Hoch Funeral Homes, Inc

Hoch Funeral Homes, Inc. has family-owned funeral homes operating in the Nebraska Sandhills and surrounding area for almost 50 years. Our funeral homes provide all types of services involving traditional burial or cremation with care and compassion. The staff members are committed to providing the best service and assistance possible when families are faced with the loss of a loved one. We appreciate your time in viewing our website today. If there are any questions that you might have, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.

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Our Obituaries

Roger W. "Bubba" Fischer

September 27, 1933 - May 20, 2018

Roger William Fischer, better known as "Bubba," was born on September 27, 1933, at Mills, Nebraska, to Alfred and Emma (Ludemann) Fischer. He joined older brothers Lyle and Larry and two sisters, Marlene and Carol June, were born later. He went to rural school around Mills and graduated from Rock County High School in 1951. In 1952, he was joined in marriage to Ione Bolich, and to this union,...
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Harold E. Ammon

April 29, 1921 - April 27, 2018

Harold Edward Ammon, 96 of Bassett, Nebraska passed away peacefully April 27, 2018 at Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Harold was surrounded by family as he entered into his heavenly home. Harold was born at his parent's home on April 29, 1921 to Harold and Addie (Welton) Ammon. Harold spent his almost 97 years in Rock County on a ranch southeast of Bassett. He attended Hammond school and...
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Margie T. (Denny) Cosgrove

August 20, 1944 - March 17, 2018

Margie Theresa (Denny) Cosgrove died on March 17, 2018 at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska after losing her battle with cancer at the age of 73 years. Margie was born on August 20, 1944 to Cecil and Erma (Sass) Denny in O'Neill, Nebraska. She graduated from Long Pine High School in 1962 and went on to earn her Cosmetology Degree in Kearney, Nebraska. While she was...
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Mark F Jilg

August 19, 1953 - February 28, 2018

Mark F. Jilg passed away at his home in Bassett, Nebraska on February 28, 2018. Mark was born at the Bassett Hospital on August 19, 1953. He was the youngest born to Frank and Vera (Potratz) Jilg. As a young man Mark enjoyed spending time with family as well as working with the cattle on the family's ranch. He enjoyed camping and canoeing the Niobrara River with friends. Mark graduated Rock...
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Dorothy J. (Spencer) Davis

August 31, 1926 - February 20, 2018

In Valentine, Nebraska, Dorothy Jean Spencer was born on August 31, 1926 to Flossie Pauline (King) and Morris William Spencer. She joined sisters Naoma and Iona Fern. Later siblings included Betty Ann, Bobby, Joyce, and Beverly. She attended elementary grades at schools in and near Sparks, Nebraska. She received her eighth grade diploma on May 25, 1940. She attended Sparks High School...
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Loretta J. "Bubs" Coleman

August 24, 1934 - January 17, 2018

Loretta "Bubs" (Gorball) Coleman was born on August 24, 1934 in Rose, Nebraska to Hugh and Lena "Pearl" (Haszard) Gorball. She grew up near Rose on her family's ranch. She attended her early school years in Rose, and attended Rock County High School in Bassett, Nebraska where she graduated in 1952. She married the love of her life, Bryce Coleman on October 29, 1953 and they made their home in...
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Mary Lou (Lanz) Knoetzel

May 14, 1933 - December 9, 2017

Mary Lou Knoetzel was born May 14, 1933 in Stuart, Nebraska to Fred and Emma Lanz. She was the oldest of three and adored her little sisters, Alice and JoAnn. Mary Lou learned to work at a very early age and told many stories of helping her Dad in the garden, milking cows or driving through the pasture checking cows. While work was important there was always time for fun. According to the diary...
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Rex E. Arrowsmith

March 2, 1934 - December 8, 2017

Rex Edwin Arrowsmith was born March 3, 1934 to Floyd and Marcella Arrowsmith in Stuart Nebraska. He passed away on December 8, 2017 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett. Rex was educated in rural School District #67 and graduated from Rock County High School in 1951. He attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1955. He served 2 years...
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David C. Croghan

November 1, 1954 - November 15, 2017

David Calvin Croghan was born a few minutes after his identical twin brother, Dale Lyle Croghan on November 1, 1954 to Calvin D. and Virginia A. (Dodds) Croghan in Ainsworth, Nebraska. David attended grade school in Long Pine, Nebraska and graduated in Bassett, Nebraska. He met Robin Tuttle on 1979 and they were blessed with one son, Jason David Croghan in 1981. David went to be with his Lord...
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Robert Lee Morton

June 4, 1962 - November 2, 2017

Morton, Robert Lee age 55 Passed away November 2nd, 2017 in Bassett, NE. He was born June 4th, 1962 to Jerry Lee and Mary Elizabeth (Huston) Morton in Atkinson, NE. Robert was a graduate of Rock County High School in 1981. Robert moved to Lincoln, NE in 1984 and moved back to Bassett, NE in 2016. Robert is survived by his children; daughters Elizabeth (Morton) and spouse Jason Kadavy,...
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Shamus Hartgrave

