Walter Allen DeWitt passed away on December 24th, 2017 at his home in Cozad, Nebraska at the age of 74. He was born July 19th, 1943 at Gothenburg, Nebraska, the older of two sons, to Alvor and Betty (Brooks) DeWitt. Walt graduated from Cozad High School where he was a three-sport athlete for the four years and was selected to the all-state football team. He played in the 1961 Shrine Bowl.
After graduation Walt joined the U.S. Marines and served in the Pacific and the naval base in Kittery, Maine. Walt married Winnie Richards on December 30th, 1964. They had two sons, Wade and Eric DeWitt. Walt cared for his grandparents in Cozad until the family relocated to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he worked as a golf course superintendent. After his divorce he moved to Susanville, California, and continued to work as a golf course superintendent. Walt also worked as a farm hand, a prison guard, a ditch rider, and pheasant distributor. Walt was an avid hunter, expert marksman, competitive pool, golf, and card player. He was a loyal friend, a loving father and brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his sons, Wade DeWitt of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Eric DeWitt of Portland, Oregon, a granddaughter, Emma DeWitt of Portland, Oregon, and brother, Brad DeWitt of Huntington Beach, California.
Memorials are suggested to the Cozad Country Club or donor's choice. Online condolences may shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Cremation was chosen.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.
Enola Yvonne “Bonnie” West, age 95 years, went to live with the Lord on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Bonnie was born May 14, 1922, to Herman Hershel Buckley and Hilda Marie Sandine Buckley in Cozad, Dawson County, Nebraska.
She attended elementary school at Pine Ridge School District 80 and graduated from Cozad High School in 1939.
At age 17, Bonnie began waitressing at the B & D Café in Cozad, then at Haps Café. In 1940, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a long distance telephone operator. She continued working as an operator after moving back to Omaha in 1941, where she met the love of her life.
Bonnie married her sweetheart, William Harmon West, Jr. on December 24th, 1943, in Santa Ana, California, where Bill was stationed in the Air Force in cadet training.
Bill’s military service took them to several places in the United States, until the war ended in 1945. They then moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, for the remainder of their lives.
In 1952, Bonnie began working as a teller at Hancock Bank and retired from there in 1984, as a vice president. While working for Hancock Bank, she attended the LSU School of Banking in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For many years, she was a member of the international service organization, Altrusa Club.
Bonnie is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Euvah and Cot Stuart, and by her cherished and beloved nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces and great great nephews and nieces.
She is predeceased by her parents, an infant sister, brothers Herschel and Richard, husband Bill and their infant son.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 7th, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Riemann Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5007 Lawson Ave., Gulfport. Burial will follow the service at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 8910 Carl Legett Road, Gulfport. For further information, please call Riemann Funeral Home at 228-539-9800.
Katherine Monica Ernst Eliker, 87, of Overton, Nebraska, was transferred from the Lord’s Kingdom of grace to His kingdom of glory on Christmas Day, 2017, at her home in Overton.
She was born on November 16th, 1930 at Friedensau (Hebron) Nebraska. Her parents were David and Theodora (Schabacker) Ernst. She became a baptized child of God on November 23rd, 1930. She made a public affirmation of her baptism at her confirmation in May, 1945. Her confirmation verse was “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a Crown of Life.” Revelation 2:10.
Katherine graduated from high school at Lexington, Nebraska, and attended college at Concordia University, Seward, and at the University of Nebraska in Kearney from which she received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Katherine taught school for a number of years including Lutheran parochial schools at Wisner, Nebraska, and Brighton, Colorado. She was elected Dawson County Superintendent of Schools and held that position for 17 years.
Katherine was married to James Eliker on June 11th, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington. James preceded her in death in 2002.
She is survived by her children, Peg (Larry) Fisher of Overton, Nebraska, Jane (Dale) Sprague of Huntley, Nebraska, and Ted of Holdrege, Nebraska: eight grandchildren, Jill, Justin, James, Monica, Amanda, Benjamin, Anthony, and Addy: and a number of great grandchildren. She has three surviving siblings, John Ernst of Rockford, Tennessee, Charlotte Leckband of Urbandale, Iowa, and Margaret Hammes of King, Wisconsin, along with a large number of nieces and nephews with their mates and offspring, including two very special nieces, Margaret Booth and Susan Holder.
Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters, two grandchildren, Adam and Jan Lee, and one great-grandson, Taylor.
Katherine had a rich heritage of LCMS (Lutheran) pastors in her extended family, including both grandfathers, eight uncles, two brothers, some cousins, and a couple of nephews.
Katherine served in a number of organizations, including the UCIC Extension Club, LWML Women’s group at her church, the Human Care Guild, an officer in the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), the Nebraska Association of County Superintendents (NACS), and was on the Board of Directors for the Community Center in Overton.
