Funeral services for Luella M. Stelling age 96 of Battle Creek, NE were at 10:30 am Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh with Pastor Kuhfal, Officiating. Music was provided by Bonnie Reinke , Organist and the grandsons, Ty, Ryan, Ross, Jay Stelling. sang. Burial was in Orchard Hill Cemetery in Orchard, NE. With Military Rites by Creighton American Legion Post #74 and VFW #1151. Pallbearers were Grandsons, Troy Stelling, Ty Stelling, Ryan Stelling, Ross Stelling, Brent Stelling, Jay Stelling, Brandon Stelling, and Grant Stelling. Honorary Pallbearers were Granddaughters, Tracy Westrom, Amy Olson, Spouses, Kristen Stelling, Angela Stelling, Kelly Stelling, Miriam Stelling, Marie Stelling, Colette Stelling, Jackie Stelling, Michaela Stelling, Bill Westrom, and John Olson. Visitation was from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday, September 3, 2018 at Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.
Luella Maxine Nelson was born to Alfred and Edith Mae (Cunningham) Nelson on September 27, 1921 on a farm south of Pierce, NE. The family later moved to Orchard, NE where Luella graduated from Orchard Public School with the class of 1939.
She attended Wayne State College for one year and taught school for three years in District 102 south of Orchard. On August 7, 1943 she married Gilbert Stelling in Coffeyville, KS where they lived for 15 months. Luella was baptized & confirmed on April 21, 1944 at St. Paul's in Coffeeville, KS. They moved back to Nebraska in 1946 and lived southeast of Orchard. In 1962, they purchased a farm eight miles northeast of Royal and lived there for 45 years.
Luella was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church of Neligh where she taught Sunday School and belonged to Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Help-U-Club of Brunswick for many years.
Four sons were born to this union, Arnold, Bradley, Roger, and Alfred. She enjoyed quilt making, crocheting, flowers, gardening, and writing thousands of letters to whoever she knew.
Survivors include sons, Arnold of Yankton, SD, Bradley and Jody of York, NE, Roger and Connie of Plainview, NE, and Alfred and Janell of Neligh, NE; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren with another due in the fall; sister-in-law, Gertie Stelling.
She was preceded in death by husband, Gilbert, parents, infant sister, daughter-in-law, Shirley Stelling, brother, Marvin and sister-in-law, Edna Nelson, brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard and Alma Stelling, Bennett Stelling, and Norman and Ardis Gehrke.
Funeral service for Nadine F. Dredge, age 78, of Neligh will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 30, at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater with Pastor Kuhfal officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. August 29, 2018 at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater. Burial will be at a later date. Nadine passed away at her home on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Nadine Fedilis (Rice) Dredge was born on August 4, 1940 to Henry “Hank” and Helen (Reefe) Rice at Royal, Nebraska. She grew up in the Royal and Clearwater area. She graduated with the Class of 1957 from Clearwater High School. On June 29, 1959 she was united in marriage to Lyle D. Dredge at Clearwater, NE. They made their home north of Neligh for 53 years by each others side. She helped Lyle with the farming, milking cows, planting, and haying and whatever needed to be done. She enjoyed taking vacations, seeing her kids and grandkids, playing cards and going gambling.
Survived by her husband, Lyle. Her children: Gwen (Gene) Schilousky of St. Paul, NE, Pam (Roger) Wells of Randolph, NE, Gaylen Dredge of Neligh, NE, LuAnn Dredge of Osceola, NE, and Wanda (Darek) Hoefener of Overton, NE. 20 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Brothers, Bob (Louise) Pick of Ogallala, NE, and Mike (Cindy) Rice of Neligh, NE. Sister-in-laws, Bev Rice of Silvis, IL, Marla Rice of California, and Dorothy Jones of Neligh, NE. Many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Preceded in death by parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews, great grandkids, and cousins.
Sharon Kay (Mrs. Ronald) Wilkinson, 75 of Elgin, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at UNMC – Omaha.
A visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin. A Celebration of Life gathering will follow, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Elgin Community Center. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date, at West Cedar Valley Cemetery, Elgin.
