The North Bend Eagle

Obituatry Archives

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.

Elsie (Kracl) Ratkovec, O'Neill, May 20, age 92
Elsie Ratkovec
Elsie (Kracl) Ratkovec of O’Neill passed away May 20 in her daughter’s home in Henderson, Nev. She was surrounded by her family Monica, Dan, Alicia, Amanda and Misha.
Elsie was born July 23, 1923, in Schuyler to Louis Kracl and Francis (Slavik) Kracl. Her family moved to Cedar Bluffs when Elsie was 12 years old. After her mother passed away she stayed on the farm to help her dad and brother Bill. She moved to North Bend with her dad in 1958 and worked at Watts Store and Campbell’s. She worked and co-owned Lumir’s Bar for 17 years. She moved to the farm in O’Neill in 1979 where she was involved in farming and cattle.
Elsie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and loved to cross stitch. She had made quilts for all 12 of her grandchildren, several of her 11 great grandchildren and numerous quilts for family and friends.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bill and Eldon Kracl, sister Helen Holmes, son Alan (Skeeter) Ratkovec and great-granddaughter Tina Ratkovec.
Mass Christian Burial will be May 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish-St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Schuyler. Lunch will follow at St. Mary’s Parish. Committal will be in the Schuyler Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday 4 - 7 p.m. with a rosary service at 7 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 - 10 a.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel
Memorials in care of the family. Online condolences at
Published May 25, 2016
Bob Conn, North Bend, May 8, age 65
Bob Conn
Bob Conn of North Bend, died May 8 as the result of an accident near North Bend. Bob was born Aug. 28, 1950, in Omaha to Albert and Lola (Andrews) Conn.
He lived in Omaha until moving to Yutan and Mead where he lived for many years. He moved to North Bend in 2006. Bob was employed at Valmont Industries near Valley.
Bob was a member of the Fremont Airboat Association. He was mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on cars and rebuilding houses. Bob liked to hunt and enjoyed his grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters Bobbie Jo Conn of Grand Island, Peggy (Calvin) Swadley of Rogers, Ark., Theresa (Arland) Burge of Weston; brother Richard (Marguerite) Conn of Omaha; sister Roxie (Howard) Morris of Omaha; step-brother Kevin Rausted of Aurora, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Gary Brittain Jr., brother Ronald Conn and sister Robin Johnston.
A memorial service was held May 12 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with the Rev. Scott Jensen officiating. Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation.
Online condolences may be left at
Publishd May 18, 2016
Joan (Toman) Eckstein, Linwood, May 6, age 83
Joan Eckstein
Joan Eckstein of Linwood died May 6, at the Golden Living Center in Schuyler
Her funeral service was May 11 at Kracl Funeral Chapel-Schuyler. Committal was at Killian Cemetery, Morse Bluff. Memorials may be given in care of the family
Joan M. Eckstein was born July 14, 1932, on the family farm near Honey Creek, Iowa, to William and Irene (Spacek) Toman. She went to grade school in rural Honey Creek and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1950. She went to beauty school and worked as a beautician for several years.  She also enjoyed traveling to Alaska.  On Sept. 26, 1958, she married Anton Eckstein in Fremont. They lived near Linwood where Joan was a housewife and homemaker.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking and was very artistic.
Joan is survived by daughters Tillie Eckstein of Genoa, Cindy (Mark) Madsen of North Bend; son Frank Eckstein of Linwood; sisters Gloria Sorenson, Crescent, Iowa, Eva Oltmanns, Neola, Iowa, Mary Lou Redmond, Indian, Alaska, Jenny Knott of Crescent, Iowa; grandchildren Samantha Hultquist, Ames, Mackenzie and Charles Madsen, both of North Bend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Anton Martin Eckstein, brothers Leo, Johnny and Willie Toman and an infant sister, Mary Ann.
Published May 11, 2016
Donna (French) Anderson, Columbus, April 28, age 69
Donna Anderson
Donna J. Anderson of Columbus died April 28, at her home in rural Columbus.
Donna J. Anderson was born Oct. 8, 1946, in Schuyler, to Robert T. and Evelyn B. (Ehernberger) French Sr. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1964 and was a 1965 graduate of Bahner Beauty College in Fremont.
Donna married Richard Rothanzl in Feb. 1964 to which four children were born. They lived in North Bend where Donna owned and operated Donna’s Beauty Shop. Donna also worked at Country Beauty Shop, Birchwood Manor, St. Joseph’s Villa, Schuyler Nursing Home and at Dale Electronics for nine years.
