Jack D. Latham, 59
ALLIANCE - Jack D. Latham, 59, passed peacefully surrounded by his family at his home at Alliance, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, after fighting a courageous yearlong battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
Born to Johnny and Bessie Latham on July 26, 1947, at Lubbock, Texas, he attended high school at Garden City, Kan., and then served his country in the Vietnam War as a member of the US Army.
He graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Accounting and began his career with Frisco/Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
He was employed by BNSF for 36 years, starting at Springfield, Mo., and taking him and his family to Lincoln, Galesburg, Ill., and Alliance, where he was currently Material Manager.
He married Karen Henry on March 23, 1975.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Klingner-Cope White Chapel Funeral Home at Springfield.Burial will be at White Chapel Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice, United Methodist Church at Alliance, or The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).
Marjorie Voss, 90
EUGENE, Ore. - Marjorie Voss, 90, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006.
She was born Dec. 14, 1916, at Alma to Les and Norma Shoemaker.
She was raised at Alliance and graduated from Alliance High School. She was married to Elmer Voss about 1940. He preceded her in death in 1998.
Buell Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia M. Case, 74
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Patricia M. Case, 74, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Las Vegas, where she has been hospitalized for some time with cancer.
She had recently moved to Arizona from Fallbrook, Calif., where she was a resident for many years.Pat was born on August 2, 1932.
She was married to William K. Case of Alliance. They moved to California in 1965 and lived in the Lakewood area for many years. After William's death in 1984, Pat moved to Fallbrook, where she owned and operated a dinner house and two ladies' clothing stores before retiring a few years ago.
Services will be Saturday, Dec. 30, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Cypress, Calif.
John D. Elliott, 26
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - John David Elliott, 26 passed away unexpectedly Sunday Dec. 17, 2006, as a result of injuries sustained in a mining accident.
John was born June 18, 1980, at Morgantown, the son of John Arthur Elliot of Bayard, and Mary Hofmann Elliott of Alliance.
John graduated from Morgantown High School in 1998 and later received his electrician license. He was employed by the Dana Mining Company as a mechanic electrician at the Prime No. 1 mine. John had many hobbies but had a particular passion for the outdoors.
He especially loved shooting, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He was Episcopalian by faith.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at the Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home, with Rev. Kirk Haas officiating. Burial will follow at the East Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.
Donations to honor John can be made to his children's trust fund to The Nicholas Bell and Sophia Elliott Trust Fund Huntington Bank, 201 High St., Morgantown, WV 26501.
Online condolences may be offered at www.fredjenkinsfuneralhome.com
Mamie Opheim, 90
THEDFORD - Mamie Agnes Opheim died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006.
Mamie Agnes Thurston was born Sept. 2, 1916, to Clyde and Mamie (McCawley) Thurston, one half mile north of Ashby.
She received her early schooling at Ashby, then attended St. Agnes Academy at Alliance her senior year, graduating in 1933. After attending Chadron Normal Summer School, she taught the Gentry school north of Hyannis for one year, then the Survey Valley school 30 miles north of Ashby for three years. After attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she served as County Superintendent of Schools at Hyannis for eight years.
On June 1, 1940, she was married to Russell Francis Booth, who worked at Ashby Lumber Co. In October of 1940, the moved to Whitman, where he ran the Whitman Lumber Co., In 1949, they moved to the Thurston ranch north of Hyannis.
They adopted Tony Kim in 1950. Russell sold insurance for Equitable Life, and in 1954, they moved to Thedford. After Russell's death in 1967, Mamie continued with the insurance business.
Mamie was married to Marvin Opheim in 1972, and with Tony as a partner, they purchased the Mercure property east of Thedford and started operating as Opheim-Booth Repair.
After Marvin's death in 1990, she continued to help with the business calling herself the "hello girl." In January 2006, she became a resident of Sandhills Manor at Broken Bow. Belonging to organizations and helping in the development of the sandhills way of life was always a joy to Mamie.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. MDT Friday, Dec. 22, at the United Church of Christ at Thedford, with interment at the Hill Crest Cemetery. Lunch will be served after the service.