Sharon Kay Wilkinson, daughter of Lester and Loretta (Sparks) Sheets, was born June 14, 1943 at O’Neill, NE. She spent her first 18 years living in O’Neill and attended both St. Mary’s and O’Neill Public schools.
On June 24, 1961, Sharon married Ronald Lee Wilkinson in O’Neill at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. They lived in Neligh before moving to Elgin, NE. To this union, three children were born: Ronda, Randy and Tammy. Sharon worked for many different businesses up and down the main street in Elgin, including keeping books for her husband Ron’s Westside Repair, Elgin Bowl, Kate’s Kitchen, Boomerangs for her nephew Jerry and wife Melanie, Harold’s Shoes and Clothing, Elgin Lumber and Grain, Karen Siems Café and Bakery, City Limits Liquor Store and Elgin One Stop. In addition, beginning in 1987, she owned and operated “Sharon’s Crafts N Stuff.”
Besides being a hard worker, Sharon had many enjoyments. She loved to bowl, play cards and bingo, and her husband Ron got her enthused about racing, which lead her to drive in many powder puff races. She was a very crafty lady and had a strong love for animals, but her favorite time, was that spent with her family.
Sharon is survived by her daughters: Ronda (Nathan) Price of Grand Island, NE and Tammy Wilkinson of Omaha, NE; five grandchildren: Jennifer Dozler of Kearney; Tonya Dozler of Norfolk; Dezirae Wilkinson of Omaha; Michael Dozler of Washington D.C.; Jazmin Wilkinson of Omaha; five great-grandchildren: Rian Green of Kearney; Jaciona Fiscus, Raeona Fiscus and Amiyah Wilkinson, all of Omaha; Zaen Green of Kearney, NE; a sister Norma Shiffer of Denver, CO; a brother Jimmy Sheets of North Platte, NE; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Sharon Wilkinson (Mrs. Gary) of Elgin, NE; Max Wilkinson Jr. ”Bud” (Tarri) of Hallam, NE; Dean (Linda) Wilkinson of Oakdale, NE; Lois (Alan) Buffington of Ft. Collins, CO; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ron in 2017; son Randy Lee in 1962; brother Virtus “Buzzy” Sheets; brother-in-law Gary Wilkinson; and sister-in-law Patsy Wilkinson.
Gladys E. Bennett, 94, of Elgin passed away Monday, August 20, at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Kevin Vogel officiating. Committal services will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery, Elgin, NE. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, at the church, with a 7:00 p.m. wake service. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Eleanor Bennett, daughter of Charles H. and Ruth L. (Huston) Bennett, was born September 16, 1923 in Antelope County, NE. She was raised mostly on farms in the area of Clearwater and Neligh. She graduated from Neligh High School in 1941. She met Leonard Bennett the summer of 1940. She went on to cosmetology school at Bonnell Beauty College in Hastings, NE. World War II broke out and she went to Lockheed in California and helped to build the P38’s as “Rossie the Riveter.”
On October 16, 1943, Gladys married Leonard Bennett in Selma, AL where he was stationed. When Leonard got out of the service they decided to raise their family in Elgin.
She was a Cub Scout leader, a 4-H leader, co-founder of Hobby Club and Cancer chairman in the Elgin Vicinity. She was a housewife and mother. Her most important job and precious memories were of raising her four wonderful children, watching them grow and raise her wonderful grandchildren.
Gladys enjoyed fishing and camping with her family. She had a love of walleye and growing her roses and lilacs.
She is survived by her four children: Richard (Lana) Bennett of Elwood, NE; Diane (Ron) Connick of Sutherland, NE; Jolene (Paul) Schrage of Elgin, NE; Mary (Bill) Kaczor of Ewing, NE; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Ruth Bennett; husband Leonard in 2006; sisters: Dorothy Tinsley, Lena Miller, Darlene Dietz; brother Charles Bennett.
Funeral services for Mervin Lloyd Hurtig, age 82, of Orchard will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Orchard. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday August 22, at the United Methodist Church in Orchard. Burial will be at a later date.
Mervin passed away August 19th at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, NE.
