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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2020. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Kathy (Dykman) Soderberg, Fremont, July 2, age 59
Kathy Soderberg
Kathleen J. Soderberg, of Fremont passed away July 2 at her home. She was born Sept. 23, 1960, in Fremont to Darrell and Gladys (Humpal) Dykman.
Kathy grew up in North Bend and graduated from North Bend Central High School in 1978. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College. Kathy has devoted her entire working life to ENCOR now “Develop, Unite, Empower, Together,” called DUET. Kathy was the DUET director for Dodge and Washington counties.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Fremont and was a Sunday school teacher. Kathy volunteered at FAMC, now Methodist Fremont Health.
She is survived by sons Sean Soderberg of Omaha and Tyler Soderberg of Salida, Colo.; brothers and their children, whom she adored, Dennis Dykman of Warner, S.D., and Mitchell, Tiffany and Michael; Dan (Donna Meyer) Dykman of Rogers, and Josh; Steve Dykman of Britton, S.D., and April; and David Dykman of Fremont and Adam and Ali.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at First Lutheran Church in Fremont. Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate. All directed health measures will be followed. Masks are suggested but not required. Controlled visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to DUET or to the Dodge County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be left
Published July 8, 2020
Janice (Kratky) Winkelman, North Bend, June 30, age 88
Janice Winkelman
Janice M. Winkelman of North Bend passed away June 30 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She was born July 14, 1931, in Prague to Edward and Hattie (Kohout) Kratky.
She was born in Prague and raised in Rescue. She married Marvin Winkelman on Feb. 13, 1976, in Zapata, Texas. They settled in North Bend. Janice was a homemaker, a caregiver at Birchwood Manor, and a home health caregiver for the community.
Janice was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church of North Bend and the Prague Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband Marvin; sons Pat (Debra) Albert of Omaha, Scott (Monica) Albert of North Bend, Jim Winkelman of Omaha; daughters Jenny (Steve) Dickey of Denton, Texas; Cheryl Albert of Fremont; Pam (Mike) Swanson of Malmo; Tracy (Scott) Lambley of Benkelman, Rhonda (Dave) Wichman of Dakota City; daughter-in-law Denise Albert of Omaha; brothers Richard Kratky, Edward (Charlotte) Kratky all of Prague, Ronnie Kratky of Tulsa, Okla., Gary Kratky of Omaha; sister Georgianne Malousek of Wahoo, 27 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, son Michael Albert and grandson James Albert.
Funeral service was July 6, at St Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. Memorials may be directed to the family.
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Published July 8, 2020
Hattie (Vyhlidal) Pabian, David City, June 16, age 89
Hattie Pabian
Hattie E. Pabian, 89, of David City passed away June 16, at her home.
Hattie was born April 18, 1931, to Cyril and Barbara (Brousek) Vyhlidal on a farm near Morse Bluff.
On November 22, 1949, she married Frank Pabian Sr. Hattie worked as a bartender in North Bend and waitressed around the Snyder and Schuyler area most of her life, as well as caring for her children.
Hattie loved to travel and was able to make it to all 50 states. She loved to dance and listen to polka music.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in David City, VFW Auxiliary in Morse Bluff, and the Eagle’s in Schuyler.
Hattie was preceded in death by husband Frank Sr., sons Douglas and Frank Jr. and brother Donald Vyhlidal.
She is survived by her daughter Marlene (Nick) Hein; sons Duane (Pam) Pabian and Daniel (Sue) Pabian; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was June 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church in David City. The Rev. Jay Buhman was the officiate. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Hill Sacred Heart Catholic Church near Morse Bluff.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published June 24, 2020
Ruth (Thege) Halliday, North Carolina, May 30, age 98
Ruth Halliday
Ruth (Thege) Halliday passed away May 30 at her home in North Carolina.
Ruth grew up in Saunders County and graduated from Linwood High School in 1940. She was raised on the family farm near Linwood, experienced the Great Depression, built aircraft in Omaha during World War II and eventually followed her older sister, Dorothy, to Washington D.C., where she worked for the Food and Drug Administration. Ruth worked in retail clothing sales in North Carolina until the age of 90.
