Memorial services for Diane Lang, age 89, of Portland, Oregon, formerly of Tilden, Nebraska, will be 10:30 a.m. June 9, 2018, at Faith
United Methodist Church in Tilden. Pastor Ralph Metschke will officiate, with burial in Tilden City Cemetery.
Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden is in charge of arrangements.
Diane Evelyn (Baker) Lang passed away peacefully on May 19, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.
Diane was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Fred Junior Lang, who passed away on September 20, 2017.
Diane and Fred were both born and raised in Tilden, Nebraska. They also lived in North Platte, Nebraska; Pagosa Springs, Colorado; and Sun City, Arizona.
Mourning Diane’s passing are her children, Carolyn Lang of Portland, Oregon, Mark Lang of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Craig Lang of New York, New York; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Diane was fond of telling people that her family was her life. Her family knows that she is in a better place with our Lord, but we miss her terribly.
Funeral services for Cyril Schrage, 73, of Clearwater, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater with Father John Norman officiating.
Burial will be at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and Wake at 2:00 p.m. Cyril passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Omaha. Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be directed to family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to the family.
Funeral services for Florence Neyens, 92, of Oakdale, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden.
John Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2018, at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Florence died Monday, May 28, 2018, at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.
Florence May Neyens was born on the 4th of July 1925, at Cripple Creek, Colorado. How fitting, that having come into the world on the day that we celebrate independence, that she would leave us on the day that we honor those who fought for it, Memorial Day, May 28th, 2018. She was 92. She was the daughter of William “Bill” and Louise Munkers. She graduated from Cripple Creek High School. On October 26, 1969, Florence was united in marriage to Charles Neyens at Indian Hills, Colorado. Together they raised five children: Constance “Connie”, Robbinette “Robbie”, Sharon, George, and Edith “Dee Dee.”
Florence was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary, K of C Altar Society and the Oakdale Cemetery Auxiliary. She was also involved in many local events throughout the area.
Florence is survived by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Neyens; children, Connie, Sharon, George, and Dee Dee; 12 grandchildren, Jamie, Tami, JJ, Scott, Shelly, Ed, Andi, Matt, Sam, Cris, Brooke, and Leslie; 31 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brother, William “Bill, Jr.”; sister, Clara; brother-in-law Bob; sister-in-law, Vickie; and brother-in-law, Doug.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Robbie; sister, Stella; brother-in-law, William “Bill’ Neyens; as well as two brothers and one sister who preceded her as young children.
Kimberly Jessica Vaughan, 14, of Alvin, TX passed away on May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, TX.
Kimberly was born on August 12, 2003, in San Diego, CA to Christopher Lee Vaughan and Rhonda Jean Hart.
She has been a resident of Alvin for the past nine years and formally of Alaska.
She was a Freshman at Santa Fe High School and a member of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Counsel 27127, a Sr. Level Girl Scout.
Kimberly was a member of the Harry Potter Fan Club and loved going to the library. She was known for her quick wit and sense of humor.
She loved cats and never met a stranger.
Kimberly is survived by her parents Rhonda Hart and Christopher “Lee” Vaughan; grandparents Richard L. Hart and wife Toni, Donna Molbug, and Ralph and Patricia Vaughan; great-grandfather Ralph Vaughan, Sr.; brother Tyler Vaughan; aunts and uncles Randy Hart, Adam Hart and wife Bertha and Marissa Vaughan.
There will be a visitation at 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Clear Creek Community Church 999 FM 270 League City, TX 77573. There will be a Funeral Service at 2:00 P.M.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Santa Fe Texas Educational Foundation P.O. Box 747 Santa Fe, TX 77517.
Arlie Jon Novotny was born on January 27, 1926 in Lindsey, NE to John and Rose Novotny. He died March 25, 2017 in Lincoln, NE. Arlie attended Meadow Grove School where he first met his wife, LaDonna Wieting. Arlie left high school early and enlisted in the Navy. He proudly served in WWII on the USS Logan in the South Pacific as a Motor Machinist’s Mate, Second; he was honorably discharged on January 22, 1947.
