John Charles "Jake" Green
(June 4) ALLIANCE - John Charles "Jake" Green of Alliance died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born Oct. 7, 1979, in Alliance.
He graduated from Alliance High School in 1998 and was engaged in farming at the time of his death.
He is survived by his father John Green and special friend, Karla Benzel of Alliance; mother Cyndi and husband Rod Rogers of Alliance; sister, Banner Green and her son Alex Steinback of Loveland, Colo.; brother Dustin Rogers of the U.S. Army in Korea; sister Dana Rogers of Norfolk; grandparents, Verna Green of Alliance, Roger and Jerre Richardson of Hay Springs; great-grandmother Dorothy Richardson of Hay Springs; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. His grandfather John L. Green preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Alliance. Reverend Ed Hunzeker will officiate. The public is invited to an after-funeral gathering of the family at the Alliance Country Club. Memorials may be given to the Jake Green Memorial Young Farmers Scholarship Fund, 1552 CR 54, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Cody, 84
(June 4) ALLIANCE - Evelyn Cody, 84, died Thursday, May 31, 2001 at Beverly Healthcare at Scottsbluff. She was born August 6, 1916, on a farm northeast of Alliance to James and Minnie (Bauer) Johnston.
The family moved to the Sandhills in her early childhood. She was educated in the Whitman, Ellsworth and Lakeside schools and graduated from Alliance High School. She received her teaching certificate from Chadron Normal School and taught rural schools for six years in Box Butte and Sheridan Counties.
She married John Cody on June 25, 1940, in Chadron. They made their home on their ranch northwest of Lakeside. Evelyn was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, The Golden Age Club, A.A.R.P., Nebraska Cattlewomen, Alliance Eagles Auxiliary, Point of Rock Chapter N.S.D.A.R., Chapter G.C. P.E.O., R.S.V.P., and the Carnegie Arts Center.
Her survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Steve Blakey of Lakeside, grandson Robb Finegan and wife Joy of Portland, Ore., granddaughter Colleen and husband Rob Hood of Lakeside, and a great-grandson Baily Hood, sisters-in-law, Arlene Johnston and Frances Cody of Alliance, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, J.B. Johnston.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, at the First Presbyterian Church in Alliance. The Reverend Arlys Wilbur and Reverend James Kidd will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Make-A-Wish Foundation, 11926 Arbor Street, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68144, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Esther M. Rubottom, 87
(June 4) ALLIANCE - Esther M. Rubottom died June 1, 2002, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. She was 87. She was born in rural Box Butte County, Neb., on Jan. 8, 1915, to George and Minnie (Wright) Clark.
She lived on farms most of her life and did teach school for two years. Later she married Vernon J. Rubottom on Dec. 26, 1937. They made their home in Alliance and around the early 1940âs she and her husband worked on dairy farms in Wyoming. In 1980 they moved back to Alliance to retire and to be near Esther's family. She was preceded in death by her husband, brothers Dwight Clark and Harold Clark, sisters Gladys Fowler and Stella Wait, and also a sister and two brothers who died in infancy. Survivors are her sister Laura Fenner of Lebanon, OR, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with the Reverend Chris Mottl officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Health Care Center or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rolf "Bill" Brennemann, 76
(June 4) HYANNIS - Rolf "Bill" Brennemann, 76, of Hyannis died Saturday, June 1, in Lincoln, Neb. He was born Sept. 7, 1925, at Hyannis. His parents were Rolf H. and Bess (Perrett) Brennemann.
He was a rancher; and a member of United Church of Christ, BPOE Lodge No. 961 of Alliance and a charter member of Eagles Lodge No. 3980. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He is survived by two sons, Will Brennemann of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Chris Brennemann of Brush, Colo.; two daughters, Kim Abbott of Hyannis and Holly Dodds of Woodlands, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister, Mamie Brennemenn of Hyannis.
Mr. Brennemann's memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Hyannis United Church of Christ, with The Reverend Linda Martin officiating. Roper & Sons Funeral Services of Lincoln is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Betty A. Davis, 67
(June 4) ALLIANCE - Betty A. Davis, 67, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. She was born Dec. 18, 1933, at Alliance. Her parents were Elmer M. and Inez M. (Dempsey) Woods.