Ruth loved singing in her church choirs, beginning in the Prague Presbyterian Church. Another favorite pastime was walking the North Carolina beaches in search of seashells.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Amanda Thege; brother Edward Thege (in WWII); sister Dorothy Turner of Maryland; and brother Harold Thege of North Bend.
She is survived by her children Harlow, Doug and Caryl Halliday of North Carolina; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law Gloria Thege of Fremont.
Published June 17, 2020
Bev (Hull) Evert, Fremont, June 2, age 84
Bev Evert
Beverly J. Evert “GG” passed away June 2 in Fremont. She was born Oct. 23, 1934, in North Bend to Chester and Blanche (Scott) Hull.
Bev attended grade school at District 70 near Ames and graduated from North Bend High School in 1951. She worked at the Fremont Tribune after graduation and was a receptionist for several doctors.
Bev married Donald Evert in Fremont on Feb 12, 1955, and they were lifelong residents of Fremont. He passed away Dec. 20, 1996.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Bev is survived by her two sons Gary (Patty) Evert of Beatrice and Mark Evert of Fremont; daughter Kay (Richard) Brumm of San Antonio, Texas; special friends Harold and Linda Harper of Fremont; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Keith Hull.
A memorial Mass was June 6 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Serene Care Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published June 10, 2020
Dick Papa, Fremont, June 2, age 88
Dick Papa

Richard E. “Dick” Papa, 88, of Fremont, died June 2. Dick was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Octavia to Ira and Mildred (Hron) Papa. Dick was a 1949 graduate of North Bend High School. He then farmed with his father.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from Dec. 29, 1951, to Dec. 1, 1955. Dick married Celine M. Emanuel on Oct. 3, 1953 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Celine died June 8, 2016.
They moved to Fremont and he was a Roberts milk delivery man. In 1971, he started Papa Trucking and Grading, which he has owned and operated.
Dick is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont, Knights of Columbus Council 1497 and Fr. Leo Raus Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus of Fremont - North Bend. He was also a member of American Legion Post 20 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles 200, both of Fremont.
He is survived by son Dean (Judy) Papa of Fremont; three grandchildren Deanna (Brock) Rogers, Dustin (Katie) Papa and Jenna (Garrett) Anderson and four great-grandchildren.
Dick enjoyed the last two years of his life with Hazel Coates of Fremont, whom family called “the teenagers.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Dennis, and sister Rita Glidden.
A memorial Mass was June 8, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Burial was held at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont with military honors conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bergan Elementary School.
Online condolences and live streaming of the service at:
Published June 10, 2020

David Cecil, Papillion, May 23, age 71
David Cecil of Papillion died on May 23 at Hillcrest Cottages after suffering with Parkinson’s disease for many years. Originally from Fremont (born Sept. 17, 1948) and the oldest of three siblings, he graduated from Midland University and the University of Nebraska with degrees in music. His passion for music included teaching at North Platte, North Bend and Papillion. He was active as a clinician, adjudicator and soloist throughout the area. David will long be remembered for his affable, easy going personality. He always had time for people and most certainly had time for his students. He empowered thousands of young people to step into adulthood with a song in their hearts.
David had the honor of performing in two USO tours. He served in many leadership roles, conducted church choirs, and was honored as Papillion-La Vista Secondary Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Choral Director of Nebraska, and inducted into the Nebraska Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
David was preceded in death by his son, Andrew, and his parents, Phil and Delores. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy (Kammerer), daughter Kari (Brian) Armstrong of Papillion, sisters Kay Schroeder of Apple Valley, Calif., Lauren Cecil of Omaha, and grandchildren.
David wanted friends and family to celebrate his life with love, laughter, and, of course, a little music. A Celebration of David’s life will be determined at a later date. If you wish to honor his memory, donations may be made to the family to establish a music scholarship.
Published June 3, 2020
Roberta (Winkelman) Johnson, North Bend, May 17, age 95
Roberta Johnson
Roberta M. Winkelman Johnson passed away on May 17 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont at the age of 95.
Roberta was born on May 22, 1924, to Ernest and Ruth Winkelman. She married Raymond (Mike) Johnson on Feb. 6, 1949. To this union, three sons were born: Rodney and twins Ricky and Randy.
