Ralph Lavern Lammers, age 97, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at Phelps Memorial Hospital, Holdrege, Nebraska. He was born on December 7th, 1920 in Upland, Nebraska to Chris & Dora (Klahn) Lammers.
He was baptized on October 13th, 1921 in Hildreth, Nebraska and attended school through the 8th grade. After his schooling, he worked on the family farm. On July 13th, 1942 he was drafted in the US Army and served in Central Europe. He earned a Silver Star while serving as Sergeant of the 395th Infantry. He was honorably discharged on January 24th, 1946. After his time in the service, he spent some time ranching in the Harrison, Nebraska area. He was united in marriage on February 19th, 1950 to Joanne Rose Kauffelt. They were blessed with two daughters; Kristie Jo and Kathy Louise.
Many of Ralph’s working years were spent farming with Neil Ranch south of Cozad, Nebraska until 1967, when he began working at Cozad Culligan Water Soft and later purchased this business. They truly enjoyed serving their customers in Dawson County. He sold his business in 1982 and retired to Arapahoe to be closer to his family.
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe and a Lutheran Brotherhood Representative and served on various church boards. He also served on the committee which built the Veteran’s Memorial wall in downtown Arapahoe. He was a member of the VFW Post 9357. He and Joanne enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kathy and husband Steve Lallman, granddaughter-in-law Kasey Jo Warner, brothers Carl, Jacob, Alfred, Roy, Willis, & William, sisters Julietta, Clara, Lena, Bertha, & Anna, Brothers-in-law Donald Vannier and Gene Osterbuhr, Sister-In-Law Gloria Vannier.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years Joanne Lammers of Arapahoe, Nebraska, daughter Kristie Warner and husband Monte of Beaver City, Nebraska, grandsons Darren Warner and wife Amy of Edison, Nebraska and Dan Warner and wife Kate of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Brother Donald Lammers and wife Joann of Minden, Nebraska, Sister-In-Law Patricia Osterbuhr of Minden, Nebraska. Great-Grandchildren: Aubree, Bryson, Gentry, Berkley, Addelyn, Kallan, and Creyton Warner and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing and visitation was held Sunday, February 18th, 2018 from 2 PM till 6 PM with family present from 2 PM till 4 PM, and Monday, February 19th, 2018 from 2 PM till 6 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment was held Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 2:30 PM at Minden Cemetery with Military rites by the Minden American Legion and the Nebraska Army National Guard Honor Guard. Directly after the interment, a reception was held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Lutheran Hour, Trinity Lutheran Church, or donor’s choice. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Carolyn Irby died Monday, February 12th, 2018 at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
Carolyn Ann Irby was born September 30th, 1932 in Cozad, Nebraska to Robert R. and Fern (Griffith) Good. She graduated from Cozad High School and Stephens College followed by 2 years at UNL. On June 2nd, 1954 Carolyn was united in marriage to William H. Irby at the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad, a marriage that would last over 63 years. Carolyn and Bill had 4 children; Robert (Maureen) Irby of Columbus, NE, Susan Irby of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah (Mark) Boaz of Omaha, NE and was predeceased by daughter Cynthia Irby.
Carolyn enjoyed supporting her children's activities including Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She also enjoyed playing bridge and community activities. Carolyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a dedicated homemaker.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, William (Bill) H. Irby, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 2 sisters: Jane (Don) Kinnan of Cozad, NE, Mynette (Chan) Komarek of Grand Island, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Cynthia.
Memorial Service was held Friday, February 16th, 2018 at the Federated Church in Columbus, NE.
Burial followed at the Columbus Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Federated Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice.
Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com
Marjorie A. Kugler of Johnson Lake passed away January 29th, 2018 in Hastings, Nebraska at the age of 84. Marjorie was born December 2nd, 1933 in Eustis, Nebraska to Otto and Sophia (Yeutter) Bartruff. She graduated from Eustis High School. On January 18th, 1953, Marjorie married Kenneth Kugler at the Methodist Church in Eustis. The couple were blessed with 3 children, Jane, Scott and Kurt. Marjorie loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a seasoned cook and baker, hosting many large family dinners. She was on the 4-H Council, FHA Board and helped with many 4-H projects. Marjorie was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church and assisted with bible school for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lucile Wahl-Anderson and Doris Welle-Hotchkiss; brothers, Vern Bartruff, Robert Bartruff and Otto Bartruff Jr.; infant brother, Lloyd; brothers-in-law, Lorenz Wahl, Leonard Rieker, Harley Anderson, Gilbert Welle, Robert Hotchkiss; sister-in-law, Loraine Bartruff.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth of Johnson Lake; children, Dr. Jane Kugler and husband Dr. Douglas Vonderfecht of Omaha; Dr. Scott Kugler and wife Cindy of Kearney and Kurt Kugler and wife Erin of Johnson Lake; grandchildren, Paul and Francine Vonderfecht of Omaha, Thomas Vonderfecht and special friend Susan Stangl of Omaha, William Vonderfecht and fiancé Madison Dahl of Dallas, TX, Stephanie and Doug Ourada of Hastings, Anna Kugler of Williamsburg VA, Dr. Kole and Heather Kugler of Kearney, Tyler and Lindsey Kugler of Johnson Lake, Benjamin Kugler and Ana Tejada of Boston, MA; 7 great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Reiker of Gothenburg, Diane and Danny Easterday of Eustis; sister-in-law, Evelyn Bartruff of Eustis.
A memorial has been established in her name. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Services were held Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Eustis with Vicar Kathy Gundell officiating. Burial followed at East Cemetery, Eustis. Visitation was Friday from 5 to 7 pm at St. John Lutheran Church. Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Arlene A. Peterson, 96, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died January 28, 2018 at her home in Gothenburg, NE.
She was born August 29th, 1921 in Gothenburg, NE, daughter of Henry C. and Dena (Lambertus) Aden.
Arlene grew up at Gothenburg and graduated with the class of 1939. She later attended Colorado A & M at Ft. Collins where she was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority. She lived at Gothenburg and Jeffrey Lake. She worked for many years in the Aden & Kampfe Store. She married O. Blaine Peterson on May 5, 1946 at St. John's Lutheran Church, they had five children - Stephen, Gregg, Kent, Kristi, and Kelly. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church and a 50 + year member of her Bridge Club.
She is survived by her husband Blaine Peterson of Gothenburg, NE, three sons, Steve (Ligia) Peterson of Gothenburg, NE, Gregg (Debbie) Peterson, Kent (Krystal) Peterson; two daughters, Kelly Schmeeckle, Kristi (Stanley) Combs; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; along with many extended family and friends.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Dena Aden, brother, Floyd Aden, and son-in-law, Ronnie L Schmeeckle.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, February 1st, 2018,1:00 - 8:00 pm. with the family present from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 11:00 am.
Burial will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Sun Theatre, PO Box 15, Gothenburg, NE 69138, Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 10th St, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Gothenburg Historical Society, PO Box 153, Gothenburg, NE 69138.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Trent J. Lindstedt of North Platte Nebraska passed away at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha at the age of 76. Trent was born on March 21nd, 1941 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Conrad L. and Goldie V. (Nelson) Lindstedt.
Trent graduated from Cozad High School in 1959 before moving to Ogallala where he worked for the Ogallala Police Department. Trent then worked for the Cheyenne Pipeline for a spell before being hired on the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer on the Third District.
Trent was an avid car enthusiast, and his love of antique vehicles saw him travel to many different states across the country to attend car shows. Trent spent many hours in his garage working on his beloved trucks and street rods. Trent was a member of the Cody Cruisers, the Moose Lodge, and a former member of the UP Oldtimers.
Trent is survived by his wife Pam (Jamieson) Lindstedt, whom he married on April 10th, 1976 in North Platte, his three daughters, Kristy Anthony and her husband Mark of North Platte, Vangi Stewart and her husband Jonathan of Bar Harbor, Maine, and Staci Ponte of North Platte, his brother, Gordon Lindstedt of Cozad, his grandchildren, Tyler and Bryar and his wife Karen Anthony, J. Taylor Stewart and W. Dakota Stewart, Donavon Lillard, and Alexis Ponte, his brother-in-law, Ricki and his wife Mary Lou Jamieson and their daughter, Angela, his niece and nephew, Paige and her husband John Sweeney and Scott and his wife Tracy Lindstedt, along with his special friend, Mary Pressley.
Trent was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Jodi Lindstedt, his granddaughters, Megan Sparks and Emily Anthony, his sister-in-law Babe Lindstedt, his nephew, Jason Jamieson, as well as his father and mother-in-law, Dean and Donna Jamieson.
Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at Harvest Christian Fellowship. Cremation was chosen. A memorial has been established in his memory. The family received friends on Friday, January 26th from 5–7 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Those wishing to sign the memorial book did so from 9am to 5pm Wednesday through Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which was responsible for arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com
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