She enjoyed the life that God had given her and had a number of interests. She was the genealogist of her family, read voraciously, loved music and was very active in her church including playing the organ for church services and teaching Sunday school. She liked to travel, sew, garden, quilt, embroider, crochet and photography.
Funeral Services were held Friday, December 29th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor William Ohlmann officiating.
Burial was in the Overton Cemetery.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Marvin Ferguson, 73, born Eddyville, Nebraska to “Bert” and Zelma Ferguson January 4th, 1944 passed away on December 14th, 2017.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 51 years Sharon Ferguson (Purvis), son Travis (Amanda) Ferguson, daughter Marci Harwood, grandkids Tate, Tayler and Christian and Hinson grandkids Brandon, Joe, Nick and Jacob, all of Litchfeld Park, Arizona. A sister Hazel (Ferguson/Harvey) Hagler of Arnold, Nebraska. Sister-in-law Bonnie Ferguson of Ansley, Nebraska and nieces, nephews and cousins galore.
He was preceeded in death by father ‘Bert” Ferguson, mother Zelma (Staab/Ferguson) Bristol, sister Helen Burgaman, brothers Richard “Dick”, Jim and Claris Ferguson. Also a sister Bonnie Bell Peterson.
Marvin grew up on a farm in Ansley, Nebraska. Upon graduation from High School he was drafted into Vietnam and served in the Air Force as a Jet Engine Welder. He loved it and stayed in the service for 20 years.
He married his childhood sweetheart/Pen Pal Sharon in 1967. In the service they lived in North Dakota, Okinawa, Idaho, Thailand, South Carlolina, Montana, Hawaii, Oklahoma. He retired out of Tinker Air Force Base in 1983. After retirement the family moved to Denver, Colorado and then to Cozad, Nebraska where he opened up Cozy Corner Restaurant, Bait & Tackle; which he owned and operated for 17 years before moving to Litchfield Park, Arizona in 2002. It was there that he felt led to feed homeless breakfasts. Through donations, he fed 100’s a day of homeless 3 days a week and teamed up with other veterans. They dubbed themselves, “Marvin’s Crew.”
Marvin, who went by “Grand Pa” is remembered as having a contagious smile and would lighten your heart. He never met a stranger and was happy to help anyone in need. He was strong and hard working. He cultivated love in his family and spoiled them all. He was an onery tease who was quiet and unassuming in his interactions with family and friends. We all loved the sparkle in his eyes.
He loved God, the outdoors, metal detecting, hunting, fishing and rock hunting. Marvin was in 2 bowling leagues and he loved to heckle his son’s softball teams. He cooked breakfast for his grandkids with consistent love and took great joy in helping neighbors and friends and cooking for the homeless. He was a mentor to many, a shining light always and “Marvelous Marvin” to some.
A memorial service and one last breakfast is being held Thursday, January 4th, 2017 at Refinery Christian Church, 600 Ballard Ave. Suite A10, Goodyear, Arizona from 9-11:00 a.m. (Grand Pa’s) Birthday. Immediately following breakfast a service with full Military Honors will be held at National Cemetery of Arizona.
Elaine Ruth Schlake, 89, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died December 20th, 2017 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
She was born July 9th, 1928 at Jansen, Nebraska daughter of Ernest and Frieda (Sandman) Schmidt. She attended schools in Jefferson County and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1944. Elaine taught in Rural schools for 3 years. Elaine married John Schlake on October 3rd, 1948 making their home in Beatrice, to this union two sons, LaMonte and Leslie were born. In 1958, the family moved to Gothenburg where they have resided since.
Elaine was a member of member of the ALCW, American Legion Womens Auxiliary, bridge club, and dance clubs. Elaine enjoyed traveling the world with her husband John, watching the flowers bloom throughout the spring and summer, bowling, and enjoyed spending holidays with family.
Surviving are son, LaMonte (Darla) Schlake of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Grandson, Trent (Misty) Schlake of Gothenburg and their children Bryn and Austin, Granddaughter Keri (Corey) Roth of Gothenburg and their children Kya and Cooper, Grandson, Jeff Schlake (Marg) of Lincoln, Nebraska and their child Jack, Granddaughter Erin Schlake and child Walker; Granddaughter Lesley Ann Roberts of Lincoln and children Sawyer, Maisy, Kiernan, and Silas, Sister, Vernel Hueske of Plymouth, Nebraska, Sister-in-lawVirgene Schmidt of Jansen, Nebraska.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John Schlake, son, Leslie Schlake, seven sisters and two brothers.
Visitation was held at American Lutheran Church, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, December 26th, 2017.
Services were held at American Lutheran Church, December 26th, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Jon Mapa officiating.
Interment followed in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Memorials may be designated to the American Lutheran Church, or the Alzheimer's Association.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
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