Oral A. Prickett, 85
(Oct. 30) BRIDGEPORT - Oral A. Prickett, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 26, at Morrill County Community Hospital at Bridgeport. He was born Dec. 7, 1914, at Scotts Bluff County. His parents were Albert Lester and Nettie Agnes (Miller) Prickett.
He married Beryl DeVeny in February 1937. The couple was divorced. He married Marjorie Ferdon DeVeny in October 1946. She preceded him in death. He married Ruth Lif on Nov. 15, 1985, at Bridgeport. He first worked in the Wyoming coal mines, and, after farming in various placed throughout western Nebraska, including Alliance, worked for Bridgeport Equipment until his retirement. Later, he helped maintain Courthouse and Jail Rock Golf Course at Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of the home in Bridgeport; his son Donald Prickett of Lakewood, Colo; step-sons Kenneth DeVeny of Alliance, Ronald DeVeny of Lyons, Colo., Leonard Lif of Bridgeport and Herbert Lif of Roseville, Calif; nine step-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, Marvin Prickett of Tustin, Calif., and Lewis Prickett of Othello, Wash; and his sister, Wilda Hoyt of Banning, Calif. Mr. Prickett's private family memorial service was Saturday, Oct. 28, at First Presbyterian Church Chapel in Bridgeport, with Rev. James Leslie Kidd officiating.
His body was cremated. Inurnment will be in Fairview Cemetery at Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport or Bridgeport Rescue Unit. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Bridgeport was in charge of arrangements.
Dennis Dale Preble 60
(Oct. 30) ALLIANCE - Dennis Dale Preble 60, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance. He was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Hay Springs to Charles and Wanda (Myers) Preble.
Dennis graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1959 and then attended Doane College in Crete. He lived in the Hay Springs and Chadron area before moving to Alliance 38 years ago. He worked as a cement contractor owning and operating Preble Construction Company. He married Beverly J. Hashman on Feb. 9, 1973, in Alliance. He is survived by his wife Beverly, daughters and sons-in-law, Denise R. and Chester Dye of Hemingford, Julie Ann H. and Rich Ward of Meridian, Idaho, son Troy L. Preble of Chicago, Ill., daughters Michelle L. Preble and Kerry J. Preble of Alliance; and grandchildren Karina Dye, Trista Dye, Brianna Dye and Courtney Rayne. He is also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, Ilene and Kenneth Kubo of Chadron, Jennie Wasserburger of Crawford, and Raylene and Gary Drabbels of Hay Springs; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Jane Preble of Mitchell; and step-father Jim Kubo of Chadron, His parents and an infant brother Carlyle preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at St. John's Lutheran Church, with Rev. Kent Bryant officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Box Butte General Foundation, St. John's Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lloyd George Ditsch, 56
(Oct. 30) ALLIANCE - Lloyd George Ditsch, 56, finally gave in to all his pain and suffering on Oct. 28, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was born March 3, 1945, in Alliance to Andy and Agnes (Grosse) Ditsch.
He graduated from Hemingford High School in 1963. He served in the United States Army from June 19, 1963, to June 8, 1965. He worked for Tru Temper, George Woods Interior before he began working for Burlington Northern Railroad in 1969 working there until a disabling injury forced him to retire in 1991.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where on Aug. 19, 1972, he married Linda Bayliss. He also was a member of the V.F.W. and The American Legion. He enjoyed many hours of beautiful woodworking, and striving to all he could for his loving family. Lloyd is survived by his wife Linda, daughters and son-in-law Christina and Jeff Nourse of Omaha, Danelle and Brian Eleson of Casper, Wyo.; son and fiance`, Loren Ditsch and Erin Robart of Omaha, daughter and fiancˇ, Heather Ditsch and Keith Crofutt of Chadron. He also is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Walt and Phyllis Ditsch of Alliance, brother James Ditsch of Topeka, Kan., sister Diana Parker of Omak, Wash. His parents and one brother Paul preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Vince Parsons officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at Holy Rosary Church. The family will designate a memorial at a later date. Donations may be sent in care of the family at 1239 Sweetwater, Alliance. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Daniel Hartwig, 80
(Oct. 30) ALLIANCE - Daniel Hartwig, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was born March 9, 1921, to J.C. and Mollie (Lehr) Hartwig.
