Rosalie Mae Thomas
Rosalie Mae Thomas was born on Oct. 11, 1921 at her parents farmstead in the Stop Table region, south of Callaway, Neb. She was the oldest of five children born to L.D. and Irma Huenefelt Fochtman.
Rose grew up and attended rural school in the Stop Table community before attending high school in Cozad, Neb., where she graduated in 1941.
She was married to James Thomas on May 17, 1943 at Lexington, Neb. James was serving in World War II at this time and Rose stayed with her parents until James was discharged in 1946.
Rose and James lived in the communities of Callaway, Broken Bow and Litchfield, Neb., until 1957 when James took a job with Stewart Evans and they moved to Wallace, Neb.
In Wallace, Rose owned and operated a cafe and later worked at the Sutherland Care Center. She continued to maintain her home after James died in 1990.
Rose had developed a brain tumor in January of 2006 and died peacefully at her daughter's home Monday night, Feb. 6, 2006. She had reached the age of 84.
Rose was a member of the V.F.W. and Legion Auxiliary. She had belonged to the Rebekah Lodge. She was previously a member of the Morning Star Church south of Callaway and attended the Wallace United Methodist Church.
Rose enjoyed activities with her Senior Center friends and especially enjoyed making noodles for resale.
In addition to her parents and husband, Rose was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Thomas.
She is survived by one son, Leland and his wife Betty Thomas of Grant; one daughter, DeLoris and her husband Jerry Jackson of rural Grainton, Neb.; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Wilfred and his wife Barbara Fochtman of Gordon, Neb.; three sisters, Lois Oman of Cozad, Neb., Shirley and her husband Gilbert Rieker of Elwood, Neb., and Doris and her husband Walter Hendricks of Broken Bow, Neb.; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 at the Wallace United Methodist Church with Pastor Jurdan Counts officiating. Music was provided by Donna Hahn and Bob Cummings.
Casket bearers were Bill Hendricks, Jim Hendricks, Craig Oman, Steve Oman, Larry Focht-man, Jerry Fochtman and Randy Fochtman. Interment was at the Wallace Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
John Allen Lamb
John Allen Lamb, 81, a retired Oberlin, Kan., watchmaker and business owner, died Dec. 6, 2005, at Cedar Living Center.
He was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Grant, Neb., the son of Charles E. and Emma J. Welding Lamb. He attended Perkins County grade and high school and at the age of 17 enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He took basic training at San Diego and from there was sent to New Zealand. He served four years in Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, Tarawa, Gilbert Island, Saipan, Tinian and Mariana. While in the service, he was trained in the Marine cargo depot and worked as a telephone lineman.
After his discharge in March 1946, he was a sheet metal worker in Grant before moving to Denver to become a watchmaker.
On May 27, 1950, he married Lois G. Jordan in Grant. They moved to Oberlin where he was hired by Don Zimmerman to work in his jewelry store. In 1962 he took over management of the Oberlin American Legion Club. He later operated the Alibi Club for four years before opening a liquor store. They retired in 1984 and four years later the couple moved to Arizona, where they lived until returning to Oberlin in 1995.
He was a member of the Oberlin American Legion Post, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 2nd Marine Division Association. He attended reunions of his Marine unit, took part in veterans' parades in Oberlin and attended the Veterans Day program at Oberlin Elementary School.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Lamb; two brothers, Myron and Charles Lamb; and a sister, Elaine Lamb.
Survivors include his wife; son and wife, John A. junior and Francheska Lamb of Topeka, Kan.; sister and husband, Cleone and Thurman Armstrong of Arizona City, Ariz.; and two step-grandsons.
Services were held Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin with the Rev. George Kochuvelikkakam officiating. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb., with military rites by the North Platte Honor Guard.
Memorials were established to Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Oberlin, the Oberlin American Legion Post or the donor's choice.
Donella J. Tiede, 73, of Overton, Neb., died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington, Neb.
She was born June 12, 1932, in Farnam, Neb., to W.B. and Mildred (Nelson) Heath. The family moved to Overton in 1938 where she graduated from Overton High School with the class of 1950.
On Sept. 7, 1951 she married Marvin Tiede in Overton. To this union one son, Garry, was born.
The family moved to various places in Nebraska including Elm Creek, Minden, Lexington, and Grant where they spent over 20 years. After retirement they moved to Overton where they have made their home ever since.
Donella was very active in all the communities where she lived. While in Grant she was the secretary for the United Methodist Church.
When she returned to Overton she was the bookkeeper for the Overton Beacon. She was an active church member and was a member of the Overton United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
She was also a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).
She enjoyed gardening, flowers and sewing. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband Marvin Tiede of Overton; son Garry Tiede of Greeley, Colo.; mother Mildred Heath of Overton, Neb.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father and two sisters, Polly and Barbara.
Memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 at the Overton United Methodist Church with Rev. Bonnie Linton-Hendrick officiating.
Donella's wishes were to be cremated. Burial will be at a later date.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements.
