Roberta F. Phipps, 77
(Oct. 13) MULLEN - Roberta Fannie Phipps, 77, of Mullen died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at Linden Court in North Platte. She was born Sept. 17, 1924, at Broken Bow. Her parents were Robert W. and Elva Gier Miller.
She attended school at Broken Bow and Seneca, and graduated from Seneca High School in 1942. She taught school for several years in rural Cherry Creek. She was married to Lyle R. "Dick" Phipps at Mullen on Jan. 27, 1945. The couple resided on a ranch north of Whitman until retiring in 1993 and moving to Mullen. She was a member of St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in Mullen, charter member and past president of Nebraska Cow-Belles, 40-year member of Winifred Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Toastmasters Club and Nebraska Hereford Association Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Lyle Phipps of the home in Mullen; two sons, R. Daniel Phipps and John Nick Phipps, both of Whitman; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also is survived by four sisters, Georgetta Vallentine and Opal Saum, both of Alliance, Belva Hanna of Sun City West, Ariz., and Sylvia Peterson of Canyon Lake, Calif.
Mrs. Phipps' close-casket funeral will at 10:30 a.m. today, Oct. 13, at St, Joseph's Episcopal Church in Mullen, with the Rev. William J. Graham officiating. Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Episcopal Church.
Opal L. Sikes, 89
(Oct. 14) ALLIANCE - Opal Lenore Wright Rex Sikes, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at Good Samaritan Village. She was born Jan. 28, 1913, at Whitman to Ben and Grace (Moran) Wright.
She was a lifetime sandhiller, living in the Whitman and Hyannis area. She attended school at Whitman through the eighth grade. She was married to Merle Rex on Oct. 10, 1930. He preceded her in death in August 1968. They adopted a daughter, Geraldine Bessie, in 1930. She died in infancy. Merla Lenore was born in 1931. The couple lived and ranched south of Hyannis until their retirement in 1966, when they moved to Hyannis. She married Lynn Sikes on April 14, 1973, at Hemingford. They lived at Hyannis until moving to Good Samaritan Village in June of 1993. He preceded her in death in September 1993. She was a great ranch cook. She always had a garden of produce and flowers to share with her many friends or exhibit at the county fair. She was a staunch democrat, patriotic and was able to recite all the U.S. Presidents in order until a few weeks before her death. She was a big Huskers fan, always listening to the game on the radio or watching on television. She knew nothing about football, but it never dampened her enthusiasm. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Kingdaughters and Friendship Club of Hyannis, and a participant in the Old-Timers Rodeo parade. Her greatest joy was sharing rime with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Merla (Mose) Hebbert of Hyannis; grandchildren, Dave and Mickie Hebbert, Terry Wilson, Cheryl and Jim Sheets, all of Hyannis, Toni and Mick Knott of Arthur, and Tami and Pat Taylor of Broken Bow; great-grandchildren, Sami and Jeff Guest, Jennifer and Jessie Ray Mott, Matthew, Jake and Josh Hebbert, Chelsie and Tessa Wilson, Randi and Brad Jensen and Travis Sheets; great-great-grandchildren, Megan, Sariah and Tyler Guest and Ashlyn Jensen. She also is survived by her brother-in-law, Dallas (Irene) Rex; and several nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Ruby Simpson, Edna Schufeldt Roesch and Baby Edith Belle Wright; and great-grandson, Michael T. Knott.
Mrs. Sikes' funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the United Church of Christ at Hyannis, with Rev. Bill DeLisle officiating. Burial will be in the Hyannis Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Mullen Funeral Home, and from 10 a.m. MDT, Wednesday, Oct. 16, until the service begins at the church. Memorials have been established to Grant County Rescue, Good Samaritan Village at Alliance or the donor's choice.
Gary E. Dishong, 46
(Oct. 14) SIDNEY - Gary E. Dishong, 46, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Bridgeport. He was born June 24, 1956, at Sterling, Colo., the son of Lester E. and Doris M.(Becker) Dishong.
He was raised and educated at Scottsbluff and Banner County. He was married to Tami Murphy, July 26, 1974, at Scottsbluff He worked for the Burlington Northern at Alliance for 15 years before moving to Montana where he lived for 6 years. He then returned to Nebraska and ranched near Merriman and then to Sidney where he was involved with the cattle trucking industry. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, spending time with his family and his fiancˇ. He held a special place in his heart for his 2 granddaughters. He loved and shared his life with many friends and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He will especially remembered for his sense of humor and quick wit. He is survived by his son, Brandon (Mykaela) of Lincoln; daughter, Cari (Hal) Fisher of Scottsbluff; granddaughters, Shelby Fisher and Mia Dishong, He also is survived by his father, Lester E. Dishong and wife Carole of Gordon; fiancˇ and her children, Shelley Wingard of Dalton, Jennifer, Amanda & Kacey; sisters, Sandy (Dale) Frickey of Bridgeport, Carol (Randy) Clarke of Bridgeport; step-father, Wayne Schildhauer of Dix; step-sisters, Dorris Benson of Lusk, Wyo., Denise (Kurt) Holscher of Crawford, and Renee (Bob) Sasse of Gordon; step-brothers, Dr. Roger (Tracie) Rudloff of Neligh, Craig (Cindy) Benson Mandan, N.D., and Marty Benson of Alliance; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Doris, brother Greg, maternal and paternal grandparents.