Roberta was a lifelong housewife to her farming husband, making sure meals were prepared, moving all the equipment to the next field to be farmed and a loving grandmother. She was employed at Gambles before her marriage.
Roberta is survived by her son, Rodney (Diana) Johnson; grandchildren; Tracey (Mike) Roth, Matthew Johnson, Steven Johnson; great-grandchildren Hanna and Lyndsey Roth, Addison Johnson; sister-in-law Evelyn Winkelman; daughter-in-law Leora Johnson; and three step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, sons Ricky and Randy and her brother Gale Winkelman.
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 22, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Controlled Visitation is Thursday, May 21, from 5-8 p.m. also at Moser’s in North Bend. Burial in Woodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online Condolences may be left at
Published May 20, 2020
Bernice (Tenipor) Conkling, Wahoo, May 14, age 86
Bernice Conkling
Bernice M. Conkling of Wahoo, formerly North Bend, passed away May 14 at the Saunders Medical Center Long Term Care in Wahoo. She was born Oct. 9, 1933, at Malmo to Harry and Sylvia (Brecka) Tenopir.
Bernice grew up near Cedar Bluffs and attended country school there. She married Richard Zakovec on February 17, 1953. They moved to the farm at Morse Bluff where she helped farm for many years.
After Richard’s death in 1972 Bernice started working at Campbell’s Soup Co, Plumfield Nursery, the North Bend Post Office and cooked at the Rawhide Steakhouse in North Bend.
Bernice married Frank Conkling Sept. 30, 1990. He died in 2000.
She is survived by son, Francis (JoAnn) Zakovec of Morse Bluff; grandchildren, Ryan (Brienna) Zakovec, Brent (Brook) Zakovec and Mike Albert; great-grandchildren, Haley, Dustin, Ashtynn, Kinsley, Grayden and Barrett Zakovec.
Bernice is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, daughter Janice Leffers, brother Wilford Tenopir and grandson Adam Buchta.
Funeral was May 18 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Rev. Michael Hill of United Presbyterian Church in North Bend officiated. Burial was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cedar Bluffs.
Memorials to Dodge County Humane Society. Online condolences at
Published May 20, 2020
Dorothy (Welty) Poggensee, Fremont, April 30, age 91
Dorothy Poggensee
Dorothy Lee Poggensee of Fremont passed away April 30 at her home. She was born Sept. 23, 1928, in Omaha to Arthur and Alberta (Jewell) Welty.
Dorothy lived in Arcadia until 1936 when her family moved to North Bend. She graduated from North Bend High School in 1947.
Dorothy married Vernon Poggensee on July 11, 1948, in North Bend. They resided in Fremont for the past 72 years.
Dorothy was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont, an Altar Guild member for over 50 years, and a 50-year member of Pals & Gals Extension Club. She enjoyed bunco, crafting, reading, playing cards, auctions and garage sales.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Vernon; son Ronald of Reno, Nev.; daughters Carol Thompson of Fremont, Denise (Tom) Ussery of Roseville, Calif.; sister Gloria Thege of Fremont; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Norma O’Conner; brother Donald Welty; brothers-in-law Matthew O’Conner, Harold Thege; and two grandchildren, Michael and Jessica Ernstmeyer.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Ryan Ankersen officiating. Private family burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be left at
Published May 6, 2020
Kenneth, R. Beznoska, Mason City, Iowa, April 20, age 76
Ken Beznoska
Kenneth R. Beznoska of Mason City, Iowa, passed away at his home on April 20.
He was born Oct. 30, 1943, in Fremont. He resided in North Bend, Lincoln and Nebraska City before moving to Mason City, Iowa. Kenneth was a 1962 graduate of North Bend High School.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Janice Beznoska of Mason City; children Leah (Phil) Splichal of Payson, Ariz., Frank (Moria) Beznoska of Sioux Falls, S.D., Scott (Robin) Shafer of Rockford, Iowa, Billie Jo (Rick) Palmer of Rockford, Iowa; grandchildren Nicholas Beznoska of Lincoln, Joshua Beznoska of Phoenix, Ariz., Zachary, Kelsey, and Jayden Beznoska of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jennifer Reinke of Rudd, Iowa, Jessi (Andy) Jeffery of Rockford, Iowa, Emily (Christopher) Deetz of Mason City, Iowa, Eric Palmer of Rockford, Iowa, and seven great-grandchildren.
