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January 18th, 2013

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.

Dorthy Koepke, 90

January 18, 2013

Dorthy Ione Knouse Koepke, accomplished writer, speaker, and beloved mother of 10, joyfully went to be with her Lord Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Norfolk. She was 90 years old.
Dorthy was born in Kingsbury County near Iroquois, SD Jan. 24, 1922, the third of nine children to Fred and Myrtle Bond Knouse. She was baptized as a young adult at Methodist Episcopal Church in Cavour, SD.

January 14th

John Wesley Churchill, 91

January 14, 2013

John Wesley Churchill, age 91 of Broken Bow Ne. went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2013.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away"
Revelation 21 v: 4

John Churchill was born Feb. 11, 1920, in Mount Vernon, NY, to the late Solomon and Edna Churchill and was the youngest of five children.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jordan Churchill, Charles Churchill, Edna Churchill, and Alexander Churchill.

January 11th

Linda Kettleborough, 72

January 11, 2013

Linda Lee Kettleborough, age 72, of Merna, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Merna Rescue Unit.

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