Donald J. Laughlin, 79
(June 6) ALLIANCE - Donald Jack Laughlin, 79, died Tuesday, June 6, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. He was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Crawford, Nebraska to John and Esther (Hayward) Laughlin.
He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 24, 1942, to Jan. 5, 1946. He was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion. On December 5, 1946, he married Gerry E. Boleski. His survivors are his sons, Jon of Fort Worth, Texas, Dennis of Sandusky, Ohio, Don of Sacramento, Calif., Bill of Houston, Texas and Rex of Battle Creek; their mother Gerry Laughlin of Alliance; sister Shirley Herman of Laramie, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. His parents and one brother preceded him in death.
Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance, NE 69301. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Greg Hoffman, 46
(June 6) RAPID CITY, S.D. - Greg Hoffman, 46, of Alliance, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota.
He was a Burlington Northern Santa Fe employee. He is survived by one son, Cody Hoffman, and special friend Lori Bickford, both of Alliance.
Mr. Hoffman's funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Oshein Funeral Home, 2700 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City. Burial will be in Rapid City. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. throughout the evening Thursday at Oshein Funeral Home.
Shelby R. Molyneaux, 8
(June 6) TORRINGTON, Wyo. - Shelby Renae Molyneaux, 8, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, in an ATV accident near Rifle, Colo. She was born Sept. 27, 1994, at Alliance, Neb.
Her parents were Ross and Tracy (Trainer) Molyneaux. The family lived at Carbondale, Colo., were she recently had completed the second grade. She is survived by her parents of the home in Carbondale, Colo.; and grandparents John R. and Gail L. Molyneaux of Alliance, and Dale and Donna Trainer of Torrington, Wyo. She also is survived by her brother, Sean Ryan Molyneaux of Carbondale, Colo.; and her sister, Mackenzie Reigh Molyneaux of Mitchell, Neb.
Ms. Molyneaux's funeral will be 3 p.m. today, June 6, at East Gate Baptist Church in Torrington, Wyo., with Pastor Darryl Reeves co-officiating. Memorials may be made to Torrington Baptist Taber-nacle Church. Colyer Funeral Home of Torrington, Wyo., is in charge of arrangements.
Clifford O. Quick, 79
(June 7) ALLIANCE - Clifford Otis Quick, 79, of Alliance, went home to be with his Lord, June 6, 2001. He was born Dec.13, 1921, to Merritt and Gertrude (Griffith) Quick.
He grew up on their farm near Quick in southern Frontier County. On Sept. 16, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving his country in WWII from an outpost in New Guinea. He was discharged Jan. 17, 1946. When he returned home, he attended McCook Junior College. He married Mary Helen Kotschwar on Aug. 17, 1947, at the Garden Prairie Methodist Church at Quick. To this union three children were born, Cliff Jr., Marla and Monte. He continued his education graduating from University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1950. Upon graduation he was assistant county agent for Frontier County in North Platte, then moving to Stapleton to oversee both Logan and McPherson counties. His favorite part of his job was working with the 4-H program. He accepted the position for Box Butte County in 1958, moving his family to Alliance where he and his wife have lived since. In early 1965 Cliff developed a fertilizer program for Neuswanger's, Inc., where he worked until his retirement in 1986. Cliff's lifelong passion was his family.
Cliff and Mary Helen celebrated their 50th Anniversary in Aug. 1997, surrounded by family and friends. Cliff's hobby was attending games and functions of his grandchildren, Holly, Aaron, Caleb, Kyle, Andrei, Reagan and Corrine. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alliance. He set a strong Christian model by his soft word and example. Cliff was a man highly respected by his children, his family and his associates. Cliff belonged to the Gideons, the Natural Resource District and various civic organizations.
His survivors include his wife, Mary Helen; two sons Cliff Jr. and wife Bonnie of Whitman and Monte and wife Tammy of Larned, Kan.; daughter Marla Wade and husband Roger of Hemingford; and seven grandchildren He also is survived by one brother Robert Quick of Greeley, Colo.; one sister Evelyn Hansen of North Platte; one sister-in-law, Genevieve Quick of Lincoln; and 26 nieces and nephews. His parents and a brother Aaron Quick preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at the First Baptist Church in Alliance with the Reverend James Rowe officiating. Burial will be Monday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. C.D.T. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Hill, 81
(June 7) HYANNIS - Donna Hill, 81, of Hyannis died June 3, 2001, at Indian Hills Manor at Ogallala. She was born Jan. 23, 1920. Her parents were William (Bill) and Leona Curtiss.
