Thomas Wright, 60
(March 12) CHEVY CHASE, Md. - Thomas Lee Wright, 60, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003. He was born on Nov. 13, 1942, at Edgemont, S.D., to Bill and Mildred Wright.
The family moved to Alliance in 1956. On Aug. 2, 1964, he married Linda Lou Reno at Alliance. He was a 1960 graduate of Alliance High School. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1964, and studied interpersonal trust at the University of Connecticut. He worked at Catholic University of America from 1974 until his death. He is survived by his wife Linda; and daughter Alexi Wright of San Francisco, Calif. He also is survived by two sisters, Billie Ann Case and Susie DeShon; and one brother, Wayne Wright. A scholarship fund has been established in his memory.
Conations may be sent to Catholic University of America, Institutional Advancement Office, Attn: Tom Wright Memorial Fund, Washington, DC 20064. His funeral was Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Unitarian Church at Bethesda, Md.
Juan G. De La O, 28
(March 13) ALLIANCE - Juan Gabriel De La O, 28, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003. He was born July 24, 1974, at Los Ramones, N.L., Mexico, to Francisco and Teresa (Sifuentes) De La O.
On July 9, 1996 he married Maribel Pruneda at Ada, Minn. They came to Alliance in 1998. He worked for Diamond Hill Farms and also operated De La O Trucking. His survivors include his wife Maribel; and children Juan, Lesley and Abraham. He also is survived by his mother Teresa De La O of Othello, Wash.; brothers, Francisco De La O and Jose De La O of Mexico, Humberto Guerra of Othello, Wash., Bernardino De La O and Jorgre Guerra of Mexico, Constantino De La O of Othello, Esteban De La O and Noe De La O of Alliance; and sisters, Greselda De La O of Houston, Texas, Berta De La O of Mexico, Francisco Javier-De La O and Magdalena De La O of Othello, Susy De La O of Chadron, Sara De La O, Noemy De La O and Gloria De La O of Othello. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother Eliborio.
Funeral services will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the Spanish Assembly of God Bethel. Burial will be in San Benito, N.L., Mexico. Memorials may be sent in care of the family to 612 Yellowstone, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Tony Lee Harding, 49
(Mar. 14) MULLEN - Tony Lee Harding, 49, died March 10, 2001, at North Platte. He was born March 7, 1952, at Alliance. His parents were Forrest L. and Jean S. Harding.
He married Melba McKenzie on June 20, 1981, at Seneca. He won the bull riding at the Sandhills Roundup in Mullen on July 4, 1971, and worked on various ranches and for several construction companies.
He is survived by two daughters, Michelle Harding of Alliance and Misty Harding of Gothenburg. He also is survived by his mother, Jean Harding of Mullen; one sister, Rita Fischer of Juneau, Ala.; two brothers, Mick Harding and Jon Harding, both of Mullen.
Mr. Harding's funeral will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in Mullen, with The Rev. William J. Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Cedarview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 16, at the funeral home. Memorial may be made in his name. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Foster, 63
(March 14) BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - Barbara Patsy Joyce Foster, 63 died, Monday, March 11, 2002, at Box Butte General Hospital at Alliance. She was born on October 10, 1938, in Conway County, Ark. to Earl and Bessie (McGhee) Blaylock.
She received her education in Benton, Arkansas where she graduated. She moved to Belle Fourche in 1956. She was married to Clifford E. Foster on Febr. 7, 1957, at Rapid City, S.D. She was employed by the Belle Fourche Hospital as a purchasing agent for 38 years, where she retired. She lived in Belle Fourche for the past 46 years. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-laws, Gene and Mona Foster and Wayne and Angela Foster, all of Alliance; and grandchildren, Sheena Jenkins and husband Jerry, Travis, Tyler, and Toni Foster all of Alliance. She also is survived by her sister, Ann Horn and husband Bob of Mountain Home, Ark.; and brother-in-law, Bub Foster and wife Linda of Torrington, Wyo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Mrs. Foster's memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the Christian Life Center at Belle Fourche, with Pastor Paul Howard officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory in Scottsbluff. The family will receive friends at the Northern Hills Funeral Chapel at Belle Fourche, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 15. A memorial has been established to the family.
Doris E. DeFrance, 85
(March 14) AURORA, Colo. - Doris E. DeFrance, 85, former Alliance resident, died on March 5, 2002, at Aurora, Colo. She was born in Jimtown, Cherry County, Neb. to Edwin G. Cooper and Martha M. Cornelia Cooper on March 16, 1916.
