Obituaries

Mon
26
Jun

Carl J. Wall

Carl J. Wall, age 102, of Aurora, formerly of Hampton, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 29 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton.  Rev. Paul Kern will officiate. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton.  Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date.  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.
Carl John Wall, the son of Christian and Katherine (Bamesberger) Wall, was born in Hampton, on May 20, 1915 and passed away at Aurora, on June 26, 2017 at the age of 102.

Mon
26
Jun

Betty A. Fruits

Betty A. Fruits passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017, at her home in Hamilton Manor in Aurora.  Mrs. Fruits will be cremated and there will be no services.
Mrs. Fruits was born Betty Arlene Fowler to Sylvester and Elva Fowler on August 31, 1924 in Kansas City, MO. The family moved to Lincoln in 1926.  Mrs. Fruits attended Clinton and Elliot Elementary Schools and graduated From Whittier Junior High Schools in 1939 and from Lincoln High School in 1942.  After graduation, Mrs. Fruits worked at Western Electric in Lincoln and Woodmen Accident as assistant to the head of the accounting department.

Mon
19
Jun

Eunice Nachtigall

Eunice Nachtigall, age 82, of Aurora, went to her heavenly home to be in the arms of Jesus on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Brookefield Park in St. Paul.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23 at the Pleasant View Bible Church in Aurora.  Pastor Bob Gannon will officiate.  Family burial will take place prior to the service at the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Eunice Mae Nachtigall, the daughter of Albert F. and Anna (Penner) Bartel, was born in Hillsboro, Kansas on October 23, 1934 and passed away in St. Paul, on June 18, 2017, at the age of 82.

Thu
15
Jun

Jeffery B. Goertzen

Jeffery B. Goertzen, 48, of Sweet Home, Ore. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. He was born in Grand Island to Frances Goertzen-Wilson. He went to grade school in Hampton then moved to Oregon in 1979 and finished his education.
He married Jennifer Bomberger and had two daughters, Katherine Lucille and JoVanna Louise. They divorced. Later Jeffery married Terry Blaylock on July 5, 2008.
Jeffery had many jobs such as: construction, cook, forklift driver and small engine mechanic. He loved music and playing his drums. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized. He had been attending Sweet Home Christian Church.

Tue
13
Jun

Nelda Akerson

Nelda Akerson, age 85, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.
Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 10 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora.  Rev. Karla Sheffy officiated. Interment was in the Aurora Cemetery.  Closed casket visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the church.   Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date. 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.
Nelda May Akerson, the daughter of George Ralph and Edna (Hamburger) Read, was born near Inland in Clay County, on November 14, 1931 and passed away on June 6, 2017 at Grand Island, at the age of 85.

Tue
13
Jun

Chester F. Scott

Chester F. Scott, 96, Elm Creek, died Monday, June 12, 2017 at Mt. Carmel Home & Rehabilitation Center.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Dean Pofahl officiating.  Burial will be at Elm Creek Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service.  Memorials are suggested to the Elm Creek Fire Department or the Elm Creek Lion’s Club.  Please visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence. Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
Chester was born March 27, 1921 in Gandy, to Albert and Myrtle (Kelly) Scott.  

Fri
09
Jun

Nelda Akerson

Nelda Akerson, age 85, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 10 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora.  Rev. Karla Sheffy will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Closed casket visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the church.   Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date. 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.

Wed
07
Jun

Gretchen Louise (Titman) Hancock

Gretchen Louise (Titman) Hancock, 80, Lincoln, passed away June 3, 2017. She was born February 5, 1937 in Aurora, to Merton and Maude (Pauley) Titman.
A  graduate of the  University of Nebraska and a former teacher, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority,  served as treasurer of  the Junior League of  Lincoln, and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by: her husband of 59 years, George W.; sons, Doug and Brian Hancock, Lincoln; granddaughters, Emily and Sophia; twin brother, Gregory Titman, Maine; sister, Susan (Paul) Fuller, Illinois; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln with Rev. Dr. Andrew McDonald officiating.
Memorials to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.
Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

 

Mon
05
Jun

Marlys Ann Christensen

Marlys Ann Christensen, 85, formerly of Valentine, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, at Edgewood Vista in Grand Island.  A family graveside service was held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Armada Cemetery in Miller, Nebraska.
Marlys was born on December 8, 1931, in Aurora, to Albert and Lela (Mideke) Spencer.  She attended school in Aurora where she was an enthusiastic participant in Y-Teens, Tomorrow’s Nifty Teachers organization, and Glee Club, and graduated in 1949.  Marlys studied at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Teachers College where she met her future husband, and graduated in 1955.  Following graduation, she taught elementary school in Ogalalla, Nebraska.

Mon
05
Jun

Harland P. Epp

Harland P. Epp age 100 of Aurora, formerly of Henderson, died Saturday, June 03, 2017 at Aurora.
He was born November 21, 1916 in York County to Peter M. and Margaretha (Rempel) Epp on a farm two miles south of Henderson. Harland began school in District 31 and finished the eighth grade in District 62, two miles north of Henderson. When going to school he rode horseback graduating from Henderson High School in 1935.
While growing up he played the banjo with his brother Eldon who played the guitar at church and on various occasions.
Upon his profession of faith, Harland was baptized on June 5th, 1938 by Lillie’s uncle Reverend A.W. Friesen and accepted into the fellowship of the Bethesda Mennonite Church. He was a lifelong and faithful member and served as a church usher.
Harland found the love of his life, Lillie Friesen, and four years later, on April 16, 1939 they were married. To this union were born four children: Joann, Kenneth, Julia and Philip.

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