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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2017. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Eunice (Dahl) Galyen, Meadow Grove, Feb. 18, age 90
Eunice Galyen
Funeral services for Eunice Galyen of Meadow Grove were Feb. 18 at United Methodist Church in Meadow Grove. The Rev. Ralph Metschke officiated, with burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk.
Eunice died Feb. 12 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Eunice Arlene (Dahl) was born Sept. 14, 1926, to Walter and Leona Dahl. She was united in marriage to Kenneth O. Galyen on Sept. 1, 1946, at Meadow Grove Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1985. Her entire life was spent in the Meadow Grove area. Following graduation from high school, Eunice taught school after receiving her normal training certificate.
Eunice was a dedicated farmer’s wife who enjoyed her flowers, gardening, playing bridge, and bird watching. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Emerick Goldenrod Club. Eunice was also very active in her community, serving as a 4-H leader for over 30 years, volunteering at the nursing home, and teaching Sunday school. Her outstanding service was honored with the Aksarben Good Neighbor Award, the Madison County Outstanding Citizen Award, and she was named the LaVitsef Queen in Norfolk.
Eunice is survived by her three children, Cheryl (Bob) Peterson of Lincoln, Mariann (Drew) von Rein of North Bend, and Eugene (Suzie) Galyen of Meadow Grove; 10 grandchildren: Scott (Cassidy) Peterson of Knoxville, Tenn., Matthew (Leslie) Peterson of Lake Charles, La., David (Cassandra) Peterson of Lincoln, Erinn (Bryan) Wildung of Deephaven, Minn., Patricia von Rein (Mike Wegener) of Chicago, Ill., Andrea (Andy) Johnson of Omaha, Allison (Andy) Arkwright of Omaha, Michael Galyen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mark (Danielle) Galyen of Lincoln, and Ryan (Katie) Galyen of Lincoln; 16 great-grandchildren whom she adored; sister June (Arnold) Werner of Meadow Grove; brother Charles (Donna) Dahl of Meadow Grove; sister-in-law, Shirley Dahl of Tilden, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Robert Dahl and great-grandson Kayden Peterson.
Memorials are suggested to Meadow Grove Rescue Squad, Smile Program or Meadow Grove Library.
Published Feb. 22, 2017
Wilma (Grebenick) Kavan, Fremont, Feb. 17, age 85
Wilma Kavan
Wilma E. Kavan of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, died Feb. 17 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Wilma was born Nov. 7, 1931, on the family farm in Saunders County to Czech immigrants, Emanuel “Eman” and Emma (Sinkule) Grebenick. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Linwood High School in 1949.
Wilma married Richard J. Kavan on June 21, 1949, in North Bend. Richard preceded her in death on March 4, 1962. Together they established their business, Souvenir Isle, in North Bend in 1951. After his death she continued to operate the business on her own until 1972. She then worked several years at Blevins Popcorn Company.
Wilma was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and St. Anne’s Altar Society.
She is survived by her daughters, Pat (Larry) Ruzicka of North Bend and Cindy (Bruce) Brown of Smithville, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Hailey (Kevin) Kraus, Melinn (Justin) Young, Tyler (Brittany) Ruzicka, Todd Ruzicka, Molly, Joe, and Nathan Brown; five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Bernard (Sharon) Kavan and several nieces and nephews.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard; and brother Al Grebenick.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Feb. 22, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Father Keith Rezac will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to North Bend Senior Center, Dunklau Gardens or St. Charles Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Feb. 22, 2017
Jerry Tipton, North Platte, Feb. 10, age 81
Gerald (Jerry) Eugene Tipton of North Platte passed away on Feb. 10. Jerry was born in Akron, Ohio, on June 16, 1935, the son of Clarence and Helen Tipton.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Tipton, daughters Linda (Cecil) Payne, Cindy (Mark) King, Sandra (Colin) Jones, Elizabeth (Steve) Cahill, Gina (Jeff) Olson; sons Gerald (Kathy) Tipton Jr., Brian (Cindy) Haley; brother Bill Tipton; sister Beverly, 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Jerry served in the Air Force. He was a pillar in the Nebraska bowling community including owning Tipton Bowl in North Bend, pinsetter mechanic at Westbrook Lanes in Columbus, and a member of the North Bend Bowling Hall of Fame. Funeral services were at Carpenter Memorial Chapel on Feb. 13 with burial at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors.