She married Thomas Anderson in July of 1988 and they made their home in Columbus. Donna worked as a beautician at the Golden Living Center in Columbus. A big part of her life was her kids and grandkids. Donna loved to travel having visited every state except Alaska.
Donna served in several capacities in politics. She was the 2004 Nebraska 3rd District Democratic candidate for Congress and was the treasurer for the Nebraska Democratic Party. Donna was a past school board member for North Bend Elementary School and later for Platte County District III. She was a member of the Federated Church in Columbus.
She is survived by husband Thomas Anderson of Columbus; daughter Kristin (Robert) Miller of Columbus, grandchildren Jordan Miller of Blair and Pazia Miller of Columbus; son Kent (Lisa) Rothanzl, grandchildren Caitlyn and Bailey Rothanzl, all of North Bend; son Kyle (Teresa) Rothanzl, grandchildren Emilie, Evelyn and Ryan Rothanzl, all of Blair; son Kurtis Rothanzl of Columbus; sister Mary Alyce (Don) Schneider of Hastings; sister Kay (Rod) Ruzicka of Schuyler; and brother Robert French Jr. of Columbus.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Evelyn French Sr. and mother-in-law Mary Anderson.
Her funeral service was May 4 at the Federated Church in Columbus, with burial at the Schuyler Cemetery.
Remembrances can be sent at
Published May 4, 2016
Genevieve (Miner) Dahl, Fremont, April 27, age 98
Genevieve Dahl
Genevieve N. Dahl, 98, formerly of North Bend, passed away April 27 at Pathfinder Place in Fremont.
Genevieve was born April 30, 1917, to Robert and Cecile (Wilson) Miner near Tecumseh. She grew up on the family farm, attended District 19 Spring Creek School and Tecumseh High School.
On Oct. 2, 1937, she was married to Henry Dahl in Bedford, Iowa. They had a son Robert Denis and a daughter Holly Lynn. They lived in Graf area east of Tecumseh until the early 1940s when she and her husband went with his parents Harry and Margaretha Dahl to Bennington. They assisted his parents in the operation of their locker plant/grocery store. After a few years they went back to the Tecumseh area where they were involved in farming with her parents and later on their own. Genevieve was known to have hundreds of geese at a time.
They moved to Colorado in 1958. They raised Shetland ponies and had a business of pony rides for children. In 1959, they moved to Fremont, and in 1963 they moved to North Bend where they owned and operated the sale barn until it burned down.
Genevieve had worked as an aid and later as a cook at Birchwood Manor. She also worked at the Bowling Alley and was manager of the Nutrition Site for eight years. She retired in 1988. She and Henry had Dahl’s Discount Store for several years in North Bend. They liked going to auctions.
Genevieve was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Ruth Chapter #119 in North Bend. She had a great love of family, traveling, casino trips, bingo, shopping, cooking, her Christmas Village set (left up all year), ceramics, teddy bears and root beer candy.
She inherited the “Homestead Acres” in 1992. It is the original Robert Dew homestead. Henry and Genevieve moved to Pathfinder Place in Fremont at the end of 2010. The celebrated their 74th anniversary on Oct. 2, 2011, and Henry passed away three weeks later.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, parents Robert and Cecile Miner, and infant son Larry, and son-in-law Richard Wennstedt.
She is survived by her son Robert (Sharon) Denis Dahl of St. Paul, daughter Holly (Dave) Henrickson of Dodge. Also there are three grandchildren: Jill Dahl of Grand Island, Ryan (Brienna) Zakovec, and Brent (Brook) Zakovec, all of Morse Bluff, and five great-grandchildren, Haley, Ashtynn, Dustin, Kinsley, and Grayden; brother-in-law Carrol (Dorothy) Dahl of Fresno, Calif.; sister-in-law Marjorie Misfeldt of Hays, Kansas, and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel on May 2. The committal was at Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for distribution. Online guestbook may be signed at
Published May 4, 2016
Ron J. Vyhlidal, Fremont, April 26, age 73
Ron Vyhlidal
Ron J. “Pretz” Vyhlidal, 73 years, of Fremont, died April 26 at Fremont Health Medical Center. Ron was born Dec. 1, 1942, in North Bend to Emil J. and Hattie (Fencl)Vyhlidal.
