Harlin L. Dormann
DALTON — Harlin Lee Dormann, 62, of Dalton, died Friday, December 28, 2001 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002 in the Leyton School Gymnasium in Dalton with Fr. Marty Egging, a former student, of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chappell officiating. Inurnment will be in the Chappell Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Harlin L. Dormann Memorial Scholarship Fund for a Leyton graduate. Cremation was held, and there will be no visitation at the funeral home. The Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born February 13, 1939 at Oshkosh, the son of Harlin Edward and Evelyn (Schmid) Dormann. He attended a rural school in Garden County before attending Chappell High School, where he graduated in 1956.
On September 15, 1957, he was united in marriage to Karen Stutzman at Chappell. He then attended Chadron State College, where he graduated in 1963. He began his teaching career at Dalton in 1963, and spent his entire career in education there, retiring in May 2001. He attended summer school at the University of Montana, where he received his Masters Degree in 1970. He later received his administration degree from Chadron State and became principal in 1975. He coached football from 1973 until his retirement, as well as girls’ basketball for several years.
He was a member of the Dalton Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Dalton town board, where he served as mayor of Dalton. He was a member of the Sidney Elk’s Lodge #1894 and the Bridgeport Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Dormann of Dalton; daughters, Shelley Frerichs of Lodgepole, Sherri and her husband Craig Hicks of Dalton and Sonja and her husband Rick Lind of Harrisburg; son, Darin and his wife Sheila Dormann of Sidney; brothers, Denis Dormann of Rapid City, S.D., and Brent Dormann of Mitchell; and grandchildren, Brittian, Brookelyn, Lindsey, Madison, Dustin, Corey, Brady, Connor and Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, mother-in-law and father-in-law.
Scott Alan Gautney
SCOTTSBLUFF — Scott Alan Gautney, 37, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, December 29, 2001 at his home. Arrangements are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.
Carolyn Joyce (Riezanstein) Houck
LANSING, Ill. — Carolyn Joyce (Riezanstein) Houck, 56, of Lansing, Ill, died Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at her home after a three-year battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2001 at the Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Ill. (16511 South Park Ave.) with Rev. Carl Haak and Rev. Allen Brumell officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Lansing, Ill. Friends may call at the Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home (649 E. 162nd Street; South Holland, Ill.) Sunday, December 30, 2001 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Heritage Christian High School. For more information, call (708) 333-7000.
She was born March 5, 1945 in Scottsbluff, to Harry and Wilma (Keller) Riezanstein. She received her education in the Scottsbluff school system and graduated from Scottsbluff High School in the top 10 percent of her class in 1963. She furthered her education at the West Nebraska School of Nursing, graduating in 1966, and then at the Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 1970. While in Omaha, she met Rev. Steven Houck, and on May 17, 1969, they were married.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Steven Houck; daughters, Elizabeth Ann Houck and Sarah Lynn Houck; son and daughter-in-law, Joel Merton and Shanda Houck; sons, Nathaniel Norman Houck, Jeremy David Houck and Daniel John Houck all of Lansing, Ill; grandson, Connor Joel Houck of Lansing, Ill.; parents, Harry and Wilma Riezanstein of Scottsbluff; sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Terry Weimer of Moses Lake, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Brogann Jean Stees
LaGRANGE, Wyo. — Brogann Jean Stees, 2, of Big Springs, Neb., died Thursday, December 27, 2001 at the Children’s Hospital in Denver. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, December 31, 2001 at the LaGrange School Gymnasium. A memorial has been established to the family. The Colyer Funeral Home was in charge of the cremation arrangements.
She was born March 22, 1999 in Torrington, Wyo., the daughter of John and Beth (O’Dell) Stees. The family had moved to Big Springs in May 2000. She loved learning. She loved books, singing and horses. She especially enjoyed the movie videos The Land Before Time and Cinderella.
She is survived by her parents John and Beth, her brother Colton and sister Trista, all of Big Springs; grandmother Cindy Wilson of LaGrange; grandparents Gearold and Margaret Stees of Nelson, Ill.; great grandmother Anna Clason of LaGrange; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers Wes Wilson and James O’Dell; great grandparents George and Edith Stees; great grandparents Frank and Hazel and Dixie Hermes; great grandfather Everett Clason; and uncle Cameron O’Dell.
