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Ernest Albert Luther

Ernest was born September 6, 1921, in Broken Bow, Nebraska, the son of Albert and Rata Myers Luther. He died at his home September 27, 2011, at the age of 90. He was raised and educated in Nebraska, graduating from high school in Scottsbluff. He served in the US Army, 89th Division, 355th Infantry during WWII, serving overseas in France.

He married Dona Rash on April 28, 1944. They moved to Bandon in 1950, where he owned and operated the Beach Junction Market. He was a longtime Little League baseball coach and was instrumental in the formation of the Little League program in Bandon. He was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bandon, serving as a Sunday School teacher for several years. He was also a member of the Lions Club and the VFW. He was preceded in death by Dona on June 14, 2009. He married Madelyn Klewitz on February 14, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Madelyn Klewitz-Luther; daughters, Linda and Tom Smalley, Mary Luther and Robert Jamckman, Joni and Marc Williams; son, Jim Luther; step-daughter, Mischelle Klewitz; step-sons, Ken and Donn Klewitz; sister, Mildred Arends; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife, Dona, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Patty.

A celebration of the life of Bandon resident, Ernest Albert Luther, will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bandon.

The family suggests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church; 592 Edison Ave, SW; Bandon, OR 97411. Arrangements are under the direction of Amling Schroeder Funeral Service, Bandon.


Lorraine Beguin Kutschara

Lorraine Beguin Kutschara passed away at Pioneer Manor on September 27, 2011, at the age of 93.

Lorraine was born in a one room house March 28, 1918, to John and Marie Lorenzen or rural Rushville. She had an older sister Irene and a younger sister Bonnie. They walked a mile to school, sometimes with the neighbors, Ada and Amie Riggs. Lorraine graduated from Rushville High School and attended Chadron Normal School (CSC). She received her teaching credentials and preceded to teach for several years.

Lorraine met Lawrence (Bud) Beguin at a dance in Clinton. They “courted” for a while and got married with sister, Irene, and Pete Haverkamp in a double ring ceremony in Alliance. Bud and Lorraine (Mick) ranched south or Rushville. They had two children Judy and Jack. Bud passed away in April, 1973. She lived and worked at the ranch with Jack until 1978 when she met Tony Kutschara. They were married April 13, 1978. They bought a home in Hay Springs where they resided until April of 2003, when they moved to Pioneer Court.

Lorraine enjoyed the very nice apartment where she entertained many friends and relatives with her generous hospitality. She was always happy to have her extended family visit and enjoy a good meal or a cup of coffee. She enjoyed traveling, sight seeing, card games, shopping, and a good deal at rummage sales. Lorraine always had a special eye for being dressed for the occasion. She was very religious and enjoyed going to church.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Lagonegro or Moblie, AL; son Jack (Karen) of Rushville; Grandchildren: Lisa (Jeff) McDaniel with twin boys Preston and Brandon, Lori (Andrew) Gregory with daughter Sarah Francis, Brad (Laura) Beguin with Hazel and Bennett Dale, Michel (Walter) Long with dons Christian, Joshua, and Jackson Paul. Lorraine had nieces, nephews, and many cousins along with many close friends.

Preceding her in death were her husbands Bud Beguin and Tony Kutschara, here sister Irene and husband Pete Haverkamp.

Funeral services for Lorraine were held Monday, October 3, 2011, at the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs with Pastor Rod Heilbrun officiating. Burial followed at the Fariview Cemetery in Rushville.

A memorial has been established for the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs. Memorials may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443 Hay Springs, NE 69347.


Esther V. Bleakly

Esther V. Bleakly, 94, longtime Cherokee, Iowa resident, passed away Friday morning, September 30, 2011 in the Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon.

Esther was the daughter of C.W. and Mary Anne (Donaldson) Johnson of Forsyth, Montana. She was born September 16, 1917 in Forsyth, Mont. She graduated from Forsyth High School in 1937. She attended Albany College, Albany, Ore., and Oregon State College, Corvallis, Ore.

She was united in marriage to James E. Bleakly on September 11, 1942 in Seattle, Wash. In 1944, following Jim’s service in the Air Force during World War II, they moved to Cherokee, Iowa. They purchased Champion Electric in 1952 where Esther worked as clerk and bookkeeper for 35 years until their retirement in 1987.