He was raised on a farm north of North Bend and attended Rural School District 10 until 1955, when his family moved into town and then attended North Bend Public Schools. He worked at McGinn’s Grocery Store in North Bend and learned the trade of meat cutting. While working as a meat cutter for Hinky Dinky, he moved to Fremont in 1972. He began his career at Hormel’s in Fremont in 1974, retiring in 2004.
Ron married Diane (Carlstedt) Von Seggern on June 5, 1992, at Sinai Lutheran Church in Fremont and to this union he gained three children, whom he loved dearly.
Ron had an inventive mind and patented an exercise machine called “The Arm Bender.” He enjoyed his family immensely and was proud of recently becoming a grandfather. Ron was an avid Husker football fan, enjoyed boating, fishing, playing pitch, his pets, traveling, and his latest hobby of restoring a 1959 Cushman Scooter. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont.
Ron is survived by wife, Diane; step-sons Paul (Kylie) Von Seggern of Fremont, Aaron (Julie Blood) Von Seggern of Houston, Texas; step-daughter, Mary (Deric Nova) Von Seggern of Seattle, Wa.; brothers Rich (Dianne) Vyhlidal of Fremont, Jerry (Susan) Vyhlidal of Columbus, Daryl (Cindy) Vyhlidal of Fremont; sister Marilyn (Pat) Parolek of Lincoln; sister-in-law Marie Vyhlidal of Lawton, Okla.; step-granddaughter Maris Von Seggern; mother-in-law Jean Carlstedt of Fremont; nephews Terry Vyhlidal, Michael Vyhlidal, Chad Vyhlidal, Jason Vyhlidal, Jeremy Parolek, Matthew Parolek, and Derek Vyhlidal; nieces Angie Chale, Brigitte Willis, April Hampl, Tiffany Swanson, Stephanie Beckman; 20 great nieces and great nephews; aunts and cousins.
He was preceded in death by parents; stepmother Beatrice Vyhlidal; father-in-law Paul Carlstedt; brother Emil Vyhlidal; sister Carol Vyhlidal; and nephew Troy Vyhlidal.
Memorial Mass was April 29 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont, the Rev. Ron Battiato officiated. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are directed to family for further designation. Online condolences at
Published May 4, 2016
Angela (Gavin) Wieskamp, April 13, age 39
Angela Marie Wieskamp was born Aug. 28, 1976, to Delores (Vojtech) Gavin and Homer Wall in Denver, Colo. She grew up in Lincoln was a graduate of Lincoln Southeast. She graduated from DeVry University in Kansas City, Mo. and was a senior field service engineer for Oracle for 16 years.
She passed away April 13 from complications in battling cancer.
Angela is survived by sons Gavin and Garrett Wieskamp, at home; mother Dee Gavin; step-father Chuck Gavin of Shawnee, Kansas; father Homer Wall; step-mother Belinda Wall of Colorado; sisters Erica Goscha of Shawnee, Lareina (Ro) Guenzel of Northglenn, Colo.; step-brother Matt (Heather) Gavin of Lees Summit, Mo.; two nephews and a niece; aunts and uncles, Joe and Mignon Vojtech of Omaha; Cecilia and Jerry Hall of Morse Bluff.
Published May 4, 2016
Jason Saalfeld, Schuyler, April 12, age 24
Jason Saalfeld
Jason Saalfeld of Schuyler died in a motor vehicle accident northwest of Schuyler on April 12. The Mass of Christian Burial was April 16 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler with the Rev. Bernard Kimminau officiating. Burial was at the Schuyler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family for future designation
Jason Saalfeld was born April 2, 1992, in Columbus to Don and Linda (Fendrick) Saalfeld.  He graduated from Aquinas High School in 2011 and studied carpentry at Northeast Community College in Norfolk for two years. Jason was living in Schuyler and working with his dad at Saalfeld Construction. He loved working, mowing, tinkering around and hunting pheasants. Jason loved his family and was always willing to help out. He would do anything he could to help others
He is survived by his mother Linda Saalfeld of North Bend, father Don Saalfeld of David City, three brothers Steven Saalfeld of Davenport, Iowa, Michael (Holly) Saalfeld of Omaha, Craig (Alex) Saalfeld of Seward; grandmother Lillian Saalfeld of Schuyler; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adolph Saalfeld, Vincent and Ruth Fendrick.
