Norval S. Reno, 86
(Oct. 4) SCOTTSBLUFF - Norval S. Reno, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at Beverly Health Care. He was born May 1, 1916, at Gordon, to William S. and Alyce S. (Higgins) Reno.
He married Ida W. Gerdes on Febr. 25, 1940, at Alliance. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Blue Lodge, Alliance Scottish Rite, Alliance Eastern Star, and the Cattle Capital Shrine Club. He was the owner and operator of the Texaco Bulk Service at Alliance and also enjoyed farming. He is survived by his wife, Ida Reno of Alliance; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Susan Reno of Omaha, William and Sandi Reno of Alliance, and Russell and Julie Reno of Lincoln; daughter, Judy Ehernberger of Denver, Colo.; and daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lou and Sam Kline of Gering eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother Emery Reno of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister, Myrtle Johnson of Gordon. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Everett, and a son-in-law, John Ehernberger.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at the United Methodist Church, with Rev. Leighton Mekeal officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the church, or the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Eleanor Ehmke, 82
(Oct. 5) DANVILLE, Calif. - Eleanor Ehmke, 82, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001 at Walnut Creek. She was born Nov. 12, 1918 at Chadron. She had been a resident of Danville for the past 41 years.
She had served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. She was very active in the transportation business for many years and was part of the "Transit Team." She was a member of the San Ramon Valley Historical Society, the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and Danville Senior Citizens Club. She enjoyed cruises and line dancing, traveled with the Senior Silver Streaks, bowled with the Danville Monday Evening Bowling League; and walked in Oak Hill Park almost every day. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Ron Mello of Danville; sons and daughter-in-law, Fred and Martha Ehmke of Cottonwood, Calif.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She also is survived by sisters and brother-in-law, Lanore Barth and Sue and Orville Marvick, all of southern California.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at Wilson & Kartzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley, 825 Hartz Way, Danville. A memorial has been established to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville, CA 94526, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Gladys Long, 89
(Oct. 5) MULLEN - Gladys Long, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at Linden Court at North Platte. She was born Dec. 3, 1911 at Livermore, Calif. Her parents were Jacques B. and Clara K. (DeMartini) Bordes.
She graduated from Livermore Public Schools. In 1932 she graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing at San Francisco. She was married to Donald S. Long Oct. 17, 1954. They made their home at Mullen. She served as Director of Nursing at the Hospital and Nursing Home. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, and Hooker County Genealogical Society.
Mrs. Long's funeral will be at 1 p.m. MDT, Saturday, Oct. 6, at the United Methodist Church at Mullen. Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. MDT, Friday, Oct. 5 and from 9 a.m. to service time on Saturday, Oct. 6. Memorials have been established to Pioneer Nursing Home or Cedarview Cemetery. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sharon Pate, 62
(Oct. 5) BOSSIER CITY, La. - Sharol Pate, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 2 from heart complications at Willis Knighton Hospital in Bossier City. She was born Nov. 9, 1938, at Alliance. Her parents were Eva (Roberts) and Daryl "Red" Case.
During her high school years, she worked at L.B. Murphy Co. and A&W Drive-In. She and her twin, Shirley, were baton twirlers with the Alliance High band, and taught baton on the side. She graduated as Salutatorian from Alliance High School in 1956. She graduated from Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing at Omaha. She was a registered nurse at St. Joseph's hospital at Alliance and later at the VA Hospital at Shreveport, La. She was married to Lynward Pate of Bossier City Jan 1, 1960. She is survived by her husband Lynward of the home; sons, Mike Pate of Louisville, Ky., Trace Pate of Tallahassee, Fl. And Danny and Whitney Pate; daughters, Candy and Chuck Kilpatrick, Cindy and Jimmy Collins and Christy Pate of Bossier City; and six grandchildren. She also is survived by sisters, Donna Hagen of Alliance, her twin Shirley Driml of McCook; sister-in-law Patricia (Ballinger) Case of Fallbrook, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Pate's memorial service will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at Kingdom Hall at Bossier City. Memorials and flowers may be sent to 1420 Acron Circle, Bossier City, LA 74112.
Duane R. Reinoehl, 74
(Oct. 6) SAMMAMISH, Wash. - A former Alliance resident, Duane R. Reinoehl, 74, died on Oct. 3, at Sammamish, Wash. Duane was well known throughout his life for his wonderful sense of humor and endless supply of humorous stories. He kept his sense of humor throughout his final illness, lifting the hearts of his family and all of those who cared for him.
Duane was a resident of East Wenatchee, Wash. for thirty years. Since 1994, he had made his home in Arizona where he enjoyed year-round golfing and exploring the plants and animals of the Southwest desert. Duane Reinoehl was born in Alliance on Dec. 27, 1925, to Orville and Helen Reinoehl. He attended Alliance schools and graduated from Alliance High School.