She was cremated. She was married to Edwin V. Davis in 1951. She is survived by sons Wayne Davis of Bridgeport, Edwin Lee Davis of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Rick Davis of Catalina, Ariz., and Michael Davis of Hamlin, Ariz.; daughters Roxie Crabtree of Mariteca, Calif., and Becky Ball of Seabrook, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She also is survived by brothers Jerry Woods and Jack Woods, both of Alliance; and sisters Margaret Hewitt of Hot Springs, S.D., and Leota Heskett of Cheyenne Wells, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Memorial services for family and friends of Mrs. Davis will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Box Butte Dam. Following the ceremony, there will be a time for sharing and a picnic.
Alice May Schriner, 93
(June 4) FRANKLIN - Alice May Schriner, 93, former Hyannis teacher, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 9, 1910, northeast of Franklin.
Her parents were Gustave and Elizabeth (Grebe) Grube. She attended District No. 34 rural school and graduated from the eighth grade, then graduated from Franklin High School in 1927 with a teaching certificate. She taught for 22 for Franklin rural schools and three years for Minden Junior High School. In 1951, she moved to Hyannis where she taught for 24 more years and also graduated from Chadron State College. She also was employed by Mooney's Grocery Store when not teaching. She retired from full-time teaching in 1970, and moved back to Franklin in 1990. In May 2002, she moved into Franklin Health Care Center. She was a member of the United Church of Christ of Hyannis and the First Methodist Church of Franklin, and the Kings Daughters. She is survived by her step-daughter Sharon Freund of Gardner, Kan.; two step-grandsons and four step-great-grandsons.
Mrs. Schriner's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Hutchins Funeral Chapel of Franklin, Neb., with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Memorials may be made to the First Methodist Church of Franklin. Hutchins Funeral Home of Franklin is in charge of arrangements.
C.R. "Cyclone" Smith, 92
(June 4) MISSION, Texas - Charles R. "Cyclone" Smith, 92, former Alliance resident, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at McAllen Medical Center, Texas. He was born April 27, 1911, at Alliance.
His parents were Joseph Smith and Barbara C. Jelinek. He married Ella L. Harris. Mrs. Smith preceded him in death. He was an engineer for Burlington Northern Railroad for many years. He had been a resident of Mission, Texas, for the past 18 years. He is survived by his sons, Ray W. Smith of Centerville, Va., Joseph Smith of Denver, and Steve M. Smith of Kearney; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Smith's funeral arrangements are pending at Virgil Wilson Mortuary in Mission, Texas. His memorial service will be announced later.
Robert E. Connealy, 75
(June 5) GORDON - Robert "Bob" E. Connealy, 75, former president of First National Bank in Gordon, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota. He was born Aug. 5, 1925, at Winnebago, Neb. He was the second of five children born to Ted and Genavieve Connealy.
He spent much of his childhood in Tekamah and Decatur where the Connealy and Tobin families had their farms. He graduated for Dodgeville High School in Dodgeville, Wis. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He served as a navigator, and was sent to Guam in 1945 where he was stationed when World War II ended that August. After returning to the states, he graduated from the University of Michigan under the G.I. Bill. He married Mary Ann Fox, whom he had met at Ann Arbor, Mich., on Dec. 28, 1948, at Albion, Neb. The couple moved to Gordon in 1951, where he worked for the Gordon Livestock Auction with his uncle, Joe Tobin. He bought cattle throughout Nebraska and Iowa, and worked for the livestock auction until 1966. In 1966, he became employed by the First National Bank, and worked there until 1987, retiring as president of the bank. He was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon and the "Beef Club" at the University of Nebraska. He was the Western Nebraska source for Husker football tickets.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his children, May Heitz of O'Neill, Marty Connealy of Chadron, Bridget Halvorson of Loomis, Calif., Mary Goulette of Bayport, Minn., Jim Connealy of Omaha, and Cate Connealy of Minneapolis, Minn.; 15 grandchildren - Jason, Kevin and Annie Heitz; Genavieve, Dan, Tim, Mary Eileen and Bridget Connealy; Erin, Jeanne and Bobby Halvorson; Donovan and Colin Goulette; and Jake and Carly Connealy; and his children's spouses, John Heitz, Terri Connealy, Dwight Halvorson, Paul Goulette and Holly Connealy. He also is survived by his brothers, Neil Connealy of Tekamah and Marty Connealy of Whitman; and his sister, Joan Muffly of Pender. He was preceded in death by his father, Ted; mother, Genavieve; brother Dan; and son Timothy.
