E. Billie Pahl, 91, of Kearney, died Aug. 12, 2012, at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Eula Louise (Billie) Warehime Pahl was born in Waynoka, Okla., on Jan. 29, 1921. She was the second daughter of Howard Franklin Warehime and Leila Lotus Camp Warehime. Billie was raised on a farm near Ingersoll, Okla., during the Depression and Dust Bowl. She graduated from Cherokee Oklahoma High School in 1939, where she was on a championship girls’ basketball team. She attended Northwestern State Teacher’s College in Alva, Okla., where she was the president of her sorority. She graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and Commerce.
She married her college sweetheart, Ben H. Pahl on Aug. 29, 1943, at her parent’s farm in Ingersoll, Okla. After Ben completed dental school and served two years of active duty, they set up a dental office in Kearney. After 42 years of practice, Ben retired and they traveled extensively.
Billie was baptized in the Methodist Church in Ingersoll, Okla., and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney, since 1947. She was an active member of Chapter GG of the P.E.O. Sisterhood where she served in all officer positions. Civic activities included the Red Cross Blood Mobile, Junior Women’s Club, Duplicate Bridge Club, Women’s Golf Association, B.P.O (Does) and the Executive Board of Park School PTA for nine years.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Isla Maurine Warehime Smith.
In June 2012 Billie and Ben moved to assisted living in North Platte, to be near daughter, Jackie Lashley.
She is survived by her husband, of 68 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Bobbie (Jon) Welty, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Jackie (Mike) Lashley, of North Platte; she is also survived by four grandchildren, Ben A. (Libby) Lashley, of North Platte, Amy Jo Lashley (Brian) Johnston, of Adams, Phllip P. (Amanda) Welty, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Mitch J. (Amy) Welty, of Brentwood, Tenn.; great-grandchildren are, Morgan, Maggie and Maya Lashley, Skyler and River Johnston and Megan and Michael Welty.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Kearney with the Rev. Gary Main officiating. Private burial at the Kearney Cemetery will be preceding the services.
Visitation with the family will be following the service at a luncheon at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the P.E.O. Sisterhood or the First United Methodist Church in Kearney. A message of condolence, tribute or memory can be left at hlmkfuneral.com.
Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
James “Jimmy” Wilson, 39, of North Platte, passed away Aug. 12, 2012, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1972, at North Platte to Gerald Lee and Sheila Ray (Griggs) Wilson. Jimmy attended North Platte High School where he lettered in gymnastics and participated in track.
He later worked construction, but his passion was cooking and catering. He loved spending time with his children.
Survivors include his parents; children, Damian, Alisha, Deone, Dillion, Yorick, Shawn, Olivia and Zoey; a grandson, Leo; his brothers, Richard (Nina) Wilson and Josh Wilson; grandmothers, Ellen Wilson and Billye Hyde; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Hubert Wilson, Glen Hyde and Bill Griggs.
Cremation has been chosen. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, at the North Platte Cemetery.
Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., today and Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Edward J. Howerter, 83, of Cozad, formerly of Lexington, passed away Aug. 12, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Cozad.
Edward was born on June 1, 1929 at Big Springs to Edward H. and Julia (Degenhart) Howerter. He graduated from Big Springs High School in 1947.
On Nov. 28, 1948, Edward married Ann Marie Lorensen at Chappell. The couple made their home in Chappell briefly, before moving to Bushnell where Edward managed the grain elevator. Edward and Ann Marie were blessed with four children, Greg, Jill, Jim and Diane.
In 1964, following a promotion, Edward moved his family to Lexington, where he managed the David Harum grain elevator. In 1969, Edward went to work at Hennek’s True Value, and later Veetronix in 1982. Edward would eventually retire in 1998. In 2005, he and Ann Marie moved to Cozad.
Edward always had a very caring heart. He never knew a stranger, and the friendships that he developed over the years were important to him. While he was very steady in his friendships, he was also quite spontaneous. He would occasionally load his family in the car without notice and go on a vacation if the mood struck him.
Edward was a creative and talented artist, spending countless hours perfecting his model trains and the picture-perfect sceneries that surrounded them. He was an avid golfer, and loved to sing. When the occasion presented itself, Edward also loved to swim and water ski.
Edward was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, where he had served on the Board of Trustees and sang in the choir. He was also active in the Lions Club, having served as a past District Governor. Edward was also an active member the Cozad Elks Club and Cozad Country Club.
Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Marie, in 2006; son, Jim; grandson, Jamie Petsche; three brothers, Louie, Harold, and Dale; and a sister, Nona Kilgore.
