Obituaries

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21
Mar
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Carl Allen “Butch” Schuetz

Carl Allen “Butch” Schuetz, 69, of rural Humboldt, Nebraska was born November 16, 1949 in Humboldt, Nebraska to Carl Albert and Maddie Mae (Storant) Schuetz. He attended Humboldt High School graduating with the class of 1968. After graduating, he joined the Army Reserve National Guard on June 2, 1968 and served until his honorable discharge on June 1, 1974. One of his favorite things was farming and he worked for several farmers in the area. Butch later purchased the Storant family farm from his uncles. His mother was born in the home and it has been in his mother’s family since his great-great- grandfather Christ Storant homesteaded the place around 1877. Butch became the 5th generation to farm it.

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21
Mar
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Edna C. Smith

Omaha, NE- Preceded in death by husband, Duane A. Smith; son, Verlyn; daughterin-law, Kathy; brothers, Donald, Henry, John and Kenneth Peacock.  Survived by children: Patricia Wokurka, Donald (Teresa), Verneal Rogers, Douglas (Jackie), Kevin (Nancy), and Kimberley Arnold (William); seventeen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Isabelle Royce (Landis) and Mary Beth Kellerman (William); brother, William Peacock (LaRae); sister-in-law, Carol Collins; many other loving family members.

The family received friends Sunday, March 17th from 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd.in Omaha.  FUNERAL was Monday, March 18th at 10am, First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge St., Omaha with additional FUNERAL SERVICE in Pawnee City at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church.  Interment was at the Pawnee City, Nebraska Cemetery.

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14
Mar
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SGM (Ret) John Henry Curtis

June 26, 1936 ~ January 9, 2019

John Henry Curtis, son of Nathan and Noma A. Richardson Curtis, was born June 26, 1936, in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He departed this life Wednesday, January 9, 2019, in Lebanon South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of eighty-two years, six months, and fourteen days.

In 1958, he married Trudy, and they shared forty-fi ve years together and lovingly raised their children. Trudy passed away in 2003.

On February 11, 2005, he was united in marriage to Sharon Maxine Cox and they shared the last thirteen years.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Margie.

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14
Mar
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Dora Louise Wissler

Dora’s life story began on May 5, 1924 when she was born at her Uncle Roy James’ farm north of Summerfield, Kansas to Nathan and Noma (Richardson) Curtis.

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14
Mar
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Richard “Dick” Allen Droge

Richard Allen Droge, 75, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Premier Estates in Pawnee City, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dick was born Sept. 18, 1943, to Kermit and Margery Droge in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He attended East Star rural school, grades K-8, and graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1962.

He married Diane Hess of rural Pawnee City on January 26, 1962. To this union were born two sons, Jeffery Allen and Brian Lee.

Dick farmed with his father until 1968, when he went into partnership with Diane’s brother, Lyle Hess. They raised hogs, cattle and grain together until 2005 when they retired and rented their farms.

Dick and Diane were avid motorcycle riders, visiting all of the lower 48 states on their motorcycle. They also traveled to Alaska and Hawaii. A special trip was their visit to a high school classmate in Portugal with Ray & Dorothy Willis.

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07
Mar
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Gary Dean Wilson

Gary Dean Wilson, 86, of Bern, Kansas was born on July 15, 1932 in Humboldt, Nebraska to Clarence and Laura (Korber) Wilson. He attended country school near Bern, Kansas and graduated from Bern High School with the class of 1949. Soon after graduating, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for a four-year enlistment and was honorably discharged. After his service in the navy, Gary continued his education by attending a refrigeration trade school where he earned a degree. In 1958, he accepted a job in Falls City, Nebraska at an appliance store. In 1972, Gary went into partnership with Herbert Overfield Jr. at G & H Hardware. After retiring, he moved back to the family farm near Bern, Kansas where he has resided since. Gary loved being outdoors where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He was an avid reader and passed along all of his books from his book club to other family members.

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07
Mar
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Ralph E. Stutheit

Stutheit, Ralph Edwin, 81, of Humboldt, Nebraska, was unexpectedly called for a fishing trip in Heaven, Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  He was born at home to Edwin and  Nadine (Reid) Stutheit on November 3, 1937 in Humboldt, where he grew up and attended Humboldt High until joining the United States Air Force in 1955, missing his senior year.  After serving his country for four years, he returned to Humboldt.  Only nine days into civilian life, he became a heavy equipment operator and met the love of his life, Clara Portrey, at the local café in Dawson.  The couple soon married and started their family.  They were known to “cut a rug” with their smooth dancing style.  In addition to helping his parents run “The Camp”, Ralph owned Stutheit Construction, a soil conservation company.  After many years in business, Ralph later joined the Contractors Teamsters Union #571 and continued to operate heavy equipment throughout the remainder of his career until his retirement in 2005.

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07
Mar
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Alice Arzona (Crow) Schneider

Alice Arzona (Crow) Schneider, age 97, of Table Rock was born on January 8, 1922 to I. Leonard and E. Katherine (Gilpin) Crow of Picher, Oklahoma being the last of four children. Her father was a lead and zinc miner in Picher and they lived there until Alice was about five, moving north of Nebraska City as a farming family. She attended District #1 country school.  Alice met Carl A. Schneider, Jr. at a dance in Nebraska City and the rest became her legacy. The dance continued as they married on December 26, 1939 during a raging snowstorm in Rockport, Missouri.  They returned to live in the Peru area where five children were added to the dance, Gary Lee, Leland Carl, Dennis Michael, John Wayne and Karen Sue.  Alice danced alongside her husband running a restaurant in Peru as well as a farmer’s wife doing chores and keeping the family strong.  Alice started to work at Dan and Debbie Dare Sewing factory in Auburn, NE.

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07
Mar
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Clara “Phyllis” (Holt) Anderson

Clara “Phyllis” (Holt) Anderson, 92 years of age, of Beatrice passed away Monday, February 25, 2019 at Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City. She was born on November 7, 1926 in Bancroft, Kansas to Forrest and Grace (Heffner) Holt. Phyllis was raised in rural Kansas and graduated from high school at Wetmore, Kansas. She continued her education receiving her teaching certificate from Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas. Upon graduation, Phyllis married Robert “Bob” Anderson on April 28, 1946 and they moved to DuBois. To this union, one daughter was born, Connie. She spent several years teaching at rural schools where she loved her pupils and their well-being was very important to her. Phyllis was an exceptional seamstress. She sewed outfits for cheerleaders, wedding ensembles and made her granddaughters wedding dress. Phyllis didn’t mind when guys came with a stack of overalls that needed patched.

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28
Feb
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Phyllis Louise (Edgerton) Johnson

Phyllis Louise (Edgerton) Johnson, 84 years, 3 months and 27 days, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Pawnee City, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019. She was the sixth child born to Lloyd and Myrtle (Ellsworth) Edgerton on October 19, 1934 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

Phyllis and her siblings attended country school west of Pawnee City until 1942 when their father passed away and they moved to town.

The family did not have a lot of money, but there was a lot of love in the house. They entertained themselves by riding the pony (while still on the farm) and playing a lot of outside games. Phyllis broke her arm when she was young and could not play in the family ball game. However, she was watching the game and her brother threw the bat and broke her nose.

After graduation from Pawnee City High School in 1952, she moved to Omaha to get a job. She lived in an apartment with her sister Carolyn at first and then with Yvonne, Janice and Earleen.

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