D. John "Doc" Bunner, 72
(Apr. 3) WHITMAN - Daniel John "Doc" Bunner, 72, died Tuesday, March 27, in an automobile accident near Merriman. He was born May 13, 1928, in Grant County, near Hyannis. His parents were George W. and Kathryn A. (Egan) Bunner.
He graduated from Hyannis High School in 1945. After serving with the U.S Army during the Korean War, 1954-56, he attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo., earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1963. He was a member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and American Legion. He enjoyed rodeos, horse racing and a game of cribbage.
He is survived by his sister Betty Gentry of Sun Sites, Ariz.
Dr. Bunner's funeral was Saturday, March 31, at Adamson Community Complex in Cody, with Rev. Mark Nikont officiating. Burial was in Whitman Cemetery, with Rev. Linda Martin officiating. Sandoz Chapel of the Plains was in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy DeMartini, 79
(Apr. 2) ALLIANCE - Dorothy DeMartini, 79, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born Dec. 1, 1921, at Grand Island, Neb. to Michael and Catherine (Schulte) O'Malley.
She spent most of her life near Oakland, Calif., before moving to Alliance in 1994.
She is survived by her son Mikel Yarmon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters Eileen Wilkins of Alliance, and Mildred Gorin of Tacoma, Wash.; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, one brother, and one sister.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, at the Bates-Gould Chapel, with Father Jim Golka officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Highland Park Care Center. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Donald J. Laughlin, 79
(June 6) ALLIANCE - Donald Jack Laughlin, 79, died Tuesday, June 6, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. He was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Crawford, Nebraska to John and Esther (Hayward) Laughlin.
He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 24, 1942, to Jan. 5, 1946. He was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion. On December 5, 1946, he married Gerry E. Boleski. His survivors are his sons, Jon of Fort Worth, Texas, Dennis of Sandusky, Ohio, Don of Sacramento, Calif., Bill of Houston, Texas and Rex of Battle Creek; their mother Gerry Laughlin of Alliance; sister Shirley Herman of Laramie, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. His parents and one brother preceded him in death.
Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance, NE 69301. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Greg Hoffman, 46
(June 6) RAPID CITY, S.D. - Greg Hoffman, 46, of Alliance, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota.
He was a Burlington Northern Santa Fe employee. He is survived by one son, Cody Hoffman, and special friend Lori Bickford, both of Alliance.
Mr. Hoffman's funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Oshein Funeral Home, 2700 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City. Burial will be in Rapid City. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. throughout the evening Thursday at Oshein Funeral Home.
Robert E. Connealy, 75
(June 5) GORDON - Robert "Bob" E. Connealy, 75, former president of First National Bank in Gordon, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota. He was born Aug. 5, 1925, at Winnebago, Neb. He was the second of five children born to Ted and Genavieve Connealy.
He spent much of his childhood in Tekamah and Decatur where the Connealy and Tobin families had their farms. He graduated for Dodgeville High School in Dodgeville, Wis. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He served as a navigator, and was sent to Guam in 1945 where he was stationed when World War II ended that August. After returning to the states, he graduated from the University of Michigan under the G.I. Bill. He married Mary Ann Fox, whom he had met at Ann Arbor, Mich., on Dec. 28, 1948, at Albion, Neb. The couple moved to Gordon in 1951, where he worked for the Gordon Livestock Auction with his uncle, Joe Tobin. He bought cattle throughout Nebraska and Iowa, and worked for the livestock auction until 1966. In 1966, he became employed by the First National Bank, and worked there until 1987, retiring as president of the bank. He was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon and the "Beef Club" at the University of Nebraska. He was the Western Nebraska source for Husker football tickets.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his children, May Heitz of O'Neill, Marty Connealy of Chadron, Bridget Halvorson of Loomis, Calif., Mary Goulette of Bayport, Minn., Jim Connealy of Omaha, and Cate Connealy of Minneapolis, Minn.; 15 grandchildren - Jason, Kevin and Annie Heitz; Genavieve, Dan, Tim, Mary Eileen and Bridget Connealy; Erin, Jeanne and Bobby Halvorson; Donovan and Colin Goulette; and Jake and Carly Connealy; and his children's spouses, John Heitz, Terri Connealy, Dwight Halvorson, Paul Goulette and Holly Connealy. He also is survived by his brothers, Neil Connealy of Tekamah and Marty Connealy of Whitman; and his sister, Joan Muffly of Pender. He was preceded in death by his father, Ted; mother, Genavieve; brother Dan; and son Timothy.
Mr. Connealy's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Gordon High School Gymnasium, with Father Robert Garnish officiating. Burial will be in Gordon Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon. Memorials may be made to St. Leo's Catholic Church or the R.E. "Bob" Connealy Scholarship Fund, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service of Gordon is in charge of arrangements. .
