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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2016. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Leonard J. Kavan, Morse Bluff, Jan. 27, age 90
Leonard Kavan
Leonard J. Kavan of Morse Bluff died Jan. 27 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Leonard was born Aug. 22, 1925, in North Bend to John R. and Emma (Nemec) Kavan.
He lived in Morse Bluff until his marriage to Patricia Emanuel on June 5, 1946, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. They lived in North Bend for 11 years and then moved back to the farm near Morse Bluff where he farmed until retiring in 1985. He continued to live on the farm until his death.
Kavan also did concrete work for new construction. He was a construction foreman for two years when the new North Bend Central High School was built. Kavan was a person who had to be busy at all times. He was always able to find something productive to do so there was “no sitting around to get fat.”
Kavan was a member of the Morse Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, St. George’s Catholic Church in Morse Bluff, Knights of Columbus Council #3736 in North Bend, District 54 School Board and the Eagles Club.
He is survived by sons, Larry Kavan, Jerry Kavan and Gene (Deb) Kavan all of Morse Bluff; daughters Marilyn McDaniel of Morse Bluff and Bev (Alan) Ratkovec of Lincoln; sister Wilma Vlcek of Omaha; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Kenneth and Barbara Emanuel of Carson City, Nev., Richard and Celine Papa of Fremont; 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Patricia who died Dec. 22, 2015, granddaughter Tina, grandson Billy, five sisters, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law.
The funeral Mass was Feb. 1 at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff. The Rev. Father Jeremy Hazuka officiated. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation. Online condolences may be left at
Published Feb. 3, 2016
Bud T. Boysen, Morse Bluff, Jan. 23, age 72
Bud Boysen
Budde “Bud” Timothy Boysen, 72, of Morse Bluff and Green Valley, Ariz. passed away on January 23. He was born August 25, 1943, in Omaha to Gene and Helen (Budde) Boysen.
After graduating from Grand Island Senior High School he attended Midland Lutheran College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
Bud had a 31-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. After retiring in 1997, he and Sally enjoyed spending time together while fishing and hiking. The sometimes frustrating game of golf was made enjoyable by close friends. His passion for grilling and barbecuing was enjoyed by countless family members and friends.
Bud is survived his wife, Sally (Bottolfsen) Boysen of 53 years; mother Helen Boysen, Grand Island; brother and sister-in-law Bob and Lin Boysen, Loveland, Colo.; brother and sister-in-law Bernie and Amy Boysen, Shawnee, Okla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law George and Nancy Johnson, Rainy River, Ontario; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Jan Bottolfsen, Milford, Iowa; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ed and Helene Bottolfsen, Hartington; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Don and Lois Bottolfsen, Yankton, S.D.; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Gene and Terri Boysen, St. Joseph, Minn.; son and daughter-in-law Darin and Tina Boysen, Lincoln; grandson Eric Boysen; granddaughter Emily Boysen; granddaughter Jordan Boysen and granddaughter Hailey Boysen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Boysen.
A casual open house will be held 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the American Legion Post 340 Hall in Morse Bluff. A celebration of his life will be held in Green Valley, Ariz. at a later date.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, Ariz.
Published Jan. 27, 2016
Edward J. Sousek, Morse Bluff, Jan. 9, age 91
Edward Sousek
Edward J. Sousek, 91, of Morse Bluff passed away Saturday, January 9, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Edward was born October 10, 1924, to Joseph and Josephine (Mach) Sousek near Prague. At the age of two, the family moved to a farm near Cedar Bluffs. Edward attended District 79 and graduated from Cedar Bluffs High school in 1942. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army during WWII from Jan. 1945 to Nov. 1946. He was a Corporal and served as a personnel clerk while stationed in Japan before his discharge. He received the Expert Infantryman Badge, Asiatic Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and Army Occupation Medal. After his discharge, he joined his father on the dairy farm.
On April 29, 1952, he married Edith I. Ostry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague. He continued to work as a dairy farmer until his retirement in 2000.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Cedar Hill, honorary member of the Knights of Columbus 3736, KD55W, FCSLA, Mid-Am Dairy Association, continuous member of the American Legion 340 for 70 years of Morse Bluff, VFW post 8223 of North Bend, charter member of the Morse Bluff Rural Fire district for 24 years and served as secretary and treasurer.
He is survived by wife Edith; sister Geraldine (Robert) Janousek of Omaha; sisters-in-law Loretta (Leonard) Snitily of Prague, Georgia Ostry of North Bend, and Marie Havlovic of David City; brothers-in-law Frank Sousek of Prague, Herman (Donna) Ostry of Bruno, and Jerome (Mary Ann) Ostry of Prague; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Cecilia and brother-in-law Albin Cihacek; infant brother Joseph Sousek; sisters-in-law Irene Snitily and Angela Sousek; brothers-in-law, Joseph Havlovic and Emil Snitily; father-in-law Louis Ostry and mother-in-law Lydia Ostry; and nephews Marvin Sousek and Clarence Snitily.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Jan. 13, at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff. Father Jeremy Hazuka will officiate. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial yet to be established.
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