Robert R. Perry
KIMBALL — Robert R. Perry, age 95, of Kimball died at the Kimball County Hospital on Monday evening November 6, 2001. Funeral Services are being planned for Monday November 12, 2001 in Kimball. A full obituary will be published as it is available. The Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.
Helen C. Skorupa
COLUMBUS — Helen C. Skorupa, 88, of Columbus, died November 4, 2001 at Mory’s Haven in Columbus. Funeral services will be Friday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church with Father Tom Weisbecker officiating. Interment will be at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus. Visitation will be Thursday, November 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday, November 9 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at Gass Haney Funeral Home. Vigil service will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Gass Haney Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Bonaventure Church or the donor’s choice.
She was born January 1, 1913 in Richland to Joseph and Anna (Wielgus) Sturek. She attended schools in Colfax and Platte Counties. On May 2, 1932, she married Dennis Sokol in Columbus. Dennis passed away on July 28, 1947. Helen then married Edward Skorupa on June 4, 1966 in Scottsbluff. They lived in Scottsbluff until 1976 when they moved back to Columbus. Helen worked at Jordans Bakery, Anderson Floral Company, Froemel’s Jewelry, and First National Bank and Trust Company. Helen enjoyed gardening, doing crossword puzzles, and baking pies. She was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Ladies Guild and Catholic Daughters of America.
She is survived by her son, Don Sokol of Austin, Texas; step-daughters, Susan (Frank) Mullen of Reno, Nevada and Jean (Spencer) Tryon of Minatare; step-son, David Skorupa of Rapid City, SD; sisters, Dorothy Fischer of Columbus, Lorraine (Ralph) McGuire of Wichita Falls, Texas and Frances Rosso of Columbus; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Sokol; husband, Edward Skorupa; brothers, Alex Sturek and Louis Sturek; and sisters, Louise Micek, Stacia Schmidt and Marcie Gdowski.
Arnold Theodore Elsea
SCOTTSBLUFF — Arnold Theodore Elsea, 80, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, April 4, 2002 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Father James O’Kane officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff with military honors by Admiral Dewey Post #1681 VFW. A vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from noon until 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2002 and Tuesday, April 9, 2002 from 9 a.m. until the time of the vigil. A memorial has been established to the family.
He was born February 8, 1922 on the family farm near Hemingford to Jacob Harrison and Helen Christina (Brus) Elsea. He attended school in Alliance until he began managing the family farm. While managing the family farm he attended an agricultural school in Hemingford and then later attended barber school in Omaha. He returned from barber school and opened the Elsea Barber Shop in Mitchell, which he owned and operated for five years until he began a partnership with his uncle at the Town and Country Barber Shop in Scottsbluff. After the partnership dissolved, he was employed by St. Mary’s Hospital in Scottsbluff, until ill health forced him to retire. During his retirement he remained active in the VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He married Wanda Lucile Rice on June 16, 1958 in Mitchell, and they adopted their daughter Lisa in October of 1963. He and his wife built their own home in Mitchell from the ground up and they lived there until they moved to Scottsbluff in 1965, where he resided until his death.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Scott Melvin of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Myles Frohling of Ft. Hood, Texas; Danette Frohling of Elmwood; Brock Frohling of Plattsmouth, and Kylene Frohling of Scottsbluff; great-grandson, Tyson Shields of Elmwood; brothers, Gerald Elsea of Yucaipa, Calif.; John Elsea of Greeley, Colo.; sister, Olivia Swank of Scottsbluff and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda, and his parents.
Delma P. Wilkie
GERING — Delma P. Wilkie, 81, of Gering, formerly of Mitchell, died Friday, April 5, 2002 at Heritage Healthcare Center in Gering. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at the Mitchell Berean Church with Pastor Mark Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Nebraska West Diabetes Association, Inc. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at Jones Mortuary in Mitchell and at the church Tuesday morning.
