Archive - Obituary
*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, â€˜Keeping Minds on the Message of Jesus.â€™ 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 Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
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.
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.
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 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.
William C. Doty, age 83 of Broken Bow, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.
Toni Marie Turner, age 50 of Broken Bow, passed away Nov. 30, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. Memorial funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. in Govier Brothers Mortuary at Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. A memorial guest book may be signed at Govier Brothers Mortuary Wednesday, Dec 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Edward "Buck" Bolen, age 89 of Anselmo, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
Private family services with military honors were Dec. 5, at the Ft. McPherson Cemetery at Maxwell, with the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. .
Edward "Buck" L. Bolen was born May 28, 1922, at Merna, to Archie Daniel and Edna May (Jacquot) Bolen. He was the youngest of five children. He graduated from Merna High School in 1942.
Carl Elfgren passed away at his home in Overton Nov. 30, 2011, at the age of 73.
Carl was born Oct. 20, 1938, in East Killingly, Conn., the second of six children born to Ernest and Dorothy (Oatley) Elfgren. He spent most of his childhood in Connecticut until the summers of 1955 and 1956, when he traveled by covered wagon with his parents, brothers and sisters to Nebraska.
Carl attended school in Connecticut thru his junior year in high school. After moving to Nebraska with his parents he graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1957.
Mabel Ione Parrish Thurman was born Jan. 3, 1907, on a farm near Bee, Nebr. She passed away Dec. 3, 2011, in McPherson, Kan., at the age of 104 years and 11 months--exactly one month shy of her 105th birthday. Her parents were Julia Etta Lusher Parrish and Arthur Warren Parrish.
In 1909, the family moved to Custer County, onto a farm four miles northwest of Oconto. Mabel attended Lucky Star District 213 and Lower Lodi District 73.