Survivors include his son, Greg (Sharon) Howerter, of Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Jill (Larry) Petchse, of Las Vegas, Nev., Diane (Denny) Small, of Kearney; six grandchildren, Joette Fuller, Jeffrey Howerter, Jared and Kyle Small, Melissa and Justin Howerter; 10 great-grandchildren, with another on the way; and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with Pastors Todd Karges and Doug Smith officiating. Inurnment will be at the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m., today, at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad, which is in charge of arrangements.
Audrey McPeak, 75, of Mullen died Monday, August 13, at home
Services will be held Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM MDT at United Methodist Church, Mullen, NE
Interment Cedarview Cemetery Mullen, NE
Memorials to Mullen EMT’s or United Methodist Church
Visitation Hours Wednesday 4 to 8 PM MDT at Mullen Funeral Home
Casket will not be open
Harriet Ann Grabenstein, 87, of North Platte, NE passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Harriet was born September 8, 1924, at Hershey, NE to Ward Marion and Lillian Marian Nelson Cary. She grew up in Hershey and graduated from O’Fallons High School in 1942. She then went to work at the Lincoln County Court House in North Platte until she got married.
On June 1, 1946, Harriet married Gerald George Grabenstein at Oberlin, KS. They made their home near North Platte where they farmed. After Gerald semi-retired in 1976, they moved into town.
Harriet was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and a past member of the Does Drove #109. She was also involved with various card clubs.
Harriet is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Larry) Steel, of Fort Collins, CO; a son, Robert (Patty) Grabenstein, of Cozad, NE; four grandchildren, William Steel, of Bridgeport, NE, Nanette (Tadd) Thomas, of Sterling, CO, Ashley (Cory) Johanson, of North Platte and Anthony (fiancee, Jana Detweiler) Grabenstein, of Hastings, NE; four great-grandchildren, Tyla and Trotter Thomas, Cash and Karlee Johanson; two sisters, Frances Nicholson, of Tucson, AZ and Elaine (Ray) Slowinski, of Papillion, NE; a brother-in-law, Norman (Mary Sue) Grabenstein, of North Platte; several nieces, nephews and other family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; and her parents, Ward and Lillian Cary.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with Marcia Dorn officiating. Burial will follow in the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore and condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to Great Plains Hospice or Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Bernard “Bernie” F. Grieser, age 89, of North Platte, passed away August 12, 2012 at his home. Bernie was born August 7, 1923 in North Platte to Edward B. and Ellen B. McCarthy Grieser. He attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School, graduating in 1942. Bernie entered the United States Army in 1943, serving overseas from July 1, 1944 to January 3, 1946 in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Czechoslovakia.
He was a self employed electrician, working on electric motors for 25 years then maintained family rental property until 80’s. Bernie lived on his acreage with his horses and dogs. He was a charter member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse and 50 year member of that organization. He was a WWII historian and avid reader. Bernie had a great sense of humor, was a very intelligent man, and loyal friend. He recently celebrated his 89th birthday with his numerous friends. He cherished his Arab horse and German Shepherd Hoodoo.
Survivors include his adopted family Doug Peterson and Brenda Grant both of North Platte; a goddaughter, Jackie Nolan of North Platte; and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Leo Grieser and Harold Grieser on July 4, 2012.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s High School and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with the Reverend Mark Seiker as celebrant. Burial will follow at the North Platte Cemetery with military honors graveside. Rosary will be 6:00 p.m. today at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Visitation will be noon until 9:00 p.m. today at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.
Donna Kugler Martin, age 82 of Ogallala, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2012 at the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 16th at the United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church with Pastor Lauran Heidenreich officiating. Committal services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell.
Donna was born June 14, 1930 at Maywood, Nebraska the daughter of Clare and LaVada (White) Shirley. Donna was employed as a bookkeeper at Bullock’s Chevrolet in Grant, Bystrom Auto Parts in North Platte and at Nye Furniture and Haggard Well Drilling in Ogallala. Her hobbies included gardening, activities with her grandchildren, Nebraska Football and Volleyball, baking, canning and camping. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church, the Women’s Fellowship and volunteered at the Jumble Shop and assisted in delivering Meals on Wheels. She also belonged to the
40 & 8 La Femmes, the Mrs. Jaycees and the XYZ Extension Club.