She was married to Walker Hill of Hyannis on May 3, 1938. They made their home on the Ambler Rothwell Ranch until moving to the Snyder Ranch. She worked on the ranches as a cook and housekeeper. In 1944 they moved into Hyannis, and in 1976 they moved to Ogallala. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years, a member of Calvary Episcopal Church at Hyannis, and active in RSVP and St. Paul's Episcopal Church at Ogallala.
She is survived by two sons, Curtiss Hill of Grand Island and Jack Hill of Brule; two daughters, Christine Hill of Grant, and Donna Lea Hill of Rapid City, S.D.; and four grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Knoflicek and Mary Ann Curtiss, both of Alliance.
Mrs. Hill's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 8, at the Calvary Episcopal Church at Hyannis.
Harold L. Retzlaff, 74
(June 7) CLINTON - Harold L. Retzlaff, 74, of Clinton, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was born July 26, 1926 at Clinton. His parents were Warren "Red" and Ester (Swick) Retzlaff.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine, of the home; three sons, Kerry Retzlaff of Clinton, Keith Tetzlaff of Rushville, and Kendall Retzlaff of Lusk, Wyo.; one daughter Kristi Paul of Clinton; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He also is survived by three brothers, Bob Retzlaff and Roy Retzlaff of Clinton, and Ron Retzlaff of Rapid City, S.D.; and one sister Carol Scheenen of Hermosa, S.D.
Mr. Retzlaff's memorial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, June 8, at the United Methodist Church at Clinton, with Pastor Nita Gelling Cloran officiating. Burial will be a scattering of ashes. A memorial has been established for Clinton United Methodist Church. Donations may be sent to Community First Bank at Gordon. Chamberlain-Gates Mortuary of Gordon is in charge of arrangements.
George P. Burke, 72
(June 7) GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. - George Patrick Burke, 72, former Alliance resident, died Saturday, May 30, 2001, at Green Valley, Ariz. He was born April 27, 1929, at Alliance. His parents were John T. and Marie W. (Nolan) Burke.
He graduated from St. Agnes Academy High School, and then, in 1952, graduated from Creighton University at Omaha with a Juris Doctor degree. While at Creighton University, he was elected senior class president and president of the Student Bar Association, and was honored for outstanding service to the School of Law, 1949-52. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in the JAG Corps, serving in the states and Okinawa until his discharge. In 1955, he moved to Kimball and joined the law firm of Van Steenberg, Myers and Burke. He practiced law in Kimball for 45 years, and the firm still bears the name of Burke and Wilson. He also served as city attorney for Kimball and Sidney. He married his wife, JoAnne, on July 8, 1961, at South Saint Paul, Minn. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar, American Association of Trial Lawyers, Kimball Cosmopolitan Club, Knights of Columbus, Elks, Kimball Library Board, St.Joseph's Catholic Church of Kimball and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Green Valley.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnne, of the home in Green Valley, Ariz.; two sons, John Burke of Imperial and Daniel Burke of Sidney; two daughters, Laurie Tomczyk of Littleton, Colo., and Jennifer Biggs of Tucson, Ariz.; and six grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, Jack Burke and Bernard Burke, both of Alliance; and his sister, Barbara Morrill of Alliance.
Mr. Burke's memorial service was June 1 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Green Valley. Burial was in Holy Hope Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the PSP Society (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), Woodholme Medical Building, 1838 Greene Tree Rd., Suite 515, Baltimore, MD 21208; or donor's choice. Green Valley Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
James Patrick Green
(June 7) ALLIANCE - James "Pat" Green died June 6, 2003, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. He was 76. He was born in Clear Lake, Iowa, on May 12, 1927.
His family moved here when he was three, he lived on the family farm west of Alliance with his parents Esther and Lyle Lore. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as a Boatman's Mate Third Class during WWII from 1945 to 1947. He was recalled to service in the Korean War from 1952 to 1953. Upon his discharge, he returned to Alliance and began working for H. Ehrhart Bean Company. On May 16, 1955, he was united in marriage to Mary Helen Stewart. To this union three daughters, Patricia, Julie and Mary, were born. In 1964, Pat was appointed Veterans Service Officer for Box Butte County. During his 26 years in that office he assisted thousands of veterans for medical care, filing claims and pensions for spouses, widows and dependent children. He retired in September of 1990. Pat was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 1617 where he had served as Commander and District Commander. He was also a lifetime member of he American Legion and Eagles. His survivors include his wife, Mary Helen; daughters, Patricia Green of Rapid City, S.D., and Julie (Norm) Garrett, Mary (Perry) Ohrtman, all of Alliance; grandchildren, Meg Green and friend Scott Craig, Rashl Bunnell and friend George Franklin, April Garrett, all of Alliance, and Taylor Green of Rapid City; great-grandchildren, Rebecca Stone and Gage Franklin; and brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Susie Lore of Alliance. He is also survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barbara Miles of Alliance, Jim and Patsy Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colo., Richard and Germaine Stewart of New Bern, N.C., Michael Stewart of Sierra Madre, Calif., Verna Green, Mary Lou Lore and Marilyn Lore all of Alliance, and Loraine Stewart of California. Numerous nieces, nephews and other family members also survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alberta, brothers Roy, John and Dennis, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Vince Parsons officiating. Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis, S.D. A wake service will be Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at the church. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the wake service. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vivian D. Bowen, 77
(June 7) HARPER, Kan. - Vivian D. Bowen, 77, former Alliance resident, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Harper, Kan. She was born July 25, 1925, at Alliance.
Her parents were Fred and Marie (Tschacher) Strong. She was married to M.T. "Pete' Bowen on May 22, 1945. She was school cook at U.S.D. No. 361 and U.S.D. No. 507, and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Harper, of the St. Joan of Arc Parish Community and the St. Cecilia Altar Society. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, M.T. "Pete" Bowen; sons Kenneth Bowen of San Antonio, Texas, Kerry Bowen of Scottsbluff, Stan Bowen of Goddard, Kan., and Mark Bowen and Mickey Bowen, both of Harper, Kan.; daughter Trudy Fields of Harper, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also is survived by sister Violet Reinders of Albuquerque, N.M., and brothers Edward Strong and Richard Strong, both of Scottsbluff.
Mrs. Bowen's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Patrick Catholic Church at Harper, Kan. with Fr. Michael Peltzer officiating. Burial will be in Harper Cemetery. A rosary service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Memorials may be given to Harper Hospital or to the St. Cecilia Altar Society. Elliot Funeral Home of Harper, Kan., is in charge of the arrangements.
Arleen F. Dentler, 75
(June 8) LAKESIDE - Arleen F. Dentler of Lakeside, Neb., died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. She was 75. She was born Aug. 19, 1925, south of Antioch in Sheridan County, Nebraska to Charles and Gladys (Hier) Leistritz.
On Aug. 20, 1945, she married Ray W. Dentler. They lived on their ranch at Lakeside and she was the Lakeside Postmistress for 11 years. Her survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Bonnie Drotar of Denver, Colo., Ed and Alice Dentler of Lakeside, Max Dentler of Lakeside, Chuck and Rhonda Dentler of Antioch;brother Darrel Leistritz of Antioch, sister Verna Wilson of Alliance, eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Floyd, and grandson Collin Dentler. She was a member of the Wednesday Card Club.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance. The Reverend Mark Schutt will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday prior to the funeral. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Elwood, 86
(June 8) GORDON - Frances Elwood, 86, of Scottsbluff, formerly of Gordon and Rushville, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center at Scottsbluff. He was born Jan. 12, 1915, at Walnut. His parents were Ira Elmer and Myrtle (Comstock) Elwood.
He married Alta Adamson May 27, 1938, at Rushville. He had been a farmer/rancher, and later sold John Deere machinery and International Harvester farm equipment. He worked for Dodd-Deboldt International Sales and started the Frontier International Store at Rushville. He also worked at Messenger and Sides & Milburn Ford dealerships. He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Gordon; a past Sheridan County commissioner; had served on the Sheridan County Fair Board, the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department and I.O.O.F. He is survived by his wife, Alta, of Scottsbluff; four sons, Alan Elwood of Gordon, Ross Elwood of Gordon, Ray Elwood of Scottsbluff, and Pat Elwood of Lincoln; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Elwood's memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 11, at the United Methodist Church at Gordon, with the Rev. Nita Gelling Cloran officiating. Inurnment will be in the Gordon Cemetery. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Ervin Vogel, 83
(June 10) BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Ervin E. "Joe" Vogel, 83, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Broken Arrow Health Care Center. He was born on July 1, 1919, at Alliance, Neb., to Beulah (Reeves) and Walter Vogel.
He grew up in western Nebraska and completed high School at Alliance at the age of 16. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He married Peggy Smith on May 20, 1944, at Enid, Okla. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma A&M University in 1949, and worked with National Zinc Company from 1949 until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the Lions Club for over 50 years, the Lion's Sight Program, had served on the school board at Cherryvale, Kan., and was deacon of the First Presbyterian Church there. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Vogel; sons Stephen Vogel of Tulsa, Okla., James Vogel of Bixby, Okla., and Richard Vogel of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Becky Gates of Broken Arrow, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Jean Brennan of Lincoln, Neb.
Mr. Vogel's memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, in the parlor of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Kathy Hamrick officiating. A private burial will be in the family plot of the Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 801 SE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006; or the American Diabetes Association, 6600 S. Yales Ave., Suite 1310, Tulsa, Ok 74136. Neekamp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.