May 16, 1975 - September 21, 2017

Shamus Hartgrave of Bassett, Nebraska, left this world on Thursday, September 21, 2017. He was born ton May 16, 1975 to Mary Ann (DeBolt) and John C. Hartgrave in Bassett, Nebraska. In his youth, his family lived in Norfolk, Nebraska, Long Pine, Nebraska, and Alliance, Nebraska, but after graduating, Shamus decided to return to his roots in Bassett, Nebraska. Shamus began dating Sonya Belmont...
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James Otis "Jim" Harlan

June 4, 1933 - September 15, 2017

James Otis Harlan was born at home, in the Sybrant neighborhood south of Bassett, Nebraska, on June 4, 1933, to Margaret and Ora Harlan. Mrs. Stout, a neighbor lady, was the midwife; she had delivered most of his seven older brothers and sisters, and delivered his younger sister three years later. He was born in the Depression years, and although money was scarce, love was not. He grew up in a...
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Mary M. (Huffman) "Memo" McMullen

August 14, 1944 - August 25, 2017

Mary "Memo" McMullen was born on August 14, 1944 to Mary (Brion) and M.B. Huffman. She passed away in Bassett, Nebraska on August 25, 2017. Mary lived with her parents on the family ranch in Wheeler County after her father's return from service in World War II. The family moved to Ewing, Nebraska where her parents owned and operated the Farmers State Bank. After they purchased the Commercial Bank...
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Twila Mae (Diehl) Kepler

May 1, 1924 - June 21, 2017

Twila Mae (Diehl) Kepler was born May 1, 1924 to Wilbur and Pearl (Cameron) Diehl at Pawnee County, Nebraska, and passed away on June 21, 2017 at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett. Twila's family moved back to Rock County and she graduated from Rock County High School. She taught for two years in country schools in Rock and Brown County. Twila loved to dance and she met her...
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Peggy A. (Wiley) Larson

February 7, 1934 - June 21, 2017

Peggy Ann (Wiley) Larson was born February 7, 1934 in Burton, Nebraska to Lucille (Lewis) and Louis Wiley. She passed away at the Rock County Long Term Care on June 21, 2017 at the age of 83. The Wewela, South Dakota and Burton, areas are where Peggy spent her childhood. She attended rural schools and graduated in the class of 1951 from Keya Paha County high school in Springview, Nebraska. A...
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A. Voy Alderman

September 27, 1916 - May 27, 2017

Voy Alderman of Bassett, Nebraska was born September 27, 1916 in Springview, Nebraska to Harry and Ella (Williams) Carr, and passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 100 years and eight months. Her dad nicknamed her "Topsy" and her six siblings always referred to her as "Tops." Her family moved from Springview (Keya Paha County) in...
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David Duane Harlan

November 5, 1953 - March 6, 2017

David Duane Harlan, age 63, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home in Bassett, Nebraska. David was born November 5, 1953 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. His parents were Levi D. and Eula (Thomas) Harlan. He grew up in Bassett and received his education from Bassett Grade School and Rock County High School. David was united in marriage to Phyllis Kroenke on June 2, 1979 at Dodge, Nebraska. To this...
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Amber A Frerichs

October 25, 1995 - February 4, 2017

Amber Annette Frerichs was God's gift to this world in the early morning hours of October 25th, 1995, at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, Nebraska. Welcoming her were her parents Barry and Amy Frerichs and two year old brother Brennan Frerichs of rural Long Pine, Nebraska. She and Brennan enjoyed a childhood filled with adventures out in the trees, building their fort, watching "Out of...
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Charles J. 'Charlie" Fuller

October 20, 1944 - January 30, 2017

Staff Sergeant Charles Justus Fuller born October 20, 1944 and went to the Lord on January 30, 2017. He was born to Harrison Ilo and Irene (Tyler) Fuller. Charlie served in the United States Army from September of 1962 to October of 1972. He served a total of 54 months in Vietnam. After his time in the army he went to Oklahoma. He spent 22 years there until returning home to Bassett. During...
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Marvin J. "Tiny" Reynolds

March 25, 1939 - January 24, 2017

Marvin John "Tiny" Reynolds, 77, of Bassett, died January 24, 2017, at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. He was born March 25, 1939, to Eldon Loren and Betty Maria (Dunbar) Reynolds in Almeria, Loup County, Nebraska. Growing up in southern Rock County, Marvin developed lifelong friendships with the Swanson boys. Many days they could be found tearing through the Sandhills with their...
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Cooper Simon Stewart

July 21, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Cooper Simon Stewart was born on July 21, 2016 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill, Nebraska to Lucas and Melissa (Heine) Stewart of Long Pine, Nebraska. He was baptized into God's loving family on October 23, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett, Nebraska. Cooper was called to his heavenly Father on December 17, 2016, just shy of 5 months of age at Avera McKennan Hospital in...
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Laura May (Hutcheson) Alderman

January 9, 1927 - December 16, 2016

Laura May (Hutcheson) Alderman, 89, passed away on December 16, 2016 at the Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. She was born on January 9, 1927 in Newport, Nebraska, the seventh child of Leslie "Shorty" and Sadie (Moss) Hutcheson of Long Pine, Nebraska. Laura married Lloyd James "Sunny" Alderman on June 15, 1948 in Gering, Nebraska. Laura and Lloyd found they had an unusual common connection....
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Margaret E. (Eastman) Dugger

