Beverly J. Dunham, age 83 of York, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016 at York. She was born June 30, 1932 in Hampton, to Ralph and Gladys (Dory) Reed. Beverly and Warren Dunham were united in marriage on January 24, 1949 in York. The union was blessed with seven children. Beverly was a “jack of all trades.” Besides taking care of her large family, she was an Avon dealer for many years, a member of First United Methodist Church in York, Deborah Circle, and the church Choir. She was also a board member of Epworth Village and District President of United Methodist Women. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Dudley Warren (Yvonne) Dunham of Bolingbrook, IL, Holly Kelly of Shawnee, KS, Steve Dunham of York, Diane (Pat) Budler of Kearney, Janet (Freddy) Collins of Norton, VA, Jeff Dunham and Mark Dunham, both of York.
Grafton resident, Gary Jo Oates, 70, passed away suddenly Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Federated Church in Sutton, with Pastor Michael Fink officiating. Interment will follow at the Grafton Cemetery in Grafton. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5-8 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com Gary was born on August 3, 1945 in Geneva, to Orville and Hazel (Elofson) Oates. He was the youngest of 5 children. His childhood was spent on the family farm southeast of Sutton. Gary attended Sutton Public School and graduated in 1963.
Debra L. Brackhan age 56 of York, died Friday, February 5, 2016 in Seward. She was born April 24, 1959 in Henderson to Dennis Brackhan and Myrna Landenberger. Debra was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran in Hampton, and attended Hampton Lutheran School. She graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1978, and took classes at Hastings Central Community College. Debra’s family meant the world to her. She loved when her nieces and nephews would come and visit her, and also enjoyed spending time with her co-workers, considering them a part of her family. She worked at Arby’s, Valentino’s, York General Hearthstone, and Wal-Mart all in York. She had numerous friends and enjoyed greeting people wherever she worked.
Keith Wetherington, age 50, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016, at his home. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 12 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. No Visitation. Memorials may be made 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. William Keith Wetherington, the son of William Russell and Dora Montes DeOca, Wetherington, was born at El Centro, California on February 23, 1965 and passed away at Aurora, on February 7, 2016, at the age of 50. Keith grew up and spent the majority of his time in San Diego, California. He also lived in Lima Peru and Tampa, Florida where he attended high school at each community. Keith then moved to Las Vegas, NV where he met his future wife.
Verla C. Bachman, 90 of Grand Island, formerly of Giltner, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Primrose Retirement Center. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the First Faith United Methodist Church at 4190 Capital Avenue, Grand Island. Reverend Trudy Kenyon Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in the Giltner Cemetery. There will be no visitation. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family. Mrs. Bachman was born May 16, 1925 at Giltner, the daughter of Otto and Bessie (Detamore) Hunnicutt.
Shirley Ilene Blase, 89, of Central City, died on Monday, February 1, 2016 at Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk, with Rev. Kevin McReynolds officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, February 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Central City. Burial will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.
Lucille Brazda, age 89, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Memorial Community Care. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 5 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, 1404 L Street, Aurora. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. No Visitation. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Lucille Louise Brazda, the daughter of Floyd and Cora (Thayer) Maret, was born at Hastings, on December 6, 1926 and passed away in Aurora, on January 30, 2016, at the age of 89. She attended Curtis Country School and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1944. Lucille graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1980.
Noreen Lynn Gould of Laurel, age 59, passed away Jan. 29, 2016 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne. A Christian Service was held Monday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Laurel. The Revs. Jaime Farias, Rev. John Van Gorkom and Rev. Hank Roso officiated. Interment was in the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel.
Rosalie Chaney, age 74, of Giltner, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at her home. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 29 at the United Methodist Church in Giltner. Rev. Mahlon Richardson will officiate. Interment will be in the Giltner Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the United Methodist Church in Giltner. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Rosalie Ann Chaney, the daughter of Roy Douglas and Dorothy Marie (Ruebsamen) Chaney, was born in Pemberville, Ohio on June 25, 1941 and passed away in Giltner, on January 26, 2016, at the age of 74. She grew up in Hall County on a farm. Rosalie graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1958. For a few years Rosalie worked as a switchboard operator in Giltner.
Steven L. Bankson, 53, of Central City, died on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident between Central City and Clarks. Memorial services will be on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Central City with Pastor Courtney Erkus officiating. Private family inurnment will be at the Hordville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com. Steven Lloyd Bankson was born on March 7, 1962 in York, to Dean and Vera (Knerr) Bankson. Steven grew up near Hordville and attended grade school at Hordville, and graduated from Aurora High School in 1980. After graduation, Steven went to work on their family farm helping his father Dean. He then went to work driving truck for a while. He then started working for Jerry Beck, which is where he remained helping on his farm until his death.