She was a 50 plus year member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where she was active in Grace Circle, and served as funeral coordinator. She belonged to the Cherokee Business and Professional Women, Cherokee Fire Dolls, Sanford Museum, Tone Circle, and Cherokee Saddle Club. She enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, crocheting, embroidery (winning blue ribbons for her dish towels even at age 93) and traveling.

She is survived by her two daughters, Kay Bleakly Smith (Tom) of Elbert, Colo., and Jo Ann Bowman (Roger) of Gordon, grandson, Jiles Bowman, of Gordon, and granddaughter, Sara Bowman Reis, of Grayslake, Ill., great grandson, Tyler James Reis also of Grayslake, step grandchildren, Jamie and Rick Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo., sister-in-law Mary Ann Johnson of Forsyth, Mont., along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband James on August 3, 1995, her mother and father, two sisters, and five brothers.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 5th, at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cherokee with Rev. Magrey deVega officiating.

Burial was held in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee, Iowa. There was a family prayer service at the church on Wednesday. Visitation was on Tuesday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at


Bette Housh

Mrs. Housh, 87, passed away on October 7, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Bette was born on August 11, 1924, in Dawes County, Nebraska.

Funeral services for Bette Housh of Hay Springs were held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Hay Springs with Pastor Rod Heilbrun officiating. Burial was at the Hay Springs Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service was Monday, October 10 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall.

A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs Fire Department Building Fund. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, Nebaska, 69337.

Online condolences can be made at Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.


Florence Esther Hebbert

Florence Esther Hebbert, 96, of Sterling, died Oct. 7, 2011, in Sterling.

Mrs. Hebbert was born June 26, 1915, in Cherry County, Neb., to George A. and Freida (Mohr) Ostrander. She graduated from high school in Rushville, Neb., in 1932. She graduated from Colorado State College in Greeley in 1962.

She moved to Sterling in 1953 from Ashby, Neb. She taught elementary school in Iliff for 22 years, retiring in 1980. On June 16, 1940, she married Roy Hebbert at her family’s home in Nebraska.

Mrs. Hebbert was a member of First Baptist Church, Eastern Star, Business Professional Women and the teachers association. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and baking, gardening, playing cards and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters: Carol Hebbert of Sterling, Ramona Karg of Sterling and Eleanor Goorman and husband Robert of Aurora; son, Raymond Hebbert and wife Karen of Eaton; sister, Opal Nielsen of Gordon, Neb.; brother, Robert Ostrander and wife Shirley of Indianola, Iowa; nine grandchildren: Kevin Karg and Yvette, Tracy Yahn and Jim, Sammie Nolin and Donn, Kevin Miller and Michelle, Matt Hebbert and Jodi, Elizabeth Godsey and Nathan, Ben Hebbert and Katie, Shelley Nemitz, Stephanie Manning and J R., and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hebbert was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hebbert in 1983; one great-grandchild; four sisters: Amy Ostrander, Belle Ostrander, Irene Lefler, Martha Peters; and four brothers Ralph, George, Lee and Floyd Ostrander.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. John E. Roberts officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains or First Baptist Church.


Kathy L. Mohr

Kathy L. Mohr, 54, of Gordon, Neb., died Thursday October 13, 2011, at her home. After fighting a valiant fight against cancer for 85 days, the Lord chose to take her home.

She was born February 21, 1957, in Gordon, Neb., to Jim and Audrey Benedickt. The family lived between Kyle, S.D., where her parents ranched, and Gordon, Neb., where the children attended school. While attending Gordon High School, Kathy received the FFA Sweetheart Award on April 27, 1974. She graduated from Gordon High School in 1975 and went to work at Gordon Memorial Hospital as a nurses aide. She then attended Practical Nurses Training School of Alliance and graduated with a LPN September 24, 1978. Kathy returned to Gordon and went to work at Gordon Memorial Hospital on the patient floor and in surgery. She continued in health care for the next 20 years working with Wallace and Panzer MPPC and the Gordon Nursing Home.

On May 10, 1980, she married Steven F. Mohr of Gordon, and they were blessed with three children.

Kathy was an active member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church and enjoyed participating and sharing with her church community. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, friends, family and animals. She took care of many without thought of herself.

