Obituaries

Mon
23
Apr

Allen 'Crazy Al' R. Anderson

Allen ‘Crazy Al’ R. Anderson, age 71, of Phillips, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at Westfield Quality Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at the Phillips Memorial Hall, 501 3rd Street, Phillips.  Monte Yoder will officiate.  Interment will be in the Phillips Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.  Memorials may be made to the family.  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.
Allen Ray Anderson, the son of A. L. and Lucy Mae (Clopton) Anderson, was born in Ainsworth, on April 11, 1947 and passed away in Aurora, on April 20, 2018, at the age of 71.

Thu
19
Apr

Melanie Cranmore

Melanie Katherine Cranmore, 66, of Marquette, peacefully passed away to be with the Lord on April 19, 2018 at CHI Health St Francis in Grand Island.  Memorial Services will be held Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Central City with Pastor Jim Garfield officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.
Melanie was born October 2, 1951 to Raymond and Carolyn (Jasnoch) McColloch in Ogallala.  She graduated from Garden County High School in Oshkosh.  Melanie was married December 9, 1969 to Butch Cranmore and was happily married for more than 48 years.  She worked at Hamilton Manor in Aurora for 22 years, retiring in 2011 due to health reasons.

Thu
19
Apr

Margaret E. Lewellyn

Margaret E. Lewellyn, 89, of Hordville, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Litzenberg Memorial Long Term Care in Central City.  A family graveside service will be held in Edgar at a later date.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.

 

Tue
17
Apr

Lewis Driewer

Lewis LaVern Driewer, age 92, of York, formerly of Hampton and Republican City, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Lewis was born on March 29, 1926, and adopted by Ernest and Marcella Driewer of Hampton. Lewis was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church and graduated from Hampton High School in 1944.  Lewis was united in marriage to Evelyn Rathje on March 18, 1951. He served in the Unites States Army Signal Corp in Germany from 1951 to 1953. Upon his return, he and Evelyn moved to Hampton where he farmed, fed cattle and sold insurance.  

Mon
16
Apr

JoAnne Macke

JoAnne Macke of Mullen, died on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at her home in Omaha.  She was born on November 8, 1948, to Bill and Betty (Law) Macke in Alliance, and graduated from Mullen High School in 1967.
Together with Steve Breitenfeldt, JoAnne had five children: Rick Breitenfeldt (Tony), Stephanie Neuhaus (Rob), Mandi Noel (Tony), Jamie Lindburg (Jason), and Adam Breitenfeldt (Jenny); and ten grandchildren: Madeline, Luke, Ian, Olivia, Matthew, Kaelyn, Sydney, Isabella, Hailey, and Wyatt.   She enjoyed baking, golfing, and vacationing with her children.
JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Bill and Bob Macke, and her brother-in-law, Larry Bostron. She is survived by her sisters, Jean Macke and Peg Bostron; her brother, Jim Macke (Michelle); numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Nebraska.

Mon
16
Apr

Collett I. Soper

Collett I. Soper, 90, of Ord formerly of North Loup was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord.
Mrs. Soper’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in North Loup. Pastor Scott Hausrath will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to Seventh Day Baptist Church Camp Riverview. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
16
Apr

Richard Moravec

Richard was born on July 7, 1925, at home near Ulysses, to James and Carrie (Rerucha) Moravec. He married Maryann Svoboda on May 7, 1947, at Assumption Church in Appleton. Richard graduated salutatorian from Ulysses High School in 1942 and then attended the Lincoln School of Business. He was proud to have been a bus boy at the Cornhusker Hotel.
He was part of the “Greatest Generation” who went to war to fight for the freedom of our country by serving in the United States Navy as a signalman. The ammunition ship he was aboard arrived at Iwo Jima two days before the American forces hoisted the American flag on top of the mountain. He was proud to receive a “Quilt of Valor” this past fall. Richard came home from the war, got married, raised a family and worked on the farm the rest of his life. He stayed faithful to his heritage, his Catholic faith and his family.

Mon
09
Apr

Dean Carriker

Dean Carriker, age 86, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 12 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Karla Sheffy will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the Dean & Pat Carriker Scholarship Fund.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Dean Edgar Carriker, the son of LeRoy Strawn and Erma Katherine (Keller) Carriker, was born at Harvard, on February 13, 1932, and passed away at Aurora, on April 7, 2018, at the age of 86.

Fri
06
Apr

Donald Obermeier

Donald Obermeier, age 93, of Giltner, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 10 at the Giltner United Methodist Church.  Rev. Kathy Uldrich will officiate.  Interment will be in the Giltner Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Giltner United Methodist Church, 418 N. Derby Ave.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Donald William Obermeier, the son of Carl and Mabel (Bigger) Obermeier, was born in Giltner, on January 16, 1925 and passed away in Aurora, on April 5, 2018, at the age of 93.
Don was baptized and confirmed in the First Evangelical and Reformed Church of Harvard.  He graduated from Harvard High School in 1943.   

Thu
05
Apr

Jill A. Chambers

Jill A. Chambers, 82, formerly of North Platte, passed away March 28, 2018 in Colorado.  She was born January 3, 1936 to Denzel and Francis (Bush) Jenkins at Grand Island.  She graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic and Kearney State Teacher’s College.  She worked for Aurora Public Schools in her early years.
Jill’s legacy was her children and grandchildren.  She loved them all unconditionally with all her heart as our LORD loves each of us.  She covered over them in prayer daily.  She was a prayer warrior!  If you met her, even though you may not have known, she prayed for you.  If you got to know her as your friend, she prayed for you and you knew and felt her prayers.
She is survived by her sons Jeff (Kathy), Jim (Shanda), Todd, and Mark (Wendy); grandchildren, Matthew, Joel, Kyle, Travis, Shawn, Lindsey, Kristen, Jeremy, Courtney and Logan; great-grandchildren, Ryden, Mikayla, Brayden, Tanner and Talon; her sister, Joan Galusha; and many friends.

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