John Batt, 82
(Nov. 21) BAYARD - John Batt, 82, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. He was born April 5, 1919, at Lincoln, the son of Henry and Mary (Popp) Batt.
He was three years old when the family moved to Bayard. He married Frieda Bowers on June 4, 1944, at Bayard. The couple farmed in the area for a few years. Frieda preceded him in death in October of 1950. John stayed in the Bayard area raising his three children, working at the Batt Brothers Hatchery, Morrill County, the city of Bayard, and Great Western Sugar Factory. On June 26, 1953 he married Sophia Megas. They owned and operated the Toddle Inn for a number of years before moving the business to the south end of town, where it was known as the Tiger Den. They operated the business for 21 1/2 years. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Richard and Sharon Batt of Alliance; daughters Sharon Allen of Scottsbluff and Beverly Kolbet and her husband Leon of Hays Center; special friend Jean Strodtman of Bayard; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives Frieda and Sophia, four sisters, and five brothers.
Mr. Batt's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Assembly of God Church in Bayard with Pastor Jeff Twombly officiating. Burial will be in the Bayard Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday morning at the church. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Sanchez, 70
(Nov. 21) ALLIANCE - Charles J. 'Cruz' Sanchez, 70, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was born May 5, 1931, in Alliance to Isidoro and Librada (Garcia) Sanchez.
He was educated in the Alliance Public Schools. He then worked as a machinist for Burlington Northern Railroad and also worked in farming in the Alliance area. He is survived by his sisters and their husbands, Josephine and David Leon of Alliance, Mary and Cirilo Razo of Boone, Colo., Frances Rodriguez of Cheyenne, Wyo, Charlotte and Salvador Ysac of Scottsbluff, and Angela and Jesse Quijas of Scottsbluff; one brother and his wife, Angel and Annie Sanchez of Scottsbluff; and many nieces and nephews. His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Fr. Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, at Bates-Gould Chapel. Memorials may be given to Holy Rosary Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mabel Schramek, 85
(Nov. 21) ALLIANCE - Mabel S. Schramek, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center She was born June 13, 1916, at Hemingford to George and Anna (Hopkins) Fendrich.
She was married to Joseph H. Schramek on Nov. 12, 1941, in Hemingford. They farmed and ranched 29 miles north of Alliance. In 1978 they retired and moved into Alliance where she worked at St. Joseph's Hospital and Box Butte General Hospital. She is survived by her daughters Doris Kirkpatrick of Westminster, Colo., Marilyn Shaw of Alliance and Georgia Callahan of Apache Junction, Ariz; grandchildren, Jeanna Schultz of Alliance, Trish Byrd of Corona, Calif., Keith Schramek of Bloomington, Ill., Sara Schramek of Grand Ridge, Ill., Kimberly Miller of Gig Harbor, Wash, and Jodi Kirkpatrick of Westminster, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Austin Miller, Savannah Kirkpatrick, Alexa Schramek, Joshua Byrd, Joey Schultz, Henry Schultz, Carley Schultz, Patrick Schultz, MacKenzie Schultz. She also is survived by nephews Calvin Petersen of Scottsbluff and Charles Petersen of Hemingford. Her parents, husband, son Joseph E. Schramek, brothers Bill and Donald Fendrich, and sister Bessie Petersen preceded her in death. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Fr. Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. A wake service will be at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, at Bates-Gould Chapel. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Howard J. "Bud" Taylor Sr., 82
(Nov. 21) ALLIANCE - Howard James "Bud" Taylor Sr. died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. He was 82. He was born May 23, 1920, in Niobrara, Neb., to Lee and Rose (Howard) Taylor.
His family moved to Alliance in his youth, and he has lived here since then. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from Jan. 20, 1942, to Sept. 26, 1945. On Jan. 3, 1946, he was united in marriage to Maxine Flatley in Gering, Neb. His survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Howard J. "Bud" Jr. and Mel Taylor of Hyannis, daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Jim Reder of Alliance, brother Elmer Taylor of Alliance, grandchildren, Brenna Chance, B.J. Taylor, Heidi Taylor and Becci Reder and eight great-grandchildren. His parents, wife, daughter Kathy, son Ron, four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Reverend Stephen Roosa officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinney R. Wacker, 93
(Nov. 23) MONTROSE, Colo. - Rinney R. Wacker, 93, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at Montrose General Hospital in Montrose, Colo. He was born Sept 24, 1909, at Lincoln. His parents were Adam A. and Christina E. (Horst) Wacker.
He grew up in Minatare, Neb., and, in 1928, moved with his family from Bayard to Montrose. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Lydia Bastron on June 14, 1947, at Montrose. Mrs. Wacker preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1977. Among his survivors are Leo and Rosie Wacker of Alliance.
Mr. Wacker's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Crippen Funeral Home Chapel of Montrose. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Rinney Wacker, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402.
Vern F. Pfannenstiel, 65
(Nov. 24) ALLIANCE - Vern F. Pfannenstiel died Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He was 65 years old. He was born March 5, 1935, in Munjor, Kan., to John and Rose (Degenhardt) Pfannenstiel.
He had been a Campus Police Officer at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., before retiring to Alliance three years ago. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. His survivors include his children and their spouses, Connie and James Green, Scott Pfannenstiel and Mindy Mashburn, Rhonda and Derald Smith, and Cheryl and Brett Wodke, all of Alliance.
Three brothers, two sisters, and ten grandchildren also survive him. His parents, one brother, and two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Jim Golka will officiate. A wake service will be Sunday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in care of the family: 419 Grand Ave., Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Clifford C. Stafford, 63
(Nov. 24) KINGSTON, Okla. - Clifford C. Stafford, 63, 20-year Crawford resident, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Kingston, Okla. He was born May 3, 1937, at Kingston, Okla. His parents were Clarence Earl and Nola Lorane Brumfield.
