(Feb. 27) ALLIANCE - Elmer E. Egger died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Highland Park Care Center. He was 85. He was born Sept. 12, 1915 at Polk County, Neb., to Moritz and Ida (Houser) Egger.
He married Elva M. Krumland July 27, 1947, at Columbus, Neb. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church where he belonged to the Couples Club at Columbus, a lifetime member of the V.F.W., and the American Legion.
His survivors include his wife, Elva, of Alliance; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Richard Bell of Alliance; daughter-in-law, Mary Egger of Columbus; brother Walter Egger of Columbus; grandchildren Tracy and Kurt Lambert, and Trista and Steve Hopp, all of Alliance, and Amy and Kory Nelson of Columbus; great-grandchildren Alex Hopp, Taylor Hopp, and Kade Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert Egger, grandson Richard Bell, Jr., sister Martha Egger, and brothers Harold, Herb, and Earl Egger.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Columbus. Burial with military rites will be in the Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Fund at Columbus or the World War II Memorial at Washington D.C. Gass-Haney Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine Richardson, 70
(Feb. 27) HAY SPRINGS - Geraldine R. "Jerre" Richardson, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1932, at Scottsbluff. She graduated from Alliance High School in 1951.
She was married to Roger H. Richardson of Hay Springs on Dec. 25, 1952. She helped him in the farm/ranch operation since their marriage. When her children were grown, she worked at the Security First Bank of Hay Springs until her retirement in 1997. She enjoyed gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, cooking for harvest and cattle crews, and was an avid Nebraska Husker fan. Most of all, she cherished family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Roger of Hay Springs; daughters Rogene "Jeanie" (Mike) Ashley of Hay Springs, Cyndi Richardson-Rogers of Alliance, Angel (Mick) Franey and Amy Midkiff of Chadron; son Ryan Richardson of Hay Springs; grandchildren, Banner Green and Talia Adams of Loveland, Colo., Courtney Jones of Hay Springs and Chace Franey of Chadron; step-grandchildren PFC Dustin Rogers, currently stationed in Germany; Dana Rogers and fiancˇ Heath Croghan of Norfolk; and Great-grandson Alex Steinback of Loveland. She also is survived by one sister, Donna Dendy of Gering, brother Milroy "MJ" (Carolyn) Morrison of Benson, Ariz.; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Milroy Morrison; mother and step-father, Pearl and Dallas Ferbrache of Alliance; sister Norma Vohland of Gering; and grandson Jake Green of Alliance.
Mrs. Richardson's funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Mirage Flats, south of Hay Springs, with Rev. Elwood B. Hipple Jr., officiating, and Pat Runkle assisting. Burial will follow at the Mirage Flats Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Hay Springs School-Community Foundation or the Jake Green Young Farmer Memorial Scholarship. Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Xavier Gabriel Arreola, Infant
(Feb. 28) FORT WORTH, Texas - Xavier Gabriel Arreola, newborn, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, the day he was born. His parents were Tiffany Leever and Daniel Arreola.
He is survived by his parents, and brother, Daniel Allen Arreola of the home. He also is survived by his grandparents, Jackie and Mike Crouch and Christine and Rudy Arreola of Fort Worth; and great grandparents, Larry and Loyola Kuhlman and Jack and Betty Crouch of Alliance, and Raul Nombrano of Fort Worth.
The Rosary will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at Blubonnet Hills Funeral Home at Colleyville, Texas. His funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home.
Annette Hirsch, 2
(Feb. 28) ALLIANCE - Annette Marie Hirsch, 2, died Saturday, February 23, 2002 at Alliance. She was born at Gillette, Wyo. on Nov. 20, 1999.
She is survived by her mother, Misty Hirsch of Gillette, Wyo.; sisters Eleesha Hirsch and Selena Hirsch; and brother Anthony Hirsch all of Gillette. She also is survived by grandparents, Dusty and Beverly (B.J.) Roebuck of Fountain, Colo., and Michele Hirsch of Alliance; great-grandparents Lavonne (Roebuck) Shantz of Hot Springs, S.D., and Bill and Lucille Floyd of Alliance; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorials may be sent in care of the family at 2424 Rainbow Acres, Alliance, NE 69301.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Bates-Gould Chapel with Pastor Dan Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Fountain, Colo. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen G. Voss, 68
(Mar. 1) CRAWFORD - Helen G. Voss, 68, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D. She was born May 19, 1932, at Osceola, Neb. Her parents were Wilbur and Hazel (Kennedy) Hotchkiss.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and PEO.
She is survived by her husband John Voss of Crawford; three sons, John C. Voss of Berthoud, Colo., Thomas E. Voss of Vista, Calif., and Kenneth L. Voss of Florissant, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also is survived by three brothers, Larry Hotchkiss and Donald Hotchkiss, both of Omaha, and William Hotchkiss of Carson City, Nev.; and her sister Jeanne Watkins of Byron, Neb.
Mrs. Voss' funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crawford, with Pastor James Martin officiating. Burial will be in Flower Hill Cemetery in Omaha on Monday, March 5. Memorials may be made to Crawford Fire Dept. or Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crawford, or Bennington Fire Dept. in Bennington, in care of Chamberlain Chapel, 607 Fourth St., Crawford, NE
Megan B. Thurow, 18
(Mar. 1) ANGORA - Megan B. Thurow, 18, of Angora, Neb., died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff from injuries sustained in a automobile accident Saturday in Cheyenne County. She was born Aug. 5, 1982, in Genoa, Ill., to Dennis and Kristy (Brost) Thurow.
Megan is survived by her parents of Angora; sister Mical of Wheaton, IL, brothers, David and Krik of Angora, grandparents, Robert and Pat Thurow of Hampshire, Ill., Christy and Marcile Brost of Alliance, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Megan was active in the Alliance Soccer Team and was working at the Alliance Animal Center.
Memorial services will be Saturday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Alliance. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Alliance. The family will establish a memorial at a later time. Donations may be sent to them at HC 87 Box 5, Angora, NE 69331. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clarence E. Stannus, 97
(Mar. 1) ALLIANCE - Clarence E. Stannus, 97, died Tuesday, Feb, 27, 2001, at his home. He was born April 16. 1903, at Spearfish, S.D., to John William and Caroline (Young) Stannus.
He married Mary M. Mayoue on Oct. 5, 1923, in Deadwood, S.D. He moved to Alliance on Aug. 19, 1922, when he began working for the C.B.&Q. Railroad. He worked as a boilermaker and retired in April of 1968. He also worked on his farm west of Alliance from 1934 until he sold it in 1947.
His survivors are his daughters, Della Golka and Helen Hesse both of Greeley, Colo., seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. His wife, a daughter Ruby Bruno, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 2, at 3 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance. The Reverend Arlys Wilbur will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.