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.
Judge James J. Orr has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 8th Judicial District (Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler Counties) beginning January 2012. The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Orr, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the third consecutive year.
Only three action items appeared on the agenda for the Broken Bow Board of Educationâs December meeting, but one of those items was controversial enough to draw a large crowd - in fact, the crowd was large enough to warrant the board moving the meeting to the media center to accommodate the crowd.
On December 14, the Anselmo-Merna junior kindergarten boarded the âtrainâ to visit the âNorth Poleâ!
It was a short docket of criminal cases in Custer County District Court Thursday, Dec. 15, with two of the three cases being either continued or dismissed.
The one case that was completed as scheduled was the sentencing of Jade T. Gracey, 34. Gracey was arraigned April 21, 2011, on a charge of felony driving under revocation, from a Feb. 4, 2011 incident. His license had previously been revoked for a period of 15 years, and Gracey was six years into that revocation period at the time of his arrest.
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.
Keith D. Keys, age 83, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at his home in Elsmere. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Sandhills Community Church in Dunning, with Pastor Lee Wonch officiating. Burial will be in the Purdum Cemetery with military honors. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 19; 3 to 6 p.m. at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Community Church.
*In the Dec. 15 edition of the Custer County Chief, memorial information was incorrect. Please note that a memorial for Mr. Ottun has been established to the Berean Church Grace Fund (which helps people in the community with certain needs) or to 750 AM, KMMJ, âKeeping Minds on the Message of Jesus.â The Custer County Chief apologizes for this error and any confusion it may have caused.*
Gaylord Berent Ottun, 74, of Round Valley, passed away at the Jennie M.Melham Hospital Dec. 6, 2011, after a lengthy battle with Parkinsonâs disease.