Obituaries

Mon
21
Jan

Merwyn Davidson

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Merwyn Davidson, age 85, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Lincoln.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Revs. Greg Reed, Michelle Reed and Lonnie Ott will officiate. Inurnment will be prior to the church service at 10 a.m. at the Aurora Cemetery.  No Visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Love Justice International for the support of Kevin and Sally Bolis missionary work.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

Fri
18
Jan

Dan Wolfe

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Dan Rae Wolfe, 65, of Polk, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at Merrick Medical Center in Central City.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island with Pastor Luke Biggs officiating.  Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.

Wed
16
Jan

Joan C. Kissel

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Joan C. Kissel, age 85, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Aurora.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21 at the First Christian Church in Aurora. Rev. Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Eastern Star Rites will follow visitation.    Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Joan Charlela Arnett Kissel was born May 28, 1933 in Hamilton County in Aurora at her grandparent’s farm.  She was the first of four children born to Orville K. and Katherine Irene (Springer) Arnett.  Joan Charlela was named after her grandparents, Joe and Anna (Springer) Rediger and Charles and Lela (Dixon) Arnett.

Wed
16
Jan

Ruth Anne Leymaster

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Ruth Anne Leymaster, 92, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at the Western Home Communities Nation Cottage in Cedar Falls.
She was born June 4, 1926 in Stockham, daughter of Austin and Annie (Hartnell) Medaris.  She married Homer N. Leymaster on June 11, 1947 in Aurora.
Ruth attended country grade school, Aurora High School, and the University of Nebraska, graduating with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition.  After raising her family, she worked as a Realtor at the Peterson Agency in Cedar Falls for thirteen years, retiring in 1984.  She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter R and First United Methodist Church, both in Cedar Falls.

Wed
16
Jan

Kristen Michelle Kuhn

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Kristen Michelle Kuhn, 22, of Gretna, passed away surrounded by family on Nov. 2, 2018. Born in Omaha on July 11, 1996, Kristen graduated from Gretna High School in 2014. She was a Regents Scholar and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority while attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kristen is survived by her parents Dr. Brett and Tami Kuhn, sisters Kelsi and Karlie of Gretna; grandparents Bob and Gwynne Kuhn of Sun City West, AZ; Cindy Bunger of Minden; aunts and uncles Jim and Moura Kuhn of Southlake, TX, Kyle Kuhn of Roanoke, TX, Jeff and Sue Bunger of Holdrege and Colby and Jennifer Hood of Hickman.

Tue
15
Jan

Jeanette Kriley

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Jeanette “Jeanie” E. Kriley, age 78, of Bradshaw, died Saturday, Jan, 12, 2019 at Geneva. She was born Sept. 27, 1940 to Virgil and Mary Jane (Omey) Sorensen at Ravenna.  She graduated from Wood River High School in 1958. Jeanie was a waitress for many years at Country Kitchen. She loved her family and her dogs. On August 23, 1996, Jeanie was united in marriage to Ronald D. Kriley at Aurora. She was the best mother her children could ever ask for.
She is survived by her children: Charles K. (Kim) Chollar of Polk, Karri (Michael) May of Salina, KS, and Jaime (Danny) Robinson of Smyrna, GA; grandchildren: Mandy (Matt) Weber of Grand Island, Justin (Lora) Splain of Lincoln, Samuel Robinson of Smyrna, GA, and Alex Robinson of Smyrna, GA; and great grandchildren Adalyn and Ava.
Jeanie is also survived by her siblings: David (Dorothy) Sorensen of Central City, Clara Moody of Omaha, and Debbie Grant of Polk; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Thu
10
Jan

Drew D. Wiese

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Memorial service for Drew D. Wiese, 61, of Norfolk will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Norfolk with Pastor Caleb Lind officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday also at the First Baptist Church.
Drew passed away at his home in Norfolk on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk is in charge of the arrangements.

Thu
10
Jan

Charles Roger Jacobsen

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Charles Roger Jacobsen was born to Arthur and Edna (Halverson) Jacobsen on Aug. 7, 1936 at home on the family farm south of McCool Junction, and passed away Jan 9, 2019 at Hearthstone in York. He was one of seven children. On June 9, 1957 he was united in marriage to Joan Teaford at the McCool Junction United Methodist Church.
“Chucker the Trucker” as he was known by many, earned his reputation by dedicated service to his customers. His trucking life started with McAllister Transfer and later Bee Line Motor Freight. His impeccable safety record for forty years and countless testimonials about his service were unparalleled, as was his big wave should he meet someone he knew on the open road. Upon retirement, he delivered fertilizer for McCool Fertilizer, where he made many new acquaintances and lifelong friends.

Mon
07
Jan

Lynn Arends

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Lynn Arends, 70 of Aurora, died Saturday, Jan. 05, 2019 at the Auroral Memorial Community Care.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at All Faiths Funeral Home.  Daniel Naranjo will officiate.  Burial will be in the Phillips Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Lynn was born Dec. 3, 1948 at Ravenna the daughter of Wayne and Vera (Bunn) Stubbs.  She graduated from Grand Island Senior High School.  On Nov. 25, 1972 she was united in marriage to Lee Arends.  This union was blessed with three children, Mike, Missy and Amanda.
Some of Lynn’s involvements included TOPS for many years, Phillips Volunteer Fire Auxiliary and the Phillips and Aurora Senior Centers.  Lynn enjoyed sewing, quilting, camping with her kids when they were younger and later, spending time with grandkids.

Thu
03
Jan

Robert Reichardt

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Robert “Bob” E. Reichardt, Sr., 91, of Burleson, Texas passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Greenwood-Arlington Chapel in Arlington, Texas.  Visitation was from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment was at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Parkdale Cemetery, Arlington.
Bob was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Aurora.  He had two great loves, his family and farming. Although a quiet and humble man, Bob always felt a sense of pride in his ability to improvise and adapt, never encountering a problem he could not overcome.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Reichardt; his daughter, Dianna Gibson; and his brother, Keith Reichardt.
Bob is survived by his sons, Robert E. Reichardt, Jr. and wife, Mary B, and Paul D. Reichardt and wife, Mary G.; his daughter, Bonnie Esselman; brother, Jim Reichardt; sister, Mary Jane Rawlings; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.”

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