The family had lived north of Seneca and she grew up in Antioch at the time of the potash boom. They then moved to Alliance. She was married to James M. DeFrance on June 18, 1938, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. He preceded her in death in 1995. Also preceding her in death were sisters, Georgianna Edelman of Seneca, Mary E. Peterson of Alliance, Myrtle Feagins of Omaha and Susan Seidler of Morrill County. Brothers who preceded her were Walter of Seneca, Jacob, Harry and William of Alliance and Vernon of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was active in guild work at St. Matthew's while residing in Alliance and was a member of the local YWCA, PTA and Alliance Women's Club. She helped with Job's Daughters' activities and was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed stencil painting, rock hunting, crocheting, sewing and making hand crafted items. She was a manager with Tupperware in Colorado for over 30 years. She is survived by daughters and spouses, Marion and George Moscrip of Alliance and Kathy and Fred McFarland of Aurora, Colo.; sons and spouses, Jim and Nancy DeFrance of Van Nuys, Calif. and Michael DeFrance of Aurora; five grandchildren and spouses, Adam and Elizabeth DeFrance of Burbank, Calif. and Clare DeFrance of Loveland, Colo., Michael and Marta Moscrip of Ypsilanti, Mich., Cody and Annie McFarland and Monte and Kelly McFarland all of Aurora; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Lili Moscrip, Sophia DeFrance and Logan McFarland.
Services before cremation were held at Fairmount Mortuary at Denver on March 8, with the Rev. Henry Jesse of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral officiating.
Emma Rademacher, 89
(March 14) KIMBALL - Emma Lou Rademacher, 89, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Kimball County Manor. She was born June 21, 1913, at Pratt, Kan., to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Fincham.
She was a homemaker and school teacher, with a Master's degree from the University of Illinois. She was married to Louis E. Rademacher on Feb. 1, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1990. She is survived by one son, Dr. Lon (Mary Ann) Rademacher of Ellison Bay, Wis.; grandchildren, Pastor Dieter (Georgia) Rademacher of Kimball, Tom and Jen Hanrahan of Richmond, Va., and Major David (Dee) Rademacher of Columbus, Miss.; and eight great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Jean Talbott of Hutchinson, Kan.
Mrs. Rademacher's funeral will be at 10 a.m., Friday, March 21, at Hillsboro Presbyterian Church at Hillsboro, Ill., with Pastors Matt Ferguson and Dieter Rademacher officiating. Burial will be at Kettelkamp Cemetery at Nokomis, Ill.
Karen Kay Todd, 48
(Mar. 15) Karen Kay Todd, 48, died Tuesday, March 13 at her home. She was born October 7, 1952 in Alliance to Gerald and Norma Todd.
She graduated from Alliance High School in 1972 and Chadron State College in 1983. During her life she had worked at Dayco and at Good Samaritan Village.
Her survivors are parents of Alliance, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Fred Shoemaker of Alliance, Beverly and Bill Yeager of Rapid City, S.D., Marla Soester and fianceâ Fred Kober of Greeley, Colo., and brother-in-law, Larry Soester of Alliance. She is also survived by the love of her life, her nephews and nieces, Brian Yeager of Rapid City, S.D., Brenda and Mike Crouse of Rapid City, S.D., Jerry Yeager of Newport, Ore., Troy Shoemaker of Scottsbluff, Travis and Kristy Shoemaker of Alliance, Joshua Yeager of Rapid City, Trenton Shoemaker of Alliance, Dylan and Cionne Soester of Greeley, Colo.; three great-nephews, Paris and Logan of Rapid City, Dylan of Rapid City; three great nieces, Brittany of Alliance, Janaye and Brooke of Alliance, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive her.
Her grandparents, Karl and Crystal Koestel and Wesley and Cora Todd, and a nephew Jeffrey Yeager preceded her in death. Her interest included fishing, camping and spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance with President Shawn Grant of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Memorials may be given in care of the family at 205 Yellowstone Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vincent E. Sprock, 85
(Mar. 15) HAYS, KAN. - Vincent Sprock, 85, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at the Hays Medical Center. He was born July 22, 1915, to Gerhard and Louise (Bresser) Sprock in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
He married Vicki J. Justin on June 16, 1946, in Houston, Tex. He attended several universities and graduated from Texas Christian University in 1952 as a teacher. In 1965 he moved to Chadron as a Job Corps teacher. He also worked at the Box Elder Job Corps near Rapid City until his retirement in 1977. After retiring, he became President of the Community Relations Council of the Job Corps. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chadron and Hays, the American Baptist Men, the Kiwanis, AARP, the Gideons at Chadron and Hays, the NARFE, and a charter member of the 60+ Club. He was active in Boy Scouts of America and 4-H.