Arlie returned home where he married LaDonna, and they proceeded to have four boys, Fredd, Brad, Dana and Bill. Arlie farmed right after his discharge, but decided to go back to school to become a diesel mechanic. The schooling took him to St. Louis. The employment that followed took him to Sterling, Co. Arlie and LaDonna had a desire to be closer to family, they proceeded to live in the towns of Lyons, North Bend, Pender and Ainsworth. Arlie and LaDonna managed the Oddfellow Rebecca Manor in Norfolk prior to retiring. They retired to Tilden briefly before moving to Lincoln.
Arlie enjoyed an occasional beer, fishing, watching football, gardening, hunting and tinkering with anything mechanical. Arlie could fi x anything! He was a lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. Arlie was a devoted husband, wonderful father and grandfather. He was proceeded in death by his wife, LaDonna and grandson, Chadwick, his brother Le-Roy and sister LaVerne. He is survived by his four sons, Fredd (Mary) Novotny, Anchorage, Alaska; Brad (Jennifer) Novotny, Lincoln, NE; Dana Novotny, Norfolk, NE; Bill Novotny, Tilden, NE. Numerous
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Wyuku Cemetary in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 am with luncheon to follow.
After 86 years, 7 months and 7 days spent enjoying family, friends, music, the arts and engineering, Thomas David French made his final journey home. Tom passed on April 24th, 2018 in La Quinta, California. His wife of 59 years, Mary, and his two daughters were at his side.
Tom was born on September 17th, 1931 in Tilden, Nebraska. He was the only child to parents Gwendolyn G. Barr French and Presley Milford French. Tom leaves behind his wife Mary, son David, daughters Diane and Jeanine, and 4 grandchildren.
Tom grew up in Tilden. With his grandfather Charles C. Barr being the town doctor and his Uncle Bob an avid radio and film enthusiast, Tom spent his early years in a very lively and stimulating home. That’s when his love for gadgets and engineering began. His step father, Whitney J. Osborn “Papa Jake” put him to work on his farm, milking cows and helping raise pigs and chickens. He developed a strong work ethic. He took his first job while in high school as “Chief Projectionist” at the Victory Theatre in Tilden.
In September of 1949, Tom went off to college at Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, NE to study Pre-Engineering. He moved on to the University of Nebraska in the fall of ’51 and earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in January of 1955. Motorcycles were one of Tom’s favorite hobbies, in addition to Hi-Fi stereo and photography.
After graduation, he worked at the Allison division of General Motors in Indianapolis before being drafted into the Army in January of 1956. He was stationed at both Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and the U.S. Army Test Station in Yuma, Arizona. Tom received an honorable discharge from the Army in December of ’57 and returned to work at Allison in Indianapolis. He continued work on instrumentation for jet aircraft engines, pulse circuitry and sound.
In the spring of ’58 he met Mary Carolyn Riegel, who was working as a secretary at Allison. They married on January 17th, 1959 and honeymooned in Washington D.C. They moved to Yuma, Arizona, where Tom began working for the Yuma Army Proving Ground as an Electrical Engineer. Tom worked on early GPS satellites, laser tracking systems, missiles, helicopters and the very first military surveillance drones.
Tom and was actively involved as a “Den Dad” in his son’s Cub Scouting, as well as swimming and grid kids football. He served as Audio Engineer and Board President of the Yuma Ballet Theatre while his daughters danced with the company. Tom gave his children the gift of music, theatre and travel. He played countless records in their home, from a stereo system and speakers he built himself. His tastes spanned all genres. He and Mary took the kids across the USA to visit family and national parks.
Tom was creative with words and thought. With the mind of an engineer, he had a certain way of doing things. He had faith in the power of progress to continually improve people’s lives.
Tom loved the desert. He and Mary moved to La Quinta, California in 2001 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. His sense of humor, openness and warmth made him many friends wherever he went.
