Rita Marie Blom, 63
(Nov. 7) BELVIDERE, S.D. - Rita Marie Blom, age 63, of Belvidere, S.D., Rita died Saturday Nov. 2, 2002, at the Kadoka Care Center, Kadoka, S.D. She was born July 24, 1939, in Iona, S.D., the daughter of Elliot Glen and Ruth Lucille (Feyereisen) Walker. They lived in various towns in South Dakota until moving to Belvidere in 1949. She grew up in Belvidere and graduated from Belvidere High School.
Rita was united in marriage to Dean Alden Blom on Aug. 9, 1957, at Philip, S.D. Mr. Blom preceded her in death April 10, 2002. They made their home in Belvidere, where they owned and operated a construction company and a drive-in restaurant. Later, she worked as a teller at the Belvidere State Bank for several years. In 1981, they purchased the Double H Cafe in Belvidere. In 1984, they moved the cafe to White River and renamed it the Frontier Cafe, which they owned and operated for five years. In 1989, they sold the cafe and moved back to Belvidere. In the early 1990âs they purchased the Jim Barr farm/ranch northeast of Belvidere. Rita also worked as a bookkeeper for the Jackson County Highway Department, a position she held until September 16, 2002. In 1995 they moved on to the farm/ranch where they have continued to reside. Rita was a member of the Belvidere Art Club, and the Otterman Post #94 American Legion Auxiliary of White River. She is survived by her son Mike Blom and his wife Linda of White River, S.D., three grandchildren, Jacob Blom of Parker, S.D.; Spencer Blom and Kaitlyn Blom both of White River, South Dakota; a sister Bonnie Reed and her husband Don of Alliance; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter Shannon Blom; and her parents; her step-father James Barr; a sister Carol Palander; and a niece Shelly Washburn.
Mrs. Blom's funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday Nov. 7, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour before the services at the church Friday. Burial will be at the Belvidere Cemetery.
Gail Moritz, 89
(Nov. 8) 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. Her parents were Jesse R. Chambers and Lila B. Pinkerton.
She was married to Irvin Moritz on April 15, 1934, at Rushville. Mr. Moritz died in 1986. The couple owned and operated the Moritz Service & Supply in Alliance for 30 years. She did the bookkeeping. Aftr retirement, the couple moved to Brownsboro, Texas.
Reading, sewing, refurbishing dolls and stuffed animals to give to charities were among her hobbies. She Mr. Moritz's death, she moved to Broomfield, Colo., near her daughter. She is survived by her daughter Karen McGuire of Broomfield, Colo; her son Jerry Moritz jof Midland, Texas; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Moritz's inurnment service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Loveland Burial Park in Loveland, Colo. Rundus Funeral Home of Broomfield, Colo, is in charge of arrangements.
Mina L. York, 79
(Nov. 8) ALLIANCE - Mina L. York died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. She was 79. She was born on a homestead south of Brandon, Colo., on March 19, 1921. Her grandmother, Susie Ferman, raised her.
She was the Valedictorian of the Brandon class of 1938. She married Jewell V. York on April 18, 1941, at Eads, Colo. She worked for nearly 20 years for the Montgomery Wards Store in Alliance. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and 8 and 40 Club, Golden Age Club, A.A.R.P., U.T.U. Ladies Auxiliary, and the BNSF Vets.
Her survivors include her husband, Jewell; daughter, Charlotte Rahn of Omaha; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Linda York of Overland Park, Kan.; son-in-law, Bill Carrell of Fort Collins, Colo.; grandsons and their wives, Chip and Lisa Carrell of Wichita Falls, Texas, Vernon and Lori Rahn of Omaha; granddaughters and their husbands, Kristi and Shane Farnsworth of Des Moines, Iowa, Tammy and Buford Rivers of Florien, La., Angela and Darin Henderson of Overland Park, KS, and Julie York of Overland Park, KS; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Alice York of Reno, NV and Mary York of Rathdrum, ID, as well as numerous other relatives and loved ones. Son Vernon "Butch" York, daughter Linda Carrell and son-in-law Joel Rahn preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Funeral home Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family being present from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials be given to the United Methodist Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Jackie D. Hubbard, 62
(Nov. 8) SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho - Jackie D. Hubbard, 62, of died Nov. 5, 2001, at Kootonai Medical Center. He was born June 26, 1939, at Alliance. His parents were Kenneth and Hazel (Keller) Hubbard.