Mr. Dishong's funeral will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 14, at the First Presbyterian Church at Bridgeport, with Rev. James Leslie Kidd officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, at the Gordon Cemetery. A Memorial has been established to the Family and the fund is set up at Community First National Bank at Bridgeport. Friends may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport Sunday, October 13 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The casket will be closed at the church.
Jack Brittan, 80
(Oct. 15) ALLIANCE - John J. "Jack" Brittan, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was born Dec. 10, 1920, in Alliance to Charles E. and Helen "Nellie" L. Brittan.
He attended St. Agnes Academy for 11 years before graduating from Regis High School in 1938. Four years later, he graduated from Regis College in Denver with Bachelors in English. He enlisted in the Navy in August of 1942 and reached the rank of Lieutenant. He captained an LST landing ship during World War II, with his ship participating in the Normandy invasion on D-Day at Utah Beach. He also had a tour of duty in the Pacific arena. On completion of his military service, he returned to Alliance and, in 1946, started an insurance and real estate business with his cousin, William "Stub" O'Brien. He and his brother Charles moved their businesses into the Brittan Building in 1961. He participated in the several business and housing developments in Alliance, including Hillcrest, Park Knoll, Newberry and North Park.
He remained in these businesses, along with doing appraisals, until he retired. He married Edith Maureen Reidy of Denver, Colo. on Dec. 30, 1953. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He served as President of the Alliance Chamber of Commerce and was on the Alliance City Council for several years. He also was a Fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and past Exalted Ruler of the Alliance Elks. He also was Democratic Chairman for Box Butte County in 1960. He was an excellent golfer, carrying a 2 handicap the majority of his life. He made the winning putt in this year's prestigious Pancho Cup. He is survived by one daughter: Maggie of Alliance; five sons: Tim, Bill and John, all of Littleton, Colo.; Mark of Omaha, and Chris of Silver Spring, Md.; and 12 grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister Alice of Old Hickory, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his sister Margaret, and his brother Charles.
Mr. Brittan's funeral will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance, with Fr. Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the St. Agnes Foundation, or to the charity of the donor's choice. The Brittan family would like to thank Jack's many friends for their thoughts and acts of kindness.
Ralph E. Anthony, 95
(Oct. 15) MULLEN - Ralph E. Anthony, 95, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at the Community Care Center in Sutherland. He was born June 10, 1906, at Mullen. His parents were Burton and Lula Anthony.
He served in the U.S. Army from april 29, 1941 to Feb. 2, 1945. He was a First Sargent. He worked for Buchfinck Ranch, Lowe South Ranch and other ranches around Whitman, Hyannis and Mullen. He is survived by one sister Carol Meacham of Versailles, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Anthony's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church at Mullen, with Rev. Scott Rathman officiating. Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 15, until 8 p.m., at Mullen Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the Hyannis Library.
Paul D. Watson, 43
(Oct. 15) ALLIANCE - Paul D. Watson, 43, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001. He was born April 16, 1958, at Alliance to Howard and Shirley (Borcherding) Watson.
He graduated from Alliance High School in 1976 and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1980. He married Lori Nagaki May 2, 1987, at Alliance. He was a member of the Eagles. He is survived by his wife Lori, and daughters Sara and Amy of the home. He also is survived by his parents, Howard and Shirley Watson of Alliance; brothers Mark Watson and Bruce Watson of Alliance; and a sister, Janet Smith of Longmont, Colo.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, with Father Paul Mottl will officiating. Memorials may be given to the Old Timer's Baseball Association or the Alliance Public Schools Foundation. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
James Stirewalt, 58
(Oct. 15) ALLIANCE - James Lee Stirewalt, 58, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at San Diego, Calif. After a two-year battle with prostate cancer. He was born Nov. 19, 1942, at Willard, Mo.
