LaVern Klute, age 86, of Hampton, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, at CHI-St. Francis Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 28 at Zion Lutheran Church, northeast of Hampton. Rev. Jim Gruber and Pastor David Ohlman will officiate. Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 1511 North Y Road, Hampton. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. LaVern Lewis Klute, son of Reinhard and Minnie Klute (Dethloff) was born near Hampton, on December 29, 1929 and passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Grand Island, at the age of 86. He was baptized on January 12, 1930 and he was confirmed on May 21, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church of Hampton. He was the youngest of 6 boys and attended Zion Lutheran School and graduated from Hampton High School.
Larry Curtis Beitel, age 67 of Sargent, passed away July 19, 2016 at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow. Services were held on Saturday July 23, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Sargent Community Center with Pastor Don Schauda and Pastor Al Seadore officiating and burial services to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday evening from 5-9 p.m. at the E-Free Church in Sargent with the family greeting friends from 7-9 p.m. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.
Ronald E. Obermeier, 76, of Cairo, formerly of Giltner, died July 15, 2016, at CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island, Nebraska, with his family by his side. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Cairo United Methodist Church, 506 E. Kansas St, Cairo, Nebraska, with Pastor Catherine Love officiating. Lunch will immediately follow the service and then the burial with military honors will be at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Cairo United Methodist Church. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com. Memorials are suggested to the Cairo United Methodist Church, the Cairo QRT, the Cairo Fire Department, and the Phillips Memorial Hall Charitable Foundation.
Katie (Heiden) Norris, age 35, of Estes Park, Colo., passed away in her sleep Friday, July 15, 2016 in Drake, Colo.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, July 23 at the Countryside Bible Church south of Hampton. Pastor Rod Goertzen will officiate. Private family burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery. No Visitation. Memorials may be made to the Hampton Public School Computer Fund or Countryside Bible Church Benevolence Fund. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Katherine ‘Katie’ Lee Norris, the daughter of Fred and Ann (Wall) Heiden was born in Denver, Colo. on Feb. 23, 1981. Katie graduated from Hampton High School in 1999. She attended John Brown University in Salome Springs, Ark., with her education in early childhood development.
Marilyn Faye Beber, 79, of Stromsburg, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Midwest Covenant Homes in Stromsburg. Funeral services will be on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Polk with Rev. Mark Hartley officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Polk. Interment will be at the Arborville Cemetery in rural Polk County. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.
Linda Marie Linder, 104, of Aurora, died on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at Aurora Memorial Community Care. A Committal Service will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Aurora Cemetery. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; her foster son DeWayne “Jack” Clark, two infant children, nine brothers and three sisters.
Welma Klute, age 97, of Aurora, formerly of Hampton passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. Rev. Jim Gruber will officiate. Private family interment will be in the Hampton Cemetery prior to the service. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 381 H Street, Hampton. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Welma Lorine Klute, the daughter of Richard F. and Emma (Driewer) Zierott, was born at Hampton, on May 7, 1919 and passed away in Aurora, on July 13, 2016, at the age of 97. Welma was baptized by the late Rev. C.F. Brommer on May 18, 1919. She went to parochial school at Zion Lutheran in Hampton and was confirmed May 1, 1932 by the late Rev. H. Degner.
Ron Spence, age 63, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at CHI Health-Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11 at United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Mary Scott will officiate. Inurnment will be at Aurora Cemetery. No Visitation. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Ronald Dean Spence, the son of William ‘Tom’ and Alice (Hrebec) Spence, was born in Grand Island, on April 8, 1953 and passed away in Grand Island, on July 7, 2016, at the age of 63.
Charles “Chuck” James Crabtree was born August 20, 1930, in Nevis, Minn. He was the second son born to Cecil and Harry Crabtree, his older brother being Gerald. His parents then had a daughter, Lois. Chuck’s father Harry passed away when he was young. Cecil then married Clinton Dosdall, and they had a son, Merton. Gerald, Chuck, Lois and Merton lived with their parents on the family farm in Hancock, Minn. After graduating from Hancock high school in 1949, Chuck moved to Chicago to begin his college studies at Trinity Bible College. While at Trinity he met Violet Bjurlin, also a student, who grew up about 20 miles from Chuck. After courting Violet for a year and a half, Chuck and Violet were married on July 12, 1952, at Ben Wade Covenant Church in Lowry, Minn. Their first child, Beverly, was born in 1954, with the rest of their children - Brian, Sheldon, Sharlene and Todd - being born over the next ten years.
Alvin D. Ediger, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend passed away July 6, 2016 at the age of 79. Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9 at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island. Pastor Dan Brenton and Virgil Ediger will officiate. There will be no visitation. A private family grave side service will occur prior to the service. Al requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to be designated at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Alvin D. Ediger was born to David K. and Helena (Heinrichs) Ediger, near Henderson, on April 11, 1937 and passed away in Aurora on July 6, 2016, at the age of 79.