Survivors include her husband, Steve; her daughter Kate Kunasek and husband Matt and their two sons, Michael and Jon of Bee, Neb.; her sons Tyrel and wife Andrea and their son Brayden of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Kirk of Newtown, N.D.; her parents, Jim and Audrey Benedickt, of Gordon; her brother Mike Benedickt and wife Colleen of Sheridan, Wyo.; her sister, Susan Wallace, of Gordon; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kirk Benedickt.

A rosary was held Sunday October 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville, Neb. A funeral mass was held on Monday, October 17, 2011, 10:00 a.m. with Father Bob Karnish and Father Tim Stoner officiating. Burial was held in the Gordon Cemetery.

A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, Neb. 69343.


Melvin Clifford Davis

Melvin Clifford Davis passed away at his home in Silverton, Oregon, just one day after celebrating his 85th Birthday.

Melvin was born to Clifford and Josephine Davis at the home of his Grandfather, Arnold Perters, located south of Hay Springs near the Niobrara River. He was raised south of Rushville near Pine Creek. He received his elementary education at the Mill School and then attended Rushville High School. Davis graduated as his class Valedictorian in 1943.

He joined the Armed Forces and served his enlistment until the untimely death of his father, Clifford. Consequently, he then received an early discharge and returned to Nebraska. He farmed and ranched at his parent’s home place until 1957. Then ,he and his wife, Ruth Soles, moved to Oregon. Here, he made a career in the Department of Corrections of the State of Oregon, working with delinquent boys and girls.

Being a master gardener, he spent his past time raising a big garden, flowers, and fruit trees.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters: Beckie (Randolf) Jackson and Anita Davis; two grandchildren: Dan and Amy Jackson; sisters: Lois Sine, Walla Walla, Washington, and Lavonne Burrows, Hay Springs, Nebraska.

He has two nephews, eight nieces, and many cousins, neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Norman Davis, and nephew, Gary Davis.


Leslie Jo Fresquez Walking Elk

Leslie Jo Fresquez Walking Elk, “Mi Cante Etan Wowaglake”, 49, was born May 16, 1962, in Omaha, Neb., and began her journey to the spirit world on Oct. 15, 2011, in Minneapolis.

Leslie graduated from Red Cloud (S.D.) High School in 1980, where she was a varsity cheerleader and academically excelled in state oratory competitions. Leslie attended the National College of Business, Oglala Lakota College, and graduated with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Black Hills State University in 1991. Leslie was a dedicated and talented teacher and began working in the Rapid City (S.D.) School System Indian Education programs at Wilson School, while still in college. After graduation, Leslie taught at Horace Mann School, Rapid City, and then at Wounded Knee District School in Manderson, S.D. Leslie moved to the Twin Cities in 1994 and continued teaching Native students at the Red School House, American Indian Magnet, The City, Inc., and Mexica Multicultural Education Charter School. Leslie was the director of the Teen Indian Parent Program for the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis for a number of years. Leslie was actively involved in educational organizations throughout her teaching career, including the Executive Board, Healthy Start Program, City of Minneapolis; board member, Minnesota Organization for Adolescent Prevention, Pregnancy and Parenting (MOAPPP); board member, Leadership for Learning Charter School, Minneapolis; the National Indian Education Association; the Minnesota Education Association; the Minnesota Indian Education Association; and the Title VII Indian Advisory Board, Rapid City Area Schools. Leslie attained the high honor of being selected for one of the coveted Bush Leadership Fellowships in 2006.

Leslie has always been a talented Native artist, first in beadwork and ultimately in her own small business she operated at the time of her death, Akisni Regalia. Leslie was proud to be a part of the Oglala Lakota Oyate and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Leslie loved the powwow circuit and was a talented women’s traditional dancer. Leslie was very proud of her work at the Mahkato Wacipi just last month in Mankato, where she helped with everything from head cook duties to personally crafting the sashes and crowns for the powwow royalty. Leslie’s willingness to share her cultural knowledge extended beyond the United States, where she recently participated in an indigenous cultural presentation in Paris, France, in March 2011.

Leslie played a mean game of Scrabble, had a ready sense of humor, devoted herself to the red road, was extremely active in AA, and was on the verge of receiving her three-year token. Leslie had an amazing rapport with children and mothered her siblings, children, nieces and nephews, and her community with unparalleled flair.