He married Joy Dean Fox at Chadron on July 17, 1966. He lived in Kingston, Okla., before moving to Crawford. He then lived in Straford, Mo., before moving back to Kingston in 1996. He was a past president and state president of the Eagles Club, past president and exalted ruler of the Elks Club, and member of the Moose Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Joy, of the home in Kingston; his mother, Nola Stafford of Madill, Okla.; daughters Brenda Webster of Clearwater, Neb., and Jodi Lynn Teppert of Falls City, Neb.; five grandchildren; and on great-grandchild.
Mr. Stafford's funeral will be at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 24, at Watts Kingston Chapel, with Stacy Escoe officiating. Burial will be in Kingston Cemetery.
Christine Prelle, 52
(Nov. 25) COVINA, Calif. - Christine Prelle, 52, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at her daughter's home. She was born on June 23, 1950, at Covina to Chris and Roueche (Robertson) Prelle.
She is survived by her daughter, Robin (Colin) Hemphill; and granddaughters Cionne and Lauren. She also is survived by her mother and step-father, Roueche and Bill Ginter; brothers Tom (Pat) Prelle and Chris Andrew (Victoria) Prelle; sister Mary (Henry) Aguilar; stepsister and stepbrother, Crystal and Robbie and their families; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, many in the Alliance area. She was preceded in death by her father and stepmother Chris and Belle Prelle.
Jack Proper, 72
(Nov. 26) ALLIANCE - Jack Proper, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at Highland Park Care Center. He was born Feb. 22, 1929, at Alliance to Lester A. and Marie W. (Rathburn) Proper.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Doane College. He had owned and operated Jack's East Third Texaco Station. He was Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Member of Troop 217, and also was on the District Camping Committee. His survivors include his brother, Dick Proper of Sylmar, Calif.; and his adopted family, Terry Anderson and her children, Jesse and Metteah Anderson of Alliance; and many special friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.28, at the Bates-Gould Chapel, with Rev. Kent Bryant officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Boy Scouts of America. Donations may be sent in care of Terry Anderson,1232 Laramie, Alliance, NE. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Wilma E. Gregory, 89
(Nov. 26) LINCOLN - Wilma E. Gregory, 89, died Nov. 24, 2001, She was born March 15, 1912, at Tilden. Her parents were Fred and Ida (Schrader) Ruegge.
She worked for 27 years as a clerk at Holsten's Drug at Alliance. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church at Lincoln. She is survived by one son, Doutlas Gregory of Longmont, Colo.; daughter Dona Bailey of Lincoln; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Jean Schwarzwalder of Elgin, Ill.; and one brother, Earl Ruegge of Elgin, Ill.
Mrs. Gregory's funeral will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Rosenau officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park.
Esther Remele, 81
(Nov. 26) ARVADA, Colo. - Esther Paulina Remele, 81, has died. She was born June 4, 1920, at New Leipzig, N.D. Her parents were Fred and Othelia (Vossler) Kurle.
She graduated from New Liepsig High School and Dickinson State College. She taught school at Watford City, N.D., the Valley City Area, Albuquerque, N.M., and lived at Alliance from 1982 until 1999. She then moved to Wheat Ridge and Lakewood, Colo. She is survived by her daughters Ruthann Remele of Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Shelly Smaha of Roseburg, Ore.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister Lydia Manning of Clermont, Fla.
Mrs. Remele's memorial service will be June 7, 2002, at the Zoar United Methodist Church, rural new Leipzig, N.D.
Fred C. Sexton, 90
(Nov. 27) CRAWFORD - Fred C. Sexton, 90, died Thursday, Nov. 23, at Chadron Hospital. He was born Dec. 28, 1909, at Abilene, Kan. His parents were Elick and Florence (Guest) Sexton. He was a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Reade of Windon, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He also is survived by three sisters, Orpha Piel of Casper, Wyo.; Pearl Brennan of Laurel, Mont.; and Beulah Erny of Mullen, Neb.
Mr. Sexton's funeral was at 9 a.m. today, Nov. 27, at the Congregational Church of Crawford, with Rev. Mike Stotts officiating. Burial will be in Mullen Cemetery at Mullen. Memorials may be made to daughter-in-law Jean Daugherty, 89 Dyer Rd., Crawford, NE 69339. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford was in charge of arrangements.
David Zillinger, 75
(Nov. 27) ALLIANCE - David E. Zillinger of Alliance died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. He was 75. He was born March 4, 1925, at Rushville, Neb., to Fred and Anna (Dryer) Zillinger.
He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 1945 to Nov. 1946. On June 27, 1951, he married Phyllis Scherbarth. She preceded him in death. They moved to Alliance in 1958 and for many years he owned and operated M.B.Z. Repair in Alliance. Following his retirement he and his wife worked for "Laborers for Christ" building churches and schools for the Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
His survivors are his children, Sharon Poteet of Denver, Colo., Monte Zillinger of Fort Worth, Texas, and Linda Kettelhake of Tecumseh, Neb., sisters, Wilma Lovell of Cedar Rapids, Neb., Helen Cook of Albion, Neb., Erna Rutten of Cedar Rapids, and Marianne Karmann of Albion, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance. The Rev. Martin T. Schnare and Rev. Richard C. Mueller will officiate. Burial with military rites will be Thursday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. CST. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Neb. Memorials may be given to Laborers for Christ, 1333 South Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63122. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.