Linda Melcher

Linda Melcher, age 76, passed away March 29, 2015
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Platte Center. The  Rev. Tim Podraza will officiate
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m.,  Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Platte Center.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church in Platte Center.
Interment will be in the Ss. Patrick/Joseph Cemetery in Platte Center.
Linda Melcher of Monroe died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Columbus Community Hospital.


Houtz G. VanSteenburgh

Houtz G. VanSteenburgh, 60, died of heart disease in his Kingsport, TN home in early March.

Born In Boston, MA on August 3, 1954, the son of Houtz and Dode Steenburg, he was raised in central Nebraska.

After graduating from Aurora High School in 1972, he attended the University Of Nebraska at Lincoln and Gateway Electronics Institute. In 1974, he graduated from Gateway and worked as an electronics technician in Omaha, NE.


Larry D. Ronnfeldt

Larry D. Ronnfeldt, 75, of Central City died on Monday, March 23, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Lincoln.  Services will be Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Solt Funeral Home in Central City with Rev. Dale Janzen officiating.  Visitation will be Friday, March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Interment is in the Burke Cemetery near Central City.  Condolences may be sent to the family at


Kenneth M. Herrold

Kenneth M. Herrold passed away unexpectedly in his home on February 2, at the active age of 92. He was pre-deceased by his wife of sixty-nine years, Marceina Mae Carlson of Aurora who passed away on December 14, 2011. Kenneth was born in York County at the family farm by Bradshaw on November 14, 1922.
He leaves behind his daughter and her husband, Bonnie and Lawrence Schlink of North Carolina, and their three children:  granddaughter Tracy Marie Schlink Koivisto, and husband Shawn,  and great grandson Geoffrey Ford of North Carolina; grandson Toby John Schlink, wife Jennifer, great-granddaughter, Baley Rose and great-grandson Wyatt Chase of North Carolina; grandson Anthony Paul Schlink, wife Audrey, great-granddaughter Ashlyn Paige, her husband Chris Wiedyk, and great-great granddaughter  Angelyn Paige and great-great granddaughter Alyssa Paige Schlink, all of Michigan.


Elmer Dale Robinson

Sutton resident Elmer Dale Robinson, Jr., 68, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Henderson Care Center in Henderson.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Federated Church in Sutton,  with Rev. Harry Cross officiating.  Interment will follow at the Sutton Cemetery in Sutton.  Visitation will be Wednesday, from 3-8 p.m., with the family present from 6-8 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.  
 Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department.
 Condolences may be left at


Alva M. Caster

Alva M. Caster, 83, of Vinton, La. died Sunday, March 15, 2015 in a local hospital.
 Alva was born on December 11, 1931 in Oberlin, Kans. to Myron and Anneta Caster. He loved reading, gardening, and traveling. He attended University of Kansas and graduated with a engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines. He enjoyed a 35 year career as an engineer in the petrochemical industry that took him to places such as Saudi Arabia, India, and around the United States. He proudly served our country in the Army.


Larry McGhghy

Larry G. McGhghy, age 61, of Aurora, Nebraska departed this life on Sunday March 15th, 2015 at Lakeside Hospital.
A memorial service will be held on Friday March 20th, at 1:30 pm at Zion Lutheran Church near Hampton, Nebraska.  Private interment will occur at a later time.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary of Aurora, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary site at
Larry Gene McGhghy, was born to Clarance and Mildred (Bethke) McGhghy on Jaunary 22, 1954 in Hebron, Nebraska.  He passed away on Sunday March 15th, 2015 at the age of 61.
Larry attended Lutheran School in Davenport and later transferred to what was then Hebron high school where later graduated with the class of 1972.


Earl Dick

Earl Dick, age, 89, of Aurora, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at his home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 20 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ron Harris and Mark Dunham will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Earl Jim Dick, the son of George and Anna (Penner) Dick, was born on a farm south of Hampton, on March 23, 1925, and passed away on March 16, 2015 at Aurora, Nebraska at the age of 89.
He grew up in Hampton, where he attended country schools thru the 8th grade. Earl enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served for three years before being honorably discharged in 1946.


Donald Vetter

Donald Vetter, age, 94, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Revs. Mary Scott, Jay Vetter and Molly Vetter will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  The casket will be open only during visitation on Friday, March 13th from 5-7 p.m. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Donald Roy Vetter, the son of George Arthur and Inez Lenore (Hill) Vetter, was born near Murphy, on September 12, 1920, and passed away at Aurora, on March 11, 2015 at the age of 94.


Nita E. Larson

Nita E. Larson, 92 of Harlan, Iowa passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 10 from 4-7 p.m. at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa. A Prayer Service will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.
Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa. Interment will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa.
Nita was born in Hays Springs, moved to Kronborg, attended high school in Hampton, then transferred to Aurora High School where she graduated in 1940.
Survivors include her sons: Dennis Larson (Marilyn Southard) of Decorah, Iowa, Roger Larson of Decorah, Iowa, and Kent (Marsha) Larson of Las Vegas, Nev; 2 grandchildren: Steven (Carrie) Larson and Allison (Terry) LaRue) and 4 great-grandchildren: Corinne, Merril, Matthew, and Hannah
Memorials are suggested to: Immanuel Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, Danish Immigrant Museum, or Shelby County Garden Club.


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