June 15th, 2011
VARIOUS SITES - - With the rodeo state finals less than a week away, area cowboys and cowgirls participated in three rodeos in western Nebraska to close out the regular season.
There was a strong showing by local participants. Tylee Coffman was the Girls All-Around champion at the Crawford High School Rodeo and was Girls Reserve All-Around at the Harrison and Mitchell rodeos. Multiple area athletes placed in individual events.
Robert E. Duryea, age 83 of Broken Bow, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the Custer Care Center 1 in Broken Bow.
Funeral services will be Monday June 20, 2011, at 10 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at York.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 19, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.
More details will appear later.
Published in the June 9 Custer County Chief.
George T. Govier, age 86, of Broken Bow, died Saturday June 4, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center in Callaway.
Funeral services were June 8, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Duane Osnes officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Weissert Church of God.
Dorothy June (Kellogg) Smets, age 74 of Broken Bow, died June 5, 2011, at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.
Dorothy was born July 10, 1936, to Claude and Clara (Kellogg) at Gates. She attended Gates Public Schools and then attended Broken Bow High School graduating in 1955. August 21, 1954, she was married to Herb Smets. To this union a daughter, Sue, was born.
Theresa (Tracy) Elliott, 94 of Thedford, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at her home. Funeral services were Saturday, June 4, at United Congregational Church in Thedford. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery at Thedford with Arnold Mullen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Cemetery.
Theresa Barbara Abraham was born at home Dec. 3, 1916, to Albert and Sophia (Kolar) Abraham near Ravenna. She was called Tracy from the time she entered school at the age of 4.
Evelyn Mae Weatherly, 83, of Grand Island, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island. A Memorial Service will be June 18, at 2 p.m. in All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island, with inurnment in Rose Hill Cemetery in Callaway at a later date. Dan Naranjo will officiate. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Evelyn was born in Broken Bow, Feb. 8, 1928, the daughter of John and Lila (Spencer) Piper. She received her education at Broken Bow High School.
Leola Edith (Pete) Gibson Rourke, 91, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Ore., of natural causes after a long struggle with Alzheimers disease.
Leola was born Dec. 24, 1919, in her grandparents sod house at Eudell, in Custer County, and raised in Broken Bow. She married Joseph William (Joe) Rourke Jan. 19, 1938, in Boise, Idaho. He preceeded her in death April 19, 2006.
Throughout the Hero Flight to Washington, D.C. this past weekend, people approached the World War II veterans - shaking their hands and thanking them for their service. Such was the case when the group visited the World War II Memorial, when the camera caught these two young girls thanking Les McCormick, left, of Brewster, and Arleigh Sintek of Ansley.
See this week's Custer County Chief for pictures and details of the 2011 Central Nebraska Hero Flight.
ANSLEY - - Eugene Raphael Chartraw was still in high school when he registered for the U.S. Army, and enlisted right out of high school in 1944. During the next two years he experienced hand-to-hand combat, was listed as Missing In Action, and was a guard at the Nuremberg Trials. But the last thing he considers himself is a hero.
Chartraw had been classified as farm deferment, but he didnâ€™t take it. Instead he enlisted, prepared to do whatever he was called upon to do in defense of our country and our freedoms.
OCONTO - - God seemed to be smiling on the Oconto Volunteer Fire Department Saturday by providing picture perfect weather for the annual Blowinâ€™ the Doors Off BBQ. And plenty of people took advantage of that nice weather to enjoy some great food, live entertainment and a good time with family and friends.
The population of Oconto increased by roughly 12.11 times Saturday night, with a total estimated attendance of 1,829. Ocontoâ€™s current population, according to the 2010 census, stands at 151.
The attendance figures broke down as follows:
Adults (age 12 and up) - 1,689