Obituaries

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Charles “Chuck” I. Thomas

Charles “Chuck” I. Thomas

Charles “Chuck” I. Thomas 85 of Liberty, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. He was born on May 6, 1935 in rural Pawnee County to Clarence and Gladys (Morton) Thomas. He was the oldest of 3 children.

He graduated from Barneston High School in1952 and enlisted in the army in September 1953. He took his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and afterwards was stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California. He was honorably discharged in September 1955.

Chuck worked at Meyer Lumber Yard in Summerfield, Kansas, worked at Hopper Rock Quarry and at Steel Tanks and Dempster in Beatrice.

On August 8, 1956 he married Betty Jean Tincher and they were later divorced. To this union was born 5 children.

After being discharged from the army in 1955 he returned home to begin farming which he did the rest of his life. Over the years he won many milo production awards.

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14
May
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Carol Jean Halfhide

Carol Jean Halfhide

June 27,1939 - April 10, 2020 Carol left a legacy of musical talent in Chadron

Carol Jean Thompson Halfhide passed away at her home in Chadron on Friday, April 10. She was born June 27, 1939 in Pawnee City, NE, to Ellis and Marjorie Thompson. Carol resided in Pawnee City during her school years and graduated with the class of 1957. She attended one year at NE Wesleyan in Lincoln.

She was united in marriage to Art Halfhide on June 21, 1959. They moved to Lincoln where Art was enrolled at the College of Pharmacy. Carol took full-time employment with the Lincoln Gas Company. Along with being a full-time student, Art worked part-time at a local Lincoln drug store. Three years later Art graduated in June 1962 and soon after moved to Chadron to work for Myers Drug for almost 40 years. Carol faithfully cared for their two children who were born in Chadron. For many years she taught piano lessons to several children and helped Art with their cleaning business.

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22
Apr
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John P. Lambert

John P. Lambert

John Paul Lambert was born to William and Bernice (Johnson) Lambert on February 1, 1948 at Belgrade, Nebraska. He graduated from Table Rock High School in 1967.

John worked construction and also for Cooper Feeds, Campbell Soup Company, Tecumseh Livestock Market and lastly for Fred Weber, Jr. on the farm. John was on the village board and read meters for the Village of Crab Orchard. John enjoyed drinking and having a good time with his friends at Steinauer. You never knew John without a good laugh and smile on his face.

He passed away unexpectedly at his home in Crab Orchard, Nebraska on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the age of 72 years.

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16
Apr
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Patricia Ann Brown

Patricia Ann Brown

Patricia Ann Brown was born on January 4, 1946 in Pawnee City to Emil and Wilma Mach. She passed away on April 3, 2020 in Lincoln.

Pat loved her family and they came first for her. She loved to attend the school events of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her love of cooking and baking meant everybody in the family would have their own special birthday cake and would never go hungry. Pat also loved traveling and shopping. She has celebrated 56 years of marriage with her high school sweetheart Larry.

Pat is survived by her husband Larry; son Rick Brown; daughter Ronda Brown; granddaughters Amber (Jason) Bissell and Nicole (Dillon) Blackburn; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters Janet DeVries and Jackie (Dave) Drake; and many more family and friends.

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02
Apr
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Mark David Cameron

Mark David Cameron, 61, of Summerfield, passed away at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, March 26, 2020. He was born to James David and Jacqueline (Tiller) Cameron on March 24, 1959 in Pawnee City, NE. He graduated from Summerfield High School in 1977 and went on to attend Manhattan Technichal College for auto body repair and during that time worked at a performance shop. Over the years he worked for Thies Ag, trucked and was a mechanic for Brad Sejkora, Greg Gee, Tim Krogman, and Dallas Bowhay.

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02
Apr
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Donald Lee Burgess, Sr.

Donald Lee Burgess, Sr.

Donald Lee Burgess, Sr., 82 formerly of Table Rock, Nebraska, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Homestead Rehab Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born on August 26, 1937 to Orville and Ethel (Wolfe) Burgess in DeWitt, Nebraska.

He was born and raised in DeWitt through the 5th grade. His family then moved to Lincoln and attended and graduated from Lincoln High.

Don was in the U.S. Army from 1954-1959, than he was in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1962.

Don worked as a Load operator at Martin Marietta Aggregates, retiring in 2002.

He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #5289 and the American Legion in DuBois, Nebraska.

Donald enjoyed being with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, camping and being with his friends. Don enjoyed driving around with his favorite campion Babe and just driving around the country side doing some site seeing.

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02
Apr
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Carl Ross Smith

Carl Ross Smith

Carl Ross Smith, 85, of DuBois, Nebraska passed away at his home in DuBois on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 with family at his side. He was born September 14, 1934 at home in Strout, Illinois to Thurman Ross and Margaret Jane (Taylor) Smith. At the age of 5, his family moved from Strout to rural Pearl, Illinois where Carl graduated from Pearl High School in 1953. Carl was inducted into the U.S. Army May 21, 1957 where he served his country as a heavy equipment operator and was sent to Europe to rebuild after WW II. He was discharged from the Army as an E5 on April 30,1963. Carl married Vera Louise Franklin in 1962 and to this union two children, Kimberly Ann and Michael Ross Smith, were born. Carl and Louise later divorced in 1985 and Carl married Phyllis Elaine Andrews in October 1988. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, a great granddaughter Mackenzie Elizabeth Horton and step-granddaughter Kaeliauna RaeAnn Young.

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26
Mar
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Dorothy Mae Fritch

Dorothy Mae Fritch

Dorothy Mae (Hunzeker) Fritch, 87, formerly of rural Table Rock, Nebraska was born on December 1, 1932, in rural Table Rock, Nebraska to Benjamin and Josephine (Karas) Hunzeker. She was raised on the family farm near Table Rock and attended District #32 (The Rock School) country school. Dorothy then attended Humboldt High School in Humboldt where she graduated with the class of 1950. On October 23, 1954, Dorothy was united in marriage by Rev. Ward Merritt to Rudy Fritch, Jr. at the home of her parents. To this union three sons, Alan, Kenneth and Donald were born. The couple lived and raised their family on the Fritch farm southeast of Table Rock. Dorothy was a wonderful mother and wife that immersed herself in the daily activities of her boys and the farm. While living on the farm, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, quilting, embroidery and was the “original” scrapbooker.

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26
Mar
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Marie J. Sunneberg

Marie J. Sunneberg

Marie J. Sunneberg, 90, of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Pawnee City Assisted Living facility. She was born on September 21, 1929 to Michael and Anna B. (Klein) Ullman at home.

Marie grew up on the family farm near Steinauer, Nebraska. She attended Saint Anthony’s Catholic School in Steinauer, then attended and graduated from Lewiston Public School in Lewiston, Nebraska.

On September 25, 1950, Marie married Gerald Sunneberg at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Beatrice, Nebraska. To this union three sons were born, Gary, Patrick and Mark. Marie’s faith was very impor

Marie’s faith was very important to her. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church at Summerfield, Kansas, and was active in the Altar Society for many years.

Marie was also a member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary in Pawnee City for many years.

Thu
26
Mar
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Jerry “Doc” Just, Jr.

Jerry “Doc” Just, Jr.

Dr. Jerry “Doc” Just, Jr. 80 of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Pawnee City. He was born on July 17, 1939 in Salina, Kansas, to Melville L. and Beatrice (Hanley) Just, Sr.

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