Mable I. Keller, 78
(Apr. 9) ALLIANCE - Mable I. Keller, 78, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born July 25, 1922, at Bingham, Nebraska to Roy and Sylvia (Taylor) Dimond.
She was married to Owen Keller on April 2, 1948. He preceded her in death as well as her son, Mark. Mrs. Keller was a school teacher where she taught in Ashby, Bingham, Marsland and Lakeside.
Her survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Willis and Ardith Keller of Hyannis; grandsons, Joshua and Zachary; sisters, Wanda Piihl of Lakeside, and Delephene Johnson of Amory, Wis.
Graveside services will be at 1p.m., Wednesday, April 11 at the Hyannis Cemetery with the Reverend Greg Lucido officiating. Memorials may be given to the Bingham Lutheran Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John V. Macek, 83
(Apr. 9) CHADRON - John V. Macek, 83, of Chadron, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Crest View Care Center. He was born June 28, 1917 in Chadron. His parents were John J. and Rose E. (Koralewski) Macek.
He graduated from Assumption Academy at Chadron, and was a member of 302nd Infantry in World War II. He is survived by one son, John E. Macek of Walnut Creek, Calif. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, VFW and American Legion.
Mr. Macek's Funeral will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Ed Cortney officiating. Military services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Memorials have been established to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Crest View Care Center, or the donor's choice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Lee G. Rice, 58
(Apr. 9) MULLEN - Lee G. Rice, 58, of Hemingford died Friday, April 6, 2001, in Rapid City, S.D. He was born October 14, 1942, in Mullen. His parents were Sidney and Tillie (Wiese) Rice.
He graduated from Pine River, Minn., in 1961. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a driver for Leprino Trucking of Denver, and a Cherry County Sheriff's Deputy for 25 years. At the time of hes death, he was employed by the Box Butte County Road Dept.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Hemingford; his mother, Tillie of Mullen; one son Richard of Rushville; four step-daughters; four step-sons; and 14 grandchildren. He also is survived by four brothers, Donald of Remer, Minn., Jim of Pequot Lakes, Minn., Leo of Wickenburg, Ariz., and Robert of Pine River, Minn.
Mr. Rice's graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 11 at Cedarview Cemetery, with Leonard and Judy Ridenour officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, and from 9 a.m. to service time, Wednesday, April 11, at the Mullen Funeral Home. Memorials are to Lee Rice Memorial Fund. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Devona C. Minich, 75
(Apr. 9) HEMINGFORD - Devona Christine Minich, 75, lost her fight with cancer on Sunday, April 7, 2002, at Box Butte General Hospital at Alliance. She was born April 3, 1927, at Berea to Ejner and Pauline (Roes) Christensen.
On Oct. 23, 1951, she was married to Robert Minich at Sidney. She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She loved to cook - especially during family gatherings and holidays. She is survived by her husband, Robert at home; son Michael Minich and his wife Melody of Scottsbluff; grandsons Scotty Minich and his fiancˇā Regina Rossignol, and Troy Minich all of Alliance; and great-grandchildren, Rhiannon Turner, Cody and Katelynne Minich all of Alliance. She also is survived by brother LaVerne (Bud) Christensen and his wife Billie of Alliance, Leonard (Pete) Christensen and his wife Dorothy of Scottsbluff, sisters Marjorie Van Horn of Vancouver, Wash., and Maxine Holfeldt of Fort Collins, Colo. Her parents, two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Congregational Church at Hemingford, with Rev. Mike Stein officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Olive W. Forney, 78
(Apr. 9) LAKESIDE - Olive W. Forney, 78, died suddenly at her home, Monday April 8, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Donald Forney; sons; Bruce and Dean Forney of Alliance, Glen Forney of Scottsbluff, Kent Forney of Lincoln; daughter, Joann Lee of Lakeside; their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mrs. Forney's funeral will be held 10 a.m., Friday, April 12, at Pleasant Point Community Church at Ellsworth. Memorials may be given to the Don and Olive Forney Memorial Fund to benefit the Rural Health Opportunity Program at Chadron State College, Chadron, NE 69337. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Services are in charge of the arrangements.