Mervin was born Nov. 23, 1935 on a farm Southwest of Ewing, NE. to parents Theo and E. Lane Hurtig. He was the fourth of nine children and graduated from Orchard High School in 1954. Mervin attended one year of Trade School at Milford.
Mervin married Carrie Marlene Black on January 25, 1958 and to this union five children were born Robert, Roland, Richard, Rhonda and Roger. Anyone who spent time with Mervin would appreciate his love for his family and 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Mervin was an avid fisherman making trips to Canada, Minn., AL., Miss., MO and SD. Mervin also had a love for his pets. He loved to travel with his wife Marlene of 60 years.
Mervin is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, son Roger who passed away Dec. 25, 1970, two Brothers and One Sister.
Funeral services for Shirley Elaine Meyer, age 93, of Royal, Nebraska will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Royal Auditorium in Royal. Reverend Bev Hieb will officiate, with burial in Pleasant Valley/Pleasant View Cemetery in rural Royal.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska.
Elaine died Friday, August 17, 2018, at Avera Creighton Hospital.
Shirley Elaine Meyer was born August 3, 1925, at Royal, Nebraska to Oscar and Ellen (Wade) Bartsch. She attended Royal Public School K-12, graduating in 1943. Shirley then attended Wayne State Teacher’s College and subsequently taught in several Antelope County rural schools.
Elaine was active in many community events. She loved sports, especially baseball and softball, played several years in the Royal women’s softball team as pitcher with her sister, Eloise, the catcher. In later years, Elaine enjoyed spending many hours reading books.
Elaine was married to Charley Meyer on March 17, 1948, in a double wedding along with Eloise, who married Lawrence Johnson, at the Royal Methodist Church – the first and only double wedding ever held there. One child, Everett Charles, was born to this union on November 24, 1951. Charley passed away in 1995, after 47 years of marriage.
Elaine attended the Royal Methodist Church her entire life and was a member there until its closing in 2007. She held several offices during the years and hosted sunrise service at their home place for 40 years. Elaine also served on the election board for over 50 years.
Elaine took great pride in her grandchildren, taking in all of their activities while she was able.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ellen; and her husband, Charley.
Elaine is survived by her son, Everett and wife Linda Meyer; sister, Eloise; grandchildren, Tori (Mike) Krick, Kimberly and Jason, and Greg and Kristin; great-grandsons, Kolton, Brendan, and Karson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral Services for Charlene Beckman, age 81, of Elgin, NE, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE with Father Kevin Vogel, Officiating. Burial will be at St. Bonaventure Cemetery at Raeville, NE. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2018 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE with Rosary at 7:00. Charlene passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neligh. Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Elgin, NE is handling arrangements. Condolences may be directed to family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
(Elena) Charlene Beckman was born on November 27, 1936 to Amanda (Westover) and Norbert Burkhart at Cherry Tree, PA. She grew up in Pennsylvania until the age 12 and then in Iowa until 1954 when she graduated High School at Villisca, IA. Charlene moved to Omaha. On November 26, 1955 she was united in marriage to Walter Beckman. They moved to Elgin after 1957 when Walt took over the farm his father farmed. She was a 4-H leader for 27 years, member of VA Aux, Christian Mothers, Altar society and Extension Club. She enjoyed family, cake decorating, cooking, baking, canning.
Survived by Nancy Mattea of Kansas City MO., Sharon Nelson of Pierce NE, Dan (Becky) Beckman of Laurel, NE, Sue (Brad) Larson of Savannah MO, Charles (Tracie ) Beckman of Clearwater, NE, Michael Beckman of Williston ND and Dennis (Kasandra) Beckman of Neligh, NE. 17 Grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her spouse Walter , daughter Jeannette, and siblings Hadyden Westorer of York, PA, Lillian Burkurt of Iowa, and Wanda Phillips of Peoria, IL.
It is with great sadness that the family of LeRoy Claude Henry announces his passing at the age of 74 years. He passed peacefully on August 2 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa in the company of his daughters.