Published April 20, 2016
Tami Jo (Newman) Schmeckpeper, April 9, age 49
Tami Jo Schmeckpeper
Tamie Jo Schmeckpeper of North Bend passed away April 9 at her home.
Tamie was born Jan. 6, 1967, in Fort Belvoir, Va., to Thomas and Alice (Jenkins) Newman. She was raised in Torrington, Wyo., graduating from Mitchell High School in 1985. She lived in various places in northwest Nebraska before moving to North Bend. Tamie was employed with Target for 18 years serving as a manager, before she started working for US Cellular and Selectel Wireless as a regional manager.
Tamie enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling with her family. She was a loving mother and wife and was very proud of her children. She loved attending her children’s activities and spending time with her family. Music and watching movies was also something she enjoyed with her children.
She is preceded in death by her father Thomas R. Newman and father-in-law Larry G. Schmeckpeper.
She is survived by her husband Craig, daughters Amanda Franklin, Ashley Franklin, Sydney Franklin, sons Gary Franklin, Trey Nelson, Colton Robins, mother Alice Pragnell, father Doug Pragnell, brothers Tom Newman, Tracy Pragnell and sister Jennifer Pragnell, as well as many other family and friends.
Family will be receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, with the funeral service beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Dugan Funeral Chapel in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.
paid obit published April 13, 2016
Helen (Curnes) Spath, North Bend, March 16, age 83
Helen Spath
Helen Marie Spath of North Bend died March 16 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Helen was born June 30, 1932, in Osceola, Iowa, to Gerald F. and Reba (Glenn) Curnes.
She moved to the Scribner area at the age of five and was raised by her great aunt and uncle, Ora and Edd Dunaway. Helen was a 1950 graduate of Scribner High School and attended Wayne State College for two summers to receive her Normal Teaching Certificate.
Helen married Harold C. Spath Nov. 5, 1950, at the First Congregational Church in Scribner. Harold entered the US Army shortly after their marriage and Helen taught at District 27 at Webster. When Harold returned from Korea the couple lived in Tacoma, Wash., until his discharge. They farmed west of Webster until Harold’s death July 25, 1989. Helen moved to North Bend in 1990. She worked at Birchwood Manor in North Bend until retiring in 2003.
Helen was a former member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Snyder, where she was active in Ladies Aide and Sunday School. She became a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend when she moved to North Bend. She was a member of V.F.W. Auxiliary in Snyder for 25 years then transferred to North Bend V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 8223 and where she served as president for many years. She was a charter member of Morse Bluff/North Bend Veterans Memorial Park Committee.
Helen is survived by sons Fred (Doreen) Spath, Urbandale, Iowa; Jim (Mary) Spath, Webster; Steward (Kris) Spath, Eagle; daughters Rebecca (Warren) Renner, Webster; Treva (Larry) Farris, Nebraska City; daughter-in-law Karen McVicker, Hampton, Iowa; 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her guardians, husband Harold; son Roger Spath in 1998, sister Geraldine Curnes, and one great-granddaughter, Jayde Deterding.
Her funeral service was March 21 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend officiated by the Rev. Jonathan Ripke. Burial was at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Snyder.
Memorials directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend or Morse Bluff/North Bend Veterans Memorial Park.
Online condolences left at
Published March 23, 2016
Esther (Hansen) Otte, Morse Bluff, March 13, age 95
Esther Otte
Esther M. Otte, formerly of Morse Bluff, passed away March 13 at Nye Legacy in Fremont. She was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Tilden to Theodore and Florence (Bruhn) Hansen.
Esther lived in Tilden until her junior year of high school when she moved to Elkhorn where she graduated. She married Mervin Otte Jan. 18, 1939, in Tilden. After marriage they farmed for a couple of years near Tilden and then moved to rural Morse Bluff where they continued to farm until moving into Morse Bluff in 1984.
Esther was a member of United Presbyterian Church; O.E.S. Ruth Chapter 119 and was a past Worthy Matron; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 340 of Morse Bluff, United Presbyterian Women, PEO and Get Together Grannies Club.
