James O. Ward, 73
(April 26) James Oliver Ward, 73, Alliance, died Sunday, April 25.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Methodist Church. Mark Schutt will be officiating.
Ward was born June 4, 1925 to Raymond and Katheryn (Smith) Ward in Berwyn, Neb.
He married Elda J. Heath, in 1947.
Ward was a retired clerk for Burlington Northern Rail Road.
He belonged to the Methodist Church, American Legion, Elks and the Burlington Northern Black Diamond Club.
He was in the coast guard from 1943 to 1946.
Ward is survived by daughter, Peggy (Donald) Shaw, St. Louis, Mo.; son, Jimmy Ray, Loup City, Neb.; brother, Glendale, Alliance; sisters, Irene Newmann, McCook; Fay Drake, Kearney; Dixie Jensen, Holdredge; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be sent to the family at 2423 B-8, Highway 2, Alliance, NE 69301.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lillian B. Murphy, 98
(April 23) Lillian B. Murphy, 98, Miles City, Mont., formerly of Crawford, died Wednesday, April 21.
Murphy was born Nov. 11, 1900, to Frank and Ardella (Pierce) Murphy in rural Dawes County.
She attended grade school in Belmont, and later earned a teaching certificate.
She married Wesley "Bud" Murphy at Hot Springs, S.D., one November 9, 1923.
The couple lived at Ft. Robinson, did share farming in Sioux County and owned and farmed their own farm for 63 years in Dawes County.
Murphy enjoyed the outdoors, farming and raising her three children.
She was a member of the Congregational Church.
She is survived by son, Pat (Terry), Emmett, Idaho; daughters, Marjy (Alan) Holmgren, Crawford; Deljean (Ralph) Hilderbrand, Miles City; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Helen, Florence and Bessie; brothers, Howard, Arthur and Ronald.
Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. A Prayer service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Chamberlain Chapel in Crawford. Interment will follow in the family lot in the Crawford Cemetery. Chamberlain Chapel, Crawford, and Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home, Miles City are in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Crawford Volunteer Fire and Rescue at the Security Bank in Crawford.
W. Woodrow Metzger, 86
(April 23) Funeral services for W. Woodrow Metzger, 86, Gordon, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Gordon. Fr. Philip Henderson will be officiating.
Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery.
Metzger died Wednesday, April 21 at Gordon Countryside Care. A memorial has been established for Gordon Countryside Care. Donations may be sent to First National Bank of Gordon.
He was born on October 4, 1912, to William and Pearl (Parker) Metzger.
Metzger ranched in the area his entire lifetim.
He was affiliated withe the Masons for 50 years, S.D. Stock Growers, Eastern Star and the Nebraska Brand Commision.
He is survived by son, Bill (Carol), Spearfish, S.D.; daughters, Ann (Wayne) Wiley, Sturgis, S.D., and Jan (Roy) Huckaby, Rosalia, Wash.; brother, Marvin, Green Valley, Ariz.; sister, Ruth Evelyn Paul, Gordon; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Clyde A. Younkin, 51
(April 22) Clyde A. Younkin, 51, Mullen, died Monday, April 19, at his families ranch north of Mullen.
Younkin was born May 29, 1947, in Seneca to George and Rana (Dalton) Younkin.
He worked for the railroad and various ranches and feedlots in the area. He spent the last few years helping at his families ranch.
He is survived by his father George, Mullen; wife Sherri, Merriman; sons, Shawn (DeAnna), St. Joseph, Mo.; and Brandon (Brandi), Torrington; brothers George Jr. (Becky), Johnstown; Don (Mary Jane), Mullen; Charlie (Eula), Rushville; sisters Ruby (James) Folk, Mullen; Judy (Gordon) Most, Seneca; Linda (Fred) Soderberg, Ft. Collins, Colo., Nita (Lex) Zimmerman, five step-children; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 26,at the Lariat Auditorium in Mullen. Rev. Mark Danielson will be officiating.
Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery, Mullen.
Memorials are to the donor's choice.
Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lillian B. Murphy, 98
(April 22) Lillian B. Murphy, 98, of Miles City, Montana, formerly of Crawford, died on Wednesday, April 21.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, Mont. A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Chamberlain Chapel in Crawford.
Interment will follow in the family lot in the Crawford Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City, and Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.
Scott L. Hebbert, 43
(Oct. 12) Scott L. Hebbert, 43, died in his home on Monday, Oct. 11, 1999.
He was born on March 14, 1956 in Chadron to Myron and Doris Hebbert.
He was a member of the Dawes County 4-H Club, Farm Bureau Citrus Coordinator, Berean Fundamental Church and Men's Fellowship.
His survivors include his parents of Chadron; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and George Sands of Belton, Missouri; three aunts; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Berean Fundamental Church with Rev. Daniel Williams officiating. Burial will be at the Whitney Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Berean Fundamental Church Building Fund or Hospice.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of the arrangements.
Otto "Red" Guthmiller, 77
(Oct. 12) Otto "Red" Guthmiller, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999 at West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atlinson.
He was born on Dec. 30, 1921 at Anoka to Emmamual an dJohanna (Fromm) Guthmiller. He was baptized at the Congregational Church near Fairfax, S.D. and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairfax April, 1937.
He attended rural Anoka school and served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific Islands.
On August 29, 1948 he married Jue Maxine Vance at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairfax. They lived and farmed northeast of Anoka and were blessed with two adopted children.
He was a member of th eImmanuel Lutheran Church in Butte, and was active in the community, serving as District No. 40 School Board President for many of years.
He retired farminand moved to Butte in 1990. He entered the Butte Care Center in 1997 and then moved to Parkside manor in Stuart in 1998.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Karri of Alliance; daughter, Carol, and special friend David Laravie of Norfolk; six grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Abe and Ella of Anoka; sister, Alvina Camin of Butte; sisters-in-law, Helen Guthmiller of Anoka and Iva Guthmiller of Butte; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, june, and brothers, Theobold, Emmanual Jr., and Aaron.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Butte. Rev. Don Erickson will officiate with burial in Butte City Cemetery in Butte.
Brockhaus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Christina D. Koester, 13
(Oct. 11) Christina Diane Koester, 13, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999 at the Box Butte General Hospital.
She was born on May 11, 1986 to George Koester and Mary Catherine (Kier) Koester in Alliance.
She was an eighth grade student, and active in volleyball, basketball, and the school band. She was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church, Sunday School Aid, Girl Scouts, Middle School Band.
Her survivors include: her parents of Alliance, grandmothers, Gertrude Koester of Alliance and Terri Kier of Washington, Kansas; brothers and sister-in-law, Daniels and Kim Pianalto of Sublette, Kansas and Nicholas Pianalto of Kirksville, Missouri; sister, Marla Lane of Aurora, Colo., niece and nephew, Carissa and Chase Lane of Aurora, Colo.; several aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her two grandfathers.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Assembly of God Church wth Pastor Michael G. Schaff officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Alliance Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Calvary Assembly of God Church.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.