June 27th, 2013
Louie John Ropers, age 78, of Sargent, passed away June 22, 2013, at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Louie was born July 7, 1934, to John and Elsie (Schwarz) Ropers in Hamil, S.D. His family moved to the Oconto area when he was nine. Louie went to Country School in Oconto and graduated from Lexington High School in 1952.
He married Delores Hinrichsen Sept. 22, 1957 in Lexington, and they started their lives together in Broken Bow. They moved to
Sargent in 1962, where he started his own business, Louie's Body Shop.
Mary Antonia Seda Walker, 80, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, at
Heritage Hall in Broken Bow. She was born Jan. 25, 1933, to Stanley and Mary (Jenasofsky) Seda in
Arnold on a farm in Mills Valley. She attended Mills Valley Grade School
and later Arnold High School. After high school she helped Paul and
Marjorie Weinman when the twins, Jim and Jean, were born.
December 8, 1954, Mary married Norman E. Walker in Cozad. To this union three children were born: Bennie Lynn, Dale Eugene and Norma Jane.
Elton Kem Painter, 77 years of age, was born Dec. 29, 1935, to Earl and Alta (Horton) Painter at Springview, and died at the Ainsworth Care Center at Ainsworth June 15, 2013, where he had resided for several years. Elton was the seventh of eight children.
Elton grew up surrounded by family on the Painter ranch southwest of Springview. Besides working on the ranch, he also was employed by several road construction companies in his early years.
Carol Wilcox Stiff, 73, of Idaho Springs, died March 20 at her home from acute heart failure. She was born Carol Ann Wilcox June 9, 1939, in Omaha, the daughter of Dr. Clyde William and Ethelyn Verna (Ellis) Wilcox.
Word has been received of the death of Glenn Alspaugh, age 80 of Montaque, Calif., formerly of Broken Bow. He is survived by his wife, Cindi and family of Oregon and Washington; brothers, Robert and Roger Alspaugh of Broken Bow; and sisters, Jean Pomplun of Broken Bow and Shirley Lange of Minnesota. Memorial services will be at a later date.
Published in Custer County Chief, July 27, 2013
Broken Bow and Merna rescue personnel were called to the scene of an ATV accident at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday northwest of Broken Bow, where they found Jack Horner pinned beneath his ATV. Horner, 64 of Broken Bow, died as a result of his injuries.
Horner had been spraying muskthistles in the pasture for his employer, Chuck Cole of Merna, at the time of the accident. The Custer County Sheriff's Office handled the investigation.
Horner leaves behind a wife, Ardith, and other family members. More details will be posted as they become available.
It is not too late to get your pictures to us for inclusion in this very special, fun issue of the Custer County Chief! We will be accepting photos for the rest of this week - - deadline is Friday, June 28.
All of you shutterbugs out there ... Sunday, June 16, is the day we want to see in pictures! Here at the Custer County Chief we have a special edition planned for July that features you ... our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. We're calling it "A Day in the Life in Central Nebraska."
Taylor Shea used a strong 6th and 7th inning to close out Loup City Saturday night as Broken Bow took the 5-3 victory.
Broken Bow trailed 3-1 heading into the top of the 6th inning when two costly Loup City errors allowed Broken Bow to take a 5-3 lead.
Shea then recorded strikeouts in four of the last six outs to help Bow secure the victory.
Travis Kleeb got the start on the mound and had a solid outing as well in his five innings of work. He struck out four while walking just one and allowed just two earned runs on five hits.
The Broken Bow Spirit 18u totaled 13 RBIs in a 17-5 victory over Arcadia Friday night. Lizzie Griffith connected for three singles in all three of her plate appearances and finished the game with one RBI while Kelsie Myers hit a double in her one official plate appearance while walking twice. She finished with two RBI's on the night.
Tressa Ripp finished with two singles while Kassie Russell finished with one and they combined for three RBIs from the the top of the order.
Central Nebraska has been asked to brace for more weather Saturday evening. A weather warning from the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m., and followed a few minutes later with a tornado watch for all of Custer County into 1 a.m. Residents are asked to be alert and take cover.
The severe storm that rolled through the county Friday evening downed trees, took off roofs, overturned pivots. Residents were out Saturday morning chain saws in hand. Turn to this weekâ€™s Custer County Chief for a tour in pictures of the damage.