Survivors include sons Rolland (Mary Ann) Otte of Morse Bluff and David (Lois) Otte of Linwood; daughters Diane Powers of Omaha and Carol (George) Zwickel of Shenandoah, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband Mervin Otte; brother Lloyd Hansen; sister Ruth Martin and great-granddaughter Dakota Jade.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m. March 17 at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend with the Rev. Michael Hill officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. with an Order of Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m., all at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation will continue on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to United Presbyterian Church, OES Ruth Chapter 119 or the North Bend Senior Center.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published March 16, 2016
Skeeter Ratkovec, Lincoln, March 5, age 63
Skeeter Ratkovec
Alan L. “Skeeter” Ratkovec of Lincoln passed away March 5. He was born June 23, 1952, in David City to Lumir and Darlene (Hunt) Ratkovec.
He was self-employed as a financial consultant and attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Skeeter is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter Dr. Paula (Ryan) Wiese, Waverly; sons Jason (Tina) Ratkovec, Seward, Kolby (DesiRae) Ratkovec, Waverly; grandchildren Nolan and Jolee Wiese, William, Tate and Eve Ratkovec, Madison, Brett and Kyler Ratkovec; father Lumir Ratkovec, O’Neill; step-mother Elsie Ratkovec, Henderson, Nev.; sisters Sandra Bartels, Lincoln, Brenda Brakhage (Johnny Ung), Castro Valley, Calif., Monica (Dan) Eaton, Henderson, Nev.; brothers Gary Ratkovec, Lincoln, Don (Donna) Diekmann, Utica. He was preceded in death by his mother Darlene Diekmann; daughter Tina; grandparents Fred and Mary Hunt, Tom and Mary Ratkovec.
Visitation is March 9 from 3 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Roper and Sons, 4300 ‘O’ St., Lincoln. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. March 10 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6111 Morrill, Lincoln, with the Rev. Denton Morris officiating. Burial will be at the Rosehill Cemetery, Waverly.
Memorials may be sent to the family for future designation. Condolences online at
Published March 9, 2015
Ray Thege, David City, March 3, age 79
Ray Thege
Raynold Thege, 79, of David City died March 3 at David Place in David City.
Ray was born Aug. 16, 1936, on the family farm near Linwood to George and Rose (Houfek) Thege.  
He attended District 78 and graduated from Linwood High School. In 1957 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a tank driver, being honorably discharged in 1959.
Ray married Pauline Zakovec March 24, 1962, in Bersford, S.D.
Ray worked for the North Bend trailer factory and farmed near Linwood. In 1984 they moved to David City where Ray was one of the original employees for Timpte, working there for over 20 years.  
He was a life member of the Prague Presbyterian Church and served as an elder.  
Ray is survived by his wife Pauline, sons Curt (Denise) Thege of Lincoln, Doug (Pam) Thege of Gillman, Iowa, James (Nancy) Thege of David City; daughter Roxane (Don) Heiser of Weston, six grandchildren; nine step-great grandchildren; brothers Richard Thege of North Bend, Don (Alyce) Thege of Schuyler; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Thege of Norfolk and Marlene Thege of North Bend.
Funeral services were held March 8. Jerry Kracl officiated. Committal was at the Prague Presbyterian Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
Published March 9, 2015
Dorothy (Ludvik) Kavan, Lincoln, Feb. 27, age 87
Dorothy Kavan
Dorothy Ann (Ludvik) Kavan, 87, of Lincoln, formerly Morse Bluff, passed away Feb. 27, at The Monarch in Lincoln. She was born Aug. 14, 1928, to Rudolf and Agnes (Jakub) Ludvik in Weston.
Dorothy grew up in the Weston and Wahoo areas. She attended rural school in Weston and St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in Wahoo.
She married Melvin John Kavan on Sept. 14, 1948, in Wahoo. They operated a farm near Morse Bluff and cared for a registered brown swiss dairy cattle herd. In 1965, they were featured as the Farm Family of the Week on WOWT.
She was a homemaker, enjoyed helping on the farm, did the farm secretarial work, gardened and worked in her flower garden.
She was known for creative cooking and developing her own recipes. In 2011, one of her recipes won a recipe contest and was published in the All Across Nebraska Cookbook as the Morse Bluff representative.
She was a member of the Heritage Club, past member of the Saunders County N.F.O. and the Brown Swiss Breeders Association.
In the past she was a sponsor for 4-Hers at Aksarben and the Nebraska State Fair and a chapter mother for North Bend FHA. Dorothy served on the Bohemia Precinct Election Board for several years. She was a Neo-Life distributor.