In his last few years, Tom was weakened from several surgeries intended to prolong his life. His wife Mary took care of him until the very end. He had many spiritual moments he shared with family before he passed on, peacefully guided by those he loved and lost. A celebration of his life took place on Saturday April 28th at Forest Lawn Cathedral City, Ramon Room, 69855 E Ramon Rd, Cathedral City, CA. Private burial follows on May 2nd at Desert Memorial Park, 31705 Da Vall Drive, Palm Springs.
Funeral Services for Ruth Prater age 89, of Clearwater will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Clearwater with Pastor Daniel Feusse, Officiating. Music will be provided by Caroline Jaeke. Burial is at Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater, Nebraska. Pallbearers are Wesley Prater, Brock Prater, Ben Prater, Bo Prater, Michael Morey, and Gordon Hagge. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater. Ruth passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Neligh.
The daughter of William and Flora (Mueller) Kruger, Ruth was born August 16, 1928 in Tilden, Nebraska. She was baptized on September 23, 1928 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden. She soon moved with her family to Clearwater. Ruth was confirmed on May 31, 1942 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clearwater and was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church. She graduated from Clearwater Public School with the class of 1946. As a young woman Ruth worked at Miller Brother’s Grocery store in Clearwater. Ruth was united in marriage to Benny W. Prater on October 29, 1947 in Grand Island. Ruth and Benny made their home in Clearwater. Benny sold cars for Contois Motor Company and Ruth was his ever-ready assistant, running cars and parts, even tying candy bars on trees after Benny promised a would-be buyer’s children that if their dad purchased a car they could pick candy off his candy-tree. Ruth eventually worked herself into a job with Contois as well, filling out purchase agreements and other paperwork. Ruth was a Charter member of the Clearwater American Legion Auxiliary and celebrated 70 years of membership this past January. Ruth enjoyed her family, spending hours cooking their favorite dishes for holidays and birthdays. She loved to decorate and to the delight of her children and grandchildren, her house sparkled with window and yard displays for every season. Ruth insisted on mowing her own yard and scooping her own snow until in June of 2015 she moved to The Willows Assisted Living in Neligh.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Benita and husband Danny Beutler of Clearwater, son, Tracy and wife Cindy of Ewing, son Kelly and special friend, Deann Dickey of Lincoln; six grandchildren, Meredith Morey and husband Michael, Wes Prater and wife Danielle, Ivy Prater, Brock Prater and wife Stephanie, Ben Prater and Bo Prater; and seven great grandchildren. Ruth is survived by a sister, Carol (Bill) Timm of Kearney and a brother, John (Dorothea) Kruger of Lincoln. Sister-in-law, Alys Kruger and brother-in-law Don Maulding.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brothers, William Jr., Donnie, and Robert and one sister, Bonnie.
Louise Edith Ruterbories, age 90, of Topeka, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. She was born August 9, 1927 in Rolla, Missouri the daughter of Walter and Louella Lewis Underwood. Louise graduated from Barstow High School in California. She also attended Wayne State College in Nebraska where she received a teaching certificate. She was married to Arvid Belgum from 1947 – 1962. She was married to Caryl Ruterbories from 1970 – 1991. Louise taught school in one-room country schools throughout Nebraska for 10 years. She worked for the State of Nebraska in the Welfare Social Office at Neligh, Nebraska for over 18 years. She is survived by a son, Bruce (Marsha) Belgum of Omaha, Nebraska; a daughter, Lynda Pollman of Topeka; a sister, Frieda (Nolen) Gines of Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandchildren and nine great grand children.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Rochester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Midland Hospice House and sent in care of the Davidson Funeral Home. davidsonfuneral.com.