He was raised in Alliance, and moved to Lander, Wyo. in 1955. He married Carol L. Erickson in 1958 at Lander. They were divorced in 1981. He lived in several states in the Northwest and moved to Spirit Lake in October 2000. He worked as a farm mechanic. He was a member of the Wyoming National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and inventing. He is survived by sons, Dan Hubbard of Great Falls, Mont., and Stefan Senna of Portland, Ore.; daughter Laura Hubbard of Moscow, Idaho; and seven grandchildren. He also is survived by brothers Larry Hubbard from Oklahoma, David Hubbard of Davenport, Wash., Lonnie Hubbard of Newman Lake, Wash., and Jason Hubbard of Spokane, Wash.; and sisters Patricia LaBoe from California and Joann Bunker from Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Lucille, one sister Barbara DuRea and his parents.
English Funeral Chapel of Coeur d'Alene is in charge of cremation.
Bernice M. Johnson, 81
(Nov. 8) ALLIANCE - Bernice M. Johnson, 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance. She was born April 21, 1920, at Dakota City to George and Mary Esther (Tilson) Miller.
Her family moved to Box Butte County in her early childhood and she graduated from Alliance High School in 1938. On September 6, 1942, she was married to Frank Johnson. She retired in 1983 from working for PREMA. She was a member of the United Methodist Church where she was active in United Methodist Women holding offices in the local and district levels including past District President and currently serving on the district nominating committee. She also served for many years as a 4-H Leader. She also was a member of D.A.R., Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7, Happy Hour Home and Community Extension Club and Box Butte County Extension Council. She is survived by her children, Lillie Kathleen Lee of Denver, Colo., Karen Manley of Kansas City, Mo., Rusty and Naomi Johnson of Greeley, Colo., Anita and Ed Marin of St. Francis, Kan.; grandchildren, Sarah and Travis Hallman and Stephanie Manley of Portland, Ore., Timothy Manley of Kansas City, Mo., Bobby Manley and Jonathan Manley of Springfield, Mo., Benjamin Johnson and Bryan Johnson of Greeley, Colo., Samantha Marin, Katlin Marin and Alyson Marin of St. Francis, Kan.; and her special friend Harold Witham. Her parents, husband and two infant brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at the United Methodist Church with Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
B. Irene Seidler, 89
(Nov. 8) ALLIANCE - Beulah Irene Seidler 89, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born July 25, 1912 at Burwell to Walter and Ada (Plummer) Bangert.
She was married to Fred C Seidler Nov. 24, 1930 at Alliance. Together they operated their ranch east of Alliance. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her survivors are her children and spouses, Wilbur and Jane Siedler, Gerald and Irene Seidler, Wanda and Erwin Dye, Larry and Connie Seidler and Dale Seidler all of Alliance; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Martin T. Schnare and Rev. Richard C. Mueller officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Unit. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ace E. Harris, 73
(Nov. 11) DES MOINES, Wash. - Ace E. Harris, 73, died Nov. 7, 2002. He was born Oct. 2, 1929, at Alliance.
He is survived by his wife Loretta; son David; daughter Rebecca Phipps; and two grandchildren, Justin and Jenisse. Mr. Harris' funeral was at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at Bonney Watson Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 16445 Pac. Hwy. S. SeaTac. Memorial donations may be made to Children's Hospital Oncology.
Betty A. Davis, 67
(Nov. 12) ALLIANCE - Betty A. Davis, 67, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born Dec.18, 1933, at Alliance to Elmer M. and Inez M. (Dempsey) Woods.
She was married to Edwin V. Davis in 1951. She is survived by her sons, Wayne Davis of Alliance, Edwin Lee Davis of Prescott Valley, Ariz, Rick Davis of Catalina, Ariz., and Michael Davis of Hamlin, N.Y.; daughters, Roxie Crabtree of Manteca, Calif, and Becky Ball of Seabrook, Texas; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She also is survived by brothers Jerry Woods and Jack Woods of Alliance; sisters, Margaret Hewitt of Hot Springs, S.D., and Leota Heskett of Cheyenne Wells, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Bates-Gould Chapel with Pastor Dan Floyd officiating. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Edward G. Scheer, 87
(Nov. 13) HEMINGFORD - Edward G. Scheer of Hemingford died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, at Hemingford Community Care Center. He was 87. He was born April 14, 1913, at Hampton, Neb., to Gustav and Laura (Johnson) Scheer.
