Shirley Murphy, 76
(July 23) ALLIANCE - Shirley M. Murphy, 76, died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born Dec. 25, 1925, at Alliance to William and Dorothy (White) Walker.
On May 10,1948, she was married to Richard D. Murphy at Alliance. They lived on their ranch southeast of Alliance in Morrill County. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Wednesday Afternoon Card Club and her interests included nature and needlework. She is survived by her children, Catherine Murphy of Arvada, Colo., Nancey Murphy of Altadena, Calif., Tom Murphy and Daniel R.Murphy of Alliance; and grandchildren, Andre Fedan of Encinitas, Calif., Katie Murphy of Gardner, Kan. She also is survived by brother Richard and wife Marian Walker of Boulder, Colo.; and sister-in-law, Maggie Murphy Lane of Centennial, Colo.. Her parents and husband preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Vince Parsons officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Wake services will be at 7 p.m., Monday, July 29, at Holy Rosary Church. Memorials may be given to St. Agnes Foundation. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. Douglas, 73
(July 23) AURORA, Colo. - Robert Lloyd Douglas, 73, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at his home. He was born July 8, 1929, at Alliance to Lou and Floy (Porter) Douglas.
He served in the Navy for four years. On May 9, 1953, he married Betty Jane Burton. They have lived in the Denver-Aurora area for the past 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sister Jeanne Doyle of Douglas, Wyo.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Howard Burton of Bingham; Vernon Burton of Lucas, Iowa; Pauline Prewitt of Camp Verde, Ariz.; Frank and Kathy Burton of New Columbia, Penn.; Irma Jo and Keith Hodges of Como, Colo.; Harold and Agnes Burton of Hay Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and a brother George preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 25 at the Alliance Cemetery with Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 24, at the funeral home with the family present from 6p.m. to 7 p.m. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Williams, 69
(July 23) BRANSON, Mo. - William Rolland Williams, 69, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1934, at Quincy, Ill., to Cecil and Mary Jane (Thomas) Williams.
He married Jacqueline Krieger on March 29, 1966. He worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 18 years as a conductor. Upon his retirement in 1991, he moved from Alliance to Branson. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and served on the USS Missouri. He was a 25-year member of The American Legion and a member of the Kimberling City Elks Club. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; daughter, Cindy Ranstad of Florida; one son, William Douglas Williams of Kirksville, Mo.; four step-children, Judy Moomau of Republic, Mo., Chuck Matthews of Clever, Mo., Steve Matthews of Jacksonville, Ill., and Jeff Matthews of Sterling, Colo.; grandchildren Nick Ranstad and Brandon, Garrett and Alex Williams; step-grandchildren, Curt Copeland, Morgan and Ginny Lee Matthews, Colby and Marnie Matthews and Jacob and Jordon Matthews; and one great-granddaughter, Olivia Copeland. He also is survived by two sisters, Juanita Swanson of Rockford, Ill., and Carroll Van Velkinburgh of Quincy, Ill.; and many neighbors and friends from The American Legion. His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.
Mr. Williams' funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Stumpff Chapel-South, Kimberling City, Mo., with Dr. Tick Groadway officiating. Burial will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.
Katherine M. "Katie" Tallon, 89
(July 24) RUSHVILLE - Katherine M. "Katie" Tallon, 89, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born June 12, 1912, at Rushville. Her parents were Charles and Bessie (Kubo) Skoda.
She was the Seridan County Treasurer for 28 years. She is survived by her son, Clayton Tallon of Rushville; daughter, Barbara Dolezal of Rushville; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Tallon's funeral will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 26, at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel at Rushville. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Rushville. Mmorials have been established to the Rushville Rescue Squad or the Holly Episcopal Church. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank, P.O. Box 550, Rushville, NE 69360-0550. Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Betty "Liz" Kierstead, 82
(July 24) SALEM, Ore. - Betty "Liz" Kierstead, 82, died Sunday, April 20, 2003. She was born Betty Ruth Lape at Alliance, where she graduated from high school.
She was married to Robert Kierstead, whom she met at the U.S. Army base at Alliance, in 1943. She is survived by three daughters, Sara (Robert) French of Denman Island, B.C., Julie (Jim) Nelson of Redding, Calif., and Martha (Chris Peterson) Kierstead of Portland, Ore.; and four grandsons.