He retained close ties to his family and friends in the Alliance area until his death.After serving in the South Pacific in the Merchant Marine, Duane enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944, serving in Europe until after the end of World War II. Duane was a State Farm Insurance agent in Wenatchee, Wash., until retiring in 1992 after 36 years with the company. He is survived by his children, Linda Wolf of Sammamish, Wash., Jeannette Holman of Salem, Ore. and Tyler Reinoehl of Arcadia, Calif.; his brother, Loy Reinoehl of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents. While in Wenatchee, Duane was actively involved in his community. He was a member of the Eastpoint Presbyterian Church, the Wenatchee Applarians, the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce, a member and past chair of the Eastmont School Board and a member of the Douglas County Sewer Commission. Duane was a Past Commander of the American Legion Post No. 10 in Wenatchee and a member of the William H. Jett Lodge AF & AM and the B.P.O.E. He also served as an adult leader for the Rainbow Girls and Boy Scouts. A private memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Sammamish with the Rev. Gail Williams officiating.
Memorials may be made in DuaneÕs name to Evergreen Hospice and Health Care Foundation, 12910 Totem Lake Boulevard NE, Suite 200, Kirkland, WA 98034. Friends are invited to sign the familyÕs online guest book at www.flintofts.com.
Brad B. Herman, 34
(Oct. 7) MINATARE - Brad B. Herman, 34, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, at Minatare. He was born Sept. 16, 1968, at Alliance to Bruce and Shirley (Garner) Herman.
He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Shirley Herman of Boyd, Montana; sisters, Shelley Kraenow of Hemingford, and Shae Santamaria of Oceanside, New York; brother, Dever Herman of Boyd, Mont.; and his grandmother, Edith Garner of Alliance.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Reverend Craig Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given in care of the family at: 106 Dunlap Road, Hemingford, NE 69348. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Tonya M. Mracek, 33
(Oct. 7) MARSLAND - Tonya M. (Wickham) Mracek of Marsland died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, from injuries received in an automobile accident in Dawes County. She was 33. She was born Sept. 25, 1969, at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, N.D., to George and Carol (Wyland) Wickham.
Following her father's military service in England, the family returned to Hemingford when she was 3. She graduated from Hemingford High School in 1987. On July 16, 1993 she was united in marriage to Michael Mracek in Hot Springs, S.D. Her survivors are her husband, Michael, daughter Sarah; parents George and Carol Wickham of Hemingford, brothers and spouses, Michael and Angela Wickham of Alliance, John and Penny Wickham of Hemingford, Timothy and Becky Wickham of Alliance, sisters Tamela Wickham of Hemingford and Terry Pianalto of Alliance. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive her.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford, with the Reverend Craig Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Mike Adamson fund for his family that lost everything in the Ogallala flood earlier this year and Mike has also been diagnosed with cancer or to a trust fund for Sarah Mracek in care of Community First National Bank in Hemingford. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Sample, 74
(Oct. 8) HEMINGFORD - Dorothy (Dot) Lane Sample, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at her home after her three-year battle with cancer. She was born March 12, 1927, at the home of her parents Leslie and Christina (Popkay) Moyer near Glen in Sioux County.
She was the oldest of seven children. After attending several rural schools Dot enrolled in Sioux County normal training school. She graduated in 1944 as valedictorian of her class. During World War II, she was asked, at the age of 17, to take over the duties of teaching at a rural school in the badlands of Sioux County. On Dec. 23, 1944 she was married to Darell E Sample in Crawford. To this union four children were born. After working on farms in Dawes and Box Butte counties the family moved to Hemingford. She taught school in the fall and winter months. During the summer months for many years, she worked toward getting her bachelors degree in elementary education. She earned her degree in 1974. She taught school in Sioux, Dawes, and Box Butte counties until her retirement in 1989. After her retirement she was a substitute teacher in various schools for several years. She enjoyed traveling to many places with family and friends.
She also enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, crocheting and visiting with people. She was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational where she attended women's fellowship; a member of Noble Grand of Rebekahs, the American Legion Auxiliary, RSVP and Genealogy. She is survived by: a daughter Darellyn Kohrman and her husband Richard, of Cody, Wyo.; three sons: Arlin and his wife Linda of Greeley, Colo., Mike and his wife Deb of Goodrich, Colo., and Monte and his wife Joleen of Hemingford; 11grandchildren, Carla Kohrman, Daneice DeLeon, Deb Philips, Cory and Ivy Sample, Michael and Travis Sample, Missy Zimbelman and Austin Shackelford, Kristin Bryner, and Emily Sample; ten great-grandchildren: Tabitha and Daniel DeLeon, Matt, Jon, Chris, Nick, and Josh Philips, Clarissa, Colin, and Clay Bryner; and one great-great-granddaughter: Raleigh DeLeon. She also is survived by two sisters, Joy Philips and her husband Cliff of Midland S.D., and Karen Banta and her husband Dale of Morrill; three brothers, Bob Moyer and his special friend Char, and Pete Moyer and his wife Carol of Omak, Wash., and Ken Moyer of Mills, Wyo.; many cousins, nephews and nieces, and many dear longtime friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Darell, one brother David and one infant granddaughter Michelle Sample.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the United Church of Christ-Congregational Church in Hemingford. The Reverend Walter Cline will officiate. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association, UCC Congregational Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sister Mary Laurita Archer, 96
(Oct. 9) ALLIANCE - Sister Mary Laurita Archer, 96, died Sunday, Oct. 8, at Marion Residence in Alliance. She was 96. She was born Jan. 18, 1904, at Colfax, N.D.