A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at
Published Feb. 22, 2017
Emanuel "Tom" Kovar, Fremont, Feb 12, age 82
Emanuel Kovar
Emanuel “Tom” T. Kovar Jr. of Fremont passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, at Premier Estates in Fremont.
Emanuel was born April 22, 1934, to Emanuel and Anna (Ustohal) Kovar in Linwood. He grew up on a farm near Schuyler and served in the United States Army from Aug. 14, 1956, to July 27, 1958. After the service, he married Linda Buchholtz on Jan. 10, 1959, in North Bend. The couple resided in Fremont.
Emanuel worked at Hormel for 38.5 years, until his retirement in 1997. He really enjoyed working with plants, so he decided to work for Walmart in the garden center as well as a greeter until his second retirement in 2011.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fremont. He loved being outdoors. Listening to polka music and dancing were his other pastime hobbies. Emanuel enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family, and many friends. He always had a smile you could remember.
Tom is survived by his daughters, Diana Thompson and Annette Kovar both of Fremont, and grandson Dallas Thompson of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Linda; sisters Ann and Betty; and granddaughter Cheyenne Thompson.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Feb. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Fremont. The Rev. Michael McGregor will officiate. Visitation with family receiving friends will be Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard of VFW Post 854 and American Legion Post 20.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at:
Janice (Zakovec) Leffers, Schuyler, Feb. 5, age 63
Janice Leffers
Janice E. Leffers of Schuyler passed away Feb. 5 at Fremont Health Medical Center. Janice was born Feb. 13, 1953, in Fremont to Richard and Bernice (Tenopir) Zakovec.
Janice was raised in Morse Bluff and graduated from North Bend Central High School in 1971. She then moved northwest of Schuyler. Janice attended Platte College in Columbus for two years, earning her Licensed Practical Nurse degree. She worked at several nursing homes in Schuyler, Wahoo, Columbus and Birchwood Manor in North Bend. She was later involved in home health care. Janice married Robert “Bob” Leffers in December of 2000 in Schuyler.
Janice was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Schuyler.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Leffers of Schuyler; her mother, Bernice Conkling of North Bend; brother Francis (JoAnn) Zakovec of Morse Bluff; and several nieces and nephews.
Janice was preceded in death by her father; step-father; son Adam Buchta, and uncle Wilfred Tenopir.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Feb. 8 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Pastor Bill Mattfeld will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery at Cedar Bluffs.
Memorials are to be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Feb. 8, 2017
Harry E. Granger, Ames, Jan. 27, age 88
Harry Granger
Harry E. Granger of Ames passed away Jan. 27 at his home.
Harry was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Chambers to Harry M. and Alice (Roy)Granger. He grew up around the Cedar Rapids area. Harry was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he was stationed in Fort Sill, Okla.
Harry married Jeannette Williams Sept. 16, 1956, in North Loup. Following his time in the Army the couple worked for farmers in central Nebraska and settled in Ames in 1970. He was a propane truck driver for Fremont Farmers Union Co-op, until he retired in 1990.
Harry was a member of FOE 200 in Fremont.
He is survived by his wife Jeannette of Ames; daughter Jerri (John) Starlin of Fremont; sons Tom (Jeanette) Granger of Omaha, Bill (Mary) Granger of North Bend, Andy (Linda) Granger of Fremont, John (Julie) Granger of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sisters Karen Carr of Pierce, Carol (Bob) Glass of Lancaster, Calif.; brothers Gerald (Janet) Granger of Lincoln, Richard (Delores) Granger of Newman Grove; 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son Daniel Granger, sisters Joellyn Granger and Shirley Battershaw and brothers Leo and Ed Granger.
Memorials may be directed to the North Bend Veterans Memorial Park or the North Bend MatCats Wrestling Club.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 6 at Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church north of Fremont. The Rev. Sean Tyler will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 5 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont and continue one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont. Military honors conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard of V.F.W. Post 854 and American Legion Post 20. Online condolences at
Published Feb. 1, 2017
Jeanyne (Ott) Bang, Fremont, Jan. 13, age 80
Jeanyne Bang
Jeanyne L. Bang of Fremont died Jan. 13 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
She was born March 14, 1936, in Hooper to Gustav (Gus) and Eleanor (Mehan) Ott. She grew up in Fremont and graduated from Fremont High School in 1954. On Feb. 26, 1955, Jeanyne was married to Lyle Bang. They lived on the farm northwest of Fremont where Jeanyne was still living.