Published April 29, 2020
Nicholas Nelson, Morse Bluff, April 10, age 78
Nicholas Nelson
Nicholas Nelson of Morse Bluff was born April 22, 1941. He grew up in Omaha and attended North High, graduating in 1959. Following high school, Nick was an auto mechanic for O’Daniel Oldsmobile.
On June 25, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Andrew, at Pearl Memorial Methodist Church in Omaha. Later in life he became the owner of Nelson Plumbing for 26 years.
Nick died April 10. He was a member of Saint Peter Lutheran Church of North Bend. He enjoyed time spent at his cabin in Lynch. Nick loved family time especially celebrating holidays with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Edith Nelson, and sister Joan Galbraith.
Nick is survived by wife Patricia of Morse Bluff; daughters Kathie Englert (Jimmy Williams), Vicki (Sam) Orsi,Connie (Dave) Rathbun and Jennifer (Dan) Abels all of Omaha; brother Don (Sandi)Nelson of Silverton; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on April 15 at Saint Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. Visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Private family service at 11 a.m. The funeral will be live streamed.
Memorials are suggested for the Open Door Mission.
Published April 15, 2020
Kenneth G. Chromy, Geneva, March 26, age 73
Kenneth G. Chromy, of Geneva, formerly of Lincoln and Ohiowa, passed away on March 26, at Heritage Crossings in Geneva.
Kenneth was cremated and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.
Published April 1, 2020
Mark A. Stecki, North Bend, March 5, age 61
Mark Stecki
Mark Allen Stecki was born Aug. 8, 1958, and died March 5.
Mark retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after 38 years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family. He practiced conservation and provided shelter and habitat for wildlife on his farm.
Mark is preceded in death by his father Joseph Stecki. Survivors include his mother Elsie Stecki; brother Edward (Nikki) Stecki; sisters Lucy (Mark) Hahn, Mary (Perry) Tompkins, Barbara Gabel and Laura (Don) Heins; nieces Haley Gabel, Marissa Heins, Mallory Stecki, Teresa Maly, Stacy Brewer, and Stephanie Hahn; and nephews Chris Gabel, Lance Gabel and Zach Stecki.
Please join the family for a memorial service March 11 at 11 a.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to
Published March 11, 2020
Donna (Curda) Hines, Morse Bluff, Feb. 16, age 85
Donna Hines
Donna M. Hines of Morse Bluff passed away Feb. 16 at Methodist Fremont Health in Fremont.
Donna was born Nov. 21, 1934, to Ignac and Ella (Mares) Curda on a farm northwest of Plasi. She was a 1952 graduate of Prague High School and a graduate of Midland College in Fremont. Donna taught in Saunders County school districts 19 and 94.
On May 26, 1956, Donna married Arnold Hines at the Presbyterian Church in Prague. The couple lived in Prague for seven years until moving to the family farm near Morse Bluff in 1963, where they raised hogs and farmed. She was a member of the Morse Bluff American Legion Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Grace Kasper and infant grandson Samuel Minarick.
She is survived by her husband Arnold; twin daughters Sharen (Steve) Minarick of Morse Bluff, Karen (Tim) Cech of Rochelle, Ill.; sons Allen (Linda) Hines of Lincoln, Greg (Maria) Hines of Morse Bluff; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service were Feb. 21 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with the Rev. Scott Jensen officiating. Burial was at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Morse Bluff Fire and Rescue, North Bend Fire and Rescue, or the Morse Bluff American Legion Auxiliary.
Online condolences may be left at
Published March 4, 2020
Jan (Krivohlavek) Crofton, Fremont, Feb. 11, age 82
Jan Crofton
Janice R. “Grandma Jan” Crofton, age 82, of Fremont formerly North Bend, passed away Feb. 11 in Omaha. Jan was born Jan. 15, 1938, in Dorchester to Henry and Helen (Tesar) Krivohlavek.
