Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Claudia Kay Bestol, age 75 of Purdum, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at her home in Purdum fighting cancer. Memorial funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the United Church of Christ in Purdum at 10 a.m. with Pastor Diana K. Jahn officiating. Inurnment in the Purdum Cemetery will be at a later date.
Claudia Bestol is survived by her husband, Earl Bestol of Purdum; a son, Wayne (Joyce) Bestol of Minden; two daughters, Kay Lynn Bestol of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Brenda (Dave) Masek of Purdum; three grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and a brother, Bob Knag of Alliance.
Julia Ann Eichelberger, age 49 of Broken Bow, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at her home. Julie was born Dec. 31, 1963, at Callaway Hospital to Terry and Marge Eichelberger.
Julie grew up in Broken Bow where she attended school until she was a junior. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1981.
At a young age Julie was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and later with diabetes. Even though she struggled with this throughout her life she never lost her love of life or her love for her family. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family and friends.
Michael Lynn Buckles passed away at his home, surrounded by family, in Broken Bow, Sept. 21, 2013, at the age of 59.
Mike is predeceased by his parents, Bob and Mary Frances.
Mike was born to Bob and Mary Frances Buckles Dec. 4, 1953, in Martin, S.D. Mike lived in Merriman, where he attended elementary school. He went on to graduate from Bennett County High School in Martin, S.D. in 1972, excell-ing in basketball, football and track, recently being inducted into the Bennett County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mary Ellen Andersen Gillming, age 72 of North Platte, formerly of Broken Bow, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
Mary Ellen Andersen Gillming was born Dec. 21, 1940, to Frank and Eva (Schmitz) Loeffelholz at Kearney. Mary grew up in the Kearney, Riverdale, Amherst area where she attended country school as well as the Hopewell Country School graduating from Kearney High School in 1959.
James T. McMillan, 82 of rural Broken Bow, died Sept. 14, 2013, at Callaway Living Center.
He was born Sept. 29, 1931, to James W. and Stella McMillan. He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1950, and served in the Marines from 1951-1954.
He married Betty L. Golden Dec. 17, 1953.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of rural Broken Bow; daughters, Debra McMillan of Papillion, and Linda (Ron) Ellingson of Oconto; granddaughter, Samantha (Chaz) Johnson; and four great-grandsons, Cody, Blaine, Austin and BJ.
Marion Wilton Scott (Scotty) was born April 21, 1931, in Arnold. He departed this life on Patriots Day, Sept. 11, 2013, in Callaway.
He lived his early years with his family around Arnold and Ansley. After graduating from Arnold High School in 1948, he enlisted in the Navy.
Marion married Frances Geiser May 9, 1954. Marion and Frances raised two children born of this union - daughter Melva and son Loren.
Wilma Darlene Shultz born Feb. 10,1928 at Burwell, Neb., Father Chris B. Worden and Mother Mary Elizabeth Bilstein.
As a small child,she moved from a farm in the Burwell area with her parents to a ranch on Swan Lake. Having the life of a country girl, she loved horses and helped run the ranch with her mother while her father's job took him away.
Her family would be a part of the planting and watering of all the trees that grow around Swan Lake. After the passing of her little sister, Merylea, a brother, Gaylen, was born, making the family complete.
Peggy Lee (Brinker) Halstrom, 84, of Grand Island, NE, formerly of Gothenburg died on Sept. 11, 2013 at Tiffany Square in Grand Island, Neb.
She was born April 8, 1929, in Yetter, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Hazel (Arndt) Brinker.
Bonita Sarah (Palmer) Dunbar, 93, of Taylor, Nebraska passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Custer Care Center in Broken Bow, Nebraska.
Bonnie was born March 3, 1920, to Percy T. and Mattie (Strohl) Palmer in rural Loup County. She grew up on the family farm south of Almeria. She attended grade school in a sod house at Hill View - District 34 - for six years and then two years in Almeria District. She graduated from Taylor High School in 1937.
Mary Jane Brestel, 82, of Callaway, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Callaway Good Life Center.
Mary Jane Brestel was born March 11, 1931, to Roy Winslow and Alma Ruth (Vincent) Lichtenberger. She attended school in Callaway, graduating Valedictorian of her 1948 class. She attended two semesters at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in agriculture.