Iola T. Fawcett, 79
(Oct. 12) Iola T. Fawcett, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at her home in Alliance. She was born March 1, 1921, at Hyannis. Her parents were Thomas and Nellie (Bohart) Judge.
She was married to George Fawcett on Aug. 1, 1958, at Sturgis, S.D. Mr. Fawcett preceded her in death. Two daughters survive her, Cathie Conklin of Eugene, Ore., and Gail Kulas of Hemingford; her son, Tom Fawcett of Portland, Ore.; step-sons Jim Fawcett of Hamilton, Ala., and John Fawcett of Grand Forks, N.D.; four granddaughters; eight step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her sister, Clara Conklin of Gering, also survives her.
Mrs. Fawcett's graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Alliance Cemetery, with the Reverend Walter Cline officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, and sent in care of Gail Kulas, 186 CR 62, Hemingford, NE 69348. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
Donald A. Cox, 88
(Oct. 12) MULLEN - Donald Alexander Cox, 88, died Saturday, Oct. 7, at Hooker County. He was born May 7, 1912, at Calf Creek Valley. His parents were Minnie Kirk and Alexander Bryant Cox.
He attended rural school at District No. 40's Calf Creek precinct through the eighth grade, and graduate from Mullen High School in 1929. He attended the University of Nebraska for one year, returning home to work the family farm during the Depression years. He married Donna Grayson Osborn on Aug. 23, 1935, at North Platte, and established their home on the Cox Ranch. Mrs. Cox died in 1994.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, Cherry Creek Extension Board, Mullen Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite. He also served as president of the Nebraska Section of the International Society of Range Management, and as chairman of the International Society of Range Management. He is survived by his daughter Beverly Franch and son Marvin Cox, both of Mullen; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Cox's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the United Methodist Church in Mullen, with Rev. Mark Danielson officiating. Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. MDT Friday at Mullen Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or Eastern Star Children's Home, c/o Box 87, Mullen, NE 69152; or Don Cox NE Range Society Scholarship.
William L. Trapp, 55
(Oct. 11) ALLIANCE - William L. Trapp, 55, of Alliance died at his home Friday, Oct. 6, He was born Oct. 13, 1945. His parents were Kenneth H. and V. Grace Trapp. He graduated from Hill City High School in Hill City, S.D., in 1963.
He was employed with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as a conductor for many years. Four daughters survive him. TaLisa Burrington and Petrina Spellman, both of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; and Megan and Karoline Trapp of Rifle, Colo.; and three granddaughters. His sister Susan Clark of Madison Wis.; and former wives Penny (Tyler) Trapp and Kathy Trapp also survive him.
Mr. Trapp's memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance, with Father Jim Golka officiating.
Michael F. Essay, 81
(Oct. 11) ALLIANCE - Longtime area businessman Michael F. Essay Sr., 81, died yesterday, Oct. 10, at the Highland Park Care Center. He was born Oct. 4, 1919, to Elias and Martha (Mohanna) Essay in Alliance.
He graduated from St. Agnes Academy in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corp. He married Barbara Essay on Sept. 29, 1947, at Lincoln. They then moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he worked for the Standard Oil Company. In 1949, he returned home to Alliance and became involved in the family business, and later became part owner of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.
He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department, Elks Lodge, American Legion, and the Eagles. He was also a major contributor to the Box Butte General Hospital expansion project, the Carnegie Arts Center, and various other community organizations.
Mr. Essay's survivors include his children and their spouses, Michael F. Jr. and Dona Essay of Alliance; Mary and Ron Zimmerman of Lincoln; Margaret and Patrick McDaniel of Bailey, Colo.; Jean and Terry Olson of Lake Park, Minn.; Joan and Joe DeSalvo of Canon City, Colo.; and Judy and Scott Bowker of Frisco, Texas. Also surviving him are his longtime special friend Vyvienne Juzenas of Alliance, brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Blanche Essay, and Elias and Joan Essay, all of Alliance, sister Freda Malooley of Indianapolis, Ind.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, three brothers, and two grandchildren.
Mr. Essay's funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A rosary service will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Agnes Academy or the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the all arrangements.
Jesse E. Mullanix, 94
(Jan. 9) ALLIANCE - Jesse E. Mullanix died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was 94. He was born April 27, 1906, at Worthington, Missouri to Evans and Jane (Allen) Mullanix.
He lived in Missouri until 1928 when he then moved to Alliance. He ranched briefly before hiring out as a fireman for the C.B. & Q. Railroad. He retired as an engineer for the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1971. He married Louise Maderis of Mullen in 1932. Following her death in 1950, he married Wilma Francis Mundt in 1951. She passed away in 1997. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Past Master of the Alliance Blue Lodge Masons, a member of the York Rite, a member of the Scottish Rite, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Burlington Vets, and a lifetime member of the United Transportation Union.
He is survived by his son Jess E. Mullanix of Alliance; grandson, Jess Robert Mullanix of Alliance; granddaughter and her husband, Melissa and Matt Burri of Alliance; great-granddaughter Saige Burri of Alliance; and a sister-in-law, Bernice Mullanix of Kirksville, Missouri. In addition to his wives, his parents, eight brothers, and one sister preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 11, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel. Reverend Mark Schutt will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church or the Box Butte General Hospital in care of the family at 320 Grand, Alliance, Nebraska, 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Fern A. Bolek, 88
(Jan. 9) HAY SPRINGS - Fern A. Bolek, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs. She was born June 22, 1912, at Rushville. Her parents were Charles and Nina (Carter) Daniel. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and Methodist Women.