Jan grew up in Dorchester and was a 1956 graduate of Dorchester High School. Jan married Dale Crofton on Oct. 18, 1958, in Dorchester.
She worked at the Old Scout and Town & Country Cable Company and owned Wagon Wheel Ceramics, all at North Bend. She was a seamstress at JP Originals in Fremont.
Jan was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Bend, Fremont Friendship Center in Fremont and was an avid quilter and seamstress.
She is survived by son Craig (Jane) Crofton, Elwood; daughter Kim Mann-Davenport (Jeff), Ames; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and Murphy, her beloved beagle.
Jan was preceded in death by parents, husband Dale and brother Allen Krivohlavek.
The funeral was Feb. 15 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Bend. Burial was at Killian Cemetery, Morse Bluff.
Memorials are suggested to the Dodge County Humane Society. Online condolences may be left at:
Published Feb. 19, 2020
Jack D. French, Morse Bluff, Feb. 5, age 84
Jack Dale French of Morse Bluff died Feb. 5. He was born June 2, 1935, to Irl and Lona (Witt) French of Palisades. Jack served two years in the U.S. Army. Jack also went by the names of Mr. Easy, Jackson, Pierre, Stonewall, Cactus Jack and Old Fart.
Jack married Leona Witt on Jan. 29, 1963. They moved to Scribner area where they managed a 660 hog unit then moved to Prague in 1985 where they managed their own hog unit. Jack and Leona moved to Morse Bluff in 2004.
Jack is survived by his daughters Jackie (Billy) Hare of Maryland, JoAnn (Randy) Prochaska of Morse Bluff; sons Leon French (Lisa) of Prague, Dwight French (Ruth) of Fairbury; brother Wayne (Mary) French of Springfield; sisters Jane (Herb) Davis of South Dakota, Carol (Lonnie) Shafer of York and two grandsons.
Jack is preceded in death by Leona, his wife of 54 years, two sisters and a brother.
Jack loved gardening, mowing and falling down basement steps. He loved his cats.
Jack’s wish was to be cremated. There will be no services.
Jack and Leona ask that you remember them by sharing a kind word, a smile and hug with those you love.
Published Feb. 12, 2020
Dennis L, Novak, Wahoo, Jan. 29, age 91
Dennis L. Novak of Wahoo died Jan. 29. He was born on a farm near Malmo to Adolph and Helen (Placek) Novak. Dennis attended District 92 grade school and Morse Bluff and Prague high schools.
After high school graduation Dennis joined the Air Force, and after four years of military service he returned home and farmed north of Prague. He then worked in construction for many years in the Omaha area.
Dennis is best known for his talents as a self-taught drummer. He had his own polka band and could also be heard playing in numerous bands around the region. In the last two years Dennis played with an ensemble at nursing homes in the area.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by brother Francis “Shorty” Novak of Wahoo; sisters and brothers-in-law Leona and Lyle Torrens of Wahoo and Darlene and Dean McVicker of Bellevue; nine nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews and friends.
Services was held at Wahoo Presbyterian Church Feb. 1.
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Wally C. Kelberlau, Scribner, Jan. 28, age 91
Wally Kelberlau
Wallace C. ‘Wally’ Kelberlau, age 91, of Scribner passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Hooper Care Center.
Wally was born April 15, 1928, in rural Scribner to Carl and Hattie (Wegner) Kelberlau. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church near Scribner. Wally grew up in the area where he attended grade school and high school.
He married Elaine Westphalen on Feb. 15, 1948, at St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church south of Scribner.
Wally was a true John Deere man. He began farming in the Winslow/Scribner area, and then moved northwest of Dodge where he also did custom corn shelling and baling. Wally and Elaine raised their family there. In the late ‘80s they moved to rural Scribner.
Wally was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church until it closed. He served on the Trinity Cemetery Board along with being the grounds keeper for many years. He was currently a member at Ridgeley.
Wally was always pleased to share his memories of the history of the surrounding area and family ancestry to anyone who asked. Playing cards with friends and family, listening to polka music and working on puzzles were some of his favorite past times.
