Daniel Kepler, 56
(Nov. 5) BRIDGEPORT - Daniel Kepler, 56, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at his home. He was born Feb. 17, 1945, at Broadwater. His parents were Wavel "Dee" and Vera (Wright) Kepler.
He was raised and educated at Broadwater. He then lived at Alliance for several years. He married Connie Hanson, Oct. 27, 1965, at Hot Springs, S.D. They moved to Bridgeport 15 years ago. He was a supervisor for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads at Bridgeport. He enjoyed many activities, especially stock car racing and Nebraska football. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Connie of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Jerry Fruth of Louisville, Colo.; and special son and his wife, Tim and J.J. Wrangler of Alliance. He also is survived by his mother, Vera Kepler of Bridgeport; sisters and brothers-in-law, Grace and Ivan Boman of Bridgeport, Iona Kurth of Imperial, and Eileen and Ron Sherman of Gurley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Shirley Kepler of Chappell, Gerald and Pam Kepler and Harold Kepler of Broadwater; Robert and Marlene Kepler and Lonnie and Eva Kepler of Dalton, Dwight and Charlene Kepler of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Larry and JoAnna Kepler of Oshkosh; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.
Mr. Kepler's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Messiah Lutheran Church at Broadwater, with Rev. Ed Hunzeker, Pastor Jonathan Seng and Pastor Ann Bairn officiating. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Broadwater. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, at Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport. The casket will be closed at the church. Jolliffe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kathryn E. Tollman, 83
(Nov. 5) ALLIANCE - Kathryn E. Tollman, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff. She was born Nov. 10, 1917, at Fall City, Nebraska to Mr. & Mrs. Carl Truelsen and her adopted parents Niram and Lora Poole.
She was married to Lawrence Tollman May 29, 1935, at Alliance. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as Deacon and also taught Sunday School. She also was a member of the War Dad's Auxiliary, the Niobrara River Home Extension Club, and a 4-H leader. She is survived by her son, Lawrence "Buzz" Tollman of Marsland; daughter, Carolyn Krause of Alliance; grandchildren, Willow Holoubek of David City, Wendy Bush of Morrill, Sharla Dowding of New Castle, Wyo., Lanna Hummermeier of Ovid, Colo., and Justin Tollman of Marsland; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one brother.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Stephen Roosa officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Marsland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Nebraska 4-H Development Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
LaVerne Ditsch, 97
(Nov. 5) ALLIANCE - LaVerne Ditsch, 97, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance. She was born Nov. 22, 1904, in Alliance to Herbert and Geneva (West) Nason.
On Nov. 28, 1928, she was united in marriage to George Ditsch. They farmed many years north of Alliance and near Hay Springs. They also operated a cafˇ in Hay Springs. She then began teaching in schools in Box Butte, Sheridan and Cherry County for 33 years. She was a member of Holy Rosary Church and Altar Society, Panhandle Forum and Business and Professional Women. Her survivors are her daughters, Mae Hall of Alliance, Lolita Brinker of North Platte, Duana and husband Bill Dugger of Alliance, Suzie and husband Terry Spangler of Gordon, and Kay Reid of North Platte, daughter-in-law Dee Ditsch of Cheyenne, Wyo., 22 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Don, one grandson, brother Melvin Nason and sister Esther Bartels.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church. Memorials may be given to Holy Rosary Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Palmer, 68
(Nov. 6) HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - Donald Palmer, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, at his home in Hot Springs, S.D., where he had lived for the past 10 years. He was born July 17, 1932, at Gordon. His parents were Guy and Josephine (Dixon) Palmer. He served in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he lived in California, and then returned to Gordon.
He is survived by his brothers, Kenneth Palmer of Pine Ridge, S.D., and Gary Palmer of Lincoln; and his sisters, Hope Frankhauser, Virginia Harris and Shirley Musfelt. Mr. Palmer's graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Gordon Cemetery. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Irene D. Coleman, 84
(Nov. 6) ALLIANCE - Irene Dorothy Coleman died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at the Box Butte General Hospital. She was 84 years old. She was born April 3, 1916, in Alliance to Oswin Chester and Pearl M. (Zehrung) Moore.
She graduated from Alliance High School in 1934. She married Freddie D. Coleman at Alliance on March 20, 1936. Irene was a member of the Royal Neighbors Lodge No. 1080 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union No. 787.
She was employed by Ideal Locker, Montgomery Ward, and owned the Mode-O-Day store for about ten years. Her family was always first in her life. She enjoyed many hobbies, which included fishing and camping with her husband and family members. She will be missed by all. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Bill and Bev Coleman of Alliance, Dick and Ruby Coleman of Valentine, and Cheri and Geoff Hopkins of Alliance.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, her nephew and his wife, Jerry and Pat Beagle, nephew Jim Beagle of Alliance, niece Joy Beagle of Hastings, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two sisters, Stella Beach and LaVaughn Beagle.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel. Reverend Mark Schutt will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Robert W. Buchan, 66
(Nov. 6) RUSHVILLE - Robert W. "Bob" Buchan, 66, died Thursday, Nov. 2, at Santa Fe, N.M. He was born Dec. 15, 1933, at Gordon. His parents were Cecil and Blanche (Goslin) Buchan.
He married Bertha Clark in 1952 at Albuquerque, N.M. He was a teacher, and had operated family businesses with his father and sons. He was an active volunteer in many area activities.
