7/09/1913 - 1/20/2005
Owen Hess, 91, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, January 20, 2005 at The Residency in Scottsbluff. A memorial service will be held 2:00 Monday, January 24th at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff with Charles Richardson officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory.
Owen was born on July 9, 1913 in Sioux County, NE to Harvey and Elizabeth (Albertson) Hess. He graduated from Morrill High School and married Carolyn Walker Hess August 16, 1936. Owen did custom grinding and thrashing in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming and in 1947 purchased wheat farms in Goshen County, Wyoming, which he operated until his retirement. Owen loved antique collecting, traveling, cards and helping others.
Owen was a member of the Morrill Methodist Church for many years where he served on the board before coming to Scottsbluff and joining the First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Oasis Lodge #271 AF & AM of Morrill where he received the Jordan Medal. He was a York Rite Mason and a member of the Tehamah Shrine of Hastings, a charter member of the Morrill Fire Department, a charter member of the Morrill Rotary Club, and a past member of the Morrill School Board, the Sunset Memorial Park Board, and the Methodist Hospital Board.
Owen is survived by his wife: Carolyn; daughters and sons-in-law: Lois and Ron Bartlett of Hiawassee, GA, and Connie and Allen Meyer of Gering; grandchildren: Sherry and Mark Duncan and Cathy and James Ingram all of Georgia, Kim and Myron Klein of Scottsbluff and Laurie and Ken Cosson of Loveland, CO; great grandchildren: Chris and Sean Duncan, Adam and Allie Ingram, Brandi Meier, and Meghan and Brett Klein.
His parents, five brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
A memorial has been established to the Morrill or Scottsbluff First United Methodist Churches, and the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association.
Robert Lee Brehm
08/25/1934 - 1/19/2005
Robert Lee “Bob” Brehm, 70, died peacefully at his home in Scottsbluff, on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, after a courageous fight against cancer. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff with Pastors Amos Harris and Doug Jones officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery with military rites by the Nebraska National Guard.
Bob was born August 25, 1934 in Lincoln, NE the youngest of nine children born to Eva “Best” Brehm-Fisher and Fredrich Brehm. Bob moved with his family to the Scottsbluff area in 1941. Bob’s playful nature surfaced at an early age. Once, while his mother was working in the beet fields, his elder sister Marion tied him to the clothes line to keep him from falling into the washtub. Bob served his country for eight years during the Korean War as a Navy Seaman from 1951-1959. He served as part of the Pacific Fleet “CB’s” Construction Battalion building airstrips and Navy bases.
Upon returning to Scottsbluff, Bob married Donna Mae Green on October 14, 1956. After the birth of their sons they moved to California in 1962. He worked there as a Truck Driver for a grocery chain for 29 years. Bob always missed the Scottsbluff area and in the mid 70’s he returned briefly with his family, for what they remember as their 6 month “vacation with their furniture”. Even though they spent another 20 years in California, Bob and Donna did finally return to their roots in Scottsbluff in 1995. Both Bob and Donna have been actively retired within the community since. Bob served as Deacon at Zion Evangelical Church, and as a Handi Bus driver. He loved people and enjoyed bringing a smile to all his riders. Bob will be remembered for his warm heart, his wit and his playfulness. Whether as husband, father, grandfather, brother or friend, he will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.
Bob is survived by his wife: Donna; sons and daughters-in-law: Gregory and Kimberly Brehm of Sacramento, CA and Daniel and Kathleen Brehm of Pollock Pines, CA; daughter and son-in-law: Michelle and Steve Bates of Tacoma, WA; 5 grandchildren: Elizabeth and Erik Brehm of Pollock Pines, CA and Steven, Lauryn and Jacob Bates of Tacoma, WA; Sisters: Katherine Gerrie, of Tonawanda, NY, Marian Worthington, Yorba Linda, CA, and Betty Brown of Placentia, CA and brother: Harvey Brehm of Bolivar, MO. Also surviving Bob are his Brother-in law Donald “Blackie” and his wife Norma Green; his Sister-in law, Esther and her husband Ed Behling, and Sisters-in-law Helen Lambert, Florence Green and Katherine Green.