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Margaret Arlene Thieman, 81, of Torrington, Wyo., died Thursday, December 27, 2001 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2001 at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Hackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. The casket will be closed. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Torrington High School Booster Club. The Colyer Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born July 31, 1920 in Newman Grove, Neb., the daughter of David L. and Martha F. (Broberg) Anderson. The family moved to the Veteran, Wyo., area in 1930. She attended school there and graduated from Veteran High School in 1939. She then took a business course through a business school in Denver. She worked for the C F & I Company as a bookkeeper for several years. She married Leonard Thieman June 24, 1944 at Guernsey, Wyo. The couple moved to Torrington, where she was the bookkeeper for their business, Thieman Chemical and Spraying Company.
She enjoyed painting, and she was affiliated with the Revised Church of Latter Day Saints.
She is survived by her sisters, Evelyn Schamel of Hartville, Wyo., Ruby Anderson of Torrington and Elanor Howard of Yoder, Wyo.; brothers, Andrew Anderson of Torrington and John D. Anderson of Lingle, Wyo.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Ruth Anderson.
Clarence Edwin Beitel
SCOTTSBLUFF — Clarence Edwin Beitel, 83, of Scottsbluff, died Monday, December 10, 2001 at Bryan Memorial West Hospital in Lincoln. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2001 at Emmanuel Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Reverend Larry E. Scovil officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Scottsbluff with military honors by Admiral Dewey Post No. 1681 V.F.W. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2001 at Jolliffe Funeral Home and at the church Saturday morning until service time. Memorials to Emmanuel Congregational Church in Scottsbluff would be appreciated.
He was born January 26, 1918 at Weta, South Dakota the son of Homer and Selena (Truman) Beitel. He attended school at Weda, graduating from Weda High School. He attended Chillocothe Business College before joining the National Guard. He activated into full military service on December 23, 1940. He served during World War II in the United States Army and was honorably discharged on October 7, 1945. He was united in marriage to Rose Ida Yost on December 1, 1944 at Columbus, Georgia. The couple returned to the Scottsbluff area following World War II. They moved to a farm/ranch near Angora hill where they lived until moving to a farm four miles north of Scottsbluff where they made their home. They retired and moved to Scottsbluff in 1964 and Clarence went to work for the University of Nebraska Panhandle Station for two years. He was employed by B & C Steel Corporation for many years until ill health forced him to retire at the age of 81.
He was a member of Emmanuel Congregational Church in Scottsbluff and the V.F.W. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and outdoor activities, especially yard work. He loved to cook, especially grilling, for visitors. His sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
He will be remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Nancy Beitel of Mullen and Larry and Sonja Beitel of Sargent; sister, Pat Cole of Carmichael, Calif.; grandchildren, Amiee Beitel of Ashland, Ohio, Mark Beitel of Kearney, Nicole Owens and her husband Nick of Aurora, Jeff Beitel of Capistrano Beach, Calif. and Natalie Beitel of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Sydnee, and Grayce Owens all of Aurora; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; Rose in 1987; one brother, Francis Beitel; infant brother, Theodore and sisters, Florence Farmer and Lucille Quinn.
Thomas L. Klein
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Thomas L. Klein, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., died Saturday, December 1, 2001 at North Kansas City Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2001 at Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Doug Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials to the church would be appreciated. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is assisting with the arrangements.
Tom was born March 29, 1957 in Scottsbluff, the son of David L. and Geraldine J. (Rexus) Klein. He graduated from Morrill High School with the Class of 1975. He worked for various companies throughout his life including Gerry Company in Denver, Apple Computer Company in North Carolina, and Goodyear Tire Company in Denver. At the time of his death he was working as a security guard at the Holiday Inn in Kansas City, Mo. As a young adult, he committed his life to Christ, receiving his salvation through baptism on January 9, 2000 at Community Christian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. His greatest joy was traveling.
He is survived by his parents, David and Geraldine Klein of Gering; brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Lisa Klein of Mitchell and Brian and Lori Klein of Kearney; nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Joshua and Kirsten Klein all of Kearney and Mersades and Matthew Klein both of Mitchell; maternal grandmother, Caroline Rexus of Terrytown; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
Richard ‘Dick’ McKean
BAYARD — Richard "Dick" McKean, 74, of Bayard, died Saturday, December 8, 2001 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Hot Springs, SD. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. December 17 at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. The family invites friends and relatives to join them for a memorial flag raising followed by supper on December 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bayard Housing Authority complex in Bayard. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund to build a flower bed near the flagpole at the Bayard Housing Authority complex has been established. Those who wish to contribute may send their donation to Valley Bank and Trust, C/O Richard "Dick" McKean Memorial Fund at 1425 10th Street, in Gering, NE.
