Eunice Troester, 82, of York, Nebraska, passed from life to eternal life on December 12, 2014. She was born January 10, 1932, at Hampton, to John C. and Clara (Driewer) Troester. Eunice was baptized into Christian Faith at Salem Lutheran Church in Hampton and was later confirmed on May 20, 1945, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hampton. She graduated from Hampton High School in 1949 and attended Doane College. Eunice was a bookkeeper at Wortman Motor Co., O. L. Clark and Sons, York Motor Co. and Batterton Waterproofing, Inc. Faith, family and friends were of great importance to Eunice. Bowling was a pastime which brought many lifelong friendships and Eunice was a lifetime member of the Nebraska State 600 Bowling Club.
Ronald Dean Dieckman, 77 of 8708 N. Silver Sand Place, Tucson, Arizona passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 11 a.m., at Marana Mortuary & Cemetery, 12146 W. Barnett Rd., Marana, Ariz. 85653. Ronald was born Jun 1, 1937 in Giltner to Glenn Gerald and Edith Ella (Crawford) Dieckman. He married Marjorie Louise Thompson Dieckman Feb. 24, 1971 at Valley Heights Christian Church in Thornton, Colorado. His education, military or other special honors: US Navy 1956 - 1960 Aviation Electronics Technician at IBM Corporation from 1965 to 1993; retired as Project Engineer, Boulder, Colorado, San Jose, California, Tucson, Arizona. and Rochester, Minnesota. Survivors include children: Cynthia (Charles) Drechsler, Christopher (Jennifer) Baye, Cheralyn (Mike Schwarz) Dieckman, Erin Richason, Coleen (David) Krogen and Patrick (Esther) Fletcher.
Inez ‘Joy’ Holtzen, age 78, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Memorial Community Care. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 18 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5- 7 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Inez Joy Holtzen, the daughter of William W. and Esther (Bennett) Filkin, was born in Wood River, on March 19, 1936 and passed away in Aurora, on December 13, 2014, at the age of 78. She grew up in Wood River and graduated from Wood River High School class of 1953.
Raymond J. Schank, Jr., 93, of Central City, died on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Long Term Care in Central City. Graveside services will be Monday, December 15 at 10 a.m. at the Central City Cemetery with Rev. Janet Burgel officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, December 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com
Maryann Moravec of David City died Dec. 9, 2014 at Ridgewood Care Center in Seward The funeral will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, in Ulysses, Nebraska Officiating will be Fr. Raymond Jansen Interment will be in the Ulysses Catholic Cemetery Rosary Services will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Ulysses. Maryann was born Sept. 1, 1922 on the farm near David City (Yanka) to Frank J. Svoboda and Christine Jirovsky. She married Richard Moravec on May 7, 1947 at Assumption Catholic Church in Appleton.
Evelyn Bedient, age 92, of Aurora, formerly of Bradshaw, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at Aurora. She was born May 18, 1922 at St. Anthony, ID to Raymond and Coquella Mason. Evelyn was united in marriage to Owen L. Bedient on October 12, 1947 in Clarks. She attended the United Church of Christ in Arborville. She worked at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women for approximately 10 years. Evelyn served on the York County Fair Board and was a 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed attending music festivals, farm auctions and her grandchildren’s activities. She also enjoyed playing cards, quilting and working in her garden.
Jack Barton, 87, of Chapman, died on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Grand Island. Funeral services will be Thursday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel of Solt Funeral Home in Central City with Rev. Delano Cunningham officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment is in the Chapman Cemetery with military honors. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.
Melvin Blixt, 90 of Irvine, California, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On Nov. 22, a military private graveside service was held followed by a Memorial Church Service. Mel Blixt, the son of Elmer and Esther Blixt of Aurora was born and raised on a farm northwest of Aurora. He graduated from Aurora High School with the class of 1941. In 1943, during WWII. he entered the Navy as an Aviation Cadet. He was designated a Naval aviator in 1944. He later served with squadrons in flying the SBD Dauntless and SB2C Helldiver. During a period of inactive duty, he received his flight instructor license and worked at Elge Airport, Aurora’s first airport, providing student flight instruction and aerial spraying.
Michael Thomas Ochs, 72, passed away, unexpectedly in a car accident on November 26, 2014. He was born in Wichita Kansas to Martin and Dorothy (Murphy) Ochs on December 19th, 1941. Michael is survived by his loving wife Mary Jo (Ljunggren) Ochs; sons, Jason (Randi) Ochs; Jeremy (Andrea) Ochs, daughters Julie (Fred DeMaio) and Jennifer Ochs, grandchildren; Steven, Megan, EJ, Matthew, Aidan, Madelynn, Delaney, and Connor, Sisters Judy (Rick) Pauli; Joanie (Jesse) Esparza, and Susan Lear, and grand-dog Parker. Michael is preceded in death, by his parents Martin and Dorothy Ochs, brother, David Peter Ochs, sister, Kathleen, and son, David Patrick.
LaVera Nickolaus, age 89, formerly of Stockham, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014, at Commerce City, Colorado. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, December 1 at the Faith Evangelical Bible Church in Henderson. Rev. Michael Fink will officiate. Interment will be in the Stockham Cemetery. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. LaVera Mae Nickolaus, the daughter of William F. and Susie L. (Selzer) Kuhnke, was born in Sutton, on January 21, 1925 and passed away in Commerce City, Colorado on November 24, 2014, at the age of 89. She grew up in Sutton on the family farm and attended school through the 8th grade.