Lloyd K Reeves

Lloyd K. Reeves, age 81, of Crete, passed away January 31, 2012, in Lincoln. He was born on October 11, 1930, to Roland and Esther (Bergsten) Reeves, and was a longtime publisher of Crete News.

Preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Shirley Reeves; nephew, Keith Reeves. Survivors: wife, Trudy; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dan Bankson of Hordville; sons and daughter-in-law, John and Mary Ellen of Crete, Thom of Lincoln; grandchildren: Brandon, Nathan, and Mikayla Bankson, Luke


Berneice Wellnitz

Berneice Wellnitz, at 80 years of age, went home to be with our Lord on January 2, 2012 from Kaiser Hospital in San Diego, California.

On October 25, 1931, Berneice was born in Colorado to her parents Ruby Ruth and Benjamin Hallock. She grew up with her sister Helen (Hallock) Sumner. As a young girl, Berneice was involved with a Masonic youth service organization called the Rainbow Girls, and in her later years became a retired Mother Advisor.

While attending college in Fort Collins


William McKinley

William E. McKinley, 55, of Wister, Oklahoma, formerly of Cedar Falls, died at his home Thursday, February 2, 2012, in Wister, Oklahoma. He was born October 13, 1956, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of William C. and Marjorie L. (Burke) McKinley, Jr. Bill graduated from Northern University High School in 1975 and attended the University of Northern Iowa, and graduated from Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a degree in Communications. He married Jayne Parsons on July 3, 1993, in


Ruth (Pike) Spanner

Ruth Spanner, 96, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, formerly of Gordon, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at The Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth. She was born October 12, 1915 in Gordon.

Ruth is survived by her daughters: DeLena Van Briggle and her husband Alvin of Gering; E. Mae Wherry and her husband Art of Humboldt, Neb.; Pam Steimle and her husband Bill of Mobile, Ala.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held


Frances Elaine Stidham

Frances Elaine (Trueblood) Stidham, 94, peacefully passed away on February 11, 2012, in Loveland, Colorado.

Frances was born in Gordon, Neb. on December 23, 1917, to Benjamin Trueblood and Louise ‘Lulu’ Sears Trueblood.

She married Harry Hugen in September of 1936, and to this union a son, Bennie Hugen, was born. In 1941, she married Woodrow Wilson Stidham in her new home state of California. She spent the majority of her life in Southern California and truly loved it there. She relocated


Alice "Jean" Tice

Alice “Jean” Tice, 89, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of the Chicago area and Gordon, died at her home in Sun City on February 9, 2012.

She is the daughter of the late Edward D. and Ethel B. Tice of Gordon, Neb.; beloved sister of the late Helen (Herb) Hamblet, Patrick (Mary Catherine) Tice, Joe Tice and Mary (Jack) Schweitzer; loving aunt of 19 nieces and nephews, and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was held Friday, February 17, 2012, at St. Norbert Church


Jeremiah "J.C." Callahan

J.C. died Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at Dana Point, California.

Jeremiah Christian Callahan was born October 22, 1988, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Andrew and Pamela (Haase) Callahan. He was an accomplished athlete in high school, and was a member of the Cardinal’s football, track and wrestling teams. His devotion to wrestling led him to qualify for the Nebraska State Meet in 2005 and 2006. J.C. also enjoyed baseball, and played with a team of boys who dubbed themselves “The Boys of Summer.”


Daisy Elizabeth Moore

Daisy Elizabeth (Foster) Moore, 85, passed away February 18, 2012. She was born in Chadron, Nebraska, on January 20, 1927. She was the third of four children of Anna Julia (Kobiela) (1900 – 1995) and Floyd “Butch” E. Foster (1889 – 1954). She was named “Daisy” in memory of her Dad’s mother, Frankie Daisy (Carey) Foster. She grew up in Chadron, attending Chadron High School, graduating in 1945. After high school, she and her childhood chum, Lois Camel, traveled to Washington, D.C. where they


James Joseph Benedickt

James Joseph “Jim” Benedickt, 91, of Gordon, Nebraska, passed away February 18, with his wife of 66 years, Audrey, by his side.

Jim was born in 1921 in Dunlap, Iowa to JJ and Ida-Hinkel Benedickt. As a young child he moved to Omaha and attended St. Bridgett’s Elementary School. In 1930 the family moved to Kyle, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Jim attended high school in Rushville, and Martin, SD, graduating from Bennett County High School in 1940. After high school Jim went to


Kenneth Peck

Funeral services for Kenneth Peck, 88, of Hay Springs, Nebraska will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hay Springs with Pastor Michael Wittrock officiating. Interment will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery. Mr. Peck passed away on Monday, February 27, 2012 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. Kenneth was born March 5, 1923 in a log home in Mitchell, Nebraska to Merl and Bessie Peck. He was the eldest son in the family. He attended and graduated from Mitchell


Helen Johnson

Helen Louise DeWolf Johnson passed away on February 22, 2012 in Grand Island, Nebraska after a short illness.

On October 6, 1925 a baby girl was born to Harry and Cora DeWolfe on their ranch located in the Northwest corner of Sheridan County. This baby girl’s arrival was witnessed by her 2 half brothers, Gerald and Wendell, her 2 half sisters Evelyn and Dorothy and her sister Margaret.

Harry and Cora named their baby girl Helen Louise and Helen would eventually be joined in the DeWolf


Virgil William Drabbels

Virgil William Drabbels, 89, of Hay Springs passed away March 3, 2012 at Pioneer Manor.

Virgil was born to William and Clara (Gottier) Drabbels on September 10, 1922 in Thedford, Nebraska, the oldest of three children. Later the family moved northwest of Gordon in the Milan and Pleasant Hill community where he attended country school and graduated from Pleasant Hill high school in 1939.

During this time Virgil was a stand out pitcher who, along with his brother Lawrence, led his team to

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