February 22, 1919 - November 20, 2016

Margaret Evelyn Dugger was born February 22, 1919, to Grover and Edna (Sandall) Eastman in Rock County, Nebraska. She died at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska, on November 20, 2016. She attended country schools and graduated from Rock County High School in 1938. Margaret married James Dugger on June 29, 1940. To this union two daughters were born, Joyce and Marjorie. She has...
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M. Arlene "Penny" Hughes Ruge

November 24, 1926 - November 10, 2016

M. Arlene Nelson, only child of Ray and Viola (Marian) Nelson was born November 24, 1926 at Utica, Nebraska. Arlene attended Rosemound District 59 and Utica Public High School. There she received a four year scholarship to Kearney State Teacher's College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education and attended graduate school in Fine Arts. She loved her...
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Peter A. "Pete" Theisen

November 12, 1941 - September 9, 2016

Peter A. Theisen, 74, died Friday, September 9, 2016, at Rock County Hospital in Bassett, Nebraska, after battling cancer. He was born November 12, 1941 in Osmond, Nebraska, son of Joseph and Ella (Petersen) Theisen. Pete graduated from Rock County High School with the class of 1959 and continued his studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He married Catherine on October 25, 1969. Pete...
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Lanny Ray Heyden

February 24, 1943 - August 25, 2016

Lanny Ray Heyden was born February 24, 1943 to Clifford "Tiff" and Goldie (Ludemann) Heyden in Gregory, South Dakota and passed away August 25, 2016 near his home north of Newport, Nebraska due to injuries suffered in an accident. Lanny attended rural schools in northern Rock County. Instead of riding a horse to school, Lanny put a washing machine motor on his bike and that's how he got to...
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James H. "Jim" Fuhrman

May 8, 1952 - July 27, 2016

James Henry Fuhrman was born on May 8, 1952 in Gregory, South Dakota to Henry and Francis Fuhrman and passed away on July 27, 2016. His childhood years were spent in Burke, South Dakota. He grew up with his siblings, Gary, Rita, David, and Ray Dean. Jim married his beloved wife Eugenia (Jean) Fuhrman, on December 6th, 1968. To this union three children were born, Leslie, James, and Keith. After...
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Glenn A. Miller

July 31, 1941 - July 25, 2016

Cowboy, farmer, avid hunter, proud auctioneer, voracious reader, and former enthusiastic dancer who occasionally stayed on beat, Glenn A. Miller passed away peacefully Monday, July 25, 2016, at Tabitha Nursing Center, Crete, Nebraska. Glenn was born in Long Pine, Nebraska, grew up in his beloved Sandhills, and graduated from Rock County High School. After working as a cowboy in Wyoming, he...
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Lyle Henry Davis

July 12, 1923 - July 19, 2016

Lyle Henry Davis, son of Freeman and Gladys Davis, was born at home in Selden, Nebraska (Rock County) on July 12, 1923. He passed away on July 19, 2016 at Silver Ridge Memory Unit in Gretna, Nebraska, where he had been residing since May 30, 2016. His age was 93 years, 1 week at the time of his death. As a child, Lyle attended elementary school at District 72-Ewing School and then moved six...
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Elaine Kay (Lewis) Nelson

March 11, 1973 - July 18, 2016

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Jerry Lyne DeBolt

August 4, 1965 - June 23, 2016

Jerry Lyne DeBolt was born August 4, 1965 at Bassett, Nebraska to Leo Arthur and Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt. He passed away June 23, 2016 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. Jerry and twin brother, Gary were two adventurous boys growing up. Jerry had a tendency of hitching rides with semi operators after a Wednesday cattle auction to deliver cattle to their buyers without...
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Joyce G. (Story) Songer

April 16, 1937 - April 26, 2016

Joyce Gladys Songer was born to Joe and Bertha (Totton) Story on April 16, 1937 at Norris, South Dakota, and was called home on April 26, 2016 at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska. Joyce had four sisters, Melba, Dorothy, Ruby and Vera, and five brothers, Ernie, Jasper, Bud, Bill, and Glen. She grew up around the Dallas and Herrick, South Dakota area, going to school through...
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M. Margaret "Maggie" Buoy

August 16, 1935 - April 25, 2016

Mary Margaret "Maggie" (Strelow) Buoy was born August 16, 1935 to Louis and Kathryn (Alexander) Strelow in Rock County, Nebraska. She passed away April 25, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett Nebraska at the age of 80 years. Margaret was the oldest of four children, Charles, Betty and Carl. She grew up in Rock County and graduated from Rock County High School. Margaret taught for five...
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Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt

August 11, 1935 - April 11, 2016

Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt was born August 11, 1935 in Lakin Township, Minnesota to John and Ella (Fleck) Seadore, and passed away on April 11, 2016 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska. Katherine had eight siblings. While Katherine was still a young lady her family moved several times to Redfish, South Dakota; Wood Lake, Johnstown, and finally to Long Pine, Nebraska....
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Avis M. (Jones) Hutton

January 12, 1924 - April 9, 2016

Avis Marie (Jones) Hutton was born January 12, 1924 to Clarence 0. and May (Moore) Jones at their farm near Mariaville, Nebraska. She departed this life April, 9, 2016 at the age of 92. Avis attended grade school at various rural schools in Rock County. She graduated from Rock County High School in 1941. Her high school classes included all the Normal Training courses to prepare her for the...
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Thomas Wayne "Tom" Nelson