Survivors include his children Ken (Julie) Kelberlau of North Bend, Nancy (Tim) Kean of Papillion, Robert (Shirley) Kelberlau of Norfolk, Don (Liz) Kelberlau of Parker, Colo.; six grandchildren Aaron (Heather) Kelberlau, Marcus (Mindy) Kelberlau, Kelly (Jonathan) LaPar,
Nicholas (Dani Porter) Kelberlau, Bradley (Dominique) Kelberlau, Brittany (Tyler) Uhing; 13 great grandchildren; brother Charles (Beverly) Kelberlau of Fremont; sister-in-law Betty McDonald of Faribault, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine, sister Joyce (Marvin ‘Doc’) Moeller, brother Stan (Mary) Kelberlau, sister-in-law Doris (Herbert ‘Buck’) Bennett and brother-in-law Harry McDonald.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church, burial will follow in Trinity Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Cemetery Association, St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church or the Hooper Care Center. Visitation with the family present will be Friday, Feb. 7 at the Ludvigsen’s Scribner Funeral Chapel from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Online guestbook at
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Doris (Spies) Cruickshank, Loveland, Colo., Jan. 26, age 89
Doris Cruickshank
Doris Irene Cruickshank, 89, of Loveland, Colo., passed peacefully away on Jan. 26. Doris was born on Dec. 16, 1930, in North Bend, the only child of Ellsworth and Beulah (VanArsdol) Spies. She grew up in North Bend and graduated from high school there in 1948.
She was a skilled stenographer and typist and was employed in real estate, Hormel and Mutual of Omaha.
Doris married Robert V. Cruickshank on March 21, 1951. They moved from their first home in Fremont to Uehling, where Bob began his career in education. From Uehling, they moved their family, which now included daughters Julie and Janet, to Leigh, where Bob was a teacher, coach, principal and eventually superintendent of schools. Another move took the family to Mapleton, Iowa, where they lived for three years. They then moved to Loveland in July 1964 where their third daughter Jaymie was born. In each location Doris made each house into a home.
Doris enjoyed her life in Loveland where she made many friends and worked at Westlake Pharmacy, Fort Medina and Johnson Publishing. After Bob’s retirement, they both enjoyed watching their thoroughbred horses race and Doris enjoyed attending horse shows. She loved her life and lived it well.
Doris is survived by daughters Julie Mills, Janet (Jim) Hardin, all of Loveland, Jaymie Cruickshank of Platteville, Colo; grandsons Joshua Hardin of Loveland, Jonathan (Amy) Hardin, great-grandsons Grant and Bryce Hardin, all of Fort Smith, Ark.; her friend and caregiver, Troy Beattie; cousin Kenneth (Pat) Beebe, North Bend, for whom she had the fondest of memories.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Bob Cruickshank, her parents and son-in-law Patrick Mills. Private graveside family services are planned.
Graveside services were held in Loveland Jan. 30.
Memorial contributions can be made to Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Rd., Ft. Collins, CO, 80525, and to the Thompson Education Foundation, 800 S. Taft Ave., Loveland, CO, 80537.
Published Feb. 26, 2020
Stan D. Kelberlau, Scribner, Jan. 26, age 78
Stan Kelberlau
Stanley D. Kelberlau of Scribner died Sunday Jan. 26 at Nye Pointe in Fremont
Stan was born Sept. 29, 1941, in West Point to Carl and Hattie (Wegner) Kelberlau. He was raised on the family farm northwest of Scribner. He graduated from Scribner High School in 1959. After high school he served in the U.S. Army as a cook. After his service he returned to Scribner and married Mary Stibor in 1966 and lived on his family’s farm. After his marriage Stan worked at IBP in West Point for ten years while he continued to farm. He and Mary then began the Kelberlau Mills (sawmill) and farmed.
Stan was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner.
Survivors include daughters Linda (Steve Herbolsheimer) Kelberlau of Scribner, Sandy (David Baeumler) Kelberlau of Raleigh, N.C., Kathy (Andy) Ortmeier of Dodge; nine grandchildren Adam Muller, Megan (Andy) Stock, Carly (Kevin Mendick) Muller, Ashley Ortmeier, Taylor Ortmeier, Trevor Ortmeier, Allison Ortmeier, Calvin Baeumler, Theodore Baeumler; great granddaughter Izeyl Stock; brother Charles (Beverly) Kelberlau of Fremont; mother-in-law Alice Stibor of Fremont; sisters-in-law Cindy (Jim) Shotkoski of Scribner, Sara (Tim) Nielsen of Fremont; brothers-in-law John Stibor of Scribner, Pete (Georgia) Stibor of North Bend.
