Obituaries

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19
Sep
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Marvin August Ebeler

Marvin August Ebeler, one of nine children of Arthur and Elsie (Doeden) Ebeler, was born January 11, 1924 at Unadilla, Nebraska. He attended school in Syracuse, Nebraska, where he graduated from high school in 1942.

On October 11, 1945 Marv was inducted into the U. S. Army at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He was honorably discharged on January 7, 1946 and the next day enlisted in the U. S. Air Force at Keesler AFB in Mississippi. After three years with the Air Force Marv was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant and entered the Air Force Reserve. He went on active duty from August of 1950 to August of 1951, when he returned to Auburn, Nebraska.

Thu
12
Sep
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Doris M. Aylor

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Doris Marjorie (Winchell) Aylor was born November 3, 1918 in Lewiston, Nebraska.  She passed from this life to her eternal life on September 5, 2019 at the age of 100 years, 10 months and 2 days.  She was the second oldest of seven children born to Robert J. and Vada K. (Gifford) Winchell.  Her very early years were spent in Lewiston and Steinauer, Nebraska, until their move to Pawnee City where she lived until her marriage.

Doris’ father was killed in a tractor accident when she was 11 years old.  This necessitated that she and her two oldest brothers started working at a young age to provide for her family.  This instilled in her a strong work ethic which she exemplified throughout her lifetime.  Her mother had many health issues, and her youngest sister and brother said she was more of a mother to them than a sister.  

Thu
12
Sep
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Irene M. Frerking

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Irene M. Frerking, 85, of Summerfield KS, died on September 8, 2019 at Cambridge Place Nursing Home in Marysville, KS. She was the youngest born of eight children to Hope and Irene (Bruss) Sewell on January 30, 1934 in Tucson, AZ. She attended school, worked as a secretary, and did odd jobs in Tucson. While attending a New Year’s Eve party at Grace Lutheran Church she met Leonard Frerking, who was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force base, and they were married on August 30, 1952. They lived in Tucson and later moved to Summerfield where she was active in the Dorcas church group, West Stateline Club, American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed going to her family’s sporting events, gardening, quilting, making crafts, sewing and babysitting after she and Leonard sold the grocery store in Summerfield in November of 1979. She loved being “Grandma” to many kids around town, and even when she had Alzheimer’s, she found joy in having children around her.

Thu
05
Sep
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Morris Edward Blecha

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Morris Edward Blecha 86, of Pawnee City passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Premier Estates in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He was born on May 12, 1933 to Joseph F. And Mary E. (Wies) Blecha in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He grew up on the family farm 4 miles south of Steinauer, Nebraska. He attended school at District # 11 near Violet, Nebraska.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army on May 19, 1953 at 19 years of age. He went to basic training for eight weeks in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri during the Korean conflict. He was a truck driver hauling troops in the 333rd pipeline company. He was honorably discharged on May 18, 1955. After his service, he returned home to work on the family farm and also worked for neighbors. He started farming for himself in 1959.

Thu
29
Aug
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Joyce Ann (Rowland) Young

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Joyce Ann (Rowland) Young, 71, of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was born to Charles (Sandy) and Velma Rowland on December 9, 1947 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

Joyce married David Young November 2, 1968 in Calumet City, Illinois and to this union two children were born.

Joyce spent her childhood on the family farm just west of Pawnee City and remained there until graduation from Pawnee City High School in 1966. Upon graduation she moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she lived with family until finding work in a law office. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Chicago, again following family and work. Here she was married and gave birth to a son, Michael in 1969 and daughter, Jane in 1975. She remained there until 1984 when she returned home to Pawnee City, Nebraska. During the next 30 years she worked in various jobs including almost 20 years at the Pawnee Manor in nutrition services.

Thu
22
Aug
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Arthur “Art” Leroy Alderman

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Arthur “Art” Leroy Alderman, 92, of Table Rock, Nebraska was born on January 31, 1927, in Sabetha, Kansas to Ralph and Margaret (Waters) Alderman.  He attended school in Table Rock graduating from Table Rock High School with the class of 1945.  After graduating, Art served his country in the U.S. Navy until being honorably discharged in 1946.  On December 31, 1946, Art was united in marriage to Edna Trimmer in Hiawatha, Kansas.  To this union four children, Glenda, Donna, Roger and Sara were born.  The couple raised their family in Table Rock, California and other various places where Art worked road construction for many years.  Art was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church in Table Rock and received a 75-year pin.  He was also a member of the Harvey-Mann Legion Post #269 in Humboldt and the Pawnee City VFW.

Thu
15
Aug
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Jean E. Crom

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Jean E. Crom, 90, died on July 16, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born on September 17, 1928 in Wymore, Nebraska, to Maude Edith Lewis and Roy William Howe.  She grew up on a farm near Barneston, Nebraska and graduated from Barneston High School in 1946.  She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and graduated with a degree in Home Economics in teaching in 1950. As a senior in college, she met Rex Crom, who drove several students to Second Presbyterian Church to sing in the choir. They were married at the Wymore Methodist Church on December 23, 1950.

Thu
01
Aug
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Robert “Dallas” Bowhay

Robert "Dallas" Bowhay was born on July 18, 1931 on the family farm in rural Pawnee County, to Clyde and Helen (Hart) Bowhay. Dallas passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 88, at Pawnee Community Memorial Hospital. He attended country school in rural Pawnee County and graduated from Barneston High School in 1949. He then attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri for two years where he played football.

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01
Aug
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Betty JoAnn (Bock) Thomas

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Betty JoAnn (Bock) Thomas of Liberty, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Pawnee County Hospital. Betty was born February 22, 1941 to Leslie A. and Mabel M. (Heuppelsheuser) Bock at their home in rural Pawnee County Nebraska. She was baptized and later confirmed at the Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church in Bern, Kansas. Betty attended grade school at rural East Star School and attended high school at Pawnee City High School.

After high school Betty attended Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing from 1958-1961, graduating with an RN diploma degree. She practiced her nursing profession all of her life until retiring in December, 2007.

On September 17,1961 Betty married Darrell E. Thomas. To this union two children were born, a son Ricky Lee, August 1, 1962 and daughter, Kimberly Ann, September 18, 1963.

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11
Jul
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Robert Snyder

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Robert Snyder, 82, of Odell, Nebraska passed away Monday, July 1, 2019.

Robert was born to Cyril and Alvina (Wolf) Snyder in rural Pawnee City, Nebraska. The fourth of five children, Robert lived most of his childhood on a farm near Pawnee City.

In his youth, Robert enjoyed the outdoors, playing the tuba in band, and playing basketball and football. He was even being recruited to play college football. However, ready to be done with classrooms, Robert chose employment instead, and also served his country in the Army reserves.

While working for the railroad, Robert met his future wife, Peggy on a blind date. They married on July 24, 1960. From this union came three sons and two daughters.

After a few years, Robert began a job at Consumers Public Power District, which later became Nebraska Public Power district. He worked there more than 30 years, until his retirement in 1999.

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