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December 22nd

Duane Erikson, 87

December 22, 2011

Duane Erikson of rural Arnold passed away Dec. 16, 2011, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. Duane was born Oct. 8, 1924, on the family farm on Tallin Table south of Arnold to Martin and Hazel (Cole) Erikson, their only child.
Duane grew up farming and ranching. Duane attended rural grade school at District 240 and graduated from Arnold High School in 1942, where he was active in music. After high school, he continued working on the family farm and ranch, never wanting to do anything else.

Johnny McCarty, 86

December 22, 2011

Johnny R. McCarty, 86 of Grand Island, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Cremation has taken place and burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Dale Valley Cemetery at Merna. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mr. McCarty was born Oct. 6, 1925, at Merna, the son of Michael and Irene (Dale) McCarty.
Survivors are a brother, Lawrence (Mike) McCarty of Seattle, Wash., and 12 nieces and nephews.

John "Jack" O'Neill, 75

December 22, 2011

John J. “Jack” O’Neill, 75 of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born June 7, 1936, in Anselmo to Josephine and George O’Neill, John had three brothers; Jim, Gary and Tom.
He moved his family to Arizona in 1968, where he worked for Valley National Bank. He enjoyed golf and was a long-time member of the Mesa Country Club.
John contributed generously to professional organizations and community groups - among them, the HoHoKams where he was past president serving as the Big Ho.

December 19th

Nellie Smith, 96

December 19, 2011

Nellie Smith, 96, of Sargent died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Sargent. The Father Jim Hunt will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitations will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent, with a 7 p.m. wake service at the church.

December 16th

Keith D. Keys, 83

December 16, 2011

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.

December 15th

Gaylord Ottun, 74

December 15, 2011

*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, ‘Keeping Minds on the Message of Jesus.’ 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 Parkinson’s disease.

Richard Foote, 78

December 15, 2011

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.

December 12th

Thelma Burnett, 89

December 12, 2011

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.

Mae June, 95

December 12, 2011

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.

Leola Carlson, 82

December 12, 2011

Leola Carlson age 82, died Dec. 5, 2011, at Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island. Memorial services were Saturday, Dec. 10, at Apfel Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Bradenberg officiating. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.

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