March 4, 1958 - February 16, 2016

Thomas Wayne "Tom" Nelson was born on March 4, 1958 to Donald Wayne and Josephine (Watkins) Nelson at Oskaloosa, Iowa. He passed away on February 16, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital. Tom served in the United States Army for four years and 11 months. His last duty assignment was HHC 2nd Bn 8th Cav 1 CD Forscom FC. He was a M48-M60 Armor Tank Crewman. Tom is preceded in death by his father,...
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Wayne L. Iverson

November 17, 1926 - January 28, 2016

Wayne L. Iverson, the first of four children, was born to Elbert J. "E.J." and Cecelia P. "Ruby" (Seberger) Iverson on November 17, 1926 at Stuart, Nebraska. Wayne lived on a ranch south of Newport, Nebraska while growing up, always loving the country life. He attended a one-room country school for grade school and went to Rock County High School in Bassett. Wayne joined the United States...
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Warren E. Horner

September 3, 1958 - January 17, 2016

Warren Eldon Horner was born on September 3, 1958 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Eldon and Ila (Moore) Horner of Rose, Nebraska. He was the fourth child in a family that eventually grew to eight children. The Horner Ranch was the perfect place for a young boy to grow and explore. There were cows, horses, dogs, cats, the great outdoors, and sisters. Warren loved horses the most. From atop a horse he...
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Melva L. (Cords) Fletcher

May 13, 1927 - January 11, 2016

Melva Louise Fletcher, 88 years old, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett, Nebraska. She departed peacefully while surrounded by family. Melva was born to Henry and Verna (Metz) Cords on May 13, 1927. She was the oldest of five children, a role she was quite proud of. They grew up on a farm near Pleasanton, Nebraska at a time when horses were...
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Ruth E. (Nachtman) Fox

September 27, 1934 - December 29, 2015

Ruth Elaine was born September 27, 1934 Pishelville, NE to James and Wilhemina (Elis) Nachtman. Ruth was the oldest of two children. Ruth graduated from Stuart High School in 1953. After graduation Ruth moved to Lincoln working as a bookkeeper. March 28, 1954 Ruth married Donald Fox in O'Neill, Nebraska and into this union five children were born. Ruth was a bookkeeper for many years. Around 1967...
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Leona E. (Klein) Spann

August 3, 1916 - December 22, 2015

Leona Emma Klein Spann was born in Battle Creek, Nebraska on August 3, 1916, and passed away on December 22, 2015, at the age of 99 years. She was one of six children born to Leonard J. and Emma (May) Klein. Leona attended elementary school in Battle Creek, and graduated from Royal, Nebraska High School in 1934, as the family had moved to a farm near Royal. Her dad farmed, raised pigs, and...
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Jeanie Marie (Maurer) Shankland

January 10, 1964 - November 15, 2015

Jean Marie (Maurer) Shankland was born at the Rock County Hospital January 10, 1964, in Bassett, Nebraska to Jake and Marcella Maurer. She joined siblings Janice, Susan, and Jake. Jeanie passed away November 15, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. Jeanie, as she was known to her family and friends, attended Pleasant Hill school through second grade. During the school year, Pleasant Hill and...
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Shirley M. (Christensen) Olson

April 23, 1926 - October 20, 2015

Shirley M. Olson went home to our Lord on October 20, 2015 in Grand Island, Nebraska. She was born near Centerville, South Dakota on April 23, 1926 to Viggo and Marie (Knudsen) Christensen. Shirley graduated from Centerville High School and attended Springfield Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota. She began her teaching career in a one-room country school. She always taught school at...
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Calvin Dale Croghan

May 8, 1929 - October 19, 2015

Calvin D. Croghan was born on May 8, 1929 to James David and Florence Gertrude (DeBolt) Croghan at Bassett Nebraska, and passed away at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska on October 19, 2015. Calvin had four brothers and two sisters. Cal was inducted into the United States Army on July 6, 1951. He was wounded in combat at Chorwon Korea on September 9, 1952 and was awarded the...
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Phyllis A. Lane

November 3, 1945 - August 2, 2015

Phyllis A. Lane was born on November 3, 1945 in Spooner, Wisconsin, and passed away in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett, Nebraska on August 2, 2015. (Instead of a normal eulogy, the family requests that I tell a LOVE story.) Phyllis and Larry began their journey at the young age of 16, their sophomore year in high school. "A Newport Country Boy GOO-GOO over a Bassett City Queen." They...
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Evan Wesley Lane

May 1, 1917 - July 18, 2015

Evan Wesley Lane was born May 1, 1917 to Owen and Norma (Tuttle) Lane at the Lane Ranch northeast of Newport, Nebraska, where he lived his lifetime. He attended two grade schools and graduated from Newport High School. He worked with his father raising cattle and farming his entire life and for several years, he worked with the Rock County Road Department. Evan married Elizabeth Elaine Brown...
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Irma C. (Vose) Hickman

December 1, 1927 - June 6, 2015

Irma Caroline (Vose) Hickman was born December 1, 1927 to Quintin and Orva (McQueen) Vose at Sargent, Nebraska, and died June 6, 2015 at the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 87 years and 187 days. Irma married Eugene L. Hickman at the Methodist Parsonage, in Broken Bow, Nebraska on November 9, 1948. They moved to the Clesson Keller Ranch...
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Marjorie A. (Vargason) Palmer Wentworth

