Archive - Obituary
April 12th, 2012
*Dana Ruth Fink was a community correspondent for the Custer County Chief for many years. We appreciate all she contributed, and she will be greatly missed.
Dana Ruth Milleson Fink, of Elsmere, was born to Frank and Lola Milleson Jan. 6, 1923, at Thedford. Dana Ruth passed away April 10, 2012, in Kearney.
She moved with her family to the Elsmere area in 1934. Dana Ruth graduated from Thedford High School in 1940. After completing teacher's training, she taught school at South Wrage, Calf Creek, north of Seneca and at the Pleasant Hill School for a total of 40 years.
Former Broken Bow resident Donald L. Vanderheiden, 77, passed away April 8, 2012 while in the hospital in Inverness, Fla.
Don was born and raised in the Valentine area. After high school he attended Chadron State College where he established and competed as a bull rider on the Chadron State Rodeo Team and competed in Golden Gloves boxing.
Obituary of Darrell James Nelson, as written by Darrell, because he wanted it to "be correct". Perhaps there is a little ego involved, but after 84 years of humble, that should be excusable. There may be some opinion, but mostly just facts that can be confirmed if you want to take the trouble. These final words are a little long, but it averages out to about one minute for each decade, and I do not think that is unreasonable.
Joe Goeden age 84 died Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Memorial services were Tuesday, April 10, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary in charge of arrangements. The family requests that memorials be given to the Broken Bow Library or the donor's choice.
Tommy Merle Fred, 57 of Merna, passed away April 3, 2012. Tommy was born Sept. 16, 1954, at Broken Bow, to Alvie and I. Dee Fred. He lived his first year of life on the Upstream Ranch moving in succession from the Nicklos Ranch and finally to the Lazy J-C Charolais ranch, where he currently lived, north of Callaway.
Walter F. Blake, son of Walter and Lucy (Baker-Peterson) Blake, was born June 26, 1922, in Mason City. He entered into rest Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island at the age of 89 years.
Walter attended school in Brewster where he graduated high school in 1940. He worked on the family farm raising cattle. He also attended Louisiana State University for a year where he studied mechanical engineering.
Walter joined the United States Army Dec. 7, 1942.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy Pauline Clinard July 22, 1944, in Hopkinsville, Kent.
LaVonne D. Cords, age 73 of Broken Bow, died March 28, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Monday April 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Dunning Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.
Cleo June Peterson, 68 of Grand Island, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home, with her family at her side.
Services were Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Evangelical Free Church in Hastings. A private burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Trumbull. Memorials are suggested to the Gideons International or the Evangel-ical Free Benevolent Fund. Apfel Funeral Home of Grand Island was in charge of arrangements.
Floyd Lehmann, age 57, of Dunning, died March 28, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services were March 31, 2012, at the Open Bible Church in Dunning, with the Rev. Ralph McKay officiating. Burial was in the Dunning Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.
Harold L. Englert, 84, of North Platte, passed away March 27, 2012. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, to Lewis and Emma (Heins) Englert at Lodgepole.
He grew up in Dunning, before entering the service at age 18. He served as a member of the U.S. Army in WWII from 1946 to 1948. He was recalled to serve in the Korean Conflict from October 1950 to 1951, spending his time in Korea and Japan. He received a WWII Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal in Japan.