Dick was born February 5, 1927 to Ralph J. and Sadie M. (McFarland) McKean in Witten, SD. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. During his service, he served as Fireman, First Class, on the destroyers, U.S.S. Aylwin and U.S.S. Glennon and received the World War II Victory, American Theatre, and Asiatic Pacific medals. He was proud of his service and remained active in the VFW in White River, SD, where he lived for 35 years, serving for a time as Commander of that post and acting as Legion Baseball coach for a period. Dick loved hunting, trapping, fishing, and card playing and was known for his love of practical jokes. He moved to Bayard around 1985 and purchased some land with his son Richard "Rich" McKean, north of town. He lived there, each year planting a large garden, the bounty shared with family and friends until health required that he move to the Housing Authority complex in Bayard. At the Housing Authority, he maintained a smaller garden, sharing the fruits with neighbors and friends and volunteered to raise and lower the American flag daily until his health prevented it. In his final year he enjoyed cups of coffee with friends at the Housing Facility, watching sports, (tracking the progress of the NE Comhuskers), and visits with his children and grandchildren.
Dick is survived by son, Mark McKean of Gering and his children, Jason and Jared McKean, son, Kerry McKean of Amarillo, Texas, son, Richard "Rich" McKean and wife Kathy of Bayard and their children Melissa, Ryan, and Steve McKean; daughter, Kathy Hatfield of Mesa, Ariz. and her daughter Ashley Hatfield and daughter, Becky Richter and husband Randy of Gering and their children Martin and his wife Maria Gillen, Christi, Michael, and Michelle Gillen and two great grandchildren, Bradley and Anabelle Gillen of Gering. He is also survived by two sisters, Velva Roberts, of Springfield, SD and Maureen Liacos, of Peabody, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sadie (McKean) Buck and Ralph "Jim" McKean.
Amy Loretta Sieger
OSHKOSH — Amy Loretta Sieger, 95 of Oshkosh, passed away at the Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Saturday morning, December 8, 2001. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Cliff Transmeier of the Lisco Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Oshkosh Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial is being established and may be made in care of the family. Holechek Funeral Home of Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.
Amy Loretta Sieger, the daughter of Lurton and Amy (Phillips) Jay, was born on November 25, 1906 at Alliance. The family lived on a ranch southwest of town and at an early age moved to a ranch northeast of Whitman in Cherry County. She spent many happy times fishing, hunting and working on the ranch while growing up. She loved the Sandhills and enjoyed telling stories of her early years there. Due to the distance from town, when it became time for High School, she and her sister Ilas stayed in Alliance and worked at the St. Joseph’s Hospital to pay room and board while attended school there. Following graduation, she stayed on and attended the Hospital School for nurses and graduated June 25, 1928 with her nursing degree.
While visiting a friend in South Dakota, she met Leonard Sieger who was living on the family ranch at Buffalo Gap, SD. On April 22, 1930 they were married at Hyannis. They made there home on Leonard’s ranch and she stayed there until 1997, when she moved with her son Donald to their present ranch north of Oshkosh.
In June of 1998 she was hospitalized with a stroke, but recovered enough to move back to the ranch. She was cared for by her son and her Health Care Nurse, Betty Zlomke until returning to the hospital with a second stroke on October 27 of this year. She then moved to the Highland Park Care Center. She enjoyed a quiet home life, her garden, flowers and ranch livestock. She was a devoted wife and mother and was always willing and able to help anyone she could.
Survivors include her son, Donald of Oshkosh and many nieces and nephews.
Amy Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in July of 1976; her parents; one brother, Lurton H. Jay; three sisters, Lela Phipps, Anna Vandermate and Ilas Jay and an infant brother and sister.
Ralph C. Williams
Ralph C. Williams, 92, died Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Northfield Villa Medical Center of Gering. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff.
