Archive - Obituary
January 4th, 2012
Donald G. Runyan, 89 of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. He was born March 18, 1922, in Mason City, to the late Wright and Eva Runyan.
Don was a veteran of the United States Air Corp. and graduate of Southern Methodist University. He worked for the FAA for 30 years, primarily as an Air Traffic Controller and later in data systems. Don was also a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
Lyle Duane Zimmerman was born in Broken Bow, Jan. 24, 1955 to Duane and Berniece (Wrasse) Zimmerman and was raised on his parents farm southwest of Ansley. He passed away Dec.20, 20ll, at the age of 56, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services were held in Broken Bow at Govier Brothers Mortuary Friday, Dec. 23, with Pastor Mark Stones officiating. A private family burial of his ashes was Friday, Dec 30, in the Broken Bow cemetery, with Pastor Mark Stones present.
Colonel Melvin Frank Huss, 82, of Lexington, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Lexington. Melvin was born June 2, 1929, at Herndon, Kan., to Frank and Pauline (Kogl) Huss.
He attended school at Herndon, Kan. Following his schooling, he worked at the Omaha Stockyards. Melvin attended Auctioneer School in Mason City, Iowa. He auctioned at the McCook Livestock Market and did farm sales in the 1940s.
August 22, 1950, he was united in marriage to Delores E. Lorens at St. Johnâs Catholic Church at Beardsley, Kan. Three children were blessed to this union; Richard, Ronald and Janelle.
December 28th, 2011
Pamela Jane Rodocker, 64, of Halsey, died near Halsey Dec. 22, 2011.
She was born June 17, 1947, in Hebron, to Robert and Leona Williamson Widler. She lived in Belvidere, before later moving with her family to Anselmo, and then settling in Dunning.
She graduated from Halsey-Dunning High School in 1965, and Feb. 22, 1969, she married Terry D. Rodocker in Halsey. To this union was born a daughter, Teena. Pam made Halsey her home until her death.
Charles D. Grow, age 85, of North Platte, passed away Dec. 24, 2011, at the Kearney County Long Term Care Facility in Minden.
He was born Feb. 20, 1926, the son of Frank and Emily (Steen) Grow in Loup City. He grew up in Loup City, and graduated from Loup City High School in 1944. He entered the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. After his discharge he went to Kearney State College. Chuck graduated in 1949, and taught school at Anselmo/Merna for a year.
Harry Duane Jacobsen was born Aug. 14, 1954, in Visalia, Calif., to Harry and Norene (Hanlon) Jacobsen, and passed from this life Dec. 16, 2011, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center while awaiting a kidney and liver transplant. He was known to many people by different names - B.J., Bud and Wiener. His card playing buddies knew him as "Duey" - his friends at work called him "Jake". To his family he was "Duane"- that differentiated him from the other "Jakes" in the Jacobsen family.
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 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 J. âJackâ OâNeill, 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 OâNeill, 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.
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.