Her parents were Martin L. and Theresa (Clark) Archer. She entered religious life in August 1933 and professed final vows on August 18, 1935 at Stella Niagra, NY. She was a teacher for 54 years, beginning with elementary in public schools before entering religious life.
After 1935, she taught lower elementary classes in North Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and Washington. From 1939 to 1942, she taught 7th graded at St. Agnes Academy in Alliance. From 1942 to 1952, she taught high school normal training courses at St. Mary's Academy, O'Neill. She returned to Alliance in 1986. Her brother, Robert Archer of Portland, Ore., and several nieces and nephews survive her.
Sr. Laurita's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Residence. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
Lonnie "Sam" Dale McAlevy, 45
(Oct. 9) GUERNSEY, Wyo. - Lonnie "Sam" Dale McAlevy, 45, of Guernsey, Wyo., died Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Englewood, Colo He was born Sept. 1, 1955, at Broken Bow. He married Connie Rae Haefele on May 27, 1989. He was a machine operator for Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroads.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Rae McAlevy of the home at Guernsey; his mother, Leona McAlevy of Merna; and son, Billy Haefele of Guernsey. He also is survived by his sisters, Marie Granger of Merna; Linda Runningbear of Oconto; Retta Beals of Alliance; and Merna McAlevy of Denver, Colo.; and his brother, Michael Dan McAlevy of Merna.
Mr. McAlevy's body was cremated. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church in Merna; and at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the United Presbyterian Church in Guernsey, Wyo.
Ruth Pauline Mitchell, 73
(Oct. 9) MORRILL - Ruth Pauline Mitchell, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff. She was born Jan. 30, 1928, at Dalton. Her parents were Harry and Addie O. (Scott) Netherland.
She was married to Dale Eugene Mitchell on Feb. 14, 1943, at Mitchell. They worked together at Morrill Plumbing until their retirement in 1987. She is survived by her husband, Dale of the home; daughters, Barbara Krantz of Alliance, Ruth Thayer of Morrill and Marcella Polly of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, Harry Eugene Mitchell of Morrill, Bruce Mitchell of Grand Island and Wayne Mitchell of Gering; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by four sisters, Doris Korsmeyer and Mary Lou Juds of Boise, Idaho, Bette Hults of Walla Walla, Wash. and Pat Pears of Logan, Kan.
Mrs. Mitchell's memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Jones Mortuary at Mitchell, with Bishop Dillon Feuz officiating. Inurnment will be held following the service in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Morrill. Memorials have been established to the Morrill Volunteer Fire Department, the Diabetes Foundation and the Foundation for the Visually Impaired.
Betty L. Zeller, 72
(Oct. 9) VERNAL, Utah - Betty Lorene Zeller, age 72, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at Uintah Care Center in Vernal, Utah. She was born May 16, 1930, to Daniel Gilbert Mart and Nellie Mae Thompson in Hemingford, Nebraska.
She was the youngest of seven children. She was married to Robert Morris Zeller on Jan. 12, 1949, in Alliance, Neb. She was employed for 20 years by the State of Utah in the Social Services Department as a case worker. She was a member of the Business Professional Women, Vernal Chamber of Commerce, Ladies Aide, Good Sam's RV Club and Dinah Sam's Chapter II. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, knitting, camping, and spending the holidays with her family. She is survived by her husband; Robert Morris Zeller, her two sons, Robert T. Zeller and Ronald D. Zeller, and her daughter Carolyn Mann all of Vernal; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She also is survived by her sisters; Helen Hawley of Alliance and Doris Withers of Mercede, Calif; and her brother, Lester Mart of Alliance.
Mrs. Zeller's funeral was ayt 11 a.m. today, Oct. 9, at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, Vernal, Utah. Burial will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
Elmer D. Squibb, 71
(Oct. 9) HEMINGFORD - Elmer D. Squibb, 71, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Bryan LGH East Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. He was born April 8, 1931, west of Hemingford to Charles and Bertha (Rickell) Squibb.
He received his education at Rural District No. 14 and Hemingford Public School. He married Barbara Gable on May 15, 1955. Survivors include three children, Elmer, Debra and Edwin and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Nielsen and his sister-in-law, Mary Lou Squibb, both of Alliance. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and an uncle also survive him. His parents and his brother, Leonard, preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the Hemingford Cemetery with Pastor Richard Mueller officiating. Memorials may be given to the Immanuel Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.