Arnold T. Elsea, 80
(Apr. 9) SCOTTSBLUFF - Arnold Theodore Elsea, 80, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Regional West Medical Center. He was born Feb. 8, 1922, on the family farm near Hemingford. His parents were Jacob Harrison and Helen Christina (Brus) Elsea.
He attended school at Alliance until he began managing the family farm. He attended an agricultural school at Hemingford, and barber school at Omaha.He owned and operated the Elsea Barber Shop at Mitchell for five years, then began as a partner with his uncle at the Town and Country Barber Shop at Scottsbluff. He married Wanda Lucile Rice on June 16, 1958, at Mitchell. They adopted their daughter Lisa in October 1963. He and his wife built their own home from the ground up. They lived there until 1965 when they moved to Scottsbluff. When the partnership dissolved, he worked at St. Mary's Hospital at Scottsbluff until his retirement due to poor health. He was active in the VFW and Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa and Scott Melvin of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Myles Frohling of Ft. Hood, Texas, Danette Frohling of Elmwood, Brock Frohling of Plattsmouth and Kylene Frohling of Scottsbluff; and great-grandson Tyson Shields of Elmwood. He also is survived by two brothers, Gerald Elsea of Yucaipa, Calif., and John Elsea of Greeley, Colo.; sister Olivia Swank of Scottsbluff; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Mr. Elsea's funeral will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, at St. Agnes Catholic Church at Scottsbluff, with Fr. James O'Kane officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery with military honors by Admiral Dewey VFW Post 1681. A vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9. A memorial has been established to the family. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home is in chare of arrangements.
Dorothy Sexton, 92
(April 9) MULLEN - Dorothy Cecil Sexton, 92, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home. She was born Sept. 22, 1910, at Blue Hill, to Mollie and Julius C. Piel.
She moved to the Mullen area when she was 11-years-old, and attended school there. On Oct. 28, 1928, she was married to Ray Henry Sexton Sr., at Winner, S.D. He preceded her in death in December 1999. They established Sexton Truck Line in 1929, and worked together running the business until their retirement. Their biggest enjoyment in life was their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They also enjoyed dancing, traveling, playing cards and visiting with friends. She loved planting flowers, cooking, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She was a member of St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Rebekah's. American Legion Auxiliary, Pioneer Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and square dance and dance clubs. She is survived by sons Ray H. (Gladys) Sexton Jr., of Mullen, and Clyde (Carol) Sexton of Scottsbluff; daughters Irene (Jerry) Seidler of Alliance, Lola (Gary) Swanson of Colon, and Shirley Sweet of North Platte; 18 grandchildren; ten step-grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Harry, Mike and Earl; two sisters Bernedette and Josephine; two daughters-in-law, Pat and Joan; one son-in-law, Larry Sweet; and one grandchild, Cheryl Seidler.
Mrs. Sexton's funeral will be at 1 p.m. MDT, Saturday, April 12, at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, with Fr. William Graham and Rev. Mark Danielson officiating. Burial will be in the Cedarview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Mullen Funeral Home. Memorials have been established to Pioneer Memorial Rest Home, Cedarview Cemetery or the donor's choice. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Winifred Roby, 78
(Apr. 10) ASHBY - Winifred Eliza "Winnie" Roby, 78, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at her home. She was born Nov. 25, 1923, at Bingham. Her parents were Evertt and Nellie (Drown) Wickham.
She grew up in the Sandhills and attended school north of Oshkosh. Following her marriage she lived on a ranch north of Ashby. She is survived by two daughters, Jan Douglass and Rita White of Ashby; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two brothers, Ward Wickham of Custer, S.D., and Virgil Wickham of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mrs. Roby's memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, at the United Church of Christ at Ashby, with Rev. Roy Monahan officiating. Inurnment will be at the Hyannis Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Grant County Fire and Rescue or the donor's choice. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marguerite Davis, 75
(Apr. 10) GRAND ISLAND - Marguerite Jane Davis, 75, died Monday, April 1, at the Grand Island Veteran's Home. She was born Aug. 19, 1926, at El Paso, Texas. Her parents were Walter H. and Edna M. (Ahr) Anderson.