Mr. Connealy's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Gordon High School Gymnasium, with Father Robert Garnish officiating. Burial will be in Gordon Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon. Memorials may be made to St. Leo's Catholic Church or the R.E. "Bob" Connealy Scholarship Fund, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service of Gordon is in charge of arrangements.
Georgia McCauley, 69
(June 5) LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Georgia McCauley, 69, formerly of Alliance, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Columbia Sunrise Hospital at Las Vegas. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, at Alliance. Her parents were DeVilla and Estella (Roland) Weldin.
She graduated from Alliance High School in 1950. She was married to Walter S. McCauley on Aug. 19, 1952. They were later divorced. She worked as a telephone operator at Alliance, and then at Las Vegas until her retirement. She is survived by two daughters, Sally Yeager of Alliance, and Susan Graff of Las Vegas; three sons, Michael McCauley of Alliance, Pat McCauley and Kelly McCauley of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Shirlee Lease of Scottsbluff, and Phyllis MacFarland of National City, Calif.; and one brother Joe Weldin of Olathe, Kan.
Mrs. McCauley's funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, at the Palm Mortuary-Eastern Chapel. Burial will be in the Palm Valley Cemetery at Las Vegas. Palm Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Roberta L. Overturf, 83
(June 5) ALLIANCE - Roberta Louise Overturf, 83, of Alliance died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born June 23, 1917, at Davis County, Iowa to Ruel and Vida (Fletcher) Cox.
She married Kenneth Overturf on March 7, 1939, in Memphis, Mo. Her daughter Debra Fisher of New Albany, Ind. survives her. Her parents, husband and a brother Dwight Cox preceded her in death.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 7, at the Alliance Cemetery. The Reverend Mark Schutt will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Louise K. Smith, 85
(June 5) CRAWFORD - Louise K. Smith, 85, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Chadron Community Hospital. She was born June 30, 1915, at Sioux County, Neb. Her parents were Charles and Ida (Wolff) Sternhagen.
She was a member of Eastern Star, United Methodist Church and Pythian Sisters. She was married to Sterling Smith. Mr. Smith preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons, George Smith of Douglas, Wyo., Wayne Smith of Aurora, Colo., and Con Smith of El Paso, Texas; daughters Virginia Rudder and Jewell Lucci, both of Lincoln; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Irene Taylor of Harrison.
Mrs. Smith's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at United Methodist Church in Crawford, with Rev. Tim Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Crawford City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Crawford Rescue Unit, in care of Security Bank in Crawford. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Bruce Tracy, 66
(June 5) HEMINGFORD - Donald Bruce Tracy died May 27, 2003, at the age of 66 at Pouder Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colo. He was born July 24, l936, in Concordia, Kan., to James Cornelius and Vera Estelle (Johnson) Tracy.
He met and married Joyce Ann (Baker) Tracy in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 4, 1960. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to l959, honorably discharged at Honolulu, Hawaii. When he returned to Concordia, Kan., he worked for Gambles for one year, and left to work for J.C. Penny Co. in Beloit, Kan. He was transferred to Falls City, Neb., to be assistant manager for J.C. Penny in 1964. He worked for the company until January, 1980. He arrived in Alliance, Neb., and became employed with Burlington Northern Railroad, and retired Jan. 31, 2003, as a railroad engineer. He was a member of St Bridget Catholic Church for 23 years and was a member of the Parish Council for a number of years; a member of Toast Masters, Jaycees, Elks Club, Eagles Club, Knights of Columbus. He volunteered with assisting in various boys and girls clubs and he mentored Eagle Scouts in Fall City, Neb. He loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had the gift of gab and a handshake that no one will soon forget. His hobbies were yard work, working in his garage and basement, reading and listening to various types of music. He is survived by his wife Joyce Tracy of their home in Hemingford; daughters and sons-in-law, Ronald and Patricia Lancaster of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Doran and Nena Robinson of Clayton, N.M.; grandchildren, Michelle Curran, Christopher Curran, Rob Curran, Ashley Curran, Juneice Robinson, Jacklynn Robinson, Daulton Robinson and Derrick Robinson; great-grandchildren, Josh Raum, Gabriel Britton, Abraham Curran; two brothers, Dennis Michael Tracy of Chatsworth, Calif., and Gregory Tracy of Moses Lake, Wash.; sister-in-law, Barbara Tracy of Concordia, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, brother and an infant son.
Rosary will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at 7 p.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church. A Mass of Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford. Memorials may be made to Alliance Volunteer Fire Dept. or to the Hemingford Firemen's Association or Alliance Public Library. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.