August 3, 1923 - June 3, 2015

Marjorie Ann (Vargason) Wentworth was born at home in Kirkwood Precinct, Rock County, Nebraska on August 3, 1923. The attending midwife was Mrs. Peters. She was the oldest of two daughters born to Orval and Alice (Timmerman) Vargason. She lived her entire life in Rock and Keya Paha counties, graduating from Keya Paha County High School in 1941. Marjorie was very proud to have graduated from...
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Yvo E. (Connell) Keck

May 25, 1925 - May 30, 2015

Yvo Elaine (Connell) Keck the second child, and only daughter of Robert Harrison Connell and Ada Millicent (Winter) Connell, was born at home at Simpson, Nebraska in Keya Paha, County on May 25, 1925. She attended rural schools in Keya Paha County, and graduated in 1942 from Newport High School. She accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized in the Methodist Church in Newport. Yvo...
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Roman P. Coash, Jr.

November 27, 1930 - May 26, 2015

Roman P. Coash Jr. age 84, of Bassett, Nebraska passed away on May 26, 2015, at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett. He was born on November 27, 1930 at Burke, South Dakota, to Roman Phillip Coash Sr. and Matilda Lydia (Cahoy) Coash. He worked on the family ranch south of Long Pine, Nebraska and at the Bassett Sale Barn. He also worked for the Rock County Oil Company for many years until his...
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Judy Lynn Haynes

March 21, 1976 - May 12, 2015

Judy Lynn Haynes age 39, passed away on May 12, 2015 in Bassett, Nebraska at her home. She was born on March 21, 1976, in Cozad, Nebraska. At one year of age, she was adopted by Willis and Betty Haynes. Judy graduated from Rock County High School in 1995. She went to Bonner School of Cosmetology in Fremont Nebraska. She married Jeff Fessler in 1997, to that union three children were born,...
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Janet F. (Nelson) Connery

July 13, 1930 - April 13, 2015

Janet Frances (Nelson) Connery was born on July 13, 1930 with sand between her toes at home on the Clark place south of Ainsworth, Nebraska. Although she didn't spend her whole life in the Sandhills, her heart was always here. Her husband Roger promised he would bring her back and he did when he retired. Janet passed away on April 13, 2015 at Rock County Long Term Care Center in Bassett,...
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Sally Jane Mauch

February 16, 1933 - April 9, 2015

Sally Jane Mauch was born to Olga Christine (Jensen) and Charles Allan Jones in Long Pine, Nebraska, on February 16, 1933. She grew up on a horse and cattle ranch and rode a pony to a one-room grade school south of Bassett, Nebraska. She was the Salutatorian of her Rock County High School graduate class in 1950. Sally attended Colorado Women's College for two years before obtaining a BA and...
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John Leo Fletcher

February 12, 1922 - March 25, 2015

John Leo Fletcher, age 93, passed away on March 25, 2015 at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. John was born in Austin, Nebraska, on February 12, 1922, to James and Lena (Heil) Fletcher. John was the third of four children. He was raised south of Ainsworth, Nebraska and he attended one year of high school at Cottonwood. John and his sister, Bessie, each rode their horse 7 miles one-way to...
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Marvin Earl Dorsey

March 17, 1927 - March 21, 2015

Marvin Earl Dorsey was born on March 17, 1927 south of Newport, Nebraska to Charles R. Dorsey and Florence P. (Thompson) Dorsey, and passed away on March 21, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 88. Marvin was the 2nd child of four sons. He grew up south of Newport attending grade school at District 21 and graduated from Rock County High School in 1944. Marvin...
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Mildred Irene Harlan

August 13, 1924 - March 21, 2015

Mildred Irene "Irene" Sandall was born near Bassett, Rock County, Nebraska on August 13, 1924. She was the third child of five born to Theodore "Ted" and Zada (Dennis) Sandall. At this time they were living on the Donahue place (John Stec) northeast of Bassett. During Irene's childhood the family moved to several different places in the Bassett-Newport area which was common during the Depression...
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Vera L. (Potratz) Jilg

June 14, 1924 - March 7, 2015

Vera Leona Potratz was born June 14, 1924 to Arthur F. and Celia S (Burgett) Potratz in Bassett, Nebraska. She was the third daughter with older sisters Marie and Evelyn. Another daughter, Donna Mae died at 2 months of age. The family lived in the Bassett area where a 4th daughter, Wilma joined the family. The family lived in several locations during Vera's elementary school period. They moved...
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Lester M. Sybrant

October 13, 1926 - February 21, 2015

Lester Marion Sybrant was born October 13, 1926 to Blaine and Lucy (Clark) Sybrant at Long Pine, Nebraska. He was raised on the original Sybrant homestead at Sybrant, Nebraska with his older siblings, twins Ray and Ruby, Mable and Frank. In 1931 when he was 5½ years old, his father passed away and life became very difficult as his mother struggled to provide for them. He attended the Sybrant...
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Richard L. "Rick" Lingenfelter