She was born January 9, 1921 in Sioux County, the daughter of Earl H. and Zylpha (Kinner) Foster. She received her education in Sioux County. She was united in marriage to Clarence F. Wilkie April 19, 1941 in Alliance. The couple farmed and ranched in Sioux County before retiring in 1992 and moving to Mitchell. After Clarence’s death in 1995, Delma continued to live in Mitchell. She moved to Heritage Health Care Center in October of 2000.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and sewing. She was a member of the Mitchell Berean Church, a charter member of the Sioux County Log Cabin Extension Club and a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post No. 7970 in Harrison. The love of her life was her family and extended family.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Charles F. and Libbie Wilkie of Worland, Wyo.; daughter and son-in-law Margaret N. “Peg” and Duane Freouf of Guernsey, Wyo.; son and daughter-in-law Myron K. and Judi Wilkie of Marsland; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Ida Lyman of Bloomington, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, five brothers, and four sisters.
Kenneth Franklin Brown
TORRINGTON, WYO. — Graveside funeral services for Kenneth Franklin Brown, 59, of Torrington, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at Valley View Cemetery with Pastor Troy Allen officiating. A memorial has been established to the family. Mr. Brown died at his home on Thursday, April 4, 2002. A wake will take place at the family home at 1818 East C Street starting at 2 p.m. on Monday. The Colyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth was born March 26, 1943 at Wagner, SD. He graduated from high school at Mitchell, SD in 1961. He worked as a roofer in Mitchell and then served in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge he moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he worked at the School for the Deaf, Veterans Administration and at Job Service. In 1986 he moved to Torrington where he worked at Holly Sugar in several areas including the warehouse on the 100# crew. He was a member of Travis Snow Post #5 of the American Legion and Paul A. Johnston Post #2918 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he was a member of the color guard.
Survivors include his special friend, Sarah Bad Heart Bull, of Torrington; two sons, Kenny Brown of Florence, Colo. and Norman Brown; a daughter, Crystal Sporrer of Pierre, SD; a brother, Tommy Ross of Minneapolis, Minn.; two step-sons, Vincent Eli Bad Heart Bull, Jr. of Louisiana and Jamie M. Bad Heart Bull of Torrington; three step-daughters, Trinal Bad Heart Bull and Imogene Bad Heart Bull both of Torrington and Julia A. Bad Heart Bull of San Leandro, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Bernard P. Curry
TORRINGTON, WYO. —No services are planned at this time for Bernard P. Curry, 87. Bernard died at his home on April 6, 2002. Colyer Funeral Home was in charge of the cremation arrangements.
Bernard was born on July 11, 1914 in Grant, the son of Otha and Rosa (Jorgensen) Curry. He grew up in the Grant area then moved to Cheyenne, Wyo. and then to Lingle, Wyo. where he finished school. He married Ann L. Lehrman on July 6, 1939 in Lingle, Wyo. They had two children. They lived in Lingle and then moved to Torrington where he worked for the Potato Company for 19 years then he went to work for the Torrington Lumber Company for 18 years. He then worked for the Town of Torrington for five years until health reasons forced him to retire in 1976.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Charlotte Starr and her husband Lee of Torrington; brother, BF and his wife Helen Curry of Scottsbluff; two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded m death by his parents; son, Kenneth and one nephew.
Dorothy M. Durand
TORRINGTON, WYO. — Dorothy M. Durand, 81 of Torrington, Wyo. passed away Friday, April 5, 2002 at the Goshen County Care Center in Torrington. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 10th at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Ron Kretz of the Scottsbluff Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Ash Hollow Cemetery at Lewellen. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Scottsbluff Church of Christ, POB 1137, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Holechek Funeral Home of Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.
Dorothy May Durand, the daughter of Edwin and Margaret (Heinz) Schaupp, was born on March 11, 1921 at Grand Island. The family was living in Chadron at the time. She attended the Chadron Public Schools and graduated from Chadron High in 1939. Dorothy then attended two years of Business College in Grand Island. She worked as an office clerk in the Scottsbluff County Offices.