Survivors include two sons, Donald (Becky) Kugler of Gering, NE and Ronald (Michele) Kugler of Ogallala; one daughter, Mary (Terry) Kauk of Alma, NE; three sisters, Devona Allen of Grant, Lucille Long of Grant, and Norma Jean (Tom) Summers of Fallbrook, CA; two brothers, Lolen Shirley of Grant and Gordon (Olivia) Shirley of Tustin, CA; two sisters in law, Doris Kugler of Broomfield, CO and Alice Mae Kugler of Cross Timbers, MO; brother in law, George Kugler of Springfield, MO; six grandchildren,
Jacob (Cassandra) Kugler, Jennifer ( Travis) Schmidt, David Kugler, Beth Kugler, Nicole Kauk and Dillon Kauk; great grandchildren, Maverick Kugler, Lexus Kugler, Dylan Kugler, Bradley Schmidt and Logan Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clare and LaVada Shirley; mother and father in law, Henry and Nannie Kugler; her husbands, Albert Kugler and Ray Martin; brothers in law, Charles Brown, Kenneth Long, Lafayette Kugler, William Kugler, Henry Kugler, Jack Allen, Alvin Kugler and Jack Kugler; sister in laws, Mary Alice Jenkins, Betty Shirley, Vivian Kugler and Patricia Kugler.
Online condolences may be sent at gubserfuneralhome.com. A memorial has been established in her memory. Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marvon David Edelman passed away peaceful at his home in Mullen, NE on August 11, 2012 from battling cancer.
Marvon David Edelman was born on March 26, 1932 to Clyde and Eula Pearman Edelman on the ranch six miles north of Seneca, NE. Marvon attended Jimtown country school and Seneca school. He grew up breaking and riding a lot of horses. He worked on many area ranches in the sandhills. He worked for Boeing in Wichita, KS. He lived with his brother Bud and sister in-law Margorie.
He came back to the sandhills and met and married Charleen Butler on July 26, 1954. He worked in the oil fields in Kimball, NE. He worked for Franke’s Construction, Missouri Valley Const and came to work for the city of Mullen, later became the Superintendent for the city. He later, owned and operated his own Trucking Company and developed his own Mineral Feed for cattle in the sandhills area.
Marvon and Charleen raised nine children and love them all. Marvon loved for all his family to get together at home. He so enjoyed his 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
He leaves behind his wife Charleen Edelman of 58 years. His children he leaves behind are Linda and Dan Miyagi, Fort Collins, CO, John and Terria Hampton, Arthur, NE, Earleen and Steve Printz, Owasso, OK, Eula & Charlie Younkin, Rushville, NE, Kim Minor, North Platte, NE, Calleen & Glenn Andrews, Gordon, NE, Von & Tom Roseberry, Minatare, NE, Kelly & Dean McCaffery, North Platte, NE. Marvon has 23 loving grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews that he so loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, all of his brothers William Clyde & Edith Edelman, Biloxi, MS, Bud Wes Edelman, Caldwell, KS, Ted & Gloria Edelman, Arnold, NE, Dick and Bonnie Edelman of Mullen, NE. A son, Richard of Santé Fe, Texas and a granddaughter Christy Teahon Fort Collins, CO., granddaughter Chana Miyagi of Fort Collins, CO.
He was very much loved and will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. We love you Dad, Grandpa & Paw Paw. Marvon was very proud of his heritage and the sandhills. We will truly miss your big laughter, wonderful sense of humor and stories and your legacy will live on in the hearts of all of us.
Ronnie L. Williams, 61, of Curtis, passed away August 8, 2012 at his home. He was born November 17, 1950 to Lester and Joy Ruth (Norton) Williams at Madera, CA. Ronnie lived in the Curtis and North Platte where he was a truck driver and equipment operator. He was united in marriage on July 13, 2012 to Tina Conklin in North Platte. He is survived by his wife, Tina of Curtis; nine children; two step children; a sister, Sherry Knight; a niece, Crystal Crewdson; a nephew, Anthony Bennett and other relatives. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Alison Frazier officiating. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Tina Marie Arensdorf, age 46 of North Platte, passed away August 8, 2012 at GPRMC.
Tina was born in North Platte and grew up in Wellfleet, moving to North Platte when she was in the 5th grade. She attended NPHS and spent her junior year in Sweden as a foreign exchange student through the Rotary. Tina graduated in 1984 then attended UNL for two years, then completed travel school and became a travel agent. Tina married Bret Arensdorf April 17, 1987 in North Platte. The couple lived in Omaha for 15 years, where she worked in the travel industry. After 2 years in Falls City, they moved to Cozad for 3 years, then back to North Platte.
Tina was diagnosed with MS at the age of 27 and has battled this disease with courage and strength for 19 years.
Tina loved to read and write children’s books and she made her family the true center of her life.
Tina is survived by her husband Bret of North Platte; 3 children Stefan, Karissa and Aidan Arensdorf; a sister Dolly (Mike) Mroczek of North Platte; a brother Pat (Susan) Miller of Ft. Morgan, CO; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Betty Miller.
A memorial has been established in her name and on-line condolences may be made at www.adamsswanson.com. Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday August 14. 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic church with the Reverend James Golka as Celebrant. Book signing will be Monday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.. Cremation was chosen.