Memorials to Prairie Haven Hospice or to Zion Evangelical Church
Wayne Gordon Shirley
01/31/1917 - 1/20/2005
Wayne Gordon Shirley, 87, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, January 20, 2005 at his home. A graveside service will be held 3:30 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2005 at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff with Pastor Ron Nuss-Warren officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park.
Wayne was born January 31, 1917 in Abbott, CO to Albert Leander and Anna Florence (Haines) Shirley. He grew up in Lyman and Morrill and graduated from Liberty High he was a ditch rider during the summers and an oiler at the Lyman Sugar Factory. He was a cowboy who broke horses, worked for the Union Pacific Railroad laying ties from Lyman to Sunrise, WY and worked for the C.F. & I. Mine in Sunrise, WY. He then began farming and from there began his career with the Nebraska Dept of Roads as a road grader operator where he retired after nearly twenty-five years of employment.
Wayne raised beautiful garden crops and in the fall would haul beets for area farmers.
He loved children, cats, dogs, hares and people. He enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle and his go-cart where he won several trophies. He took pleasure in feeding the birds and squirrels and taking care of his garden and yard; and what a garden. He would share it with everyone, and always said ‘I’m not going to raise a big one next year” but he always did. He loved watching things grow. He could tell a joke. He was a gentle soul. He got tea and coffee for company and always had some goodies too. He always shared his beautiful roses too. He enjoyed being a father and grandfather and offered support, love and laughter along with his belief in God. He will be remembered for saying “ With God all things are possible, yes you can do it. And that’s no bull.
He is survived by his wife: Elna whom he married May 21, 1942 in Gering, NE; Daughters: Jeanne Hess and Michelle Lee Shirley of Morrill, Ne and Janice and Tony Avila family; brother: Lowell L. Shirley of Torrington, WY; grandchildren: Donald R. Shirley, Lorraine Klebba, and Angela Lynn Shirley all of Omaha, NE, Tammela Sue Annecharico, Minatare, Timothy Hess of Longmont, CO, Ramona Jean Weller of Scottsbluff, Jeff, Gary, Lauraine and Lana Avila of Mitchell, NE; and 18 great grandchildren.
John A. Henderson
06/30/1918 - 4/27/2004
John A. Henderson, 85 of Scottsbluff, died at his home Tuesday, April 27, 2004.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 30, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Dr. Charles L. Bonds officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.
John was born June 30, 1918 in Boxholm, Iowa to Axel and Jean (Cedarholm) Henderson. He grew up and received his education in Boone County, Iowa. He entered the US Air Force on July 17, 1941 and was honorably discharged on October 4, 1945. John married Ruth A. Salstrom March 21, 1944 in Scottsbluff, NE. Upon his discharge from the Air Force he returned to Scottsbluff where he was a bookkeeper for Loos Electric. He retired in 1985.
John was an active member of the First Covenant Church for many years and was a member of Calvary Memorial Evangelical Free Church of Gering and the YMCA
He enjoyed swimming, and his love for the Lord caused him to reach out to missionaries. He loved children and was active in child evangelism.
John is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter and son-in-law: Susan and Hugh Alexander of Steamboat Springs, CO, daughter-in-law: Jeanne Sulzbach of Mitchell, NE, brothers and sisters-in-law: Keith “Palmer” and Alice Henderson and Bill and Lenore Henderson all of Scottsbluff, granddaughters, Jennifer and her husband Christopher Wilshire of Boulder, CO and Libby Alexander of Aspen, CO, great granddaughter: Lily Grace Wilshire.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son John David Henderson.
Donna L. Richards
2/17/1937 - 1/22/2005
Donna Lee Richard, 67, of Scottsbluff, NE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff with Pastors Doug Jones and Amos Harris officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Friends may call at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel Sunday, January 23, 2005 between 1-7:00 p.m. and Monday between 9:00 a.m.-7:00p.m.
Donna was born to Edward and Dorothy (Zwink) McNeff on February 17, 1937 in Hastings, NE. Donna grew up in Hastings and attended school in Hastings, graduating with the class of 1955 from Hastings High School.
Donna met and married Marvin H. Richard in Hastings, NE and from this union three children were born, Douglas Lee, Debra Jo and Marvin Allan. They lived in Hastings for a short time before moving to Scottsbluff where she had made her home ever since. During her children’s early years, Donna was active in the Bryant PTA, she was also a room mother, a Blue Bird leader and was the pitch3er for all of the neighborhood baseball games in the family’s backyard. When the marriage ended in a divorce, Donna completed her nurse’s aide training and worked in that field for a number of years. Donna later worked at Holland Bakery and Safeway Stores, Inc. Donna worked for Safeway from December 1985 until September 2000, when ill health forced her early retirement.
