Dean S. J.D. Forney

Dean S. J.D. Forney passed away July 18, 2018. He was born October 23, 1952.

Attorney and Winnebago Trial Judge Dean Forney ended his brain cancer journey leaving wife Jane, daughter Joey (Kent) Patterson, son Austin (Anessa) Forney, granddaughter Ally Jane Patterson and many family and friends. 

Celebration of Life: Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m., Roeder Mortuary Gretna.

Graveside Service: Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m., Rushville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for


Rhonda Smith

Rhonda J. Smith, 59, of Temecula, California died July 10, 2018 at Temecula Valley Hospital. She was born May 1, 1959 in Alliance, Nebraska to Arthur Keith and Helen Irene King. She married Dale Leonard Smith on April 13, 1991 in San Gabriel, California. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1994. Rhonda was a Senior Investigator for the United States Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Investigative Enforcement Services. She loved her work and was dedicated to the job


Ed Novak

Edward (Ed) S. Novak of Martin, SD died on July 8, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Hospital due to complications of lung disease.

He was born August 1, 1935 at their home north of Batesland, SD to Ernest and Lillian Novak. He began his farming career as a young boy growing up on the family farm. He attended grade school at Swett, SD, then went on to graduate from Bennett County High School enjoying playing sports all along the way.

On August 11, 1958 he was united in marriage to Sue Jensen of


Edythe Russell

Funeral services for Edythe Russell of Chadron, Nebraska will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 10:00AM at the Gordon City Cemetery, with Doctor Russ Seger officiating.

Mrs. Russell passed away on July 5, 2018 at Crestview Care Center in Chadron, Nebraska. Edythe was born May 13, 1945. She was 73.


Bradley Gene Sauder

A celebration of life service for Bradley Gene Sauder, age 61, of Hay Springs, Neb., was at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs, Neb., with pastors Paul Smith, Johnathan Seng, and Richard McKay officiating.

Online condolences can be made at

Brad passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.  He was born on Aug. 12, 1956, in Golden, Colo.  He was adopted into his forever family at the age of two by Roy and Anna May


Mary Ann (Webster) Ritter

Mary Ann (Webster) Ritter, born Nov. 20, 1932, would like to let you know that her work here on earth is done.  She received an offer she could not refuse, including no need to be stubborn anymore, and she will not be returning.  A reunion with mother, father, brothers Glenn, Dan, Bill, sister Alice and her sons Jim and Michael.  Her mission takes her to a wonderful place where she can breathe freely, dance, garden, play bridge and read to her heart’s content.  Music


Katherine (Schott) Hassan

Katherine (Schott) Hassan of Rushville, Neb., passed away on June 27, 2018, at the age of 94.

Katherine was born on Oct. 3, 1923, in La Junta, Colo., to George and Katherine Margaret Schott. Her father died in August 1930 and after her mother passed away in November 1936, Katherine went to live with her oldest sister, Mary Heinzman, until she graduated from La Junta High School in 1941.

On the 20th day of September 1942, she married Horace Hassan, Jr. Horace was inducted into the army on May


Marty Joe Hugen

Marty Joe Hugen took to the sky on June 21, 2018, freeing his soul and ending his final journey with cancer. He was born Feb. 1, 1962, in Gordon, Neb., to Bennie and Norma (Deckert) Hugen. He was preceded in death by parents Bennie and Donna Hugen and Steve Bestgen; his grandparents, sister-in-law Debra Hugen and two special friends; Cindy and Arlene.

Marty enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1979. He spent most his life in the Sandhills of Western Nebraska and the Black Hills of


Jimmy W. Larson

Jimmy Wayne Larson was born May 10, 1946, to Julia and Jim Larson. He was the seventh child with three brothers, Paul, Lon, Donnie and four sisters, Janice, Laura, Judy and later Jeannie. He passed away June 4, 2018, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home.

He grew up and attended school in the Rushville area and graduated in 1964. He enlisted in the US Army in October of 1964. He was deployed to Korea and was discharged in 1967.

Jimmy was a trucker for a while. He bought a bar and also had a liquor


Darius Maltbie

Darius Maltbie of Gordon, NE, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 23rd 2018.  Darius was born on April 19, 1944 in Boise City, Oklahoma to parents Charley and Wauneta Maltbie.  Darius grew up in Boise City and graduated from Boise City High School in 1962.  

Darius served in the US ARMY and was always very proud of his service to his country. He was devoted to his local legion and legion brothers to his very last day. Darius was an Honor Graduate


Vern Letcher

It is with humble hearts the family of Vern Letcher, share God’s change of flight plans, one way to heaven, Sunday, June 17th, 2018. Vern passed at the Rapid City ICU unit, due to a head injury incurred from a farm accident. 

Born to Alvern and Corraine (Jacobs) Letcher, Sept. 5, 1964, Vern was born and raised on the family farm on Mirage Flats, Hay Springs, Neb. He officially became a third generation farmer following high school graduation going on to attend WNCC of Aviation


Patricia Mary Watson

 Patricia Mary Watson of Kalispell, Mont., passed away peacefully on April 30, 2018.

Patricia was born Sept. 18, 1945, in Kadoka, S.D., to Chub and Mildred Petrik. She had one brother, Terry Petrik. 

Patricia grew up in Batesland, S.D. where her family ran a full-service station and convenience store.  She attended high school at the Assumption Academy in Chadron, Neb. After graduating, she attended a nursing program at St. Anthony’s hospital in Lakewood, Colo., and then

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