Obituaries

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Jack J Hinrichsen

Jack J Hinrichsen

Jack J Hinrichsen, 92 of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at his home after a long hard fought battle with Kidney Failure.  Jack was born on January 23, 1927 to John and Mildred (Reis) Hinrichsen at their farm home in Richfield, Nebraska.

Jack grew up in Richfield attending school through the 8th grade; then he began working at the sandpits until he was called to the Military. Jack was drafted by the Army and served from 1945 to 1946 during WWII. He served in the Philippine Islands as an MP on the base.  He was under General McArthur’s command who passed through his watch many times.

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16
Jan
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Byford Paul Metzger

Byford Paul Metzger

Byford Paul Metzger, longtime resident and businessman of Pawnee City, Nebraska, passed away at the age of 94 on January 12, 2020, at the Pawnee City Assisted Living, with family at his side. Byford was a hardworking man who loved his family, his community, his country and his God.

Byford was born September 11, 1925 to Leo and Erma (Vrtiska) Metzger at the Pawnee City Hospital annex. He was raised on the family farm eight miles southwest of Pawnee City. He attended the Lower West Branch District 20 School and graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1943. After graduation, he worked on the family farm until February of 1945, when he entered the U. S. Army during World War II. He was stationed on the island of Okinawa, Japan, serving with the heavy automotive outfit. In 1947, Byford was discharged and returned to Pawnee City, where he began working for Glenn Deweber at England Oil Company.

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19
Dec
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Joyce Clementine Bowman Walsh

Joyce Clementine Bowman Walsh, 97 of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Premier Estates, Pawnee City. She was born on July 10, 1922 to Clement Glen and Ina E. (Bond) Hubka in Akron, Colorado.

She moved with her parents and sister to Virginia, Nebraska. Then to Pawnee City, Nebraska in 1930. She attended county school District 19, graduated from Pawnee High School.

Joyce married Kenneth “Sandy” Bowman on September 15,1940. To this union five children were born; Roger, Connie, Duane, Kenneth and David.

Joyce was a member of the First Christian Church of 60 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she was Unit County and District President, Worthy Matron for the Fern Chapter order of Eastern Star for 60 years, Priscilla Church Circle and Fairview Golf Club.

Thu
12
Dec
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Mary Ann (Mattox) Wenzl

Mary Ann (Mattox) Wenzl

Mary Ann (Mattox) Wenzl, 88 of Steinauer, Nebraska passed away on December 8, 2019.  She was born June 26, 1931 to Leslie and Ida (Lukens) Mattox in Tecumseh, Nebraska.  She grew up in rural Tecumseh and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1948.

Mary was a loving mother and devoted homemaker who loved to cook and kept an immaculate house.  At an early age of 15, Mary worked at the Tecumseh Hospital as a nurse’s aide.  She then married Paul Wenzl in 1948 and moved to Steinauer.  Mary became Catholic and was a lifetime member of St. Anthony’s Church.  She was an active member and officer of the Altar Society throughout her life.  She belonged to the Holy Stitchers Quilting Group and enjoyed her weekly bowling league.  Mary was an EMT and volunteered many hours of service in the Steinauer community.

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12
Dec
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Rodney Scott Robison

Rodney Scott Robison

Rodney Scott Robison went to be with his Savior unexpectedly on December 1, 2019, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 55.  

Scott was born in Tecumseh, Nebraska, on November 12, 1964. He spent countless hours working on the family farm that he loved in Elk Creek while growing up in Pawnee City. His love of farming continued as he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987.  

Farming remained a central occupation throughout Scott’s life. He raised cattle while employed as a farm loan manager in the USDA Farm Service Agency and, later, as a loan officer at First National Bank of Johnson. After his father’s death, Scott continued to manage the family farm.

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05
Dec
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Mildred L. Panec

Mildred L. Panec

Mildred L. Panec, 84, of Fairbury passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at CHIHealth St. Francis.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019 at All Faiths Funeral Home with a service held at 7 p.m. Dan Naranjo will officiate. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Fairbury United Methodist Church, 605 E St, Fairbury, NE 68352. Pastor Victor Peterson will officiate. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Du Bois Cemetery. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Mildred was born on September 1, 1935 at Du Bois, NE, daughter of Emil and Lucy (Brtek) Shinn.

Mildred was raised and received her education from Du Bois, she graduated with honors as valedictorian, class of 1953.

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05
Dec
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Janice Jeri Marfice

Janice Jeri Marfice

Janice Jeri Marfice, age 78, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Wood) Cunningham, was born June 26, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away November 28, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Janice is survived by her husband, Norman Marfice; children: Deborah Matthews (Tom) and Douglas Marfice (Jillora); grandchildren: Ann Matthews, Sara Hoffman (Michael), Nick Matthews (Nicole), Christina Marfice, Adam Marfice (Ashley), John Marfice; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Emma Cunningham; grandson, Jeffrey Marfice.

Thu
28
Nov
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Margaret Irene Mullin

Margaret Irene Mullin

Margaret Irene Mullin, 87, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Margaret was born on May 5, 1932 at her grandparent’s hotel (William and Mary Sebring) in DuBois, Nebraska. Her parents, Henry and Maude Triska, farmed near DuBois where they resided on various farms. Margaret attended East Start Country School, Union School, and in 1950 she graduated from DuBois High School. After graduation, she worked at the old Pawnee Hospital as a nurses aid and lived in the hospital annex.

On New Year’s Day in 1954, she was married to Jerome “Jerry” Mullin in a double ring ceremony with her sister Beverly and Byford Thomas at the DuBois Church.

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21
Nov
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Nola Emma (Heuppelsheuser) Rinne

Nola E. (Heuppelsheuser) Rinne, 97, of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Pawnee City Assisted Living. She was born to Herman and Elsie (Meyer) Heuppelsheuser on August 22, 1922 in Seneca, Kansas, along with her twin sister Nila.

Nola grew up in the country around Seneca, Kansas area. She went to country school and said that she walked or rode her horse to school.

In 1942 she married Everett Rinne in Pawnee County, Nebraska. To this union two children were born.

Nola loved to garden and loved her flowers. She enjoyed working on the farm with her husband and milking cows. Nola was a member of the Friedens United Church of Christ, Bern, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett, brother, Norman Heuppelsheuser and sisters, Delores Hartung and Lula Weitzel.

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21
Nov
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Leroy H. Benson

Leroy H. Benson was born December 14, 1926, in the family home, rural Pawnee County to William H. Benson and Lydia C.M. (Ulrich) Benson. He attended country school at Salem, District 60, 1-8th grade, Pawnee City High School his Freshman year, Burchard High School his Sophomore year, and Pawnee City for Junior and Senior years. He graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1944 with 56 in his class.

After graduating from high school, Leroy worked on the family farm, did custom work for neighbors, and was drafted to the Army the spring of 1945. After the war ended, he completed training, then was stationed in Hawaii until he was discharged in 1946. He returned to Pawnee City and farmed with his father and helped neighbors Joy Wilson and Floyd Mort.

Leroy married Shirley Volle at the Methodist Church in Pawnee City on June 12, 1952. Together they raised their four children Gail, Kurt, Gary and Jill.

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