Lucille Richmond was born on Aug. 31, 1921 at Lodgepole, Neb. She was the youngest of three daughters born to George and Dora Hein Whitefoot. Lucille grew up in the Lodgepole community where she attended school, graduating with the class of 1939.
After graduation, Lucille moved to Sidney, Neb., where she worked until 1942 when she moved to Grant, Neb., where she owned and operated a cafe.
Lucille was married to Floyd Richmond on June 27, 1943. They lived for a brief time at the Richmond farmstead southwest of Grant before moving to their farm northeast of Grant. In addition to helping Floyd, Lucille worked for many years as a clerk for the Sullivan Department Store and later the Aten Department Store. They lived on the farm until 1976 when they moved to the north edge of Grant. Floyd died in 1982 and Lucille continued to maintain her home and yard until 2003 when she moved to the Westview Retirement Center.
Lucille had surgery at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb., on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Complications developed from the surgery and she died at Great Plains on Friday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2006. She had reached the age of 84.
Lucille was baptized as a young girl at Boelus, Neb., and had been a long time active member of the Grant United Methodist Church. She had also been a long time member of the Sawyer Extension Club.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lucille was preceded in death by one sister, Irma Kreider.
She is survived by her son Bill and wife Carmen Richmond of rural Grant and her daughter Jo Ann and husband John Benge of Lincoln, Neb.; eight grandchildren, Tonya and husband Jeff Olsen, Ryan, Angela and Curt Richmond, Bonnie and husband Larry Wiecht, Shawn and wife Amy, Brian and Danny Benge; three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Reilly and Jensen; one sister, Phyllis Maline of Cozad, Neb.; other relatives and friends.
Services were held Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Sally Ruggia-Haden officiating. Music was provided by Donice Holaway and Lori McCloskey.
Casket bearers were Ryan Richmond, Curt Richmond, Jeff Olsen, Shawn Benge, Brian Benge, Danny Benge and Larry Weicht. Interment was in the Grant Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Goldie Ott was born on Feb. 11, 1913 at Herman, Neb. She was the seventh of nine children born to Cyrus and Cora Moore Fister. In 1921 the family moved to Perkins County where Goldie attended rural school through the eighth grade.
Goldie was married to Wilbur Ott on Feb. 24, 1929. They farmed in the Grant, Neb., community for many years before moving to town in their retirement. Wilbur died in 1981 and Goldie continued to maintain her home until she moved to the Sunset Haven housing in Grant. Goldie moved to the Sierra Vista Health Care Center in Loveland, Colo., in June of 2004 to be closer to her daughter's family. She died at Sierra Vista late Tuesday night, Jan. 24, 2006. She had reached the age of 92.
Goldie was baptized at the Methodist Church in 1933 and became a member of the church in 1948. Goldie enjoyed her church family and the different activities. She also appreciated her garden, enjoyed cooking and sewing, and liked writing letters to family and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Goldie was preceded in death by her six brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Ethel Marie Greeley of McCook, Neb., and Joyce and husband Jack Gregg of Loveland; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marguerite Ott, Bernice Ott, Geneva Brown and Daisy Fister; brothers-in-law, Howard Brown and Allen Knott; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Sally Ruggia-Haden officiating.
Music was provided by Donice Holaway and Cheryl Russell.
Casket bearers were Jonathan and George Gregg, Jim, Rick and James Crown, Blake Feikert, James Wager and Donnie Nichols. Burial was in the Grant Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Anna Conrad Holtorf was born on Dec. 21, 1909 at Schuyler, Neb. She was one of six children born to John and Carrie Legeler Ourada. In 1914 the family moved to a farm northeast of Brandon, Neb. She attended country school at District No. 8 near Brandon through the eighth grade. She furthered her education at Perkins County High School in Grant, Neb.
Anna was married to John H. Conrad in York, Neb., on Nov. 12, 1924. They lived near Avoca, Neb., for two years before returning to western Nebraska. They farmed in Chase County, Neb., and south of Brandon until 1968 when they retired and moved into Grant. John died in 1974 and Anna continued to maintain her home with her daughter, Betty.
Anna was married to Carl Holtorf on July 10, 1977 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grant and Anna became a member at Zion. After Carl's death, Anna continued to maintain her home until she moved to Westview Retirement for a short time before moving to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant in 2000. She died at Golden Ours on Wednesday night, Jan. 25, 2006. She had reached the age of 96.
In earlier years, Anna was a member of the Grainfield Community Church south of Venango, Neb. During her marriage to John, she was an active member of the Brandon Sunday School and always looked forward to their annual bazaar. She was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed cooking and baking–especially breads and angel food cakes. She appreciated her garden, her friends at the Grant Senior Center and travelling to visit family and friends.
In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her three brothers, Ed, Tim and Dave Ourada; her two sisters, Lillian Norwood and Julia Norwood; one grandson, James Conrad; and one great-granddaughter, Madison Faith Conrad.
She is survived by one son, David Conrad of Ogallala, Neb.; and two daughters, Betty Conrad of Ogallala and JoAnne Lentz of Conway, Ark.; four grandchildren, Michael and Steven Conrad, Jenniter Maseberg, and Charles Colin Seeburger; three great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Kailah, and Colton Seeburger; other relatives and friends.