December 16, 1949 - February 11, 2015

Richard L. Lingenfelter, 65, passed away February 11, 2015 at his home in rural Bassett, after a four and half year battle with esophageal cancer. Rick was born December 16, 1949 to William and Wanda (Vargason) Lingenfelter in Ainsworth, Nebraska. He grew up with his younger brother, David, on the Niobrara River, and the boys attended a rural school before going to Bassett Grade School. Rick...
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Thomas John "Tom" Galleher

April 12, 1921 - February 1, 2015

Thomas John Galleher was born on April 12, 1921 to Effa (Barr) Galleher and H.W. "Harry" Galleher, at Omaha, Nebraska. He was the fifth and youngest child. Tom passed away on February 1, 2015 in the Rock County Long Term Care, at Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 93. He grew up at 213 State Street, in Bassett and continued to reside there until entering the Rock County Hospital in September of...
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Shaina Shaw

February 5, 1988 - January 13, 2015

Shaina Michelle Shaw was born Februrary 5, 1988 to Ben and Danita (Fischer) Shaw, at Atkinson, Ne. She passed away on January 13, 2015 at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Ne at the age of 26 years, just 23 days shy of her 27th birthday. From the time Shaina was born, weighing only 4 pounds, 3 ounces, she was a fighter. Throughout her life, she was confronted with challenge after...
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Richard Tracy

August 7, 1946 - November 19, 2014

Richard "Dick" Tracy was born on August 7, 1946 to Frank and Evelyn (Mitchell) Tracy at Chambers, Nebraska. He was the oldest son of six siblings. His childhood was spent in and around Chambers. During his youth, he worked in the Chambers area trying several different jobs including: working at a welding shop, helping his uncle move houses, working on a ranch, stacking hay, milking cows, pitching...
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Burton A. Vargason

March 8, 1921 - October 12, 2014

Burton Alphonso Vargason was born on March 8, 1921, the fifth child of Harry and Louise Vargason. He was born at the homestead 7 miles north of Bassett, Nebraska. Burton was 9 years old when his mother died, so he and his brother Shorty lived with different families, attending school when he could. Burton eventually went to live with his grandparents Anna and George Vargason helping them with...
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Clint N. Davis

October 6, 2014

Clint Norman Davis was born on a farm near Norden, Nebraska on February 11, 1918 in a log house. He passed away on October 6, 2014 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 96 years. In May of 1936, he was united in marriage to Miriam Louise Byington. To this union three children were born: Joy Dawn, Judy Storm and K. Morris. Clint was very active in the community of...
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Ella R. (Hansen) Shaw

September 26, 1941 - September 21, 2014

Ella Rose (Hansen) Shaw September 26, 1941 – September 21, 2014 Ella Rose Shaw was called home to the Lord on September 21, 2014 at University Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska following a lengthy battle with several types of cancer. She was born in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the third child of Leonard and Geneva (Smith) Hansen and moved to South Dakota when she was four. She grew up in and around...
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Kenneth D. "Ken" Minnig

April 16, 1927 - September 16, 2014

Kenneth Minnig, the youngest of six children, was born April 16, 1927 on a ranch southeast of Bassett, Nebraska to Caroline (Bohl) and Wellington Minnig. He died on September 16, 2014 at Parkview Manor in Stuart. Ken grew up and called Rock County Nebraska his home for his entire life. He served in the US Merchant Marines at the end of WWII. Ken and Geneva Boyd were married in 1948, settled...
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Donald Eugene Gordon

September 6, 1937 - September 11, 2014

Donald E. Gordon, son of Reno and Hazel Utter Gordon, was born September 6, 1937, 3.5 miles north of Newport, and passed away on September 11, 2014 at the Avera Creighton Hospital in Creighton, Nebraska. He attended elementary and high school at Newport until his junior year and then graduated from Rock County High School in 1954 at age 16. He then entered the Army at Fort Bliss, Texas and...
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Geneva M. (Boyd) "Neva" Minnig

October 23, 1930 - August 20, 2014

Geneva (Boyd) Minnig, the youngest of four children, was born October 23, 1930 in Chadron, Nebraska, to Elmer and Fern (Gill) Boyd. She died on August 20, 2014 at Parkview Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. Her father worked on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and her early childhood was spent in Chadron, where her family lived in a railroad boxcar. The family moved to several towns in western...
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Irma Daisy (Painter) Docken

January 9, 1921 - July 8, 2014

Irma Daisy (Painter) Docken was born on January 9, 1921 at Millboro, South Dakota to Ernest and Inez (Kirkpatrick) and passed away on July 8, 2014 at the Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Irma attended grade school at rural schools in Tripp County, South Dakota. She was baptized and joined the Millboro Congregational Church along with her sister, Netha, and parents, Ernest and Inez...
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Miriam L. (Byington) "Mim" Davis

May 11, 1917 - June 30, 2014

Miriam Louise (Byington) Davis was, born on the home place west of Riverview, Nebraska on May 11, 1917, and passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the age of 97. Miriam was the oldest child of Marion and Nettie (Carter) Byington. She was raised in Keya Paha County, attending schools in both Keya Paha and Rock County, and graduated from Rock County High School in May 1936. Miriam married Clint...
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Mildred "Millie" (Haugen) Stewart