During her working years she worked for the ASCS office, and she later was a para for the North Bend Schools. She also worked at Camp Calvin Crest. She enjoyed working with ceramics. Jeanyne and her mother-in-law, Mabel Bang, baked cakes for people. Jeanyne baked cakes for her children’s and grandchildren’s birthdays, weddings and many other special occasions.
She was a member of Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church where she was active, serving on the church council, her circle, and singing in the choir.
Jeanyne was preceded in death by her husband Lyle in March of 2006, by her parents Gus and Eleanor and by a half brother.
Survivors include her daughter Sheila (David) Hull of Morse Bluff; sons Scott (fiancée Robin Theisen) Bang of Fremont, Wayde (Shelley) Bang of North Bend, Jay (fiancée Rhonda Shumake) Bang of Fremont; brother Wilbur (Alvertus) Ott of Prague; 15 grandchildren: Scott (Gina) Bang, Megan Bang, Tyler (Chelsey) Bang, Travis (Tasha) Bang, Morgan Bang, Machaela (Troy) Hackendahl, Talia (Tanner) Goes, Ethan Bang, Hailey Bang, Joshua Bang, Justin Bang, Jessica (Todd) Kingston, Lindsey (Richard) Schutt, Mallory (Logan) Paben, Mariah Hull; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was Jan. 17 at Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Sean Tyler officiating. Committal was in the Bluffs Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to her church. Online guestbook at
Published Jan. 18, 2017
Cindy Dvorak, O'Neill, Jan. 9, age 58
Cindy Dvorak
Cindy Dvorak of O’Neill passed away on Jan. 9. She was born on May 4, 1958, to Richard and Lois (Finegan) Dvorak in Fremont. She was the third of seven children. Cindy was raised on a farm in North Bend and in 1981 moved with her family to Stuart.
Even though Cindy was born with Down syndrome, she was a hard worker. She had several jobs in her lifetime, from dishwasher to babysitter. Rocking her nieces and nephews was her favorite job.
Cindy always gave the best hugs, always made you smile and loved her family and friends deeply. She always loved bowling, especially with the Special Olympics.
Her daily pop from Pump & Pantry was a must, and Christmas was her favorite holiday.
Cindy is survived by her immediate family, including her parents Richard and Lois of Stuart, sister Nancy Snover and her husband Mark of Stuart; brothers Jerry Dvorak and his wife Kim of Stuart, Rick Dvorak and his wife Katie of Oconto, Bob Dvorak and his wife Judy of Stuart, Tom Dvorak and his wife Peggy of Stuart, and Jeff Dvorak and his wife Cheri of Stuart, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Albert and Emma Dvorak and John and Ethyl Finegan.
Funeral services were held at St. Boniface Catholic Church on Jan. 9 in Stuart followed by the burial at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson was in charge of arrangements.
Published Jan. 11, 2017
Marie (Warner) Ruzicka, Fremont, Jan. 2, age 97
Marie Ruzicka
Marie M. Ruzicka of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, passed away Jan. 2 at Shalimar Gardens in Fremont. She was born May 7, 1919, to Ray and Hilda (Hinrichsen) Warner on their family farm located north of North Bend.
Marie grew up on the farm in North Bend. She attended District 80 school and graduated North Bend High School in 1937. She married Emil Ruzicka Jan. 26, 1937, and they moved to his home place five miles northwest of North Bend. Emil passed away Nov. 16, 1991. Their family received the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Family Award in September 2004.
Marie was a member of the former United Methodist Church in North Bend and an over 50-year member of United Methodist Women at the church and held all church and UM Women offices. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge at North Bend for many years and went through all their chairs, ZCBJ Lodge for over 50 years and the Rawhide Extension Club for many years.
Marie liked doing fancy work and playing cards. Marie moved into North Bend in 1992.
She is survived by her sons Emil (Judy) Ruzicka of Mesa, Ariz., Gene (Joyce) Ruzicka of North Bend, Bill (Donna) Ruzicka of Schuyler and Larry (Pat) Ruzicka of North Bend; 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, daughter-in law Carolyn Ruzicka and grandson-in-law Jerry Zywiec.
Her funeral service was Jan. 7 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. The Rev. Michael McGregor of First United Methodist Church in Fremont officiated. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend.
Memorials are suggested to Woodland Cemetery, North Bend; North Bend Senior Center or to the North Bend Area Community Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published Jan. 11, 2017


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