George F. 'Tuff' Fosket, Jr. 47
(Apr. 13) ALLIANCE - George F. 'Tuff' Fosket, Jr., 47, died April 10, 2001 at Alliance. He was born September 14, 1953 in Alliance to George F. "Bud" and Ilo E. (Boren) Fosket.
He graduated from Alliance High School in 1972 and lived his life in Alliance where he worked in ranching. He was a member of the Eagles, Sons of the American Legion and Presbyterian Church. His survivors are his mother, Ilo Fosket of Alliance; sisters, Carolyn (Sid) Grimes of Alliance, and Brenda (Craig) Anderson of Wood River; brother, Michael (Jennifer) Fosket of Mitchell; three nieces; three nephews; 2 great-nephews; 3 great-nieces; uncle, Richard Henderson of Hemingford; aunt, Sharon (Frank) D'Louhy of Omaha. His father and grandparents preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, April 16, at the United Methodist Church in Alliance, with the Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given in care of the family. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wilma M. Schoen, 87
(Apr. 13) HAY SPRINGS - Wilma M. Schoen, 87 of Hay Springs, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center.
She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Hulquist of Alliance, and Carolyn Skeen of Hay Springs; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Ollie Evans of hay Springs, and Alma Kutschara of Rushville.
Mrs. Schoen's graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Monday, April 16, at the Hay Springs Cemetery, with Rev. Christine Mottl officiating. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, April 16. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, P. O. Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347. Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Henry C. Leon, 78
(April 14) LONG BEACH, Calif, - Henry C. Leon, 78, former Alliance resident, died recently at Long Beach, Calif. He was born June 1, 1924, at Alliance. His parents were Lewis and Ysmail Leon.
He graduated from Alliance High School. He served in the military during World War II. He was employed by Douglas Aircraft until his retirement. He I survived by brothers David Leon of Alliance, and Leonard Leon, Salvador Leon and John Leon, all of California; and sister Henrietta of California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Leon.
Mr. Leon's memorial service will be Monday, April 21, at Long Beach, Calif.
Dr. Herman Wilbrand, 45
(April 14) ALLIANCE - Dr. Herman Wilbrand, D.D.S., M.S.D., died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Creighton University Medical Center at Omaha. He was 45 years old. Herman was born to Elisabeth and William Wilbrand on June 18, 1957, at Alliance.
He attended St. Agnes Academy for 12 years, graduating in 1975. Dr. Wilbrand went on to attend Creighton University for three years. Afterwards, he attended the UNMC College of Dentistry to obtain a D.D.S. Degree. He furthered his studies when he moved to Seattle, Wash., with his wife Cathy and three children. There he attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, obtaining his Masters Degree in Orthodontics in 1984. Thereafter he returned to his hometown of Alliance to serve his community and raise his six children. During his 19 years in Alliance, Herman catered to many people, even helping underprivileged children who would normally not be able to receive dental care. He was an active volunteer in church and civic activities. He was also and integral part of the Knights of Columbus, holding a Third Degree Knight position. The majority of his free time was spent pheasant hunting, golfing, and spending time with his loving family. He is survived by his wife Cathy Wilbrand of Alliance; his father William Wilbrand of Alliance; his six children, William Wilbrand of St. Louis Park, Minn., Joanne McConkey and Elizabeth Wilbrand, both of Lincoln, and Anthony Wilbrand, Theresa Wilbrand and Charles Wilbrand, all of Alliance. Also surviving him are his sister, Dr. Ingrid Wilbrand-Conley and her husband Bob of St. Paul, Minn.; son-in-law, Jeremy McConkey of Lincoln; grandchildren, Brandon and Derek McConkey of Lincoln; and numerous nieces and nephews. His mother preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Visitation will begin at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the family being present from 4:30 to 7:30. Memorials may be given to the St. Agnes Academy Foundation. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Robert M. Wood, 83
(April 14) ALLIANCE - Robert M. Wood, 83, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his home. He was born Nov. 13, 1919, at Sterling, Colo., to Letcher and Rita (Bond) Wood.
He served in the United States Army during World War II. He met and married his first wife at Sydney, Australia, and from this union a daughter was born. He later returned to Alliance and worked for the Cover-Jones Motor Company. He loved playing the organ and played in a band for many years throughout the area. He married Della B. (Dempsey) Westlake Aug. 19, 1962. He is survived by his wife, Della B. Wood of Alliance; daughter Lois Wood of Sydney, Australia; and step-daughter, Barbara Westlake of Alliance. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Memorial services will be Friday, April 18, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Reverend Walter Cline officiating. Memorials may be given to the family at 1124 Platte, Alliance, Nebraska, 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sharon K. Brownlow, 53
(Apr. 15) HAY SPRINGS - Sharon Brownlow, 53, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Chadron Community Hospital.