January 5, 1934 - May 5, 2014

Mildred "Millie" J. Stewart was born on January 5, 1934 at her parents' home near Brocksburg, NE near Simpson Creek to Francis and Sadie (Steward) Haugen and passed away at Parkside Manor, Stuart, NE on May 5, 2014 at the age of 80. Millie graduated from Keya Paha High School in 1951. Following high school, she attended a business school in Chicago and worked there until returning to Nebraska...
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Virgil D. Larson

August 19, 1927 - May 2, 2014

Virgil D. Larson, age 86, was called to be with the Lord on May 2, 2014 at Atkinson, Nebraska. He was born on a farm northeast of Creighton, Nebraska on August 19, 1927 to Conrad and Anna (Siemsen) Larson. At the age of three, Virgil and his family moved to the Bloomfield, Nebraska area where in 1944, he graduated from Bloomfield High School. He continued his education graduating from Boyles...
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Raymond L. "Ray" Denny

June 13, 1938 - April 10, 2014

Raymond L. (Ray) Denny was born to Gale and Mila (Hollopeter) Denny on June 13, 1938 in Palisade, Colorado. Then his family moved back south of Ainsworth, Nebraska. Eventually they bought a place south of Long Pine, Nebraska where he attended school. He would always tell the story about him and his sister riding a horse to school. As soon as they were out of sight, she would jump off because she...
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Bernice L. "Toots" (Kurzenberger) Seberger

April 7, 1922 - April 6, 2014

Bernice Lucille Kurzenberger was born April 7, 1922 to William and Cora Ann Pettit Kurzenberger of Springview, Nebraska. She was the tenth of twelve children and grew up on the homestead ten miles north of Springview. A school teacher nicknamed her "Toots" and she has been known by that ever since. When she was seven years old her mother died leaving seven sons and four daughters, ranging in...
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William H. "Bill" McCall

December 29, 1932 - December 15, 2013

William Herbert "Bill" McCall was born on December 29, 1932 at Ainsworth Nebraska to John H. and Ethel Rae (Fournier) McCall of Rose, Nebraska and passed away on December 15, 2013 at the Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. He grew up on the family farm and attended grade school at Dist. 72. He graduated from Rock County High School in 1951. Bill entered the army in 1953. After basic training,...
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Frances M. (Herrington) Clark

May 6, 1926 - December 11, 2013

Frances Hedvig Herrington was born May 6, 1926 on the original homestead south of Merriman, Nebraska to James and Margaret Herrington and passed away on December 11, 2013 at the Parkside Manor Assisted Living. Frances' family lived through the depression in the 30's, she was the 5th of 9 children. Frances graduated from Gordon High school in 1946 and taught in a one room country school for 3...
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Bert J. Nolles

December 23, 1922 - December 5, 2013

Bert James Nolles was born December 23, 1922, south of Newport, to Joe and Cleta (Bogue) Nolles. Bert was called home on December 5, 2013 after a short stay in the Rock County Hospital. He was baptized into the Catholic faith. He was the middle son of three boys. Bert attended grade school in a one room school south of Newport, and graduated from Rock County High School in 1941. Growing up,...
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Jayne D. (Burkhart) David

August 28, 1962 - November 3, 2013

Jayne D. (Burkhart) David our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on November 3rd, 2013 at her home in Bassett, Nebraska, surrounded by her family after fighting a heroic battle with ovarian cancer. Jayne was born on August 28, 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Irvin and June (Morhoff) Burkhart. She was one of seven children. Jayne married Terry David on...
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John Edwards Ammon

May 4, 1918 - October 22, 2013

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Bassett, Nebraska. Pastor Brent Graves officiated over the service with Pastor Rod Heilbrun assisting. Music was provided by Marjorie Wilkins. Congregational selections of "It Is Well With My Soul", "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "Amazing Grace" was led by John's son, Dr. Royce J. Ammon. The...
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Kenna D. (Scott) Ebert

December 15, 1947 - October 18, 2013

Kenna Dawn (Scott) Ebert was born on December 15, 1947 in Vernal, Utah. She was born to Enoch and Delores (Osiek) Scott. She grew up in Vernal attending Uintah High School in Vernal. Kenna met her husband Larry in Meeker, Colorado. They were married on November 23, 1970. To this marriage, Kenna brought her two sons Jerry and Vince and Larry brought his daughter Susan. Susan felt that Kenna...
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Eleanor R. (Engleman) Carpenter

July 8, 1925 - August 7, 2013

Eleanor Carpenter; 7-8-1925 to 8-7-2013, 88 years and one month. Eleanor Ruby Engleman Carpenter was born at home in Grand Island, NE on July 8, 1925 to David LeRoy and Ora Marie Newtson Engleman. She died peacefully at her residence in the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska on August 7, 2013. When Eleanor was a very young child, the Engleman family moved to Overton, Nebraska. ...
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Francis Duffy

November 30, 1913 - July 18, 2013

Francis Duffy was born near Long Pine, Nebraska, on November 30, 1913 to Elwood and Nora (Kernan) Duffy, both long time pioneers in Rock and Brown counties. He learned early the value of a hard day's work and worked with his parents to keep the ranch working and growing. He learned from his father the art of fine horsemanship and continued to provide top horses for the Ninth Cavalry near Fort...
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Duane B. Emerson