Georgia McCauley, 69
(June 5) LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Georgia McCauley, 69, formerly of Alliance, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Columbia Sunrise Hospital at Las Vegas. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, at Alliance. Her parents were DeVilla and Estella (Roland) Weldin.
She graduated from Alliance High School in 1950. She was married to Walter S. McCauley on Aug. 19, 1952. They were later divorced. She worked as a telephone operator at Alliance, and then at Las Vegas until her retirement. She is survived by two daughters, Sally Yeager of Alliance, and Susan Graff of Las Vegas; three sons, Michael McCauley of Alliance, Pat McCauley and Kelly McCauley of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Shirlee Lease of Scottsbluff, and Phyllis MacFarland of National City, Calif.; and one brother Joe Weldin of Olathe, Kan.
Mrs. McCauley's funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, at the Palm Mortuary-Eastern Chapel. Burial will be in the Palm Valley Cemetery at Las Vegas. Palm Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Roberta L. Overturf, 83
(June 5) ALLIANCE - Roberta Louise Overturf, 83, of Alliance died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born June 23, 1917, at Davis County, Iowa to Ruel and Vida (Fletcher) Cox.
She married Kenneth Overturf on March 7, 1939, in Memphis, Mo. Her daughter Debra Fisher of New Albany, Ind. survives her. Her parents, husband and a brother Dwight Cox preceded her in death.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 7, at the Alliance Cemetery. The Reverend Mark Schutt will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Louise K. Smith, 85
(June 5) CRAWFORD - Louise K. Smith, 85, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Chadron Community Hospital. She was born June 30, 1915, at Sioux County, Neb. Her parents were Charles and Ida (Wolff) Sternhagen.
She was a member of Eastern Star, United Methodist Church and Pythian Sisters. She was married to Sterling Smith. Mr. Smith preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons, George Smith of Douglas, Wyo., Wayne Smith of Aurora, Colo., and Con Smith of El Paso, Texas; daughters Virginia Rudder and Jewell Lucci, both of Lincoln; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Irene Taylor of Harrison.
Mrs. Smith's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at United Methodist Church in Crawford, with Rev. Tim Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Crawford City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Crawford Rescue Unit, in care of Security Bank in Crawford. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Donald E. Smith, 73
(June 1) ALLIANCE - Donald E. Smith died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was 73.
He was born Jan. 21, 1928, at Hay Springs, Neb., to Otto V. and Della (Green) Smith. He married Erma J. Harris on March 26, 1949, at Alliance.
He was a life-long area resident where he owned and operated "Smitty's Service & Repair" for 25 years. He had also worked at the Ford Garage, the Sinclair station, and the Enco Station. He was a life-member of the Eagles.
He is survived by his wife Erma J. Smith of Alliance; children and spouses, Dr. Rockie and Susan Smith of Martin, S.D., Kolinda and Randy Hitchcock of Alliance, Cathey and Dan Tooley of Alliance, Robyn and Jim Peltz of Alliance, and Roger and Donna Osborn Smith of Alliance. He is also survived by sisters Jenny Wyatt of Hastings, Neb., and Della Sanchez of Alliance; brothers Albert Smith of Bennett, Neb., Otto Smith of Charleston, S.C., and Evert Smith of Alliance; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel, with the Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given in care of the family at 718 Sweetwater Ave., Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Jerry Schoolcraft, 57
(June 1) BRIDGEPORT - Jerry James Schoolcraft, 57, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Heritage Health Care Center at Gering. He was born Aug. 19, 1943, at Sidney.
His parents were Jerry A. and Anna (Caywood) Schoolcraft. He attended school at Gurley and was one of the first 50,000 men called to active duty during the Vietnam conflict. He married Dorene Smith on Dec. 22, 1973 at Sidney.
They lived in the Sidney and Bridgeport area during their marriage. He was a carman for Burlington Northern Railroad until an injury forced him into retirement. He also was active in the Army National Guard.
He is survived by his wife, Dorene of Bridgeport; two daughters, Jeana Schoolcraft of Bridgeport, and Ruby Moon of Longmont, Colo.; and three grandchildren. He also is survived by his mother, Anna Schoolcraft of Bridgeport; four sisters, Joyce Dobrinski of Bridgeport, Jill Wood of Mackinau, Ill., Pam Longbine of Webb City, Mo., and Lynn Smith of Elm Creek; and two brothers, Joe Schoolcraft of Gurley, and John Schoolcraft of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mr. Schoolcraft's funeral will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at the New Life Assembly of God Church at Bridgeport, with Pastor John Mustoe officiating. Burial will be in the Gurley cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport.
A memorial has been established to the Bridgeport Rescue Unit. Jolliffe Funeral Home in Bridgeport is in charge of arrangements