On June 14, 1950, Dorothy was united in marriage to Richard Louis Durand at Bridgeport. She moved around the country working for the Civil Service while her husband was in the military. She retired in 1977.
Dorothy enjoyed ceramics, and did many stitching projects. She was a member of the Scottsbluff Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Richard “Dick” Durand of Torrington, Wyo.; two brothers-in-law, Howard Durand of Soap Lake, Wash. and Melvin Durand of Ashland, Ore.; one niece, Linda Eitzmann of Hardy and one nephew, Melvin Hoke of Xenia, Ohio.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marie Hoke.
SIDNEY — Long-time Sidney resident and Cheyenne County wheat farmer, Edward Hinrichs, died Saturday, April 6 of natural causes at Sloan Estates in Sidney. Funeral services for Edward Hinrichs will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, next to his beloved wife of 62 years and high school sweetheart, Helen. Memorials may be designated for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Sloan Estates, the Sidney Elks Club or the Fort Sidney Colonels.
George Edward Hinrichs was born on May 22, 1915 in his parent’s sod house in the Weyerts German community east of Gurley. Ed’s parents were Gerd “George” Hinrichs and Bertha Rose Gade-Hinrichs of Weyerts. Ed was baptized, confirmed and married at the Weyerts Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He was married to Sidney resident, Helen Marie Masse on September 14, 1938.
Ed farmed for most of his adult life, except for a ten-year period when he lived in Los Altos, Calif. and worked for Westinghouse Electric and Kaiser Permanente corporations in the 1940s.
Ed was a charter member of the Ft. Sidney Colonels, the Sidney Elks Club, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and an enthusiastic member of the Cloud Dusters, a panhandle civil aviation organization. Ed was a private pilot; an avid snooker and billiards player and an amateur photographer who helped organize a local camera club. Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing and automotive mechanics in his younger years.
Ed graduated from Sidney High School in 1933 and briefly attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho before joining the wartime work force in California after the Pearl Harbor bombing.
Wife Helen, who died in April of 2000, preceded Ed in death. He was also preceded in death by elder brother, Henry E. Hinrichs, formerly of Oakland, Calif. and younger sister, Florine L. Mohrman of Tennessee.
Ed Hinrichs is survived by his two daughters, Dianne E. Otte of Omaha, Pamela C. Swick of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and son, Scott R. Hinrichs of Milpitas, Calif. He has four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
TEMPE, ARIZ. — Robert Martinez was born May 9, 1946 and entered Eternal Life April 3, 2002 at St. Luke’s Hospital at Tempe, Ariz. after a short illness.
He is survived by his mother, Rosie (Martinez) Quijas; stepfather, Ralph Quijas of Scottsbluff; wife, Agnes (Paz) Martinez (married Feb. 13, 1965 in Minatare); son, Rodney Paz of Tempe, Ariz.; son, Vincent (Debbie) Martinez; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Charlee and Margaret, all of Scottsbluff; son, Robert (Delores) Martinez; grandchildren, Jennifer, Robert, Jr., Andrea and Matthew of Chandler, Ariz.; son, Vincent Edward Martinez; grandchildren, Michaela and Jordan of Tempe, Ariz.; daughter, Michelle Martinez/Robles; grandchildren, Lamar and LaCritia of Scottsbluff; brothers, John (Josie) Hernandez of Chandler, Ariz., Manuel (Helen) Martinez, Jr., and Anthony (MaryAnn) Quijas of Scottsbluff; sisters, Connie (Robert) DeOllos of Mitchell, Dorothy Fonseca of Cheyenne, Wyo., Rachel (Juvencio) Sabala, Rita Sabala, Mary Gutierrez, Margaret (Alfonso) Moreno all of Scottsbluff.