Kenneth E. Auten, 66
(July 24) ALLIANCE - Kenneth E. Auten, 66, died July 16, 2003 at Highland Park Care Center. He was born Sep. 10, 1936, at Maryville, Kan. to Charley and Opal (Adams) Auten.
After attending school he began working as a ranch hand. Ken enjoyed being a cowboy, and he traveled the rodeo circuit with three of his brothers. Several brothers, sisters and children survive him.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Alliance Cemetery, with Rev. Jerry Mercer officiating. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jimmie G. Lemmon, 58
(July 25) CRAWFORD - Jimmie George Lemmon, 58, died Tuesday, July 23, 2001, at Fort Robinson State Park west of Crawford. He was born Feb. 17, 1943, at Crawford. His parents were Robert Lewis and Dorothy Lucille (Thomas) Lemmon.
He grew up on the family ranch south of Whitney. In 1969, he started working for the Nebraska Game and Parks as a Wrangler and Maintenance Employee at Fort Robinson. In 1971, he became Maintenance Supervisor followed by Superintendent I in 1976. His final promotion to Superintendent IV came in 2000, the highest superintendent level attainable with Nebraska Game and Parks. He received many awards from Nebraska Game and Parks including a 25-year service award and certificate of accomplishment in outdoor recreation. He was a charter member of the Crawford Eagles B.P.O.E. #3601 and a lifetime member of the Saddle Rock Riding Club. In May 2000, he was made an Admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Jo of the home; sons Robert Lemmon of Crawford, Roy Lemmon of Eagle Butte, S.D., and Joel Lemmon of Ainsworth; and five grandchildren. He also is survived by his father Robert Lemmon of Crawford; brothers Robert Lemmon of Torrington, Wyo., and John Lemmon of Valentine; and sisters Roberta Mack of Chadron and Libby Kendrick of Lynch.
Mr. Lemmon's memorial service will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at the Mare Barn Complex at Fort Robinson, with Rev. Mike Stotts and George Kleeb officiating. A memorial has been established for the restoration project of Buffalo Soldier Barracks at Fort Robinson. Donations may be sent to the Security Bank of Crawford. Chamberlain Funeral Home of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Linda M. Nelson, 94
(July 25) ALLIANCE - Linda Margaret Nelson died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at her home. She was born March 22, 1908 at Creighton. Her parents were John and Mary (Hoffart) Hoferer.
She attended schools in Knox County and later completed her studies in practical nursing. She practiced nursing at Alliance until her retirement. She was confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church at Creighton and remained a faithful member of this faith as an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She also was active in the Garden Club and Quilting Club at Alliance. She was skilled in the art of cooking and many of her friends enjoyed the dishes she prepared. She corresponded with many relatives and friends throughout her lifetime. She was an ardent reader of the Bible and loved to talk about God and faithfulness. She is survived by two brothers, John Hoferer of Bloomfield and Clarence Hoferer of Billings, Mont.; sister, Elsie Carlson of Creighton; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Irma Pahl, Laura Kabah and Florence Schroeder, and brother, Harry Hoferer.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, July 26, at the Greenwood Cemetery at Creighton, with Rev. Kent Bryant officiating. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 27, at St. John's Lutheran Church. Brockhaus Funeral Home of Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Lucy M. Hall, 91
(July 26) CHADRON - Lucy m. Hall, 91, died Wednesday, July 26, 2001, at Chadron Community Hospital. She was born July 21, 1910, at Slim Buttes, S.D. Her parents were Thomas and Bessie (White Rabbitt) Mills.
She was married to Cecil R. Hall. He preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, Robert J. Hall of Porcupine, S.D.; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.
Mrs. Hall's funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 27, at St. Patrick's Church, with Rev. Robert Karnish officiating. Burial will be at Slim Buttes Cemetery. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at St. Patrick's Church. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Debrah E. Watt, 82
(July 27) ALLIANCE - Debrah E. Watt, 82, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff She was born June 9, 1919, at Bridgeport, NE to Ralph and Margerite (Adams) Welton.