Stan was preceded in death by his wife, sister Joyce (Doc) Moeller, sister-in-law Elaine Kelberlau. His brother Wallace died two days after Stan.
The funeral was Feb. 3 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Cemetery Association. Sign the online guestbook at
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Bernard C. Pollard, Fullerton, Jan. 23, age 79
Bernard C. Pollard of Fullerton, formerly North Bend, passed away Jan. 23 at the Boone County Hospital in Albion.
Bernard was born Jan. 10, 1941, to John and Emma (Koliha) Pollard in North Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his cousins, Genelle (Pollard) Rosenbaum, Frank Pollard, Tom Pollard, Pat Foust; great cousins Tami Jackson and Janette Rosenbaum.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at church. Burial will be at the Holy Trinity Cemetery near Clarkson.
Online condolences may be left at:
Pubished Jan. 29. 2020
Bob L. Johnson, North Bend, Jan. 22, age 85
Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. “Bob” Johnson of North Bend died Jan. 22 at his daughter’s home in Omaha. Bob was born May 30, 1934, to Warren “Percy” and Meta (Black) Johnson on his family farm near North Bend, where he lived most of his life.
He was a 1953 graduate of North Bend High School, where he was an active member of Future Farmers of America. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1956 and served in Germany with the 2nd Armored Division.
Bob returned to North Bend in 1958 and began farming. He raised Angus cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, with corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa crops.
Bob married Lorrie Drevo on April 16, 1960, at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend.
He is survived by his daughter, Christine (Vivek Chand) Vivek of Omaha; sister Rosemary Euken of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; brother Richard “Dick” Johnson of Broken Arrow, Okla.; five nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. The Rev. Michael Hill will officiate. Visitation on Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation on Saturday at the church is one hour prior to service.
Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery near North Bend.
Memorials may be given to United Presbyterian Church or Cancer Research Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 29, 2020
Dorothy Kavan, Morse Bluff, Jan. 15, age 87
Dorothy Kavan
Dorothy A. Kavan, 87 years, of Morse Bluff died Jan. 15, at Nye Pointe in Fremont.
Funeral Mass was Jan. 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Cedar Hill.
Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morse Bluff Fire Department, American Legion Post 340 in Morse Bluff, the Morse Bluff/North Bend Veterans Memorial Park and Kindred Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at:
Mary Lou (Stockman) Fuchtman, Creighton, Jan. 7, age 92
Mary Lou Fuchtman
Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Lou Fuchtman of Creighton was Jan. 11 at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. Reverend Jeremy Hans was the celebrant, with burial in St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery in Creighton.
Mary Lou died Jan. 7 at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
She was born Jan. 6, 1928, to Earl and Amanda (Stark) Stockman on the family farm in Plainview.
Mary Lou attended rural school until the fourth grade when the family moved into Plainview. She graduated from Plainview Public School in 1946. After graduation, she was employed at Sehnert’s bakery, Council Oak Grocery and Falter and Smith’s Ideal Market in Plainview. Mary Lou was later employed at the New Home Bakery in Norfolk.
On Feb. 18, 1957, Mary Lou married Willard Fuchtman at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Plainview. They made their home on the east end of Creighton and later on a farm east of town until 1989 when they moved into Creighton. In December of 2012, Mary Lou moved to Avera Creighton Care Centre where she resided until her death.
Mary Lou was the mother of Barbara (Patrick) Kelley of Winnetoon and Marie (Roger) Nordboe of Ames and grandmother of Ryan Nordboe of North Bend and Melissa Nordboe of Scribner.
She was preceded in death by her husband Willard in 2010, parents, two infant brothers Herman and Charles, brothers Leo and Lawrence and sister Frances Pendergast.
Memorials may be directed to Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Published Jan. 15, 2020


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