LeRoy Henry was born on March 27, 1944 in Royal, Nebraska and lived his childhood on a farm right outside of town. LeRoy graduated from Royal High School in 1963. Growing up, LeRoy worked on multiple farms in the area and could be found at Colson’s Garage with his friends pumping gas and learning to fix cars. LeRoy’s experience fixing cars helped him later in life when he raced cars with his brother in law. LeRoy also enjoyed spending time with friends and family singing and playing his guitar. LeRoy served in the United States Air Force as a mechanic from 1968 – 1971 and he used those skills to open his own shop, Offutt Motors in Bellevue, Nebraska. Throughout LeRoy’s life he also drove over the road trucks for many different companies. LeRoy was a jack of all trades and found joy in the projects and relationships he was able to be a part of. One thing people knew LeRoy for was that he never met a stranger. LeRoy could and he would talk to anyone he met!
On July 27, 2017, LeRoy made his new home at the Iowa Veterans Home due to the effects of Alzheimer’s and he was loved dearly by all his caretakers.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Lincoln LeRoy Henry and Anna Elizabeth (Hauf) Henry; his first wife Sandra Lou (Grosse) Henry; and a step-son Bevan Headley.
LeRoy will forever be remembered by his wife, Linda Bonita (White) Henry, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 3 daughters and their spouses, David and Kimberly Peterson of Fort Collins, CO; Michael and Terra Moore of Fort Collins, CO; Douglas and Dawnn Hageman of Gretna, NE and a step-son and spouse Jamie and Danielle Arnold of Omaha, NE. LeRoy has 6 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren along with other family members and lots of friends who will miss him dearly.
Those who so desire, may make memorial donations in memory of LeRoy Henry to:
The Iowa Veterans Home
1301 Summit Street
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
Make check payable to – Iowa Veterans Home.
In the memo line put: Memorial account in honor of LeRoy Henry
Elaine Marie Scheer, 74, passed at home on August 2, 2018. She was born on August 14, 1943 at Dodge City, the daughter of Bud and Elsie (Naylor) Stotler.
Elaine was born and raised in Dodge City and graduated from Dodge City High School, where she was active in Orchestra and Tennis. On August 25, 1961 she married Neal L. Scheer at Dodge City. They lived all their lives in Southwest Kansas where they owned and operated a custom hay service. She was a golfer, played softball, bowling, hunting and fishing and was an avid KC Royals and KC Chiefs fan. Elaine also enjoyed music and played the piano, organ and accordion. Her love of music was passed on to her grandchildren and she enjoyed listening to them play, attending concerts, competitions, and other activities they were involved in.
She was active in the First Church of God of Dodge City and Cimarron Golf Club of Cimarron.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 56 years, Neal Scheer of Ingalls; two daughters, Kristi Baudin and husband Kenny of Louisiana and Cindy Colle and husband John of Hutchinson; a son, Darin and wife Mary Alice of Topeka; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Stotler of San Benito, Texas and Carol Turner of Greensburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Parker Stotler.
Celebration of life will be held at the First Church of God on Saturday August 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Darrell Hendrickson presiding. Private family interment will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City. Book Signing will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel on Friday August 10, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the First Church of God for Missions or Parkinson's Disease Research both in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
Services for Gailen Beutler, 75, of Orchard will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the United Methodist Church in Orchard with Rev. A. G. Turner officiating. Burial will be in Orchard Hill Cemetery at Orchard. Visitation will be from 9am until service time Wed.
Gailen Neil Beutler was born at Orchard, NE on Nov. 19, 1942 to Edward and Verna Beutler. He attended country school to the 8th grade and graduated from Orchard High School in 1960. After graduation he attended Milford Trade School for mechanics and worked for Marvin Haswell at East Side Auto in Orchard for many years. He also farmed with his father and raised cattle with a farm dog as a side kick and cattle guard. For a few years he enjoyed attending square dances at various area towns. Gailen was a former member of the O'Neill National Guard. After a stroke in 2012 which left him unable to care for himself, he called O'Neill Care and Rehab. Center home.
He is survived by Marlene Strope, Sue Sorenson, Janet Francis and their spouses, many friends and distant relatives. He was preceeded in death by his parents and grandparents.
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