She is survived by her son Edward Bolek of Rushville; two daughters, Joan Colwell and Joyce Tiensvold, both of Rushville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.
Mrs. Bolek's funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Chamberlain Mortuary in Rushville, with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Chamberlain Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Rushville Rescue Unit, in care of Security First Bank in Rushville.
Donald Carlson, 73
(Jan. 6) CHINO, Calif. - Donald Carlson, 73, former resident of Alliance, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, Calif. He was born in Omaha, and had resided in Alliance before living in Chino, Calif., for the past 33 years.
He married Betty Thomas in 1949. He was a member of VFW Post No. 11546.
He is survived by his wife Betty Carlson, son Ken Carlson, daughter Jodine Martin and one granddaughter, all of Chino. He also is survived by his mother, Helen Spellman; five brothers, Robert Spellman, David Glau, Dennis Glau ad Ron Glau; and his sister, Karen Herborn. He also has several relatives in the Alliance area: sister-in-law Mildred Duhon of Hemingford; brothers-in-law Leonard Thomas of Hemingford and Emil Hoerler of Bridgeport; nieces Myrna Fredrick, Linda Oak, Betty Jo Garett, Sharon Elford and Helen Jamison; and nephews Jerry Brammer and Tom Hoerler.
Mr. Carlson's funeral was Dec. 15 at Riverside National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society.
Lowell Wayne Brewer, 72
(Jan. 6) HEMINGFORD - Lowell Wayne Brewer died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at his home in Warner Robins, Ga. He was 72. He was born March 16, 1928, at Crawford, Neb., to Carroll and Zelda Brewer.
He married Darlene M. Prochazka on August 17, 1949, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford. She preceded him in death. He served in the Navy during WWII. He retired from Boeing after 25 years in Wichita, Kan. He also worked in civil service from Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.
His survivors are his sons, Larry Brewer of Huntsville, Ala., Gregory Brewer of Macon, Ga., Douglas Brewer of Lizella, Ga., and daughter Cheryl Turner of San Antonio, Texas and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford. Father Hugh Spanel will officiate. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. A wake service will be Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Bridget Church. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Houston County, 2066 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31093, American Cancer Society of Houston County, P.O. BOX 1544, Warner Robins, GA 31099-1544 or to the American Heart Association Georgia Affiliates, 363 Pierce Ave., Macon GA 31200. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vera A. Miller, 83
(Apr. 4) ALLIANCE - Vera A. Miller, 83, died Saturday, March 31, 2001 at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance. She was born October 29, 1917 at Survey Valley-Cherry County, Neb. to Milo and Gladys (Jones) Blood.
She worked for the Guardian State Bank as a teller for 20 years. She was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, A.A.R.P., R.S.V.P., Happy Home Makers Extension Club, and Burlington Northern Veterans. She was married to John F. Miller on October 24, 1935. He preceded her in death, as well as her parents, a grandson, 3 sisters and one brother.
Survivors are her three sons, Robert and Debbie Miller of Seattle, Wash., William and Pamela Miller of Alliance, John and Sharon Miller of Cheyenne, Wyo., two sisters, Leota Rogers of Mitchell, Neb., and Maxine Ancira of Greenfield, Calif, brother-in-law, Orville Bradley of Mullen; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m , Saturday, April 7, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, with the Reverend Paul Mottl and Reverend Robert Reuss officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. The family prefers memorials to the Senior Center, Heart Fund or a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Beth Howard, 80
(Apr. 4) BRIGHTON, Colo. - Beth Howard, 80, former Alliance resident, died Sunday, March 31, at Brighton Care Center in Brighton, Colo. She was married to Leonard F. Howard, longtime resident of Alliance and BNSF employee.
She is survived by her daughter, Marcy Smith of Adair, Iowa; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Inurnment will be in Alliance Cemetery.
Eunice O. Felton, 83
(Apr. 4) VERONA, Wis. - Eunice O. Felton, 83, formerly of Alliance, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare, Inc. She was born March 2, 1918, at Clinton, Wis. Her parents were Jasper and Edith Dresser.
She grew up in the Beliot area, attended Murray School and graduated from Madison West High School. After attending secretarial school, she was employed as a secretary for Lutheran Memorial Church. She was married to Mathias William Felton in 1938. After her children were grown, she became supervisor of the technical typing pool at Colorado State University Engineering Research Center at Fort Collins, Colo. The couple then retired to Verona, Wis. Mr. Felton preceded her in death in 1996.
She is survived by four daughters, Margaret Minneman of Winnweiler, Germany, Susan Sauer of Virginia Beach, Va., Andrea Priboth of Verona, Wis., and Janet Boitos of Bloomington, Il.; son William Felton of Wichita, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Jeanette Boyd of Austin, Texas; and her brother Richard Dresser of Fountain Hill, Ariz.
Mrs. Felton's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church at Madison, Wis., with Rev. David Hoffelt officiating. Burial will be Verona Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, with public visitation from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., all at Cress Funeral Home in Madison. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospital; HospiceCare, Inc.; or Westminster Presbyterian Church, in care of Cress Funeral Home, 36210 Speedway Rd., Madison, WI 53705.