November 2nd, 2011
Herb Struempler, age 86, of Broken Bow, formerly of Oconto, passed away Oct. 27, 2011, at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow. Â
He was born Oct. 27, 1925, west of Oconto, to Frederick â€śFritzâ€ť and Minnie (Schwarze) Struempler. He entered into the United States Navy in 1944, and faithfully served our country in World War II until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Herb married Elsie Knispel Jan. 20, 1948, at the Christ Lutheran Church, southwest of Oconto. Together, the couple farmed and ranched west of Oconto before retiring in 1995.
Eunice Marie Nadobny Brown-Mandelko, age 75, passed away at her home in Chadron, surrounded by family and friends Monday, Oct. 25, 2011. Euniceâ€™s funeral mass was Saturday, Oct. 29, at Saint Patrickâ€™s Catholic Church in Chadron with Father Tim Stoner and Father James Joseph officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.
Eunice was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Rushville, to Sylvester and Josephine Nadobny. She grew up on the family farm, and enjoyed spending time with her brother Albert (Buddy) and cousins until 1950, when her father died and they moved to Chadron.
Carl E. Schmidt, age 78 of Broken Bow, died at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway Oct. 27, 2011. Memorial services were Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at the Assembly of God Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Rick Johnson officiating. Inurnment was at the Broken Bow Cemetery. A register book will be available for signing at Govier Brothers Mortuary.
Mr. Schmidt was born Dec. 23, 1932, at Anselmo, to Alfred and Nellie (Turpening) Schmidt.
He lived most of his life in Broken Bow, working at BD until he retired in 1996.
Richard Reed (Dick) Wattles of Longmont, Colo., died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home. He was 81.
Dick was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Kearney, and grew up in Broken Bow.
John Eli Hammond was born Dec. 13, 1932 to Agnes and William Hammond of Broken Bow, and passed to eternal life Oct. 12, 2011, after complications of Alzheimer's and a stroke. The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Clear Lake City, Texas, and he was buried Oct. 15, 2011 at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.
Jack, as he was known, played fullback on the football team and graduated from Broken Bow, with the class of 1950. He married his high school sweetheart, Joan Mohatt, daughter of Charles and Anna Mohatt, Aug. 19, 1952.
Robert L. Reed, age 90, of Hamburg, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa.
Robert was born in Custer County on a farm near Arnold, to Francis Oscar and Julia Lavetta (Huff) Reed July 20, 1921. He attended elementary school at Oxford District 13 and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1939.
Stanley Sommer, age 92 of Merna, died Oct. 31, 2011, at Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Scott Harvey officiating. Burial will be in the Merna Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 7-8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary.
Stanley A. Sommer was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Custer County to Almore and Esther (Collinson) Sommer.
In this day of social networking it has become common to track down old classmates and friends, or even family members you have lost touch with over the years. For one local family, however, this ability lead to the discovery of a family member they didnâ€™t know they had - until now.
Linda Guernsey and Ruth McConnell, sisters who live in Broken Bow, grew up in Pierre, S.D. Like many young men in the 60s, their brother Bob was sent to Vietnam. And like all too many of those young men, Bob did not return home. He was killed in action in January 1968.
Often we find ourselves wondering, â€śwhat ever happened to . . .?â€ť
People we have known, or known of, who move away - lose touch. It is just human nature to wonder from time to time what ever became of those we used to know.
The Chief received word this week of the passing of a hometown native, who left Broken Bow shortly after graduating from high school. He went on to do some pretty remarkable things in his life, and while it would have been preferred to report on his whereabouts while he was still living, it is worth noting in the event of his passing.
A world-class shooter is coming to town. Bill McGuire won his first National Sporting Clay Championship this last weekend weekend in San Antonio, Texas, finishing just three targets ahead of runner-up Zachary Kienbaum.
This weekend heâ€™ll be hunting pheasants as part of the 2011 One Box Pheasant Hunt in Broken Bow.
There will be eight teams competing in this yearâ€™s event for the third time in the eventâ€™s 51 years, said Thomas McCaslin, event chair.
â€śThe momentum is there. There will be lots of good shooters competing.â€ť