He married Bertha Evans of Lingle, Wyo., who preceded him in death. He is survived by one brother Bill and wife Mary Hartwig of Alliance, sisters Helena Morris of Houston, Texas, and Betty Spencer of Burlington, Colo.; niece Dorothy Rose of Broomfield, Colo.; and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Mr. Hartwig's funeral will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at Bates-Gould Chapel, with Pastor Hod Boltjes officiating. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Pyle, 85
(Oct. 31) CODY, Wyo. - Charles Pyle, 85, died Oct. 11, 2001, at the West Park Long Term Care Center. He was born in Alliance Oct. 16, 1915, to Charles Elmer and Lyda Ethel Pyle, where he was raised and attended school.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1936 and spent eight years on duty in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Jessie Fry of Alliance in 1943. Returning from the war in 1945, he went to work at Holsten's Drug and Jewelry store as a watchmaker. Moving to Cody in 1953, he and Jessie purchased Evans Jewelry store and operated it under the same name for 25 years. In 1980 they purchased the building at 1215 Sheridan Ave., moved the store to that location and renamed it Cody Jewelers. He was honored to be asked to serve as the first Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Alliance, and also served as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Allianc3. In Cody, he was an active member of the chamber of commerce, president of Rotary Club in 1963, and a member of The American Legion, Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Lions Club and United Methodist Church. He loved fishing, hunting, golf, tap dancing and especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Jessie, sons Jerry (Susan) of Basin, Wyo., and Robert (Pamela) of Cody, Wyo.; grandchildren, Christopher Pyle and Charles Pyle of Cheyenne, Wyo., Barbara Renauld of Monroe, Iowa, Frank Pyle, Jeffry Pyle and Rachel Pyle of Logan, Utah, and Daniel Pyle of Billings, Mont.; and six great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Roberta Bradney of Sacramento, Calif.; and brothers Kenneth Pyle of Earp, Calif., and Keith Pyle of Oakland, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one great-grandson. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be in his family's heart forever.
Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will be held later. The family requests donations in his memory to the Big Horn Basin Cancer Treatment Center, 1025 Ninth St., Cody, WY 82414.
RoyalDiene Forsstrom, 81
(Oct. 31) ALLIANCE - RoyalDiene Forsstrom, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at Box Butte General Hospital. She was born Dec. 11, 1920 at Hay Springs to Irving Sylvester and Jessie May (McConaghey) Perkins.
In November of 1930 she was married to Oscar Forsstrom. She was active in the RSVP and the Panhandle Country Music Association. She is survived by her daughter Linda Laue of Alliance; sons Richard Forsstrom of Hemingford and Gerald Forsstrom of Honolulu, Hawaii; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She also is survived by sisters, Arlene Schaper of Alliance, and Joan Katen of Hemingford; and brother Harley Perkins of Omaha. Her parents, husband, and a brother preceded her in death.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Hay Springs Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Michelle Washburn, 34
(Oct. 31) MAUMELLE, Ark. - Michelle Lea Washburn, 34, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at her home. She was born December 3, 1967, at Alliance, Neb., the daughter of Beryl and Bonnie Walker Brunsch. She raised by her stepfather and mother, Don and Bonnie Reed.
In 1986, she graduated from St. Agnes Academy. After graduating, she went to Travel Trade School at Littleton, Colo. She then worked in the airline industry and was employed by Continental Airlines for eight years. She was married to Michael Washburn on Nov. 18, 1995, at Las Vegas, Nev. She is survived by her husband, Michael Washburn; and stepdaughter, Kristin McBride of Tulsa, Okla. She also is survived by her parents, Don and Bonnie Reed of Alliance and Beryl Brunsch of South Dakota; brother, James Reed of Omaha; sister, Lori Eggleston of Friend; grandparents, Hobert and Kathleen Gilles of Whitewood, S.D.; aunts, Peggy (James) David of Sheridan, Wyo., and Rita Blom of Belvidere, S. D.; father- and mother-in-law, Don & Pearl Washburn of Keokuk, Iowa; sister-in-law, Debra (Mike) of Carthage, Mo.; brother-in-law, Mark (Tracy) Washburn Keokuk; nieces and nephews, Rachelle Wilson of Nashville, Tenn., Hannah and Marlee Washburn of Keokuk, J.D. McPherson of Wichita, Kan., and Scott and Amy McPherson of Carthage. She was preceded in death by grandparents.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 4, at United Presbyterian Church t Keokuk, with Rev. Brian Rihner officiating. Inurnment will follow in Keokuk National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time, Monday, Nov. 4, at the church. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund of United Presbyterian Church at Keokuk, Iowa. DeJong's Funeral Home, Keokuk, is in charge of arrangements.
John M. Larsen, 70
(Nov. 1) BROKEN BOW - John M. Larsen, 70, died Sunday, Oct. 29, at his home in rural Broken Bow. He was born Sept. 7, 1930, at Hyannis. His parents were Ernest George and Miriam (Cooper) Larsen. He graduated from Bingham High School in 1948, and attended Doane College for two years. He served in the U.S. Air Force during 1950-54. He married Joyce Schroeder in 1955 at Elwood.
The couple made their home in the Broken Bow area, and farmed and ranched. His memberships included the United Methodist Church and Elks Lodge of Broken Bow, VFW, American Legion, Custer County Ag Society, and Feeders and Breeders. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home in Broken Bow; his son Tim Larsen of Broken Bow; two daughters, Cindy Holmes of Sargent and Judi Tierney of Piedmont, S.D.; and five grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Eleanor Brigham of Omaha and Mary Schwarz of Pleasant Hill, Tenn; and two brothers, Charles Larsen of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Bill Larsen of Bozeman, Mont.