She is survived by her sons, Anthony Barker, Minneapolis, Cory Barker, Seattle, and Ryan Barker, Fort Thompson, S.D.; her daughter, Sunkmanitu Walking Elk, Minneapolis; her parents, Anthony and Shirley Fresquez, Rapid City; her quasi-Daddy, Jim Hamm, Minneapolis; her siblings Craig Fresquez and Christine Flett, Portland, Ore., Rose Fresquez and Dani (Steve) Daugherty, Aberdeen, S.D., John (Diane) Fresquez, Rushville, Neb., and Mark (Luta) Fresquez, Wolf Creek, S.D.; her maternal aunts and uncle, Lucille, Rosemarie, Judi and Roger; her paternal aunt and uncle, Cathy and Dennis Gene; and many other members of her extended family.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Bessie (Trimble) Cornelius; her paternal grandfather, Daniel Fresquez; paternal stepgrandfather and grandmother, Gertrude and Tony Guiterrez; her maternal uncle John; and paternal aunt, Priscilla.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Edstrom & Rooks Funeral Service, Serenity Springs Chapel of Tranquility, Rapid City. A wake will begin with a meal at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Sacred Heart Church in Pine Ridge, S.D., and wake services at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the church, with Leonard Little Finger and Pastor Larry Peterson officiating. Interment will be at the Cornelius Family Plot east of Pine Ridge on U.S. Highway 18, mile marker 112, with a meal to follow at the church.

Friends may sign her online guest register at


Alice (Grant) Dodson

Born Alice Grant in the Sand Hills region of Nebraska on Oct. 21, 1922, Alice moved on to a better world Oct. 3, 2011.

She remained in Nebraska throughout her youth, and during the war she spent time working in a munitions factory. She married Lauren Dodson on June 18, 1942. After a few stops, they settled in the Spokane Valley, where they raised their boys: Gary, Jim and Doug. They moved to the Post Falls home in 1974.

After Lauren passed in 1980, Alice remained on the farm in Post Falls and worked seasonal with Jacklin Seed Co. and the Falls Senior Center’s Thrift store. She found the companionship of Dee Nolen, with whom she shared the remainder of her life. Throughout her life she enjoyed antiques, gardening and working with farm animals. She always held a special spot in her heart for horses. She assisted with the local elections process and was a member of the Grange.

She is survived by her sister, Margery Sly; companion Dee Nolen and her three sons. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at English Funeral Chapel, 1700 N. Spokane St., Post Falls. A grave side service followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Post Falls. Please sign Alice’s guest registry and view her online memorial at


Doris Green

Doris Green passed away at the age of 101 on October 19, 2011 at Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea, Michigan. She was born September 17, 1910 in Mitchell, Nebraska, the daughter of Earl Warren and Maude (Hewett) Collins.

Doris attended the Secondary Consolidated Sunflower School in Mitchell and upon graduating in 1929, taught there for several years prior to enrolling in the Chadron State Teachers’ College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. In 1935, she met and married Lyle Green. Both she and her husband taught in schools in Nebraska and Wyoming until the onset of the Second War. While Lyle served in the Pacific theater, Doris taught school in Los Angeles and also worked in war production there at the Hoffman Radio Company, returning to the Sunflower School to resume teaching until Lyle’s discharge.

After the war, Doris and Lyle settled first in East Lansing, Michigan and then in Ann Arbor, where they were to remain. Doris taught elementary school in the Ann Arbor public schools, obtained a Masters degree from the University of Michigan in 1964, and served as a remedial reading specialist for the school system in Ann Arbor until her retirement. During this period, she was active in the First Congregational Church, the Ann Arbor Women’s City Club, and various national literacy organizations. Doris was honored by the International Reading Association, the Michigan Reading Association, the Washtenaw County Reading Council for her work in developing remedial reading programs and the promotion of literacy.

In retirement, Doris and her husband traveled frequently, attending national duplicate bridge competitions and visiting family and friends. For many years, they spent winters in St. Augustine, Florida. Doris was preceded in death by her husband and by a sister, Helen. She is survived by her son Frank W. Green and his wife Diane M. Villani of New York City, a granddaughter, Katherine Collins Green of Cambridge, Massachusetts, nieces Beverly Tripple of Denver, Bonnie Hieber of Ann Arbor, grand nephew Gregory Tripple and his wife, Marielena Sandoval, also of Ann Arbor, as well as many other grand nieces and nephews.