He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Martinez; sisters, Dora (Phillip) Cruz of Cheyenne, Wyo., Esther (Manuel) Cervantes of Omaha, Vera McTigue of Detroit, Mich. and brother, Sunday Fonseca of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Edward D. ‘Don’ McKiney
TORRINGTON, WYO. — Funeral services for Edward D. “Don” McKiney, 78, will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Rolland Raboin officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Don died at the Community Hospital in Torrington on April 6, 2002. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until service time. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Nursing Scholarship c/o Marlyn B. Anderson Post #56 at Veteran, Wyo. Colyer Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born on June 4, 1923 in Alliance, the son of James R. and Bessie F. (Collins) McKiney. He moved from Bayard to Veteran, Wyo. in 1933 and graduated from Veteran High School in 1941. He joined the Army on May 24, 1944 where he served in Okinowa as a First Sergeant and was later honorably discharged on May 16, 1946. He married Lila A. Miles in Torrington on June 25, 1946 and they lived at Veteran. Don fanned from 1946 - 1956. He became a United States Postmaster at Veteran on Sept. 4, 1959 and continued to work until his death. In 1960, he started the McKiney Market. He was a member of the American Legion Travis Snow Post #5 and the VFW Paul A. Johnston #2918 for 44 years and was affiliated with the St. Rose Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Wyoming Postmaster Association and the National Association of Postmasters.
He is survived by his wife, Lila; two sons, Donald Edward (Mac) and his wife Sue of Torrington, Patrick Miles and his wife Charlene of Manhattan, Kan.; two sisters, Betty Hood of Torrington and Mary Helen and her husband Woody Ahlbrandt of Veteran, Wyo.; two grandsons, Bill and his wife Joyce McKiney of Veteran, Wyo. and Cody McKiney of Stafford, Ariz.; three great-granddaughters, Kaci, Tyler and Darcy McKiney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and several nieces and nephews.
Devona Christine Minich
ALLIANCE — Devona Christine Minich lost her fight with cancer on Sunday, April 7, 2002 at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance. She was 75. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Hemingford. The Reverend Mike Stein officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 3, 1927 in Berea to Ejner and Pauline (Roes) Christensen. On Oct. 23, 1951 she was married to Robert Minich in Sidney. Devona was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She loved to cook during family gatherings and holidays.
She is survived by her husband, Robert at home; her son, Michael Minich and his wife Melody of Scottsbluff; grandsons, Scotty Minich and his fiancé Regina Rossignol, and Troy Minich all of Alliance; great-grandchildren, Rhiannon Turner, Cody and Katelynne Minich all of Alliance; brothers, LaVerne (Bud) Christensen and his wife Billie of Alliance, Leonard (Pete) Christensen and his wife Dorothy of Scottsbluff; sisters, Marjorie Van Horn of Vancouver, Wash., and Maxine Holfeldt of Fort Collins, Colo.
Her parents, two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
CMSGT Ret. John L. Synove
BOSSIER CITY, LA. — John L. Synove, 68, of Bossier City, La. passed away Thursday, April 4, 2002 following a lengthy illness. Local funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11th at the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Lodgepole. Friends may stop at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Family requests that memorial contributions be in lieu of flowers to The Scleroderma Foundation Inc., 12 Kentway, Suite 101, Byfield, Mass. 01922. Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.
Mr. Synove served his country for 31 years in the Air Force. During that time he served in Korea and Vietnam. He flew the KC 97, the KC 135 and the KC 10. Following his retirement from the service he worked thirteen more years as a boom operator instructor.
Survivors include his daughter, Kim Synove; four grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Joshua and Justin Beaudean and one brother, Jim Synove.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Viola; one daughter, Joann; one son, John Jr.; two brothers and one sister.
Elzie Lora Trumbo
SCOTTSBLUFF — Funeral arrangements for Elzie Lora Trumbo, 100, of Scottsbluff, who died Monday April 8, 2002 at the Mitchell Care Center, are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff.