Jerry Allen Otterstad, 75, of Willow Island, Nebraska, died August 1st, 2017 in Bellevue, Nebraska.  
  He was born August 27th, 1941 in Joice, Iowa son of Norris and Ida (Helegeson) Otterstad. Jerry grew up in the Joice area and graduated from Joice High School. 
  Jerry married Diann Wirtjes on August 28th, 1966 at Elk Creek Lutheran Church in rural Kensett, Iowa. To this union three children were born Tammy, Travis and Tarah. They farmed and fed cattle in Joice, Iowa until they purchased a feedlot near Cozad, Nebraska in 1971. 
  Jerry enjoyed professional  basketball especially the Lakers and Magic Johnson and the Cavs and Lebron James. He had a love for cattle, he enjoyed show cattle and visiting with the people in the show cattle business. He loved raising and feeding cattle. 
  He is survived by his son Travis and wife Jill of Tuttle, Oklahoma; two daughters Tammy and husband Joe Martinez of Tampa, Florida and Tarah and husband Rene Takougnadi of Papillion; four Grandsons Zachary, Jared, and Justin Martinez of Tampa, Florida and Didier Takougnadi of Papillion; one step granddaughter Tiffani Pruitt of Tuttle, Oklahoma.
  Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Diann Otterstad in 2015, and his parents Ida and Norris Otterstad.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska on Friday, August 4, 2017. 
  Funeral Services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 1:00 pm with Pastor James McCrickard officiating.
  Burial followed in the Cozad Cemetery, Cozad, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be directed to Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel to help with services, 620 10th St, Gothenburg, NE 69138.   To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
  Alfred Ernest “Shippy” Schipporeit, age 87, passed away July 26th, 2017 at Brookstone View in Broken Bow, Nebraska.
    Al was born on the Schipporeit Ranch north of Brewster, Nebraska in German Valley, May 21st, 1930 to Ernest and Bertha (Weihs) Schipporeit. Al was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in German Valley. After starting his education in a one room country school District #20, he graduated from Brewster Rural High School. 
  Al helped his parents on the ranch along with his sisters Irene and Bette until 1952, when he became a member of the Naval Air Reserve, located in Lincoln, Nebraska. He requested active duty and was deployed June 1st, 1953, a time during the Korean War and became the navigator of a PBM seaplane.
  While stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Station in California he met Marilyn Jean Gilbert in April 1955 and they were married September 18th, 1955 in Salinas, California. Following their honeymoon they returned to German Valley to live on the ranch. Their union was blessed with three children, Mona Jean, Eric Alfred, and Kenton Thane.
  Alfred served as organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church and in 1969 the family joined Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth. Alfred was active in many aspects of the church. Alfred served on various school boards for 21 years and his greatest satisfaction was being a part in the consolidating and building of a county wide school system, namely Sandhills Public School. He also served as Blaine County Veteran Service Officer retiring in 2009 after 36 years of dedicated service to the veterans and dependents. He was a lifelong member spanning 50 continuous years of the American Legion Post #323 at Brewster.
  Apart from ranching, photography was one of Al’s hobbies. He has taken many graduation, wedding and family photos through the years. Carpentry was another enjoyment working alongside his father, Ernest, remodeling homes for many in the community. He loved to make barn wood frames for his pictures. Alfred has specially made barn or truck shaped toy boxes for each of his grandchildren and now great grandchildren. Genealogy was another love, tracing family history as far back as he could and writing those stories. He was also a contributing editor for the Blaine County History Book. Every summer he took time to plan a family vacation usually to a different state each time and loved showing his slides at family gatherings. Using his navigation skills he loved to map out and write itineraries for the trips. Al loved putting together photo albums and scrapbooks about family and events. Al and Marilyn moved from the ranch to Ainsworth, Nebraska November 2011.
  Alfred was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Irene Sinner.  
  Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Broken Bow, daughter, Jeanie Ryker and her husband Dean of Cozad, Nebraska; sons, Eric Schipporeit of Brewster and Kent Schipporeit and his wife Debbie of Valentine, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jason (Sybil) Ryker, Monica (Casey) Douglass, Sara Schipporeit, Justina (Timber) Burge; Bryant (Myranda) Schipporeit and Thomas Schipporeit; great grandchildren, Ryan and Katelyn Douglass, Mattie and McClellan Ryker, Sarah, Marlie and Kimber Burge and Hanna Schipporeit; sister, Bette Guggenmos of Broken Bow, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
 Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran Church at Ainsworth, Nebraska with Pastor Georg Williams and Pastor Ryan Loeslie officiating the service. Music was provided by Georgia Williams with congregational selections of “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (The Navy Hymn) being sung. A violin instrumental of “Amazing Grace” was provided by great-granddaughter, Mattie Ryker. Pallbearers were, Casey Douglass, Bryant Schipporeit, Jason Ryker, Ryan Douglass, Thomas Schipporeit, McClellan Ryker, and Timber Burge. Burial with full Military Honors followed at the German Valley Cemetery near Brewster, Nebraska. Hoch Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials are suggested to American Legion Post #323 of Brewster or to the Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hochfuneralhome.com.
  Charlene Louise Zimmerman, 65, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.
  She was born November 3rd, 1951, in Overton, Nebraska, to Harold and Ruth (Anderson) Zimmerman.
  Charlene attended school at Lexington, and then went onto further her education at Beauty School. Through the years she also took many college courses which helped advance her through Monroe Auto.
  She spent more than 35 years working at Monroe Auto in Cozad, Nebraska. She first worked in production, and worked her way up in the company to where she finished her career in the office. When Monroe’s closed, she went to work for Home Federal Savings & Loan, and then Walmart in Lexington. 
  Charlene loved her granddaughters so very much, she loved taking pictures of them as well as her great nieces.  She attended her great nieces’ basketball and volleyball games, and their high school rodeo activities.
  She also enjoyed being outdoors and working in her flowers.
  Charlene is survived by one son, Christopher Zimmerman of Grand Island, Nebraska; four granddaughters, Skylar Zimmerman of Omaha, Nebraska, Avry Cummins of Omaha, Nebraska, Chandra Cummins of Omaha, Nebraska, and Sarah Zimmerman of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother, Dean (Kay) Zimmerman of Mesquite, Texas; two sisters, Sharon (Bob) Forrester of Arnold, Nebraska, and Doris (Kim) Simmons of Bellevue, Nebraska; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Duane.
  It was Charlene’s wishes for cremation. That family has honored those wishes. There will be no visitation.
  A Memorial Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Daniel Sauer officiating.
  Inurnment was in the Evergreen Cemetery east of Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to Dawson County CASA or the Donor’s Choice.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
  Clarice M. Bamrick, 88, of Overton, Nebraska, died Friday, July 28th, 2017, at Christian Homes in Holdrege, Nebraska.
   She was born October 22nd, 1928, in Holdrege, Nebraska to Quince C. and Mayme E. (Blackman) Eby.  Clarice lived in Elwood when she was a young girl, and moved to Overton when she was in the 3rd grade. She graduated from Overton High School with the class of 1947. On October 15th, 1949, she married Robert Bamrick in Kearney, Nebraska. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Rodney D., Karen M., and Robert L. 
  Clarice worked for two years at the Lexington Mill, and then helped Bob on the farm until retiring. 
  She was a faithful and active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overton, where she was a member of the Altar Society, and a former extension club member.  She served as treasurer and board member for the Overton Community Center, and spent many years on the Election Board. 
  Clarice enjoyed bowling and reading, but time spent with family was something she loved the most. 