Both Doris and her husband Lyle taught at the Pleasant Hill School early in their careers. One or both taught at Clinton also.

During the 40's, Lyle's father, Les was the Sheridan County Sheriff. His mother, June was the cook for the prisoners during this time.

Interment will be at Mitchell City Cemetery in Mitchell, Nebraska at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Reading Association, 668 Three Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Kathryn Hansen Hayes

Kathryn Hansen Hayes was born February 21st 1923 in Gordon, NE. She passed away peacefully in her home in Seal Beach, CA, October 11, 2011. Her husband, Joseph Hayes had preceded her, leaving her to live alone for the last two years.

As a young girl out of high school, Kay drove a cab for her brother, Kenneth Hansen, in Scottsbluff, NE. Kay and two of her sisters moved to California as young women and worked in the shipyards during the war years. Kay and her older sister worked as electricians on ships.

Kay met her husband to be, Joseph Hayes, serving soup to Marines,. Joe being one of the Marines. Kay’s parents homesteaded on a place 10 miles east of Gordon. Kay was the last of her siblings.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mamie and Martin Hansen, brothers Kenneth and Milford (Bus) Hansen, sisters Marie Bowman, Esther Coplin, Jean Leggett, and Lucille Dickerson. Kay had no children but is survived by nephews and nieces: Gary Dickerson of Steamboat Springs, CO, Sharon Witt and Barbara Shald of Gordon, Marty Hansen of Lincoln, Ken Hansen of Ilinois, Jay Hansen of Gordon, Patty Begeman of Rapid City, Jacqueline Johnson and Rodney Leggett of Denver CO.

Her family in Gordon was always excited when the “girls” from California would come for a visit. She is buried beside her husband at Forest Lawn cemetery in Cypress, California.


Harry E. Christensen

Harry E. Christensen, 61, of Hay Springs, passed away Sept. 20, 2011, at the Fort Meade VA Center in Sturgis S. D.

He was born Oct. 13, 1949 in Gordon, NE, to Harry and Bessie Christensen. He grew up in Hay Springs, attending Grade School and High School. During the school years he had The Alliance Times Heralds paper route for 7 yrs, helped Howard Weber with the maintenance of the Hay Spring School, worked at the Civic Theatre as a projectionist , and completed a very proud accomplishment by becoming and Eagle Scout. After Graduating in 1967 he completed 3 years of Auto-Diesel Schooling at Sidney Votech at Fort Lewis, Tank School at For Knox, and completed a Tour of Duty in Vietnam with the 5th Inf Div. Mech at the DMZ. After returning from duty, he was stationed at For Riley and also did Tank Training at Fort Sill. He was discharged in 1973 at the Rank SP5 with a National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, 2 Overseas Bars, and Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 DVC. His love of trucks started with his father and his trucking business and continued as he was the mechanic for many trucking companies, including Rigsby United, Huckfeldt Livestock, Empire Warehouse, King Supers and Transportation Div. When he wasn’t working on the trucks, he was driving, hauling contract mail for a while and traveled many a mile hauling livestock while at Huckfeldt’s. In 2005 he had to retire due to health problems.

In 1972 he married LaDonna Smith of Sidney and in 1973 daughter Stacy was born, followed by son Chris in 1977. He enjoyed spending time with them camping on vacations. He loved spending time with the children. They divorced in 1990.

After retiring he moved back to Hay Springs, where he enjoyed photography especially the fall in Colorado. He collected and built classic cars and semi-trucks. He took much enjoyment from his indoor and outdoor cats, they were much company for him.

Funeral Services will be held Monday September 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Chamberlian Drabbels Chapel in Hay Springs, NE with Dr. Russ Seger officiating. Burial will be at the Hay Spring Cemetery.

Survivors include daughter Stacy of Bridgeport, NE; son Chris of Westminster CO; brother George of Hay Springs, NE; and LaDonna of Bridgeport, NE.

A memorial had been established for the Fort Meade VA Care Center Chemo Lab. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary PO Box 443 Hay Springs, NE 69347.

Harry passed away, a casualty of the Vietnam War 40 years after, from Agent Orange.

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