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Archive - Jan 18, 2013

Broken Bow greets new city administrator

January 18, 2013

Broken Bow’s new City Administrator David Varley and his wife Joanne, were formally welcomed to Broken Bow Monday with a meet and greet at the City Municipal Building.
Both said they are excited to be here, and already feel that Broken Bow is home, the same feeling they got as they walked around the community when they visited for interviews prior to the end of the year.
“We had no qualms about the move,” said Joanne.
“We were first intrigued by the name,” said David. “It sounded like a great community with an interesting history.”

Statistics - - 2012 Police Calls

January 18, 2013

Broken Bow Police Officers answered 2,496 calls in 2012.
The numbers are up, said Police Chief Steve Scott, a lot more time is spent on controlled substance abuse cases and reports of child abuse.
The alertness and the quality of training for the officers contributes to the numbers, Scott added.

BBPD Call Summary
Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2012

Accidents - 141
This included 10 with injuries
Assault reports - 12
Agency assists - 188
Burglary reports - 8
Child abuse and/or neglect - 141
Citizen assists - 274

New BBPS principal hired

January 18, 2013

The Broken Bow School Board and administration met in a special meeting Saturday, Jan. 12, for the purpose of interviewing four candidates to fill the high school/middle school principal position vacated by the retirement of Ken Kujath.
As the Chief prepared to go to press it was announced that a contract has been offered and accepted. BBPS Superintendent Mark Sievering issued this statement:

Michael Diefenbaugh, 67

January 18, 2013

Michael Dee Diefenbaugh, 67 of Merna passed away at his home Jan. 9, 2013.
Mike was born Oct. 15, 1945 in Dunning, to Junior and Willda (Crone) Diefenbaugh. He was raised in Merna and graduated from Merna High School in 1963. He was baptized in the Christian Church of Litchfield.
June 28, 1966, he married Judith Yantzie in Broken Bow. They lived in Merna for 46 years, where they raised four children: Misti, Michelle, Kristi and Kyle.

W. Jane Gottschalk, 95

January 18, 2013

W. Jane Gottschalk was born Aug. 17, 1917, to Joseph T. and Edith M. Hendrickson in Thayer County. She attended country school thru 8th grade, then attended Belvidere High School.
Following graduation, Jane taught country school.While teaching, she met Kenneth C. Gottschalk. They were married May 29, 1937.

Dean Shadel, 91

January 18, 2013

Dean Shadel, 91, of Callaway, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Callaway Good Life Center.

Laurin Winkelhake, 75

January 18, 2013

Laurin A. Winkelhake, age 75, of Syracuse, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, at his home in Syracuse. A funeral for Laurin Winkelhake was Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn, with burial following at the St. Paul Cemetery near Talmage.
He is survived by his brother Roger and wife Iris (Lyons) Winkelhake of Lincoln; three cousins, Virginia Heinke of Lincoln, Shirley Nowack of Higginsville, Mo. and Alvin Winkelhake of Palm Springs, Calif.; also by extended Lyons family, and friends.
Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Ferguson, 86

January 18, 2013

Ralph Ferguson, age 86, of Miller, formerly of Ansley, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the First Christian Church in Ansley, with the Rev. Mel Shepherd officiating. Burial was in the Ansley Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials are to the Kidney Foundation. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.

George Munn, 79

January 18, 2013

George Edward Munn, 79 of Lincoln, died Jan. 14, 2013, after he lost his battle to lung cancer. George was born April 15, 1933, in Mason City, to George Emerson Munn and Flora Cecil Spencer.
During January 1953, George enlisted in the U.S Air Force during the Korean War. He served 10 1/2 years as an Air Force aircraft mechanic. During one of his overseas tours at the Panama Canal Zone, he met his beautiful Panama born wife, Louise Gloria Grote. Together they had four children: George Jr, Mary, Fritz and David.

Ivan Cooley, 89

January 18, 2013

Ivan R. Cooley, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Jan. 13, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services were. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Govier Brothers Mortuary with Pastor Kathy Salts officiating. Interment was at the Westerville Cemetery with Military Honors with Govioer Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Westerville Cemetery.
Ivan Rex Cooley was born June 11, 1923, near Gates, to Rex and Marie (Allison) Cooley. He attended school at Gates and graduated from Westerville High School in 1941.

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