Memorials may be given to the UCC Church, the Hill Crest Cemetery or the donor's choice. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until service time on Friday.
Arnold Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Rochlitz, 65
HEMINGFORD - William D. "Billy" Rochlitz, 65, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Hemingford Community Care Center.
He was born march 1, 1941, at Alliance, to Louis and Alta Rochlitz.
He was married to Patty Calvo and they had three children, Jimmy, Jeff and Janet.
Cremation has taken place and burial will be set for a later date.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vilas O. Sorensen, 93
Vilas O. Sorensen, age 93, of Yankton passed away Sunday, January 07, 2007, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 11, 2007 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton, with Rev. David Lund officiating.
Burial will be in the Turkey Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural Irene, SD at approximately 1:30 PM.
Visitations will be 3 to 9 PM, Wednesday, at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
Vilas was born in Irene, SD on January 22, 1913. He attended the Welsh Town Country School through the eighth grade, at which time he farmed with his family.
On April 20, 1935, he was married to Lucille Goebel in Yankton, SD, and to this union four children were born. Vilas had several jobs throughout his younger years, road construction and farming, and working at the sugar factory in Sidney, MT.
Jim R. Hughes, 51
BRIDGEPORT - Jim R. Hughes, 51, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at Bridgeport.
Jim, a resident of Superior, Neb., was employed by BNSF Railway.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel, Superior, with Rev. Jim Stark officiating.
Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Superior. Memorials may go to the Superior Fire Department.
Condolences may be sent to www.pricefuneralhomes.com.
Anna Romick, 96
ALLIANCE - Anna Romick, 96, passed peacefully away Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center.
Anna Romick was born in Doverinka, Russia, to parents of German heritage on Feb. 22, 1910. She was the daughter of Fred and Catherine E. (Relka) Semon.
At the age of one year, she migrated with her parents and sister Mary to Hayden, Wis. At the age of four, her family moved to Scottsbluff where she attended school.
In 1925 she married Fred Romick; they made their home in Melbeta and Gering, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Roundup, Mont. and Alliance.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance with Rev. Martin T. Schnare and Rev. Richard C. Mueller officiating.
Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alliance Prairie Haven Hospice, or Good Samaritan Health Care Center.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Lafler, 80
SIDNEY - Charles L. "Chuck" Lafler, 80, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at the Sterling Regional Medical Center at Sterling, Colo.
Lafler, the son of Leon A. and Opal I. (Webster) Lafler, was born on June 18, 1926, at Havelock. In 1929, at three years of age, Chuck was confined to bed for six months due to Rheumatic Fever. The illness had lasting effects his entire life.
Chuck attended District 56 and District 49 Schools before graduating from Sidney High School at the age of 16. He then attended Wentworth Military Academy at Lexington, Mo., waiting to become old enough to join the military services and learning to fly an airplane.
Not yet 18 years of age, Chuck's parents signed his enlistment papers into the Regular Army Air Corps where he served as an Aircraft and Engine Specialist. Chuck received his Honorable Discharge on Nov. 25, 1945. He returned home to help is mother run the family farm as his father was ill and unable to continue farming.
On Nov. 25, 1948, Chuck married Edna Groeger at Peetz, Colo., a union lasting more than 58 years. Chuck was proud to be a farmer, and in the lean years when hail, drought, and Mother Nature made it difficult to make a living on the farm, he supplemented his family's income by working at the Sioux Army Depot, the Union Pacific Railroad and doing cement work.
Chuck has been an active member of The American Legion since 1945. He was one of the organizers of the ColoBraska Telephone Company, serving as President while building 21 miles of telephone line to provide telephone service to the South Divide area. Chuck began his car collecting in 1951 when he purchased a 1926 Model-T Ford Touring car. It would prove to be one of many projects that led him to organize and serve as the first President of the Trailblazers Antique Car Club of Sidney/Cheyenne County.
Rosary Services will be at 1 p.m., followed my a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with Fr. Jim Novakowski officiating. Military Graveside Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. There will be no viewing as cremation has been held.
Friends may sign Chuck's book at the funeral home on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick's Catholic Church Building Fund or the Elk's Crippled Children's Fund.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.