  Survivors include one son; Bob and wife Nancy Bamrick of Overton, Nebraska; son-in-law, Lee Shafer of Overton, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Niki and husband Eric Altwine of Bertrand, Nebraska, Kody and wife Jenny Shafer of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Brady and wife Natalei Shafer of Denver, Colorado, Colt and wife Katie Shafer of Grand Island, Nebraska, Chris and wife Gwen Christner of Kearney, Nebraska, and Justin and wife Kari Christner of Lincoln, Nebraska; ten great-grandchildren, Bayley Bamrick, Kaden & Claire Shafer, Beckham & Lucas Shafer, Dylan White, Allie & Jessie Altwine, Austin, Brant & Jenna Christner, and Sam Christner; one brother, Verle and wife Ellen Eby of Overton, Nebraska; two sisters, Bernece and husband Leo Mazanec of Columbia, Missouri, and Geraldine Vollmer of Lexington, Nebraska; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  Clarice was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son and daughter-in-law, Rod and Dianna (Nelson) Bamrick; daughter, Karen Shafer; five brothers, Gaylord, Floyd, Richard, Lonnie & Donald Eby; and one grandson, Patrick Bamrick.
  Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overton with Father Alex Borzych celebrating.
  Burial was in the Overton Cemetery.
  Visitation was held Monday, July 31st, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overton. Rosary followed.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted  the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.   
  Dorothy Elizabeth (Hansen) Fiene, age 79, passed away Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. She was born April 24th, 1938 to Otto Herbert Hansen and Elizabeth (DeBoer) Hansen at the family home in Elwood, Nebraska. She was baptized in May 1938 in the Methodist Church in Elwood.
She attended grade school and high school in Elwood and graduated in 1955. Following High School, she attended Bonnell Beauty Academy in Hastings, Nebraska and graduated with a degree in Cosmetology. Upon graduating, she went to Lexington and worked for Modern Beauty Shop.
  Halloween night 1950, she met Ernest E Fiene, Jr. of rural Frontier County. They were married on June 16th, 1957 in the Methodist Church in Elwood. They spent their honeymoon in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dorothy was confirmed in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood.
  Dorothy soon opened her own beauty salon Modern Style Salon in Elwood until 1970. She then obtained her Real Estate license and worked with Brell Real Estate.
On August 10th, 1961, a daughter Shannon Elizabeth was born. On Christmas Eve 1963, another daughter Sue Ann was born. On January 16th, 1968, a son Jonathan Edward was born.
  Dorothy continued her real estate career, and in 1985 she and friends opened The Gingerbread Shoppe in Elwood. They closed the shop in 2004, and in 2006, Dorothy opened another gift shop, Tres Chic, for two years until her health caused her to retire.
  Dorothy and Ernie built a beautiful home on Johnson Lake in 1996 where they enjoyed many beautiful sunsets.
  Dorothy was active in Girl Scouts, church choir, Elwood Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce, LWML/Ladies Aid and was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
  She is survived by her husband Ernie Fiene, Jr. of Johnson Lake, Nebraska; three children: Shannon Williams of Lincoln, Sue (and Greg) Bruening of Omaha, and Jonathan (and Dixie Carr) Fiene of Elwood; grandchildren: Taylor Dennis, Derek (and Oksana) Dennis, Brock Williams, Alexander Bruening, Erik Bruening, Justin (and Alexa) Kraus, and Keegan Strohl; great-grandson: Ryder Kraus; sisters: Althea Schroeder and Lola Debban; brother: Donald Hansen; sister-in-laws: Marilyn Frost, Carleen Fiene and Hilda Hansen; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
  Dorothy is preceded in death by her mother and father; brothers: Howard Hansen and Lowell Hansen; brother-in-laws: Donald Fiene, Eldon Fiene, Carroll Schroeder, Bill Debban, Glen Davis, and Dan McGrath; sister-in-laws: Winnie Hansen, Inez Hansen, Leoda Davis, Deloris McGrath, and Louise Fiene.
  Funeral services were held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Elwood, Nebraska, on Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Michael Wolff, officiating. Interment was at Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Nebraska. There was no viewing or visitation as these were Dorothy’s wishes. Memorials are suggested to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or in her name to be designated later. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.