February 14th, 2013
Note: Sterling Atkins, 18, died this last weekend of heart failure from an unknown cause. He was watching TV with a friend and had a seizure. The EMTs responded within minutes but they were not able to restart his heart. He was a student at Chadron State College. The staff of the Custer County Chief wishes to extend to his family our prayers and condolences. Words at these times are so inadequate.
Edward T. (Sonny) Spanel was born June 23, 1933, to Ernest H. and Frances (Rich) Spanel of Anselmo.
Sonny passed away Feb. 9, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Except for two years spent in the Army he lived his life on the family farm seven miles east of Anselmo.
May 8, 1954, he married Erma Rae Cool of Callaway. To this union three children were born.
Garry Benckeser, age 63 of Oconto, died Feb. 11, 2013, at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Community Building in Oconto with Pastor Dale Coates officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Interment will be at the Oconto Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Oconto American Legion Post.
Betty J. Beaumont, age 77 of Ansley, died Feb. 6, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 9, at Govier Brothers Mortuary with the Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Inurnment was in the Westerville Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Ascera Care Hospice.
Betty was born Feb. 15, 1935, at Mason City, to Otto and Viola Conrad Ferguson. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1953.
She was united in marriage to Harold Dean Beaumont Dec. 5, 1954, at Broken Bow.
Funeral services for Leona M. McAlevy, age 79 of Merna, were Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in The Immanel Lutheran Church in Merna with Pastor Ryan Loeslie officiating. Burial was in the Merna Cemetery with Iverson Memorial Chapel of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established to the family.
Jeffrey L. Kawata, age 62, of Broken Bow, died Friday Jan. 25, 2013 at the Bryan LGH-East Hospital in Lincoln.
Jeffrey Lynn Kawata was born Dec. 31, 1950, to Dolores Hurlbert and Jiro Kawata, in Ord. His family moved to Grand Island, where Jeffrey attended grade school through high school, graduating in 1969 from Grand Island Senior High.
Frances Irene Geiser was born Sept. 27, 1934, to Archie Delbert and Irma Lea Geiser, on the farm where they lived north of Arnold. She passed away Jan. 24, 2013, in North Platte, with her loving family at her side.
Her childhood was spent in and around Arnold where she attended schools and worked. May 9, 1954, Frances married Marion W. Scott, her loving husband of 58 years.
She lived her entire life in the Arnold area other than six months spent in Phillips, on the farm with Marion's brother Eugene and his wife Alice.
Charles Watts, age 77, of Ansley, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Charles D. Watts was born March 8, 1935, in Broken Bow to Clifford and Lula (Trew) Watts. November 14, 1953, he married Carolyn Hunkins in Ansley.
Harold Arthur Chase, 91, of Lexington, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home. He was born March 18, 1921, in Mason City, to Jess and Lillie Mae (Davis) Chase.
Harold grew up in Mason City and attended school there, graduating with the class of 1941. He was an outstanding basketball player and team captain.
He married Irdell Dona Chartraw, his high school sweetheart in Broken Bow, May 25, 1944, while on furlough. The couple was blessed with one daughter, Barbara.
Allen L. Geiser, age 80 of Broken Bow, died Jan. 21, 2013, at the Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Allen Leroy Geiser was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Arnold, to Lennie and Evelyn Geiser. Allen graduated from Merna High School in 1950. He served two years in the Army, spending much of his time in Alaska.
He married Rosella Beatty in Arnold, March 17, 1957.