Madge Belknap, 81
(Dec. 30) HOT SPRINGS - Madge E. Belknap, 81, of Hay Springs died Thursday, Dec. 28, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance. She was born Oct. 31, 1919.
She is survived by sons, Mike Belknap and Glen Belknap, both of Hemingford; her daughter, Debra Clausen of Alliance; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She also is survived by three brothers, Bernard Hunter and Pat Hunter, both of Hay Springs, and Bob Hunter of Lakeside.
Mrs. Belknap's funeral will be at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 30, at United Methodist Church in Hay Springs, with Rev. Ed Millican officiating. Burial will be in Hays Springs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hay Springs Ambulance Fund, in care of Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, P.O. Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.
Robert D. "Dusty" Duskin, 60
(Dec. 29) GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Robert Dean "Dusty" Duskin, 60, a 30-year resident of the Alliance area, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Glenwood Springs, Colo. He was born May 26, 1940, at Alliance. His parents were William and Iva Duskin.
He was a heavy equipment operator, service station manager and administrative assistant.
He is survived by his wife, Kaye Duskin of the home in New Castle, Colo.; two sons, Robert Duskin of Olney Springs, Colo., and Carl R. Gross Jr. of Craig, Colo.; four daughters, Tammy Henderson of Alliance, Chrstinia Meeney of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Jaedeen Duskin of Las Aminas, Colo, and Becki Schmuck of Mesa, Ariz; and 15 grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Lee Roy Duskin of Merrels Inlet, S.C.; and his sister, Marry Ann O'Bannon of Spokane, Wash.
Mr. Duskin's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood Springs, Colo, with Pastor Alexander officiating. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
Sara Lloy Chamberlin, 88
(Dec. 28) CHADRON - Sara Lloy Chamberlin died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs, Nebraska. She was 88. She lived an exceptional and joyful life beginning with a childhood on a farm near Westhope, North Dakota.
She was one of 10 children born to Robert and Susan Lundy. Lloy graduated from Jamestown College in 1933 with a degree in teaching. One year later she married Fred Chamberlin, a union that lasted for 47 years, until Fred's death in 1981. In 1940, Lloy and Fred moved to Gordon, Neb., to manage a Gambles store. The business evolved into a very successful enterprise known as Chamberlin Furniture. Mrs. Chamberlin soon became a vital part of the Gordon Community, active in the United Methodist Church, P.E.O., Toastmasters and Music & Dramatic Club. She started the Highway 20 Tourism Board and, at the request of the Governor, served on the State Board of Humanities.
Lloy's lifelong project was to promote and preserve the writings of author Mari Sandoz. She maintained the Mari Sandoz Museum and, with her friend Sybil Berndt, helped create the Mari Sandoz Historical Society at Chadron State College. Lloy loved to travel and she especially liked her trips to Hawaii, Alaska and Europe. By far her favorite mode of travel was riding behind Fred on their motorcycle. In her 70s and 80s, Lloy lived south of Chadron at "Sleepy Hallow" and served as editor of the Chadron Courier. In 1997 she was honored on her 85th birthday by a celebration attended by 75 friends and relatives. Lloy found joy each day and passed it on to every person she met. Her positive approach to life has been an inspiration to her children, her grandchildren and scores of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred. She is survived by four children: Bob and his wife, Sharon of Omaha and their four children, Anne, Jack, Sam and Mike; Jerry and his wife Linda of Littleton, Colo., and grandchildren Lisa, Bill and Tom; Caroline and husband Bill Hobbs of Lincoln, and their children, Dan, Tim and Jeremy; and daughter Christy Chamberlin of Las Cruces, N.M.
A "Celebration of Lloy' Life" will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Chadron, with the Reverend K.F. Kaleuati officiating. Memorials may be made to the Mari Sandoz Historical Society at Chadron State College. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Bernice Randall, 92
(Dec. 28) HEMINGFORD - Bernice G. Randall, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at Hemingford Community Care Center. She was born May 16, 1908, at Burns, Wyo. to Warren and Anna (Gantz) Rider. In her youth the family moved to their ranch 30 miles west of Hemingford. She attended school in Mitchell. On Nov. 27, 1927, she married Walter Randall in Alliance.