Richard L. ‘Dick’ Broad
ALLIANCE — Richard L. "Dick" Broad of Alliance died Tuesday, November 6, 2001 at Highland Park Care Center. He was 73. Funeral services will be Friday, November 9, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Bryan Ernest and Father Vince Parsons officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be Thursday, November 8, 2001 at 7 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be given to the St. Agnes Academy Foundation at 1104 Cheyenne, Alliance, Neb. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born July 19, 1928 at Alliance to Bill and Hermena (Krohn) Broad. He graduated from Alliance High School in 1946. He married Edna Dillon June 21, 1947 at Alliance. He worked at the Alliance Furniture Store and the Economy Furniture Store, and was a carpet installer for Johnson & Peltz for many years. He was later employed at Nebraska Typewriter when, for health reasons, he retired in 1983. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Edna of the home; sons, Tom Broad of Kingwood, Texas and Tim Broad of Alliance; daughters and sons-in-law, Teri and Lyle Dugan of Hemingford and Lynn and Larry Galbraith of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, Michael Dugan of Grand Island, Bryan Dugan of Hemingford, Christopher Galbraith of Rapid City, SD, Lisa Broad of New York, NY, and Teresa Broad, Ian Broad, and Dylan Broad, all of North Platte. Also surviving him are his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Verda Broad of Bayard and his sister, Pat Neville of Ravenna.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Adrienne and Beau Dugan.
TORRINGTON, WYO. — Memorial services for Hester Chaffin will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Torrington with The Reverend Dale McQueen officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Hester died on November 6, 2001 at the Goshen Care Center in Torrington. Cremation has already taken place. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in her honor to the All Saints Episcopal Church. The Colyer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born on August 4, 1908 in Cody, Wyo. the daughter of Ralph and Anna Wiltse. She grew up in Cody and received her education there, graduating from Cody High School in 1926. She went on to attend the University of Wyoming at Laramie for a few years. She married Robert Chaffin on November 24, 1932 in Torrington, Wyo. The couple lived in Torrington where she worked as a secretary at the Gas Company for 19 years.
She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, a Past Worthy Matron of the Torrington Chapter #22 Order of Eastern Star, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and of the Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by two foster daughters, Susan Ness of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Ardyce Ann Jaastad of Aurora, Colo.; three nieces, Delores (Dan) Moore of Billings, Mont., Carole Anne (Larry) Giffin of Austin, Texas and Margaret DeClue of Cody, Wyo.; two grandsons, Justin Swanson and Derrick Jaastad; six granddaughters, Lisa Stromberg, Katie Talbott, Kelly Odean, Mindi Morse, Tamara Geary and Erica Jaastad; four great-grandchildren; and five great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters and a great niece, Kathleen Moore.
KODIAK, ALASKA — Sid Cozart, 50, a long time resident of Kodiak, Alaska, went to be with his Lord on November 4, 2001 following a brief illness. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at Hope Congregational Church in Bayard with Pastor Ted Meter and Pastor Amos Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Bayard Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center’s Care Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at SR 3461 Monashka Bay Road, Kodiak, Alaska 99615. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements. A memorial service will be held in Kodiak when the family returns later this month.
Sid was born October 2, 1951 in Breckenridge, Texas the son of Maloy and Alma (Wilhelm) Cozart. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska in the fall of 1968. After graduating from East High School in 1970, Sid worked in construction. He briefly worked on the pipeline as a truck driver for the Teamsters. He was united in marriage to Marlyce Miller on December 1, 1979 at Traverse City, Michigan. Sid moved, with his wife and "soul mate" Marlyce, to Kodiak in July of 1980 where he managed Jackson’s Mobile Home Park until the early 1990s. He then became a contractor and built houses until his health no longer permitted.
Sid was a devoted husband and father, a loyal friend, an active citizen of the community, and a faithful witness for Jesus Christ. He was a tireless advocate for the elderly whom he ministered to extensively. Sid was involved with Kodiak Girl Scouts and was instrumental in getting their yearly camp started on Woody Island. He was an active member of the Kodiak Island Sportsman Association.
His family writes: "Sid was known as somewhat of a town character in Kodiak. He always had a joke, a humorous comment, or a word of advice for everyone he came in contact with. Sid’s outlandish humor always brought a smile and a sense of warmth to those he touched. His unique viewpoint of life sometimes brought about a lively debate. Sid will be greatly missed by his family and friends."
He is survived by his wife, Marlyce and daughters, Kimberly and Stephanie all of Kodiak, Alaska; daughter, Jennifer Cozart of Austin, Texas; brother, Alex Cozart of Bakersfield, Calif.; sisters, Patty McKinley of Wasilla, Alaska and Barbara Bridges of Ranger, Texas; grandmother, Alma Guinn of Anson, Texas; father and mother-in-law, Dick and Jane Miller of Bayard; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma Jackson and father, Maloy Cozart.