Keith D. Keys, age 83, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at his home in Elsmere. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Sandhills Community Church in Dunning, with Pastor Lee Wonch officiating. Burial will be in the Purdum Cemetery with military honors. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 19; 3 to 6 p.m. at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Community Church.
*In the Dec. 15 edition of the Custer County Chief, memorial information was incorrect. Please note that a memorial for Mr. Ottun has been established to the Berean Church Grace Fund (which helps people in the community with certain needs) or to 750 AM, KMMJ, â€˜Keeping Minds on the Message of Jesus.â€™ The Custer County Chief apologizes for this error and any confusion it may have caused.*
Gaylord Berent Ottun, 74, of Round Valley, passed away at the Jennie M.Melham Hospital Dec. 6, 2011, after a lengthy battle with Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
Richard K. Foote, of Kimberling City, Mo., son of Robert and Garnet Foote, was born Sept. 5, 1933, in Hastings. He departed this life Dec. 9, 2011, in his home, surrounded by family, at the age of 78.
Dick graduated from Hastings High School in 1951, and Hastings College in 1957. He served in the U. S. Army from 1954-1956 and the Army Reserves for two years. Dick received the Good Conduct Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He was always very proud of his country and proud to be an American.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage-based membership organization for women who are descended from a person involved in United States' independence. The organization has a rich heritage, with some state chapters dating from as early as Oct. 11, 1890.
DAR's motto is "God, Home, and Country." Patriotism and community involvement are a big part of the organization, and this week the local chapter of D.A.R. gave special recognition to a local woman who epitomizes both.
THEDFORD - - The Thomas County Commissioners approved a proposal to conduct an open road race on the Halsey-Purdum road at a meeting Dec. 6. Blaine County Commissioners endorsed the event in their November meeting.
The "Loup 2 Loup Open Road Race" will be held Aug. 9, 2012, and is an addition to the 12th annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge scheduled for Aug. 11. A grid of 50 cars will compete in three speed classes with the goal of finishing closest to pre-determined course times.
For the past three months, nine UNL landscape architecture students have been studying the community of Broken Bow - the businesses, the residential areas, the parks. Monday evening that group of students presented their final plans to the community consisting of their ideas for improving what we have and creating what we need for community growth and development.
Many of you may recall a scene from the popular movie National Lampoonâ€™s Christmas Vacation, where the Griswold family goes shopping for the family Christmas tree. While the movie does exaggerate the pitfalls of the experience, many of us are aware from our own experience that this family outing can sometimes be quite a hassle. For those of you searching for the perfect live Christmas tree, the Halsey forest might be just the ticket for that family outing.
The Custer County Sheriffâ€™s Office is looking for information in three incidents of damaged mail boxes over the weekend of Dec. 10.
Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond says two of the vandalized mail boxes were located on Ryno Road, and both had been beaten with a deer leg. The deer leg was then left in one of the mail boxes. The other report of a vandalized mail box was on Meyers Road, but it is unclear at this time whether that incident is related to the Ryno Road vandalism.
Thelma Lucille (Elliott) Burnett was born June 6, 1922, at Lillian, in Custer County to James Walter Elliott and Minnie Louise Loffel. She and her brother, Harold, grew up in the Lillian community. Thelma went to grade school at Lillian and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1939; after which she attended Normal Training at Kearney State College to become a teacher. She taught rural schools in Gibbon, Prairie View, and Sunny Dell touching the lives of her students and giving them a firm foundation for learning.
Funeral services for Mae Bertha June, age 95 of Anselmo, were Monday, Dec. 12, at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Mae died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in her home, surrounded by family.
The service was officiated by Don Schauda, with burial in the Merna Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.
Mae was born may 31, 1916, in Wahoo, to William and Matilda (Conrad) Gehrman. She later moved with her family to Pleasant Hill and later Cliff Table in Custer County. In 1940, she married Kenneth June and they moved to Anselmo.