Funeral services for Eugene "Gene" Cecil Moser age 70 of Orchard, Nebraska will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21st at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Orchard. Visitation is from 5-8 P.M. Friday at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Orchard. Military Honors will be conducted by the Orchard American Legion post #136. Gene Moser passed away April 17, 2018 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital. Ashburn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Eugene Cecil Moser was born on March 14th, 1948 to Leona (Montgomery) Moser and Cecil Lloyd Moser. He graduated from Orchard High School with the class of 1966. Gene entered into the Army in 1968 and did his basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He then served in Vietnam where he walked point and was a sniper. Gene returned home in 1969 to farm with his dad.
Gene married Lynette Classen and to this union five daughters were born. Terra Kay, Brooke Deneise, Candace Jean, Page Marie, and Lindsey Dawn. On March 31st, 1990 he married Becky Sue Green at the Presbyterian Church in Ewing, NE.
After farming he and his family moved to Orchard where he worked at the Orchard Cheese Factory for several years and then as a custodian at the Orchard Public School until he retired in 2010. At the present time he was helping out at Mitteis Gravel during the summer months and during the winter he enjoyed sitting in his chair with his grand dog, Phoebe, watching the snow fly.
Gene’s greatest pride was his five daughters and their families. You could always find him sitting on the bleachers supporting his children and grandchildren in whichever sport they were playing at that time. Whether it be Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Softball or Baseball, he was there and always wearing the coordinating color for that town. His dresser drawers are filled with orange, green and red shirts, so he never had a problem with not knowing what to wear. Gene also enjoyed golfing with the men on Thursday nights for men’s league. This night was the only night that his golf game may have taken precedence over his grandkids’ activities. He always looked forward to going south for a couple of weeks in the winter and of course, to Vegas once a year.
Proceeding him in death were his parents, his mother-in-law, Darlene Green and a brother-in-law, Lyle Sparr.
Survivors include, his wife, Becky, his five daughters, Terra and Neil Williby of Royal, Brooke and Chris Mann of Winside, Candace Moser and Michael Nelson of Orchard, Page and Jeremy Wagner of Ewing, Lindsey and Brian Switzer of Royal, 15 grandchildren, Brock and Dalton Williby, Mercedes and Zach Bretschneider, Sean and Jacoby Mann, Kinzly and Eli Macke, Landon Nelson, Wyatt, Brenna, and Mathias Wagner, Jaiden, Gage, Taelyn and Ruger Switzer, one step grandchild, Heather Jackson, one great granddaughter, Willow, three step great granddaughters, Aubrey, Autumn, and Avery, one sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Eldon Schacht of Orchard, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Catherine M. Hemenway age 85 of Clearwater, NE was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church rural Clearwater, NE with Father John Norman, Officiating. Music was provided by Mark and Julie Dwyer. Burial was St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Shawn Hemenway, Eric Hemenway, Jace Hemenway, B.J. Anderson, Blaine Anderson, Brett Hemenway, Brandon Hemenway, Morgan Beals, and Aaron Hemenway. Honorary Pallbearers were her nieces and nephews. Visitation was 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service at St. John’s Catholic Church. Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater is handling the arrangements. Catherine passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation in Neligh. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
Catherine Mary Hemenway was born on October 5, 1932 to John and Mary (Beckman) Starman on the family farm West of Elgin. She grew up on the farm with her brothers and sister, attended St. Boniface Catholic School in Elgin, and graduated in 1950. She was married to George Hemenway on December 28, 1968, and became the stepmother to seven children. She was a member of the Christian Mothers at St. John’s for many years. Catherine enjoyed working in the garden and playing cards.
She is survived by her husband George Hemenway of 49 years, stepchildren: Barb (Guy) Beals of Bailey, CO; Bev Anderson of Kathryn, ND; Donna (Mike) Fancher of Colorado Springs, CO; Terry (Trish) Hemenway of Orchard, NE; Tim (Dawna) Hemenway of Clearwater, NE; and 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by stepchildren, Bonnie Hemenway and Dan Hemenway; son-in-law Robert Anderson; parents John and Mary Starman; brothers Herman Starman and Eddie Starman; and sister Helen Venteicher.
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