She was preceded in death by husband Melvin, daughter Angela Ann Kavan, her parents, brothers Leonard (died in infancy), Rudy and George Ludvik, sisters Mary Ann Johnson and Agnes Kavan, brothers-in-law Lloyd Johnson, Albert Kavan and Ernie Blatny, sisters-in-law Lillian Ludvik, Norma Kavan, Irene Blatny, and Delores Nitz and nephew Michael Williams.
Dorothy is survived by daughters Mary Jane Kavan and Laurie (Steve) Lindgren of Lincoln, grandchildren Angela (Luke) Bates, Seth (Maria) Lindgren of Lincoln and Scott Lindgren of Omaha; sister-in-law Nancy (Jim) Williams of Morse Bluff, brothers-in-law Norman Kavan of Colon, Donald (Karen) Kavan of Morse Bluff, and Jack Nitz of Fremont and many nephews and nieces.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m, March 3, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. The Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate. Visitation will be prior to the service on March 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation or Killian Hill Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at
paid obit published March 2, 2016
Darrell R. Dykman, Fremont, Feb. 22, age 79
Darrell Dykman
Darrell R. Dykman of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, died Feb. 22 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Darrell was born April 14, 1936, in Tyndall, S.D., to Fred and Susan (Wagner) Dykman. He grew up at Kingsburg and Springfield, S.D., and was a 1954 graduate of Springfield High School. Darrell married Gladys F. Humpal on May 18, 1957, in Tyndall. The couple moved to North Bend in 1957. Gladys died Dec. 10, 1999.
Darrell moved to Fremont in July of 2015. He was previously employed by Arps Redi-Mix, Kroeger Sand and Gravel and Dolezal Sand and Gravel.
Darrell is survived by daughter Kathy (Mike) Soderberg of Fremont; sons Dennis Dykman of Warner, S.D., Dan (Donna Meyer) Dykman of Rogers, Steve (Lori Hofer) Dykman of Roy Lake, S.D., Dave Dykman of Fremont; sisters Betty (Gerald) Tjeerdsma, Peggy (Frank) Odens and Marilyn Warrington all of Springfield, S.D.; sister-in-law Marg Dykman of Tucson, Ariz.; brother-in-law Ronald Schultz of Minneapolis, Minn.; and nine grandchildren.
A funeral service was Feb. 26 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with burial at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend.
Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial yet to be determined.
Online condolences may be left at
Published March 2, 2016
Maxine (Doyle) Nordboe, Fremont, Feb. 19, age 99
Maxine Nordboe
Maxine Nordboe of Fremont, formerly North Bend, passed away Feb. 19 at Nye Legacy in Fremont. She was born July 20, 1916, in Beatrice to Charlie and Florence (Dudley) Doyle.
Maxine grew up in Beatrice She worked for Swift & Company from 1935-1942.
Maxine married Don Nordboe June 20, 1942, at the Methodist Church in Beatrice. After marriage they moved to Vine Grove, Kent., for the remainder of WWII, working on the base at the dress shop. They relocated to Salina, Kan., before moving to Nickerson where she worked for Fremont Public Schools as the head pastry chef. She settled in North Bend in 1990 and came to Fremont in 2014.
Maxine was a former member of the United Methodist Church in North Bend.
Survivors include her sons Donald C. Nordboe of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Roger (Marie) Nordboe of Ames, Jerry (Virginia) of North Bend; grandchildren Josh of Chinook, Mont., Jeremy and Ryan of North Bend and Melissa of Ames; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Jameson and Jefferson of Chinook, Mont., and Kaylynn of Fremont.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Don and brother Harry Doyle.
Her funeral is at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 25 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Dorothy Smith will officiate. Visitation will be on Feb. 24 from 4-8 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. all at Moser’s in Fremont.
Memorials may be given to the family or to the North Bend Library.
Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published Feb. 24, 2016
Betty (Slagle) Meier, North Bend, Feb. 14, age 91
Betty Meier
Betty M. Meier of North Bend passed away Sunday, Feb. 14 surrounded by family at the Good Samaritan Society in Scribner.
Betty was born Aug. 14, 1924, in West Point to Arthur and Mary (Moody) Slagle. She grew up in West Point. She married Marvin E. Meier June 29, 1946, in Marysville, Kansas The couple moved to North Bend in January of 1957. Marvin died June 15, 1982.
Betty worked at Birchwood Manor for 28 years. She also worked at the Corner Cafe and cleaned commercial buildings in North Bend.
Betty is a member of United Presbyterian Church and VFW Auxiliary Post 8223 of North Bend, where she has held several offices.