They purchased and operated their own ranch in Sioux County until her husband passed away in 1958. The following year she moved to Scottsbluff. She worked as a nanny for Dr. Schmitz for eight years. In 1967 she returned to Hemingford.
Her survivors are her daughter and her husband, Shirley and Floyd Gowin of Mitchell, Neb., granddaughter and husband, Lori and Todd Karpen of Mitchell, grandson and his wife, Eric and Melanie Gowin of Scottsbluff, great-grandchildren, Molly Gowin, Spencer Gowin, Brandon Karpen and Mikaela Karpen. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and her sister, Hazel Hood.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford. The Reverend Craig Collins will officiate. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Community Care Center for their van fund, in care of P.O. Box 307, Hemingford, NE 69348. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Owen C. Johnson, 83
(Dec. 27) ALLIANCE - Owen C. Johnson, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002 at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. He was born May 16, 1919, at Wausa, to Carl E. and Ella (Larson) Johnson.
He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 21, 1942, to Dec. 29, 1945, including two years in the south Pacific working with an Amphibious Engineering Department. He came to Alliance in 1950 and worked for the Railway Express for 18 years and then began working for the C.B.&Q. and Burlington Northern Railroad until his retirement. On June 19, 1953, he married Pearl Vogel at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Burlington Northern Veterans and Machinists Union, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, lifetime member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and Eagles. He also served on the credit committee for Western Heritage Credit Union. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker and St. Louis Cardinals fan as well as an avid walker around Alliance. He is survived by his wife Pearl; daughters Barb (Larry) Lehl of Hemingford and children Jennifer and Tony Dentler of Lakeside and Rebecca Axtell of Alliance; Jane (Rick) Wineteer and children, Ryan, Jeffrey and Jamie Wineteer of Alliance; and Lorie (Steve) Benzel and children Matt and Nathan Benzel of Alliance. He also is survived by one sister, Rachel (Bob) Webb of Englewood, Colo., one brother Richard (Georgie) Johnson of New Brighton, Minn., and brother-in-law Richard Gass of Wichita, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Adelyn Logan and and Alice Gass.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, at St. John's Lutheran Church, with Alice Shriver, PMA, officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery with military rites. The family prefers memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church, Prairie Haven Hospice or to the Senior Citizens Center. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John L. Hunter, 76
(Dec. 27) ALLIANCE - John "Jack" Loren Hunter, 76, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Crossroads Assisted Living. He was born Nov. 23, 1926, at Hemingford, to Robert Leroy Hunter and Zillah Grace (Stewart) Hunter.
He lived in the Panhandle area all of his life. He attended country school near the home ranch in Dawes County and seventh and eighth grade at Hemingford. He attended Alliance High School for three years and graduated high from Curtis High School in 1944. He joined the Navy after high school where he served as a Gunner's Mate during World War II. He married Joan Verle Scheer on June 15, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Alliance. Two children were born to the union, Daniel Lynn and Deborah Ann. He was engaged in ranching and farming until 1960 when he was involved in the purchase of the Alliance Livestock Auction Company. He sold the sale barn in 1970 and returned to the ranch where the family became involved in cattle feeding and order-buying. Through his grandchildren he became actively involved in the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association. He served as Vice-President of the association in 1983 and 1984. Many summers found the family and their horses attending Little Britches Rodeos. His fondest memories were of the Finals Rodeos in Colorado Springs. He was a member of the American Legion and the Hemingford United Methodist Church. He is survived by his daughter Deborah Ann of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Troy and Amy Hunter, Travis and Michelle Hunter of Alliance, Scott and Julie Fegler of Lymon, Tim and Karleen Uher of Wilber; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Tristan and Karsen Hunter of Alliance, Jamie and Hunter Fegler of Lymon, and Chase and Sonya Uher of Wilber. He also is survived by his sister Margaret Householder of Alliance; many beloved nieces and nephews; and dearest friend, Jane Bowhay. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, his son Dan, and his wife Joan.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the United Methodist Church at Hemingford, with the Rev. Craig Collins officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Hemingford United Methodist Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Wayne A. Grimes, 90
(Dec. 27) CHADRON - Wayne A. Grimes, 90, died Monday, Dec. 25, at Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island. He was born Oct. 21, 1910, at Lusk, Wyo. His parents were Charles and Pearl (Baird) Grimes.
