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April 2nd, 2015

Roger Wackerla, 65

April 2, 2015

After an illness of six weeks, Roger Wackerla passed away March 23, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Grand Island at the age of 65 years and 17 days.

Roger was born March 6, 1950, in Broken Bow, Nebr., during the ‘Blizzard of ‘49’ to George E. and Carol D. (Glendy) Wackerla. He was the first of two children born to this union.

His early years were spent on the McDaniel place near Pressey Park where he worked on the L.O. Glendy Ranch with his parents, brother, grandparents, uncles, aunt and cousins.

Ruth Melham Taylor

April 2, 2015

Ruth Melham Taylor passed away March 13, 2015, at her home in Omaha. 

She was born in Broken Bow, to Noah and Sadie Melham and was raised in Sargent. She graduated from Sargent High School. 

Growing up, she worked in the family grocery store, restaurant and Oscar’s Palladium in Sargent. 

Ruth moved to Omaha with her family. She booked and promoted bands for several years. She developed, owned and managed Tootsie’s Shoes, selling dance shoes internationally. She was a lifetime member of the Omaha Phoenician Club.

Lawrence Jaynes, 66

April 2, 2015

The Reverand Lawrence W. Jaynes, Feb 14, 1949 - Mar 27, 2015.

Larry Jaynes, 66, passed away at the Nebraska Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and with the prayers of his many friends near and far.

Larry’s strong and gigantic spirit and his contagious laughter will be remembered and celebrated by all who loved and knew him.

Larry was born in Lawrence, Kan., and spent his childhood in the small town of Yates Center, Kan., graduating from Yates Center High School in 1967.

Steven Lee Rader, 60

April 2, 2015

Steven Lee Rader was born Sept. 29, 1954, in Broken Bow, to Marvin and Ardeth (Wirz) Rader. He passed away peacefully March 16, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln at age of 60 years, 5 months and 16 days.
 
His early years were spent in Dunning and Kearney, Neb., and Wichita, Kan. The family moved to Lincoln in 1965, and Steve lived there for the remainder of his life.

Brenda Joyce Brychta, 73

April 2, 2015

Brenda Joyce Brychta, age 73, passed away Wednesday, March 18 at home in Denison, Texas.

Born December 18, 1941, in Lexington, Neb., to Verle and Naomi Francis. Brenda attended elementary school in Broken Bow, Neb., and graduated from Lincoln, Neb., High School in 1960.

Brenda worked in Lincoln at an insurance company, after graduating, where she met Judy Brychta. The two new friends decided to move to Denver, Colo., where Judy introduced Brenda to her brother, David.

Donna Lou Sevier, 59

April 2, 2015

Donna Lou Sevier, 59, of Seneca, departed this life March 24, 2015 in Lincoln due to complications resulting from multi-system organ failure.

She was born to Don and Marge (Moger) Herbig of Mullen Oct. 20, 1955 in Red Cloud. She attended and graduated from Mullen Public Schools. Afterwards, she attended college at North Platte Community College. After college she found employment at the Custer County Chief and later at the Jenny Melham Memorial Hospital.

In Broken Bow, she met and married ‘Gar’ Holbrook and had a son, John William.

March 25th

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Ivory-Davis, 71

March 25, 2015

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Ivory-Davis 71, of Ainsworth, lost her battle with cancer March 18, 2015, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, with her family at her side.

Liz was born on July 8, 1943, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Patrick J. Davis and Helen (Gaynor) Ivory.

She married Ross Charles Cowles in 1965 and from this union had one daughter, Suzette (Cowles) Utter.

In October of 1981 she remarried Jay Davis of Sturgis, S.D., and was married to him until his death in 1998.

Brenda Joyce Brychta, 73

March 25, 2015

Brenda Joyce Brychta, age 73, passed away Wednesday, March 18, at home in Denison, Texas.

She was born Dec. 18, 1941, in Lexington, to Verle and Naomi Francis. Brenda attended elementary school in Broken Bow and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960.

Brenda worked in Lincoln at an insurance company, after graduating, where she met Judy Brychta. The two new friends decided to move to Denver, Colo., where Judy introduced Brenda to her brother, David.

Verla Ruth Shafer, 78

March 25, 2015

Verla Ruth Shafer, age 78, of Broken Bow died Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Mary Jane Gockley officiating. 

Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. 

A register book may be signed at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.  

Memorials are suggested to the Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center.

William Everett Zoerb, Jr., 91

March 25, 2015

William Everett Zoerb, Jr. of Callaway, Nebraska, departed this earth March 17, 2015, at the Callaway Good Life Center, at the age of 91 years & 6 months.

Bill was born September 19, 1923, to William and Mabel (Morris) Zoerb at Callaway. He grew up on a farm north of Callaway and graduated from Callaway High School in 1942.  At the time he was going to be drafted into the service a horse fell with him and broke his leg which took months to recuperate.

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