His survivors are his wife; one son, Jerry Sprock of Hays; one daughter, Mary Phillips of Gillette, Wyo.; two sisters, Aurelia Hibbard of Jacksonville, Tex., and Glenna Freeman of Huntsville, Tex.; and eight grandchildren. One son, an infant brother and a sister preceeded him in death.
Mr. Sprock's funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at the First Baptist Church, Hays, with Rev. Jerry Sprock officiating. Burial will be in the Fort Hays Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 12, at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, and from 9 a.m. until the beginning of the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, Chadron, or to the donors choice. Hays Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Frank W. Reeves, 76
(March 15) CRAWFORD - Frank W. Reeves, 76, died Saturday, March 13, 2002, at Chadron Community Hospital. He was born Jan. 17, 1926, at Crawford. His parents were Walter S. and Florence (Baker) Reeves.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi Reeves; sons, Kip Allen and Kathleen Reeves of Alliance and Kyle W. and Kathryn Reeves of Crawford; daughters Kerri and David Ottley of Lincoln and Kandyce and Jeff Arnold of Fremont; grandchildren, Ryan Dorshorst, Brian and Amy Reeves; Shep, Joe and Trey Ottley, and K. Tyler and Sunny Arnold; and great-granddaughters Wendy and Tonya Reeves. He also is survived by two sisters, Irene and John Paris and Thelma McGinnis; daughter-in-law, Cher Reeves, and five nieces and nephews.
Mr. Reeves' funeral will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the Methodist Church at Crawford with Rev. Tim Pratt officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Chadron Honor Guard. Burial will be at the Crawford city Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Legend Buttes Golf Course or the donor's choice. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Dallas H. Thiel, 72
(March 17) SENECA - Dallas H. Thiel, 72, died Friday, March 14, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance. He was born July 9, 1930, at Seneca, Neb. His parents were Louis and Ida (Posten) Thiel.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He married Anna Hiekerdinger on Oct. 7, 1954, at Salzburg, Austria. Mrs. Thiel preceded him is death in 1993. He is survived by his son, Helmuth Thiel of Denver. He also was preceded in death by his brother Elmer and sister Irene.
Mr. Thiel's funeral, with military honors, was at 9 a.m. CST today, March 17, at the United Church of Christ in Seneca, with Rev. Linda Martin officiating. Burial was in Seneca Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ or Seneca Cemetery Mullen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Darlene Furman, 84
(March 17) ALLIANCE - Mary Darlene Furman, 84, of Alliance died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at the Highland Park Care Center in Alliance. She was born April 30, 1918,at Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Lee and Carrie (Whitcomb) Heskett.
She was raised and educated at Des Moines. After high school graduation, she attended business college for two years. She began her working career as a civil service secretary with the U.S. government, first at Des Moines and then at Laredo, Texas. She was married to Willis B. Furman Jr. on Jan. 9, 1945, at Des Moines. The couple then returned to Laredo. After her husband's discharge from the military, they moved to the Marsland, Neb., area where they ranched until their retirement. In 1958, they moved to Alliance. She enjoyed painting as an artist and was an excellent seamstress. She was a member of the P.E.O. in Alliance and the Box Butte Arts Council. She is survived by her husband, Willis; daughter Nanette Marie Furman (Rozanski) of Boulder, Colo, and four grandchildren.
At her request, her remains were cremated at the Jolliffe Funeral Home and Crematory at Scottsbluff. No public services will be held. Jolliffe Funeral Home at Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements.
Peter S. Cook, 71
(March 17) SCOTTSBLUFF - Peter S. Cook, 71, of Scottsbluff, Neb., died Friday, March 14, 2003, at Beverly Health Care in Scottsbluff. He was born on Sept. 22, 1931 in Boulder, Colo., to Robert (Bob) Cook and Cecile Pearl (Weibling) Cook.
He grew up on a farm near Alliance, and graduated from Alliance High School in 1949. He then graduated from Chadron State College in 1954. He enlisted the U.S. Army in 1954, and was stationed in Alaska and California. After leaving the Army, he took more classes at Chadron State and Rutgers University, and then taught Mathematics at Western Nebraska College. He retired because of health problems. He is survived by his sisters Roberta (Bobbie) Banjoff of Alliance, Priscilla Meier of Spanaway, Wash., Paula England of Austin, Texas; and several nieces and nephews, including Beverly Coleman of Alliance and Micki Moore of Pine Ridge, S.D.
Mr. Cook's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff. Graveside services will be at at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today, March 17, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel Memorials have been established to donor's choice.