Archive - Obituary
February 17th, 2011
Reverend Raymond Frank Sorensen, son of Frank G. Sorensen and Ella Dee Rhoades Sorensen, was born Feb. 14, 1934, in Ansley. He died Feb. 6, 2011, in a traffic accident just outside of Scranton, Iowa. Ray
was 76 years of age.
Ray grew up in Ansley, and graduated from Ansley High School. In February 1953, Ray enlisted in the Marine Corp and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.
Chester Wayne Gascho, 78 of Cairo, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the VA Hospital in Grand Island. Services were Monday, Feb. 14, at First Baptist Church in Cairo with the Rev. Jack Boling and the Rev. Eldon Elsberry officiating. Burial was in Sand Valley Cemetery at Callaway with the Rev. Dean Hidle officiating. Apfel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gascho was born July 5, 1932, in Broken Bow, to Arthur and Barbara (Stutzman) Gascho.
Daniel E. Snyder was born June 28, 1919, in Silver Creek, the 10th of 12 children to Sam and Etta Snyder. He died in Sublimity, Ore. Feb. 7, 2011, at age 91.
In January 1933, Sam Snyder built a house on the back of a 1929 flatbed Chevy truck. He filled the house with the family and pulled their belongings on a trailer behind, and moved to Oregon. They arrived in Evens Valley, just north of Silverton, March 8, 1933.
Stanley Evald Wenquist, 64 of Broken Bow, passed away Feb. 6, 2011, at the Jennie M. Melham Medical Center. Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow.
Stanley Evald Wenquist was born Oct. 18, 1946, in Grand Island, to Inna (Koebel) and Evald Wenquist. He was a life- long resident of Broken Bow. He attended and graduated from Broken Bow High School with the class of 1964.
He was married to Judith Gardner Aug. 14, 1966. They had two children; James Daniel and Jenifer Ellen.
Leland McAbee, age 84 of Broken Bow, died Thursday Feb. 3, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 5, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Broken Bow with Minister Kathy Salts and Minister Jim Gonzales officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Military Honors with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials have been suggested to the Our Saviour Lutheran Church.
Willda Idell Crone Diefenbaugh was born Sept. 2, 1923, at home in Brown County, Mary, Nebraska. She was the seventh of 12 children born to Evan and Minnie Marie (Blumenthal) Crone.
Willda grew up on the ranch 17 miles north of Brewster and attended Brown County Country School #34, that her Dad built. She attended three years of high school in Brewster and graduated from Dunning High School.
Willda and Junior Neale Diefenbaugh were married June 28, 1944, at the Custer County Courthouse in Broken Bow. To this union were born four children: Michael, Joan, Yvonne, and Debra.
Victor William Watts, 92, went to meet his Lord Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center with his wife of 57 years, Claudia, and his daughters, Lynn and Judith, at his side.
He was born Nov. 20, 1918, at Cumro, one of four sons and one daughter, of William H. and Elizabeth (Cherry) Watts. Vic and Claudia were married Sept. 5, 1953, at Lexington.
Donald Clayton (Sam) Brannan, 91, died at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte Feb. 2,2011. He was born Sept. 11, 1919, at Red Cloud to Clarence and Opal (Eggleston) Brannan.
He went to grade school in southern Cherry County, and one year of high school in Medicine Bow, Wyo. His parents separated when he was 14.
He spent his teen years working on ranches in the Mullen area. Most of the time at the Eck Cox ranch, where he was given the nickname of â€śSam.â€ť
Don E. Roth, 86 of Arnold, died Jan. 25, 2011, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg. Donald Everett Roth was born to William and Clara (Erb) Roth in rural Seward County, Jan. 30, 1924. He passed away Jan. 25, 2011.
He attended rural schools in Seward and Custer County through eighth grade. In his early teens, Don was baptized in a Mennonite Church near Broken Bow, where the family attended.
Reid R. Wells, 65 of Ashton, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton, with Father Martin Egging officiating. A light lunch will follow the service at St. Francis Parish Hall in Ashton.