August 17, 1941 - May 23, 2013

Duane Emerson was born on August 17, 1941 in Burwell, Nebraska to John and Agnes (Anderson) Emerson and died on May 23, 2013 at his home in Bassett, Nebraska, at the age of 71. He was united in marriage to Connie K. Stahl on July 8, 1961 at Bassett. To this union four children were born, Bradley Duane, Sonya Kay, Jennifer Jo, and Melissa Ann. Duane loved to spend time with his family and...
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Jane L. (Leder) Slattery

December 30, 1958 - May 10, 2013

Jane Lois (Leder) Slattery was born December 30th, 1958 to Alfred E. and Esther L. (Schulze) Leder, in Merrill, Wisconsin and died May 10th, 2013 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 54. She was united in marriage to Steven C. Slattery on May 7th, 1978 in Bassett. To this union four children were born, Jennifer Lea , Jason Ray, Sarah Jean and Steven Thomas. Jane had a...
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Cody Eldon McCullough

September 24, 1986 - May 3, 2013

Cody "Quags" McCullough of Bassett, Nebraska passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013 as the result of an automobile accident at the age of 26. He was born September 24, 1986 in Aero Valley, Texas to Greg and Debbie (Larson) McCullough. Cody was a 2006 graduate of Colome High School in Colome, South Dakota. Cody had a big heart and would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He spent most of his...
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Bruce C. Wiebe

August 15, 1934 - May 1, 2013

Bruce Calvin Wiebe was born on August 15, 1934 to Earl and Laura (Thiessen) Wiebe at the Mennonite Hospital in Beatrice, Nebraska. He was joined 7 years later by his brother Gary. His childhood was spent in Beatrice. In 1952 he graduated from Adams High. Following graduation he enlisted in the Air Force. His 4 year military career started with basic training at Mather's Air Force Base in...
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A. Keith Coble

October 7, 1923 - April 27, 2013

Alvin Keith Coble was born on October 7, 1923 at Johnstown, Nebraska and passed away on April 27, 2013 at 89 years of age at the Parkside Manor Assisted Living in Stuart, Nebraska. He was the son of Lewis Arthur Coble and Gladys Marie (Minard) Coble and grew to manhood at Wood Lake, Nebraska. He graduated from Wood Lake High School where he was very active in sports. He entered the United...
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Linda Lu Peacock

November 2, 1948 - March 22, 2013

Linda Lu Peacock of Grand Island, Nebraska passed away March 22, 2013 at the Golden Living Center Lakeview. Following cremation, Graveside Services were held at Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery in Bassett, Nebraska with Pastor Rod Heilbrun officiating the service. Hoch Funeral Home of Bassett was in charge of the arrangements. Linda was born November 2, 1948 at Bassett, Nebraska to Oscar and...
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Joyce Diane May

September 30, 1940 - March 5, 2013

Joyce Diane May was born September 30, 1940 to William Henry and Rose Velma (Sandall) May at Bassett, Nebraska. She passed away March 5, 2013 at Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett at the age of 72 years. Joyce lived her entire life in Rock County, most of it on the original homestead of her grandfather. Joyce spent her life caring for her parents and being a help mate to them. ...
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Marcella K. "Mick" (Dillon) Bartlett

June 17, 1943 - January 31, 2013

Marcella Kay (Dillon) Bartlett was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on June 17, 1943, the fifth child of ten, five minutes after her twin sister, to Jonas Sr. and Ortha (Rix) Dillon. She passed away January 31, 2013 at the age of 69 years at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett. Marcella grew up on a farm in Keya Paha County, where she attended school graduating with the class of 1962 in Springview....
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Dewayne Buoy

October 10, 1938 - January 12, 2013

Melvin Dewayne Buoy was born October 10, 1938 to John H. and Phyllis V. (Geist) Buoy in Burwell, Nebraska. He passed away January 12, 2013 at the Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska at the age of 74 years, three months and two days. Dewayne was the youngest of seven brothers: Roy, Floyd, Mervin, Harry, Eldon and Jack. He grew up on the family homestead in Rock County until moving and graduating...
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Getha E. (Wilkins) Leonard

December 13, 1937 - December 15, 2012

Getha Elaine (Wilkins) Leonard was born Dec. 13, 1937, near Burton, NE, to Owen A. and Hazel (Sylvester) Wilkins. She passed on to her eternal reward on Dec. 15, 2012, at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett. Getha grew up on a farm just south of Burton, where she attended grade school. Her faith in God was nurtured from the beginning at the Burton Assembly of God Church. ...
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Marilyn "Pat" (Clow) Bussinger-Hollister

November 16, 1922 - November 29, 2012

Marilyn Mildred Hollister, "Pat", as most of us knew her, was born on November 16, 1922 at the family farm located near Riverton, Nebraska, and passed away on November 29, 2012 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett, Nebraska. Pat was the youngest child of Carl and Winefred Clow. She spent her early childhood on the farm and began her schooling in near-by Franklin Neb. In going through her...
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Ruby Ann (Kinder) Waddell

November 28, 1929 - November 23, 2012

Ruby Ann Waddell passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on the evening of November 23, 2012, surrounded by her family at the Community Pride Care Center in Battle Creek, Nebraska at the age of 82 years. She was born on November 28, 1929 to William "Bill" and Nellie (Vanhoozier) Kinder in Tazewell, Virginia. Ruby grew up in Virginia and lived her entire life there until she married...
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