Archive - Obituary
October 6th, 2011
John Evans Amsberry, 91, was born Dec. 11, 1919, son of Frank G Amsberry and Elizabeth A Amsberry (Evans). He was born and lived the majority of his life in the Mason City area having farmed on the family homestead.
He took a job with manufacturing in the late 1950s in Broken Bow. Later he was licensed to sell insurance and did that until he retired.
He was always interested in the farm and working the soil. So in later years a big garden was a pastime he enjoyed; plus sharing the fruits of his labors.
JB Morgan, 81 of Broken Bow, passed away Friday, Sept.23, at Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
JB was born Aug. 15, 1930, to French and Mae (Bassett) Morgan in Erick, Okla. He was the fourth of six boys.
He attended and graduated from Erick Public Schools and attended college. After graduating from college, JB taught school for a couple of years before trying his hand at several different jobs. His favorite, however, was driving a truck.
JB loved his family - his grandkids and great-grandkids were the joys of his life. He loved to dance, and he never met a stranger.
Heaven became a little brighter Sept. 18.
Mary Alice Atkins, 90, formerly of Halsey, died Sept. 18, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mary Alice was born July 12, 1921, at Callaway, to Walter and Maude Manion Brittan. She graduated from Arnold High School in 1939.
In 1942, she married Roy Atkins. They farmed near Arnold until buying a ranch near Halsey and moving to the Sandhills in 1951, to ranch, farm, raise a family, and enjoy the "good life."
Walter E. (Walt) Mannel passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. He was 86 years of age.
Walt was born Oct. 24, 1924, in the same house he resided in until his retirement to a house in Broken Bow in the 1990s. Walt spent his life farming and raising cattle near Victoria Creek in northern Custer County.
Irdell Dona Chase, 88, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Irdell was born Dona Irdell, to Raphael and Amanda (Schmidt) Chartraw, near Cat Creek in Custer County, on the family farm. Irdell graduated from Mason City High School in 1940.
She took Normal Training after high school. Her first teaching job was northwest of Broken Bow and her last two years of teaching was north of Cat Creek.
Duane E. Hall, 74 of Brewster, passed away Sept. 24, 2011, en route to Kearney by Life Flight.
Duane was born April 17, 1937, to Loren and Lois (Sellers) Hall, in Wellfleet, at the family home. He was the eldest of two sons.
Duane graduated from Maxwell High School in 1955. He was Valedictorian of his class. He furthered his education at the Grand Island School of Business.
April 8, 1962, Duane was married to Lula Waine "Luane" Grandley, until her death Aug. 19, 1995. They have one son, Brian W. Hall.
Ivan Cool passed away peacefully after a long illness Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at his home in Pismo Beach.
He was born in Broken Bow, in 1922, and grew up on the family farm, which his grandfather had homesteaded in the 1880s. In 1939, Ivan went to California to attend Glendale Junior College, where he met his bride-to-be, Eleanor Berrier. They married in 1942, and as the U.S. had entered World War II, he soon enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force.
Alvin Gustav Sundell, 86, of Wakefield, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor Darwin Garton officiating.
A Masonic and Eastern Star service was held at 7 p.m. Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery, with Military honors presented by the Wakefield American Legion Post 81
John Clayton Spencer died peacefully as a result of a brain tumor in his home in Queen Valley, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2011. John, age 67, was born to William Clayton and Leona (Eichelberger) Spencer, June 24, 1944. He lived his early years on the family ranch near Brownlee, and he graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1962.
He served two years with the US Army in Germany as a combat engineer during the Viet Nam War. In 1971, he married Beverly Kabel. They had one daughter.
Jolene M. Olson, 63 of Gothenburg, passed away Sept. 15, 2011, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept. 14, 1948, to Aaron and Freda (Pitkin) Lindstedt. She was the oldest of three children.
She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1967. She was united in marriage to Donald D. Olson Nov. 4, 1967, at Tallin Church. They were married for 43 years, and to this union they had four children; Aaron, Collene, Tami and Dustin.
Jolene loved sewing, crafts, music and the animals on her farm. She especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.