He is survived by four sons, Byron Buchan of Rushville, Bill Buchan of Hastings, Bob Buchan of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Butch Buchan of Portales, N.M.; daughter Barb Schrader of Rapid City, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Buchan's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Gordon, with Father Robert Karnish officiating. Burial will be in Gordon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sheridan County Historical Society or The Willow Tree Festival, in care of the First National Bank, P.O. Box 290 Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mary S. Stout, 81
(Nov. 6) KADOKA, S.D. - Mary S. Stout, 81, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at Kadoka. She was born Jan. 18, 1920, at Kadoka. Her parents were Parvin and Muriel Humphreys.
She was married to Roy Stout on May 30, 1937. She is survived by her husband Roy of the home; sons Dr. Robert Stout of Alliance and Dan Stout of Onida, S.D.; daughters, Barbara Herber of Kadoka and Alice Stone of Rapid City, S.D.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Stout's funeral will be Friday, Nov. 9, at Kadoka.
Alvin L. Keim, 84
(Nov. 7) CHADRON - Alvin L. Keim, 84, longtime resident of Chadron, died Sunday, Nov. 5, at Crestview Care Center. He was born March 14, 1916, at Bruning, Neb. His parents were Frank and Tracy Keim. He moved to Chadron in 1936. He married Mildred Vassar on Nov. 15, 1941, at Chadron.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Elks Lodge No. 1399. He is survived by his daughter Correne Hume of Alliance; his son Arlin A. Keim of Bonaire, Ga.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He also is survived by three brothers, Erwin Keim and Franklin Keim, both of Chadron, and David Keim of Bridgeport; and four sisters, Edna Whaley of Broken Bow, Ravay Kleeb of Sargent, Annalee Coday of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kathryn Peak of Ocala, Fla.
Mr. Keim's memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, with Dale DeRaad and Dwight Craig officiating. Military service will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis, S.D. Memorials may be made to the Chadron Fire Department or donor's choice, in care of Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Gail Moritz, 89
(Nov. 7) BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Gail Moritz, 89, longtime Alliance resident, died Saturday, Nov. 4, at Avista Hospital in Louisville, Colo. She was born June 30, 1911, at Alliance. She was married to Irvin Moritz on April 15, 1934, at Rushville.
Mrs. Moritz's inurnment service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Loveland Burial Park in Loveland, Colo. Rundus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wanda M. Skeel, 72
(Nov. 7) CHADRON -Wanda M. Skeel, 72, died Monday, Nov. 6, at her home in Chadron. She was born on Aug. 10, 1928, at Hot Springs, S.D. Her parents were Carl and Marie Ash. She lived in Clinton until age 17, then moved to Chadron with her parents.
She owned Wanda's cafe for several years, and was a cook at the Chuck Wagon Cafe for many years. She married Alfred "Doc" Skeel on July 5, 1976, at Chadron, and then the couple moved to Harrison where they were the owners-operators of the Village Inn Motel and Restaurant. They then moved to Newcastle, Wyo., where she was head dietitian at the hospital and nursing home, before returning to Chadron in 1990.
She was a cook for Chadron Sate College for several years, and then for Eastward Elementary School until her death. She is survived by her husband, Alfred "Doc" Skeel in Chadron; her sons Don Brodrick and Jim Brodrick, both of Chadron; daughters Sherry Rhoads of Alliance and Teri Childs of North Platte; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; stepsons, Charlie Skeel of Billings, Mont., and Gary Hoagland of Rushville; and stepdaughter Candy Conety of Wichita Falls, Texas. She also is survived by her stepsister Carol Livermont of Pierre, S.D.
Mrs. Skeel's memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Church of Christ Christian at Chadron, with Pastor Ken Petersen officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Chadron. Memorials may be made in care of First National Bank of Chadron. Chamberlain Chapel of Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth D. Sturgeon, 104
(Nov. 7) ALLIANCE - Ruth D. Sturgeon, 104, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born May 27, 1897, at rural Alliance to Pleasant J. and Martha (Brandt) Sturgeon.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Aloyah Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She is survived by her nephews, Howard Sturgeon of Casper, Wyo., and Richard "Pee Wee" Sturgeon of Diamond City, Ark.; nieces, Helen Scollin of Las Vegas, Nev, Evelyn Hull of Sarasota, Fla, and Marlene Rawson of Shawnee Mission, Kan; and nieces-in-law, Marian Tiller of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Alvera Sturgeon of Littleton, Colo, and Ruth Sturgeon of Fremont. Also surviving her are several grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and one sister.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Stephen Roosa officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Richard L. Broad, 73
(Nov. 7) ALLIANCE - Richard L. "Dick" Broad, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001 at Highland Park Care Center. He was born July 19, 1928 at Alliance to Bill and Hermena (Krohn) Broad.
He graduated from Alliance High School in 1946. He married Edna Dillon June 21, 1947, at Alliance. He worked at the Alliance Furniture Store and the Economy Furniture Store, and was a carpet installer for Johnson & Peltz for many years. He was later employed at Nebraska Typewriter when, for health reasons, retired in 1983. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife Edna of the home; sons Tom Broad of Kingwood, Texas, and Tim Broad of Alliance; daughters and sons-in-law, Teri and Lyle Dugan of Hemingford, and Lynn and Larry Galbraith of Rapid City, S.D.; grandchildren, Michael Dugan of Grand Island, Bryan Dugan of Hemingford, Christopher Galbraith of Rapid City, Lisa Broad of New York, N.Y., and Teresa Broad, Ian Broad, and Dylan Broad, all of North Platte. Also surviving him are his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Verda Broad of Bayard; and his sister, Pat Neville of Ravenna. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Adrienne and Beau Dugan.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Fr. Bryan Ernest and Fr. Vince Parsons officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the church. Memorials may be given to the St. Agnes Academy Foundation at 1104 Cheyenne, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.