She was raised at El Paso and graduated from El Paso High School. She was married to Charles H. Davis on Feb. 18, 1949. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1999. They lived at El Paso, Santa Fe, N.M., Del Norte, Colo., Hordville and Central City before moving to Grand Island. Mrs. Davis is survived by daughters Charlene Stephenson of Alliance and Vickie Gress of Aurora; three sons, Charles Davis Jr. of Alamosa, Colo., Kenneth Davis of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jeffrey Davis of Russellville, Ala.; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She also is survived by two brothers, Roy Anderson of Reno, Nev., and Donald Anderson of Thornton, Colo.
Mrs. Davis' funeral was Thursday, April 4, at Solt Funeral Home at Central City, with Sister Marie Arie officiating. Burial was at Fullerton Cemetery.
Iola V. Ivarson, 100
(Apr. 11) BRIDGEPORT - Iola V. Ivarson, 100, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff. She was born Jan. 12, 1901 at Murray, Neb. Her parents were John William and Isabella (Murray) Berger. S
he grew up in Nebraska City and graduated from high school there in 1919. She was married to Gordon M. Ivarson on Jan. 17, 1920 at Oshkosh. He preceded her in death. They moved to Lisco where they farmed before moving to Gordon where she worked at J.C. Penney and the Gordon Livestock Auction. They moved to Bridgeport in 1947 where she worked for the Northport Irrigation District until her retirement in 1975. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, past Girl Scout Leader and was active in the Art Department and Women's Club at Gordon.
She is survived by one daughter, Doris Kuhn of Alliance; one son, Donald Ivarson of Torrington, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Ivarson's memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Bridgeport Presbyterian Church, with Rev. James Kidd officiating. Inurnment will be at the Oregon Trail Cemetery at Bridgeport. Memorials have been established to the church or to Heritage of Bridgeport. Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Pollard Morse Van Ackeren, 96
(Apr. 12) OMAHA - Ruth Pollard Morse Van Ackeren, 96, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the Masonic Manor. She was the daughter of George S. and Clara (Hendrickson) Pollard.
She was preceded in death by three husbands, Warren DeBorde, Forrest Morse and Edwin Van Ackeren. She was the author of historical books, articles and short fiction stories about western Nebraska. She wrote book reviews for 20 years for newspapers at Alliance, Grant County, Gordon and others. She was the co-author of "The Women Who Made the West," "Bartlett Richards, Nebraska Sandhills Cattleman," and "Lawrence Bixby, Preserver of the Old Spade Ranch." She was an admiral in the Nebraska Navy, a member of Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of the United States, Daughters of the American Revolution, Aloyah Chapter 185 Order of the Eastern Star, Nebraska State Historical Society, Sheridan County Historical Society and nebraska Writers Guild. She is survived by two daughters, Lyle M. Bruere of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kathleen Lute of Ogallala; son, Gerald J. Van Ackeren of Bradenton, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She also is survived by her sister, Mary Pollard of Alliance; and two brothers, Richard Pollard of Kansas City, Mo., and Perry Pollard of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mrs. Van Ackeren's funeral will be at 11 a.m., Monday, April 15, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, with Bishop Thomas Kroutz officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Robert A. Vrbka, 74
(Apr. 12) OELRICHS, S.D. - Robert A. Vrbka, 74, died April 2, 2002, at the Hot Springs Medical Center at Hot Springs, S.D.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Vrbka of Oelrichs; sons Robert Vrbka of Alliance and Randy Vrbka of Mission, S.D.; daughters Betty Rhembrandt of Chadron and Connie Sutherland of Battle Mountain, Nev.; step-children John Holsclaw of the U.S. Navy, Ron Campbell of Phoenix, Ariz., Wallace Campbell of Custer, S.D. and Bobbie Jo Campbell of Hot Springs. He also is survived by one brother, Maynard Vrbka of Norfolk; and one sister, Barbara Schmidt of Cody.
Burial was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.