Her body was cremated. A memorial service will be held later in the spring. Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Earl R. Nelson
Earl Nelson of Tucson, Ariz., was born Dec. 12, 1932 to Theodore and Olga Tungren Nelson. Earl's mother came from Sweden at the age of 19 to help on a relative's farm. His father was orphaned at age eight and was raised in an orphanage until he was old enough to work on his father's farm in southwest Nebraska.
Earl graduated from Grant Grade School and Perkins County High School in Grant, Neb. He was also a 1955 graduate of the University of Arizona.
Earl was drafted into the U.S. Army and was assigned to Korea for peace keeping duty. After fulfilling his military obligation he took a job with an oil company in Denver to be close to his widowed mother in Grant.
His job transferred him several times, farther and farther away from his mother until she finally joined him on the west coast.
Their health deteriorated from the climate, so he took his severance package and they moved to Tucson. They helped each other until her health required more care than he could give.
His vocation was accounting, but his avocation was to be a good man. Earl was a Methodist and believed in most initiatives promoted by the faith based alliances to provide help to those in need.
He worked on a volunteer basis with other organizations and associations providing self help support groups for those who wished to maintain their spirituality and serenity.
Earl was walking near the University of Arizona, in a crosswalk, when he was struck by a car on Dec. 2, he died a week later on Dec. 9, 2005 of his injuries. Earl had reached the age of 72.
The 51 year-old driver of the car was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk by the Tucson Police Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Lloyd and Fred, and one sister Lucille Lueck.
Earl was survived by one brother Verdell Nelson of Arizona; three nephews, Jason Nelson of New Jersey, Don Lueck of Brule, Neb., and Jerry Nelson of Michigan; three nieces, Carolyn Morgheim of Colorado, Judy Soule of California and Janet Warner of Texas; many grandnephews and nieces.
Services where held in Tucson.
Douglas Michael passed away on Dec. 25, 2005, in Los Angeles, Calif., at the age of 45 after a long struggle against cancer.
Doug was born in Grant, Neb., on May 9, 1960 to Mary and Jess Michael. The Michael family moved to Pheo-nix, Ariz., in Febuary 1964, where Doug attended elementary school. The family moved to Sedona, Ariz., in 1973 where Doug resided until going to college.
He attended Mingus Union High School and graduated in 1978 as Salutatorian. He attended Stanford University at Palo Alto, Calif., on a four-year scholastic scholarship. He graduated from Stanford in 1982 with a B.S. in physics.
He attended Harvard University at Cambridge, Mass., on a full scholarship, and received his Master's degree followed by his Doctorate in physics in 1989.
Doug was a high-energy (particle) research physicist at the California Institute of Technology from May of 1990 until the time of his death. During that time he was the head of the Neutrino Scientific project in Italy and was featured on Alan Alda's "Scientific American Frontier" television program in January 1995. He was co-director of a new physics research project, "MINOS," associated with the Fermilab in Bativia, Ill.
He is survived by his loving partner of 23 years, Matthew McLaugh-in of Los Angeles; his brother, David Michael and family of Whittier, Calif.; his sister, Michelle Soderlund and family of Boise, Idaho; his mother, Mary Michael of Tempe, Ariz., and his father Jess Michael of Grant.
Besides his brilliant work in the world of physics, Doug was also an accomplished pianist, painter, gourmet cook and wine connoisseur. He was loved and respected by his family, many friends and scientists throughout the world, who will miss his wisdom, intelligence and quest for life.
A memorial service will be held at the California Institute of Technology on Jan. 28, 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America, 111 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY, 10006.
Berniece Lovenburg was born on April 30, 1914 at Madrid, Neb. She was the second of five children born to Albert and Elizabeth Grummon Kelso. Berniece grew up in Madrid and attended school through the eighth grade.
Berniece was married to Charles "Chuck" Lovenburg on April 30, 1931 at Julesburg, Colo. They lived for a brief time in Oregon where they worked in the fruit orchards. They moved to their farmstead east of Lewellen in the early 1930s where they made their home.
The family was involved in a car accident in 1951 and Berniece suffered damage to her legs which made her mobility difficult for the rest of her life. Berniece moved to the Lewellen nursing home in 1995. When Chuck came to live with his granddaughter in the Grant, Neb., area, she was moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant, in August of 2000.
She died at Golden Ours on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. She had reached the age of 91.
In addition to her husband who died in 2001, Berniece was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandie Deaver in 1998; one brother, Frank Kelso; and three sisters, Virginia Lovenburg, Frances Mallet and Neal Poe.
She is survived by one granddaughter, Jeana Taylor of Grant, and one grandson, Matt and wife Heidi Hixon of Loveland, Colo.; four great-grandchildren, Lacey and Beau Taylor of Grant and Hayden and Drake Hixon of Loveland; one sister-in-law, Betty Kelso of Idaho Falls, Idaho; other relatives and friends.
Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant with John Long officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Cemetery. A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.