Arlo Wilshusen, age 64, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2015, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora. Graveside Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, January 26 at the Richland Cemetery. Pastor Mark Hartley will officiate. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary until service time. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Arlo Eugene Wilshusen, the son of Arlo A. and Carol Jean (Fowler) Wilshusen, was born in Grand Island, on July 15, 1950 and passed away at Aurora, on January 22, 2015, at the age of 64. Arlo grew up in Aurora and attended Aurora High School with the Class of 1968. He lived in Aurora till he moved to Central City in 1995. Arlo worked at the Frontier Station, Dowd Grain and Overland Ready Mix till his health prevented him from working. In 2007, Arlo moved to Hamilton Manor in Aurora and was there until his death.
Marian Hansen, age 94, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Memorial Community Care. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 27 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Rev. Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in the United Lutheran Church Cemetery north of Hampton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian United Church of Christ or Tabitha Hospice. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Marian Blanche (Quisenberry) Hansen, the daughter of Paul and Margaret (Allan) Quisenberry, was born in Wood River, on February 12, 1920 and passed away in Aurora, on January 22, 2015, at the age of 94. Marian graduated from the Wood River High School in 1937. She began teaching in 1937. Marian taught in schools in and around Wood River for 19 years prior to marriage.
Jerald Lee Danhauer, 75, of Central City, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at his home. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 24, at 11 a.m. at Wagner Funeral Home in Central City with Pastor John Prettyman officiating. Burial will be in the Central City Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, January 23, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Military Honors will be performed by American Legion Loan Tree Post #6 of Central City. Jerry was born on September 13, 1939, in Aurora, to Ellsworth W. and Violet E. (Sandberg) Danhauer. He grew up in Marquette, and received his education in the Marquette Public Schools. He graduated from Marquette High School in 1957. He entered the United States Army on January 9, 1962, and was honorably discharged on December 6, 1963.
Deanna Kay (Ross) Cooley was born May 14, 1942 at Stockham, and died Jan. 16, 2015, at Fort Thomas, Arizona. Deanna was preceded in death by her mother, Blanche (Kissel) Ross; father, Samuel E. Ross; and sister, Beverly (Ross) Blue. Deanna is survived by husband, Stephen Cooley; children Charmayne (Sean) Bodkin and Brandi (Todd) Gillenwater; four grandchildren, Cassidy and Conner Bodkin and Trent and Peyton Gillenwater; and brothers Doyle Ross and Valta Ross. Deanna attended public school in Aurora, graduating from Aurora High School in 1960. Deanna went on to further her education at Doane College. She was a flight attendant for Frontier Airlines after college. Deanna and Stephen Cooley were married Aug. 26, 1966.
Herman H. Rhode, 98, of Prairie Home, Missouri passed away at Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville on Friday, Jan 16, 2014. Visitation for Mr. Rhode will be at Davis Funeral Chapel Monday evening, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Lone Elm on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Paul Weisenborn officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Willa Mae Burton, 84, passed away Dec. 24, 2014 with family by her side. Willa Mae was born July 19, 1930 in Hampton to Herbert and Mary VanHousen. She was the third of seven children. Willa Mae graduated from Aurora High School in 1948 and on July 9, 1950 she married the love of her live Bob (Bill) Burton. Soon after they married they moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, then to Twin Falls, Idaho, where they had four children and where she lived for 50 years. Willa Mae moved to Big Sky, Mont. then to Boise, Idaho due to health reasons. Willa Mae was very active in her church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Memorial Lutheran School. She was a member of American Legion, Home Extension group and roller skated once a week with a ladies group. Willa Mae is survived by her daughter Sheila and sons, Van and Billy, nine grandchildren: Callen, Shaun, Jeremy, Rachel, Tory, Stevi, Jordan, Kelsie and Tanner; great-grandson Madx and three siblings, Evelyn, Mavis and Mary.
Shirley Babel, age, 88, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 17 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Shirley Ann Lindstrom Babel, the daughter of Charles Emil and Loretta (Cunningham) Lindstrom, was born in a farm house near Sacramento, on October 4, 1926, and passed away at Aurora, on January 14, 2015 at the age of 88. Shirley grew up in the Holdrege area and graduated from Holdrege High School Class of 1945. One of her first jobs was working at the dime store for 10¢ an hour.
Owen L. Bedient, age 93, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Aurora. He was born June 26, 1921 at Arborville, to Harold and Myrtle (Green) Bedient and was a 1939 graduate of Polk High School. He joined the Army in 1942 and served in Italy during WWII. He was discharged in 1947 and later that year was married to Evelyn Mason on October 12, 1947 at Clarks. Owen farmed and raised cattle in the Polk area. He delivered seed corn and also delivered the Trade & Transactions. He enjoyed attending music festivals, square dancing, and playing cards and dominos.
Edward Arthur Lovejoy, 62, of Hordville, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Wagner Funeral Home in Central City with Trent Wagner officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Burke Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.wagnerfuneral.com. Edward was born on July 24, 1952 to Howard and Ila (Kuhn) Lovejoy in Grand Island. He grew up in Central City and Paso Robles, California receiving his education in both locations. Edward entered the United States Army on February 9, 1970 serving during Vietnam. He was honorably discharged on February 24, 1972.
Hastings resident, Edith Virginia Willcock, 87, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 in Lincoln. Services will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Charles M. Webster officiating. Burial will be in the Kenesaw Cemetery, Kenesaw. Visitation will be Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Friday, January 9, 2015 from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. with family present from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.