Survivors include sons Larry (Margaret) Meier of South Sioux City, Randy Meier of Winfield Ill., Monty (Donna) Meier of Pleasanton, Calif., and Rick Meier of Grand island; daughters Kim (Gerald) Wieneke of West Point, Lois (Dave) Otte of Linwood, Kathy Williams of Elkhorn; brother Roland (LaVonne) Slagle of Laurel; sister Donna Rae (Lance) Petersen of West Point; 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by parents; husband; daughter Karen Scott and son-in-law Edward Scott; brother Donald Slagle; sisters Dorothy Reimers and June Wuestewald; and grandson Jason Gulbrandson.
Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m., Feb. 18 at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend with the Rev. Michael Hill officiating. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. and family receiving friends 5 to 8 p.m., all at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation Thursday at church will be one hour prior to service. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend.
Memorials to Morse Bluff–North Bend Veterans Memorial Park, or the North Bend or Scribner rescue squads.
Online condolences at
Published Feb. 17, 2016
Virginia (Rousan) Beranek, Morse Bluff, Feb. 6, age 93
Virginia Beranek
Virginia Beranek, 93, of Morse Bluff died Feb. 6 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. She was born Jan. 19, 1923, in Linwood, to Frank and Anna (Hajek) Rousan. She grew up in the Linwood and Schuyler areas.
Virginia started working at the age of 17 as a nanny for a couple of families. She married Charles Beranek on July 31, 1943, in Wahoo.
When Charles returned home from the war, the couple farmed near Morse Bluff until their retirement when they moved into Morse Bluff.
She was a member of the ZCBJ Lodge and American Legion Post 340 Auxiliary of Morse Bluff and V.F.W. Post 8223 Auxiliary of North Bend. She was a member of Saunders County Czech Singers and Just Neighbors Extension Club. She loved animals, birds, farming, traveling and playing cards.
Survivors include niece Jean (Stanley) Shavlik and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, son John and sisters, Marian and Zdenka.
Graveside service is 11 a.m., Feb. 11, at Killian Cemetery in rural Morse Bluff. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 11 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Memorials are suggested V.F.W. Post 8223 of North Bend, American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff and the Birchwood Manor aviary.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Feb. 10, 2016
Donald Hladky, Nampa, Idaho, Feb. 4, age 73
Donald Hladky was born July 6, 1943. His family moved to North Bend in 1956. After he graduated from North Bend High School, Donald enlisted in the Navy, serving in California as a electronic technician.
In July 1971 Donald married Susan McLaughlin in Saratoga, Calif. They later made their home in Nampa, Idaho.
Despite many years of valiant fight, cancer took his life Feb. 5. Services were held in Nampa with burial at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at Eagle.
Don is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Jessica, son Nate, seven grandchildren and a great grandchild, all of Nampa; sisters Vernamae Hladky and Marcella (Richard) Brousek of Omaha; brothers Raymond (Donna) of Tekamah and Richard of Fremont.
Published Feb. 17, 2016
James D. Ruff, Fremont, Feb. 4, age 82
James Ruff
James D. Ruff, 82, of Fremont died Feb. 4 at his home. James was born Oct. 26, 1933, in North Bend, to James W. and Roberta H. (Moody) Ruff.
He attended North Bend High School and then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from Jan. 4, 1951, to Aug. 5, 1954, serving on the USS Uhlmann.
After his military service, he was employed by Continental Can Company in Omaha until his retirement. He was a farmer at heart and an outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. He raised wild game birds, as well as chickens.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff, VFW Post 8223 of North Bend and Pohocco Lutheran Church, south of Fremont.
He is survived by his brother, Jerry (Beverly) Ruff of Omaha and sister Verna Owens of Omaha; nephews Patrick Luger of North Bend, Mark (Shelly) Luger of Alliance, Steve (Rhonda) Ustohal of Fremont, Mick (Keri) Ruff of Omaha; nieces Jackie (Don) Kadlec of Fremont, Sherry Ustohal of Omaha, Jenni (Mic) Kelly of Savage, Minn.; 16 great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son James “Jim,” and sister Patricia.
A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Feb. 10 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. The Rev. Johnice Orduna will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service, all at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Purple Cane Cemetery in rural North Bend, with military honors.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at
Published Feb. 10, 2016
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
Ed 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.
Online condolences may be left at


<<Back to the front page