She is survived by her husband George of Ellsworth; daughters Joanne (Lance) Lintt of Whiteclay, Tracy and (Scott) Bewley of Bayard, Lisa (Mac) Long of Hemingford, and Lavonne (Vince) Connelly of Maxwell; sons Jim (Ricky) Brownlow of Whiteclay, Gayle Brownlow and Bob (Misty) Brownlow of Alliance; and 18 grandchildren. She also is survived by four brothers and five sisters.
Mrs. Brownlow's funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Mortuary at Rushville, with Rev. Bill Combs officiating. A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs Ambulance Fund. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, P.O. Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347-0443. Chamberlain Drabbels of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Lloyd T. Lynes, 89
(Apr. 15) HEMINGFORD - Lloyd Thomas Lynes, 89, died Sunday, April 7, 2002, at the Hemingford Community Care Center. He was born April 29, 1912, at Guide Rock. His parents were Ezra T. and Leefa May (Simpson) Lynes.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines. He received the Bronze Star and Good Conduct medals. On Dec. 5, 1946, he married Gertrude (Grover) Condry at Rushville. She preceded him in death in 1992. They owned and operated the Lynes Motel at Hemingford for 16 years until retiring in 1977. He also had farmed, worked on cattle ranches, for the Nebraska State Department of Roads and the Box Butte County Department of Roads. He loved horses and spent much of his life training horses, riding rodeos and was a race- horse jockey for two hears. He drove a team of mules while building roads and helped build the dam at Lake McConaughy. He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled Veterans. He is survived by his daughter, Viola Kelley of Hastings; ten grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, Ezra Lynes of Oshkosh and Merle Lynes of Burley, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Dorothy Allen; son, Montie Condry; two sisters; three brothers; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Lynes' funeral was Friday, April 12, at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel at Gordon, with Pastor Jeffery Grams officiating. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the American Cancer Society, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343-0290.
Anna C. Schroll, 92
(Apr. 15) ALLIANCE - Anna C. Schroll, 92, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born May 1, 1909, at Tobias, to Adolph and Anna (Stech) Hamouz.
On June 4, 1929, she was married to Arlow Schroll at Fairbury. After living in Cheyenne, Wyo for over 50 years she moved to Alliance in 1999. Her survivors include nephews and nieces, Gene Vejraska of Alliance, Jim Vejraska of Sun City West, Ariz., Kathryn Freeman of Geneva, Donald Hamouz of Apache Junction, Ariz., Marlene Gakle of Beatrice, and Bette Pelican of Johnson; sisters-in-law, Ludmilla Roit of Geneva, and Louise Hamouz. Her husband, 2 brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Mrs. Schroll's graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, April 19, at Tobias Community Cemetery with Rev. Martin T. Schnare officiating. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance, NE 69301-0021. Bates-Gould Funeral Home and Farmer & Son Funeral Home of Geneva, are in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Dillon, 81
(Apr. 16) GORDON - Ruth Dillon, 81, of Gordon died Tuesday, April 12, 2001, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 9, 1919 at Harlan, Neb. Her parents were Clarence and Mae (Webster) Gealy.
She was married to Richard Dillon on Sept. 22, 1937, at Gordon. He preceded her in death in 1999. She and her husband owned and operated Dillon Transport, and farmed south of Gordon. She worked at the telephone office, Jack-n-Judy, La Favorite and LaMona's Clothing stores. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Gordon.
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Hughes of Gordon. She also is survived by two brothers, Lunn Gealy and John Gealy, both of Scottsbluff.
Mrs. Dillon's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, at the First Presbyterian Church at Gordon, with Rev. Vonne Blessman-Andersen officiating. Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the First Presbyterian Church. Donations may be sent to Community First National Bank, P. O. Box 250, Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
William "Bill" G. Elliott, 48
(Apr. 16) MESA, Ariz. - William "Bill" G. Elliott, 48, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at Mesa, Ariz. He was born January 28, 1953 at Alliance to Donald M. and Ruth E. (Shimek) Elliott.
He worked as a car foreman for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a member of the American Legion and the Eagles.
His survivor's include his mother, Ruth Elliott of Alliance; son Jason Elliott of Erie, Penn.; daughters Amanda Broderick and Melissa Elliott, both of Alliance; sister Joanne Trabert of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Austin, Mackenzie, and Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the United Methodist Church. Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church Elevator Fund. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Arthur H. Ferron, Jr., 84
(Apr. 16) CRAWFORD - Arthur J. Ferron, 84, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Chadron. He was born Sept. 30, 1916 at Rosebud, S.D. His parents were Arthur and Julia (Decory) Ferron.
He is survived by one son, Jeo Ferron of Gillette, Wyo.; five daughters, Violet M. Fickel and Renie E. Ferron of Crawford, Retta A. Kumpf of Omaha, Vonnie B. Bolton of Alexandria, La., and Celie J. Ferron of Blair; ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He also is survived by two sisters, Germaine Prue of Valentine, and Jenny Lee Gogers of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Winnifred N. (Boltz) Ferron.
Mr. Ferron's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, at St. John the Baptist Church, with Father Loren Pohlmeier officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. The Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 16, at the church. A memorial has been established for the Crawford Fire Department and Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to the Crawford Security Bank. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.