He graduated from Willard High School in 1960. He served as a Machinist Mate on the aircraft carriers Kittyhawk and Bonne Homme Richard in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. While he was in the service, he met and married Martha Leyva, Aug. 15, 1964. After his discharge from the service he worked with the Frisco Railroad at Springfield, Mo. for 22 years, until 1988. Following his leave of absence he returned to the Frisco in 1995 and worked until 1999. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; and one son, James of Denver, Colo. He also is survived by his mother, Isabell Stirewalt, brothers John and Mike Stirelalt, all from Missouri; and brother Jerry Stirewalt from Oklahoma.
Mr. Stirewalt's memorial service with full military honors was held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at Pooint Loma, Calif. On Friday, Oct. 5.
Norma L. Knouse, 78
(Oct. 16) CHADRON - Norma L. Knouse, 78, a longtime resident of Chadron, died Monday, Oct. 16, at Smithville, Mo. She was born March 18, 1922, at Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Her parents were George and Iva (Hopkins) Bonestell. She was married to Ed Knouse, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Chadron and the Chadron Volunteer Fire Deparmtent.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Kay Knouse of Hebron, and Linda Stotts and Rhonda Knouse, both of Plattsburg, Mo.; and two granddaughters. She also is survived by her brother, Jack Bonestell of California.
Mrs. Knouse's memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Congregational Church in Chadron, with Rev. Russ Seger officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Donations may be sent to the First National Bank in Chadron.
Verna M. Noble, 83
(Oct. 16) RUSHVILLE - Verna M. Noble, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 12, at Sioux Falls, S.D. She was born Nov. 27, 1916, at Gordon. Her parents were Earl and Carrie Woodhouse.
Her daughter, Pat Guenther of Sioux Falls, S.D. Falls; sons Edward Avis and Clarence Avis, both of Rushville; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren survive her. Her brothers, Leo and Kenneth Woodhouse of Gordon also survive her.
Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Chamberlain Mortuary in Rushville, with Fr. Robert Karnish officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.
Eldon Musfelt, 72
(Oct. 16) GORDON - Eldon Musfelt, 72, a lifetime area resident, died Friday, Oct. 13, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 6, 1928, at Hay Springs. His parents were John and Neil (Kennedy) Musfelt. He married Hazel Hathorn on Sept. 7, 1947, at Gordon.
His wife Hazel; son Jim of Gordon; daughters Connie Schwarting of Rushville, Diana Coats of Gordon and Beverly Pierce of Yukon, Okla.; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren survive him. He also is survived by his brothers, John of Cozad and Floyd of Hot Springs, S.D.; and sisters, Faye Dreyer of Rapid City; Georgia Forster of Chehalis, Wash.; Margie Inscore of Lander, Wyo.; Rose Howard of Omaha; and Betty Callicoat of Omaha.
Mr. Musfelt's funeral services for the local rancher will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct.16, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Gordon, with Vicar Scott Shields officiating. Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery. Memorials may be made for the family, in care of Community First National Bank, P. O. Box 250, Gordon, NE. 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Aulis J. Zink, 90
(Oct. 16) INDIANOLA - Aulis Jay Zink, 90, died Friday, Oct. 13, at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. He was born Oct. 23, 1909, at Panama. Hi parents were Edmund and Daisy (Watson) Zink.
At the age of 12, the family moved to Red Willow County where they farmed. He graduated from Red Willow High School in 1927. On Aug. 5, 1931, he married Mildred Faye Meyers at Red Willow. Upon retiring in 1963, the couple moved to Indianola. Aulis served on many community and church boards. He was interested in building hot air and steam engines and was noted for his paintings and woodturnings.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred, and one son, Roger Zink of Indianola; daughter, Joyce Jones of Urbandale. Iowa; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His sister, Roberta Johnson of Alliance, also survives him.
Mr. Zink's funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct.17, at the United Methodist Church in Indianola. Burial will be in the Indianola Cemetery. Memorials may be given in his name.
Theadore F. Smith, 66
(Oct. 16) ALLIANCE - Theadore F. Smith, 66, died Friday, Oct. 13, at Alliance NE. He was born March 8, 1934, at Livingston, Mon. His parents were Kenneth F. and Helen Anne (Malcolm) Smith. He served in the U.S. Navy.
He worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad, and moved to Alliance in 1986 where he retired in 1999. He was a lifetime member of the United Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He is survived by his wife Val; sons Neil Smith of Alliance and Scott Smith of Livingston; daughter Pat Roberts of Livingston, stepsons Chuck, Robbie and Danny Adamson, all of Alliance; and stepdaughter Kari Adamson of Scottsbluff; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson His sister Norma Rector of Livingston, and brother Ken Smith of Florence, Ore, also survive him.
Mr. Smith's memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Alliance, and Friday, Oct. 20, at the First Baptist Church in Livingston.