In 1928 his family moved from Lincoln to Alliance and settled on a farm out of Berea. He married Velma (Schleve) Granger on Oct. 20, 1940, in Bridgeport, Neb. They moved to Burbank, Calif., where they lived for 38 years. He retired and moved to Chadron, Neb., and later to Hemingford.
His survivors are his wife Velma, and a brother-in-law, Jack Hunter of Alliance and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, brother Roy, sisters, Leona Panwitz and Joan Hunter, and a stepdaughter Joan Porter preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Hemingford Cemetery with the Reverend Craig Collins officiating. Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Community Care Center. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lyle McConaughey, 78
(Nov. 13) PHOENIX, Ariz. - Lyle Edsel McConaughey, 78, of Phoenix, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at the Phoenix Baptist Hospice Center after a three-year battle with cancer. He was born at Hay Springs July 1, 1923. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1944 and served until 1946.
At that time, he returned home to work on the family farm with his father. He married his sweetheart, Cleo Faye Schupbach May 4, 1947, and continued farming in the Alliance, Whitney and Chadron areas. He moved to the Phoenix area in the early 70's where he enjoyed the Arizona weather. Lyle was active in Merry Makers, American Legion Post #29 and the Los Olivis Senior Center where he enjoyed his passion for dancing and his many friendships.
He will be remembered for his wonderful smile and his great coffee-making abilities. Survivors include his fiancŽ, Fran Broadbent of Phoenix, two sons, Roger of Mead, Colo., Jack and wife Kathy of Lusk, Wyo.; daughter DeAnne Hensel and husband Dean of Wheatland, Wyo.; two grandchildren, Keith Hensel of Grand Junction, Colo. and Angie Hensel of Omaha. He also is survived by sister-in-law Carmen McConaughey of Rapid City, S.D. along with nieces and nephew and a wonderful host of friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Cleo, mother Emeline, father Omer Kem and brother Stanley.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Camelback Sunset Chapel, 301 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix. Graveside services will be held at Rushville at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 17. Donations can be made in his memory to the Phoenix Baptist Hospice Unit, 2000 W. Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix AZ 85015.
Margaret N. Moss, 77
(Nov. 14) WHITNEY - Margaret Norman Moss, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Marian Extended Care facility in Santa Maria, Calif. She was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Nebraska. Her parents were Harry and LaRue (Thomas) Norman. She had most recently been a resident of Nipomo, Calif.
She is survived by her sons, Dr. Robert Moss of Santa Marian, Calif., and Dan William Moss of Corona, Calif.; her daughter Jennie LaRue Ferrette of Corona, Calif; and nine grandchildren. She also is survived by two brothers, Jacque Norman and Con Norman, both of Whitney; and three sisters, Mary Jo Thompson of Scottsbluff, Joy Isham of Colorado Springs and Gloria Lopez of Eugene, Ore.
Ms. Moss's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Whitney Methodist Church, with Rev. Tim Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Whitney Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Brian Saltzman, 34
(Nov. 14) ALLIANCE - Brian K. Saltzman of Alliance died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, in an automobile accident in Morrill County. He was 34. He was born Nov. 27, 1965, at Hebron to Lonnie and Margaret (Boatman) Saltzman.
He attended high school in Alliance and graduated from the Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, Wyo. He married Brenda K. Taylor on May 5, 1989, in Brush, Colo. He was employed by Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad at the time of his death.
His survivors are his wife Brenda and son Justin of the home, his father Lonnie Saltzman and his mother Margaret Hyman of Beatrice, Neb., sister Barbara Giron of Beatrice, father and mother-in-law John and Pat Bauer of Alliance, brothers-in-law Ben and Ammie Bauer and Trabor Bauer of Alliance, Bill Taylor of Rapid City, S.D., sister-in-law Barb and Richard Addleman of Kansas City, Mo., grandparents, Ruth and Virgil Boatman and Merle and Ellen Saltzman of Hebron, Neb., and grandparents-in-law Joe Bolek and Eva Taylor of Alliance. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive him. He was preceded in death by his stepfather Craig Hyman, and a sister Amber Eads.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Alliance Berean Church with Pastor Hod Boltjes officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Nebraska Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 639, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.