Donna was a very loving and giving person and would do anything for anyone. She loved her family very much and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She had a deep love for animals, she also enjoyed flowers, reading, shopping, traveling, dining out and collecting dolls. Donna enjoyed the time she spent with her friends and as her illness progressed, she looked forward to those telephone calls and visits. Donna made a number of close friends at work and she treasured those friendships deeply. Even though she had been ill for a number of years, she was always upbeat and had a positive attitude about life. Donna missed being able to attend church, but cherished the home visits from Pastor D and Pastor Harris and looked forward to the weekly recorded sermons.
Donna is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dough and Cheryl Richard of Nampa, ID, daughter and son-in-law: Deb and Len Burns of Gering, NE, son and caregiver Marv Richard of Scottsbluff, NE; grandchildren: Lee Francisco of Ft. Collins, CO, Sarah Francisco, Scottsbluff, NE, Ashley Richard and fiancé Shawn Harper of Dalhart, TX, Aryonna and Nathan Richard of Nampa, ID; Brother: William “Bill” McNeff of Tacoma, WA, Sister: Bonnie Pfitzer of Fresno, CA, sister and brother-in-law: Yvonne and Ralph Kiko of Louisville, OH, special nephew an dniece-in-law, Randy and Terri Kiko of Louisville, OH and special niece: Nichole Kiko of Canton, OH and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald McNeff (MIA, WWII), sister: Maxine Resnais, niece Terri Kay Pfitzer, nephew Dick Allen Pfitzer, great-nephew Ryan Kiko and her canine companion of 17 years Boomer.
04/30/1958 - 1/24/2005
GILLETTE, Wyo. —Catalino Varela, 46, of Gillette, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Father Jim Golka officiating. A rosary service will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff.
He was born April 30, 1958, to Candido and Reynalda Cassilles in Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was raised until the age of 16 when he then came to Neb. He worked as a seismologist and pipe fitter in Neb. and Colo. He lived in Scottsbluff for over 15 years before moving to Wyo. He enjoyed fishing, playing poker, spending time with his children, grandchildren, and the rest of his family. He also enjoyed spending time where he grew up, and being outdoors.
He is survived by his sons, Catalino Varela Jr., and Diego Varela; daughter, Cecilia Varela; stepdaughter, Judy Gurrola; brothers, Laislado (Carolina) Varela of Chihuahua, and Lucio (Dominga) Varela of Gillette; sisters, Ofelia (Martin) Varela, Jesus Maria (Martin) Varela, Ernestina (Arturo) Varela, Graciela (Antonio) Varela, Araceli (Juan) Varela, all of Chihuahua, and Eufemia (Rigoberto) Varela of Gillette; grandchildren, Cedees Hernandez and Christopher Hernandez; special nephew, Omar Chavira and cousin, Javier Molina.
His grandfather, Laislado Varela, precedes him in death.
He is loved, and will be missed by his family and friends.
Leona Beatrice Fields
11/29/1923 - 1/27/2005
Leona Beatrice Fields, 81 of Morrill, Nebraska passed away January 27, 2005 after a long battle with cancer surrounded by her family in her home.
Her funeral service will be held Monday, January 31, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Henry, NE. with Rev. Charles K. Murithi officiating. Interment will be at Forest Lawn in Morrill.
Leona was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. November 29, 1923. She was the 6th child of 7, born to Burt and Lissie (Penn) Combs. She attended school in Colorado Springs and worked on the family farm. She married to Mervin “Bus” Fields on Dec. 26, 1945 in Raton, New Mexico. They had seven children. They lived in the valley until 1967, when they moved to Laramie, WY. Leona worked in the Laramie Bakery, then was a house mother/custodian at the Univ. Wyoming for 6 years. In 1976, they moved to Mesa, AZ., where she worked at ASU until her retirement in 1979. They remained in Mesa until 1995 when they moved back to Morill and remained until her death.
She was an avid sports fan especially baseball. She was a fan of the Chicago Cubs & the Atlanta Braves since the 1950’s. She followed her grandkids in all of their school activities.