Mr. Larsen's memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at United Methodist Church in Broken Bow, with Dr. Charles Spence officiating. His body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the "John Larsen Memorial." Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Dennis Lundahl, 73
(Nov. 1) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Dennis A. Lundahl, 73, died Thursday, Oct. 19, at Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born July 12, 1927, at Logan, Utah. His parents were Alma J. and Nellie Lundahl. He graduated from high school in Logan, and attended Utah State University. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1945, and was stationed in the Philippines shortly before WWII ended.
He was honorably discharged in 1946. He moved to Jackson Hole, Wyo., where he owned and operated the Pony Express Motel for nearly 30 years, until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and Lions Club, and past president of the Jackson Motel Association and Palm Valley Men's Golf Association.
He is survived by his wife, Sally, of Rio Verde, Ariz; four daughters, Shine Amsk of Alliance, Brenda Ballinger of Albuquerque, N.M., Kim Harpster of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Tracy Miller of Salt Lake City; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, Gerald Lundahl of Cino Hills, Calif., and A.J. Lundahl of Santa Rosa, Calif; and his sister Lucille Smith of Fullerton, Calif.
Mr. Lundahl's graveside service was Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Scottsdale, Ariz. Memorials may be made to the Dementia Research Unit of the Mayo Clinic at Scottsdale, or donor's choice.
Raymond E. Hickman Sr. 64
(Nov. 2) KALONA, Iowa - Raymond Eugene Hickman Sr., 64, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, at his home in rural Kalona, Iowa. He was born March 21, 1936, at Alliance. His parents were Paul and Beulah (Sloan) Hickman.
He married Elsie Prouty on Oct. 8, 1953, at Bridgeport. The couple then lived in Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Wyoming and Oregon. They moved to Iowa 18 months ago. He was a maintenance welder for Teledyne Wah-Chang for 27 years.
Upon retirement, he worked for Samson Enterprises for a year, and had been a mechanic for Kalona Auto Parts since April. He was member of Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie, of the home in Kalona; his daughter Crystal Gingrich of Wellman, Iowa; three sons, Raymond Hickman Jr. of Philomath, Ore., Ronald Hickman of North Bend, Ore., and Rick Hickman of Brownsville, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, Robert Hickman of Alliance and Dennis Hickman of Oregon City, Ore.
Mr. Hickman's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Sunnyside Conservative Church in Kalona, Iowa, with Pastors John King and Floyd Helmuth officiating. Burial will be announced later. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona. The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to a general memorial fund.
Emma Schwaderer, 96
(Nov. 2) ALLIANCE - Emma Schwaderer, 96, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. She was born June 19, 1904, at Lead, S.D. Her parents were Laust and Petrine (Christiansen) Fredericksen.
She taught school in rural Box Butte County. She was married to Gotthilf Schwaderer on May 19, 1924, at Denver, Colo. Mr. Schwaderer preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in the "Grandmother's Program" for area child day-care centers.
She is survived by two daughters, Maybelle McMaken of Omaha, NE., and Lois Piester of Cheyenne; two sons, Dallas Schwaderer of Mesa, Ariz., and Darwin Schwaderer of Trevor, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Marie Rosseter of El Cajun, Calif., and June Jenner of Spring Valley, CA. Mrs. Schwaderer's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the First Baptist Church, with the Reverend Donald Mink officiating.
Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Alliance, with the family being present from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Health Care Center, Prairie Haven Hospice or to the First Baptist Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Grace E. Brungard, 96
(Nov. 5) ALLIANCE - Grace E. Brungard, 96, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 11, 1905, at the family homestead four miles west of Scottsbluff on the North Platte River.
One of ten children, she was the daughter of early settlers Chris and Betty (Smith) Kronberg who came to the valley in 1889. She attended Red Top and Victory Hill School and graduated in 1923 from Scottsbluff High School. She was active in school affairs and won several gold and silver medals for her short stories and poetry. She then attended Chadron Normal and taught country school. She was married to Joe Brungard July 29, 1924, and to that union two children were born, Betty and Howard. In 1965 she went to work for the schools as manager-cook of the cafeteria. She was employed there nineteen years never missing a day of school because of illness. It was estimated that she served over one million, three hundred thousand meals to an estimated 8,300 students. The 1974 Bulldog Yearbook was dedicated to her. After retirement she joined the Retired Senior Volunteer program and was a volunteer at the Whistle Stop Day Care Center for ten years. She enjoyed doing work at church functions and playing bridge. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Antrim of Alliance; grandson, Mike Lewis of Platteville, Wis.; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Gladyce Pointer of Scottsbluff and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, her husband, her son, and eight brothers and sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 2: p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6,. at the Bates-Gould Chapel, with Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan, the United Methodist Church, or the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.