On November 12, 1944, she was married to Robert W. Watt at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Alliance. She was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, St. Matthew's Guild, and an Altar Guild Directress. Her survivors include her husband, Robert of Alliance, and son Ralph of Paris, France.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, at 2 p.m., August 15 at St. Matthew's Church with Father Paul Mottl officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Matthewâs Chapel Columbarium. Memorials may be given to the church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alexander Sanchez, 53
(July 27) LOVELAND, Colo. - Alexander Sanchez, 53, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at his home at Loveland. He was born July 9, 1948, at Alliance. His parents were Esteban and Macaria (Mendez) Sanchez.
He married Ruth Perez Aug. 23, 1969 at Alliance. He had worked as a hostler for Burlington Northern Railroad, and was a self-employed carpenter at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Ruth of Alliance; son Jason (Lynette) Sanchez of Loveland; and three grandchildren. He also is survived by his father Esteban "Steve" Sanchez and mother Macaria (Lester) Mart of Alliance; brothers Esteban Sanchez, Jr., John (Marjorie) Sanchez, Felipe (Jayne) Sanchez, and Dan Sanchez, all of Alliance; two sisters, Rosa (Don) Vasquez of Alliance and Gloria (Rafael) Vallejo of Garland, Texas; and half-sisters Debbie May, Monica Sanchez and Stephanie Sanchez of Alliance, and Juanita (Maged) Sanchez-Ismail of Lincoln.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, July 30, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
Lucille M. "Jane" Johnson, 91
(July 28) LINCOLN - Lucille M. "Jane" Johnson, 91, former Alliance resident, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at Lincoln. Her parents were Charles and Effie Mae Martin.
She was married to Martin D. Johnson. Mr. Johnson preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Miller High School and then earned her teaching certificate from Kearney State College. She was the former owner/operator of Grocery Store in Alliance. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, and an avid Husker fan. She is survived by her daughter Jean Krull of Lincoln, son Larry Johnson of Omaha, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her brother Kenneth Martin of Brookings, Ore., and sister Jessie Showaker of Concord, Calif.
Mrs. Johnson's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Brutherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln. Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Hospice, Suite 111, 245 South 84th St., Lincoln, NE 68510, or The Family of Lucille Johnson, in care of Jean Krull, 7521 Steinway Rd., Lincoln, NE 68505.
John W. Laeger, 93
(July 28) ALLIANCE - John Wesley Laeger, 93, died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was born Aug. 5, 1909, at Diller, to August H. and Vina Ann (Holland) Laeger.
He married Hazel Hackett Nov. 16, 1932, at Lincoln. She preceded him in death. On July 14, 1974, he married Alice Wilson at Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He was a longtime farmer and rancher and had sold Pioneer Seed Corn. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1938 where he served as an Elder for many years. He served as a Box Butte County Commissioner from 1972 through 1976, and was also on the Box Butte General Hospital Board from 1980 through 1993. He is survived by his wife Alice Laeger of Hemingford; his children and their spouses, Elaine and Jack Jones of Wheatland, Wyo., Bob and Elaine Laeger of Fort Collins, Colo., Wayne and Rita Laeger of New Braunfels, Texas, Frank and Andrea Wilson of Mt. Vernon, Texas, and Sherri and Art Reyes of Alliance; grandchildren, Sherri Wheeler of Loveland, Colo., Julie Collette of Denver, Colo., Lori Goebel of Scottsbluff, Trisha Reinert of Corvallis, Ore., Brad Laeger of DeVille, La., Brenda Smith of Longview, Texas, Derek Reyes of Alliance, and Joshua Wilson of Mt. Vernon, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hazel, sisters, Ruth Rees and Clara Glass, brothers, Homer, Roy, and Alva Laeger, and his grandson, Charlie Wilson.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at Hemingford, with Rev. Jim Hoehn, President of the Kansas-Nebraska Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Naomi Barrow, 91
(July 28) ALLIANCE - Naomi Eckman Barrow, 91, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at her home. She was born Aug. 5, 1911, on a homestead five miles north of Antioch in Sheridan County, to John and Mary (Bauer) Eckman.
Along with her younger sister Veta, the family moved to a ranch 32 miles northeast of Alliance in 1919, where Naomi spent her remaining childhood. This ranch is still owned by the family. She graduated from Alliance High School in 1930. On Feb. 1, 1936, she was married to Frank Barrow at Alliance. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Alliance Eagles Auxiliary No.136, where she had served as past-president. Her survivors include many cousins in the Alliance area. Her parents, husband and sister Veta Hargrove preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Stephen Roosa officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church or to the Eagles Auxiliary. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.