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July 15th, 2011

Gerrit Hamblin, 87

July 15, 2011

Gerrit Hamblin, 87, longtime Broken Bow educator, entered his eternal rest June 21, 2011, at the Melham Medical Center. Funeral services were June 24, at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Henry Duerksen officiating. Interment was in the Broken Bow Cemetery.
Gerrit Arthur Hamblin was bom May 15, 1924, in Sioux City, Iowa to Miles and Nell Hamblin. He was the youngest child born into a family of three sisters. Gerrit graduated from high school at the "Castle on the Hill (Sioux City H.S.)

J.D. Gibson, 89

July 15, 2011

J.D. Gibson, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 13, in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Lila Picton and the Rev. Corey Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Broken Bow United Methodist Church.

Kimberly Grubtill, 44

July 15, 2011

Kimberly Jean Grubtill, age 44, was born Dec. 11, 1966, to Nancy Leonard and Edward Furasek in Omaha. She died June 23, 2011, at Broken Bow.
Kimberly was employed by Custer Care Center in Broken Bow until unable to work.
She graduated from Omaha Bensen High School in 1985. She lived in Hill City, S.D. for 12 years, and in Broken Bow since 2007.
Kim is survived by her husband, Jeff; two sons, Matthew and Noah; sisters, Shelli Joshepson, Rhonda, Sherry and Robyn; and brothers, Ronie and Bernie.

Kenneth Templin, 84

July 15, 2011

Kenneth Elwood Templin was born Jan. 26, 1927, to Otto and Mary Graff Templin on a small farm south of Mason City, in Custer County. Growing up on the family farm, Ken learned how to care for livestock, drive a team of horses, operate a tractor and work hard. He was active in 4-H, was captain of the Mason City High School football and basketball teams and graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1945.

Josie Harrold, 47

July 15, 2011

Josie L. Harrold, 47 of Fremont, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1963, at Omaha.
She grew up in Fremont and was a graduate of Fremont High School. She moved to North Bend in 1994, and then to Harvard, in 1996. She lived at Broken Bow from 1998 until returning to Fremont in 2004. She was employed as a cook at the Coffee Pot Café in Fremont.

Mitchell Whaley, 59

July 15, 2011

Mitchell Lynn Whaley was born Sept. 14, 1951, to Lynn Arthur and Betty Jo (Liner) Whaley in Arnold, and died July 1, 2011, in Callaway.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Jo (Gerry) Wicks; children, Fontaine Crouch of Enid, Okla., Dustin Whaley of Chandler, Ariz., Samantha Whaley of Omaha, and Austin Whaley of Sioux Falls, S.D.; granddaughters, Cierra Cofer, Kaylyn Madison and Melia Crouch; sister, Sony Jones of Sandy, Utah; brother, Chuck Whaley of Alliance; step-brother, John (Shauna) Pursley of Aurora, and numerous nieces and nephews.

James Worth, 70

July 15, 2011

James R. Worth, 70 of Grand Island, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center. Celebration of life service was Wednesday at All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel with Dan Naranjo officiating. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Merna Cemetery.
Mr. Worth was born Nov. 29, 1940, at Merna, the son of Claude and Margaret (Simonson) Worth.

Charles Beal, 77

July 15, 2011

Funeral services were held June 24 in Whittier, Calif., for Charles Allen Beal, 77, who passed away June 18 after a long illness.
Charles was born April 23, 1934, to Franklin and Frances Beal of Broken Bow. He attended elementary school in Grand Island and in rural Custer County after his parents moved onto a farm in Ash Creek. He would later often reminisce about farm life on the Nebraska prairie.

July 8th

Helen Heller, 87

July 8, 2011

Helen Marena (Jones) Heller was born May 4, 1924, and passed into eternity June 29, 2011, at the age of 87. Helen was the eldest daughter of Chloie and Earl Jones, born in Hedrick, Iowa. As she often shared, her birth weight was under five pounds and they put her in a shoe box and kept her warm on the back of the cook stove at night.

Jens "Mic" Christensen, 80

July 8, 2011

Jens Michael Christensen, known to most as Mic, 80, of Broken Bow, died June 29, 2011, at Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Mic was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Berwyn to Christian and Elsie Ogal (Wright) Christensen during a winter blizzard, a great surprise as twins had not been expected.
He attended all 12 years of schooling at Berwyn, graduating in 1948, then attended Kearney State College for one year.

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