His wife of 62 years, Evalyn, preceded him in death in 1996. He was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge, First Baptist Church, Chadron Senior Center and 60-Plus Club.
He is survived by two sons, James Grimes of Grand Island and Richard Grimes of Aurora, Colo.; his daughter, Margie Atwood of Lompoc, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Grimes memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at First Baptist Church in Chadron, with Rev. Dan Williams officiating. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Chadron or Grand Island. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Anna M. Nelson, 91
(Dec. 27) GORDON - Anna M. Nelson, 91, formerly of Gordon, died Monday, Dec. 25, at Denver, Colo. She was born March 3, 1909, at Bethany, Mo. Her parents were Milton Grant and Laura (Harrison) McCray.
She is survived by her sons, Patrick James Hogan of Denver, Thomas Ira Hogan of Rosebud, S.D., Arthur W. Hogan of Plano, Texas, and Charles M. Hogan of Fremont, Calif.; 11 grandchildren. She also is survived by her brother, Ezra McCray of Rawlins, Wyo.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Presbyterian Church in Gordon, with Rev. Vonne Blessman Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Gordon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Anna M. Nelson Memorial Fund, in care of Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 250, Gordon, NE 69343. Chamberlain-Gates Mortuary of Gordon is in charge of arrangements.
Jake Riley Swanson, infant
(Dec. 27) SIDNEY - Jake Riley Swanson, infant son of Cody and Melissa (Annen) Swanson of Sidney, Neb., died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital in Denver. Jake was born on Dec. 19, 2000, at Scottsbluff, Neb.
His survivors are his parents; grandparents, Dan and Nancy Swanson of Hemingford, John and Carolyn Annen of Hemingford, Tim Wilkins of Alliance, great-grandparents, Charles and LaVonne Zeller of Hemingford, Dallas and Dorothy Swanson of Hemingford, Darrel and Janice Annen of Hemingford, Fred and Bev McDaniel of Bayard, Neb., great-great grandmothers, Edna Roland of Hemingford and Eleanor Maiefski of North Platte, Neb.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford. The Reverend Hugh Spanel will officiate. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. A memorial has been established, and donations may be sent in care of the Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 157, Hemingford, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Meier, 82
(Dec. 26) ALLIANCE - William Meier, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Highland Park Care Center. He was born Nov. 19, 1920, at Scottsbluff to Henry and Catherine (Schwindt) Meier.
He grew up at Melbeta He married Esther Kaufman on March 6, 1941, at Gering. He farmed all of his life until his retirement in 1995. He loved farming and his family. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Kathy Meier of Alliance, and Jerry and Betty Meier of Burlington, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Alan Torres of Oakley, Calif.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Esther, brothers, sisters, son Robert, and granddaughter Tania.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30, at the Bates-Gould Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Mercer officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Helen Engebretsen, 96
(Dec. 26) HARRISON - Helen Engebretsen, 96, of Harrison died Saturday, Dec. 23, at Ponderosa Villa. She was born Nov. 27, 1904, at Harrison. Her parents were Nels and Emma Engebretsen.
She is survived by two brothers, Morris Engebretsen of Harrison and Floyd Engebretsen of Keeline, Wyo.
Miss Engebretsen's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with Pastor James Martin officiating. Burial will be in Harrison City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church of Harrison. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.