Survivors include son Jim Fields of Sidney and special friend Jamie Cleveland, son Ray Fields and wife Lori of Veteran, Wy., son Roy Fields of Torrington, daughter Echojean “Penny” Fields of Henry and special friend Dave Morehead, son Dave Fields of Laramie, WY., son John Fields and wife Amy of Laramie, WY., and daughter Kathy Gompert and husband Ron of Kimball; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchild; sisters-in-law Marlene and husband Clarence Fleck of Edmond, OK and Verna Green of Henry; brother Mickey Combs and wife Wanda of Colorado Springs, Colo. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Leona is preceded in death by her parents, husband Mervin“Bus” Fields, infant son Freddy Bert, two brothers, three sisters and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Cancer Foundation or to Prairie Haven Hospice.
08/21/1911 - 1/25/2005
Freda Beeman, 93, of David City, Ne, formerly of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Villa Alzheimer’s Unit at David City.
A memorial service will be held 9:00 a.m. Friday, February 4, 2005 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastor Dale Brown officiating. Inurnment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff.
Freda was born August 21, 1911 in Hershey, NE to Jacob and Katherine (Kamerzell) Bernhardt. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln and took evening classes studying bookkeeping. She married Paul Beeman on November 4, 1939 in Scottsbluff. She was employed at Nebraska Certified Potato Growers Association and later worked at Heritage Health Care Center for twenty years as a nurses aid and care staff member in charge of supplies.
Freda enjoyed playing cards, working in her yard, crossword puzzles and reading. She was a member of the Salem Congregational Church and the VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Kenneth and Garlyn Beeman of Shelby, NE; granddaughters: Darla Andersen of Lincoln, NE and Darci Fanning of Eagle, NE; great grandchildren: Josie and Wyatt Fanning of Eagle, NE and Blake and Krista Andersen of Lincoln, NE; several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Her parents, husband Paul, 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death.
A memorial has been established to the St. Joseph's Villa Alzheimer's Unit of David City.
Marvin Harry Richard
03/23/1932 - 1/29/2005
Marvin Harry Richard of Lake Minatare/Scottsbluff, NE died peacefully Saturday, January 29, 2005 at his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Gering, NE after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel with Pastor Doug Jones officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery with military rites by Nebraska National Guard.
Friends may call at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel between 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2005.
Marvin was born to Fred and Anna (Herdt) Richard on March 23, 1932 in rural Scotts Bluff County. He was the 7th of 11 siblings. Marvin was confirmed in the Gering Zion Church on April 6, 1947. Marvin attended school in Melbeta, NE and then enlisted in the Marines on August 23, 1952 and was honorably discharged on May 22, 1955. While serving in the Korean War, he was decorated with, the Bronze Star with Combat Valor, the Purple Heart Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Marvin was wounded in action on April 8, 1953. While stationed in Hastings, NE, he met and married Donna Lee McNeff, from this union three children were born, Douglas Lee, Debra Jo and Marvin Allan, the marriage later ended in divorce. He worked for Farmland Industries/Cooperative Refinery Association in Scottsbluff, retiring after 30 years of service in 1987.
Marvin enjoyed his retirement years at the lake. He also enjoyed working in his garden, fishing and playing cards. He loved his family very much and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Doug and Cheryl Richard of Nampa, ID, daughter and son-in-law: Deb and Len Burns of Gering, NE and son Marv Richard of Scottsbluff, NE. Grandchildren: Lee Francisco of Ft. Collins, CO, Ashley Richard and fiance’ Shawn Harper of Dalhart, TX, Sarah Francisco of Scottsbluff, NE and Aryonna and Nathan Richard of Nampa, ID. Sister, Joann Rein of Gering, sisters and brothers-in-law: Betty and Al Reiber and Shirley and Ervin Martin all of Scottsbluff, NE brothers and sister-in-law: Harold and Bertha Richards of Scottsbluff and Jerry Richard of Omaha, NE.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brothers-in-law: Ruth and John Gross, Helen and Jake Conrad, brothers: Rueben Richard and Wilbert Richard and brother-in-law: Kenneth Rein.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Soiciety in care of the family or to the Scottsbluff Elks Lodge #1367, 1614 First Ave. Scottsbluff, Ne 69361