Obituaries

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Dora Louise Wissler

Dora’s life story began on May 5, 1924 when she was born at her Uncle Roy James’ farm north of Summerfield, Kansas to Nathan and Noma (Richardson) Curtis.

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Richard “Dick” Allen Droge

Richard Allen Droge, 75, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Premier Estates in Pawnee City, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dick was born Sept. 18, 1943, to Kermit and Margery Droge in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He attended East Star rural school, grades K-8, and graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1962.

He married Diane Hess of rural Pawnee City on January 26, 1962. To this union were born two sons, Jeffery Allen and Brian Lee.

Dick farmed with his father until 1968, when he went into partnership with Diane’s brother, Lyle Hess. They raised hogs, cattle and grain together until 2005 when they retired and rented their farms.

Dick and Diane were avid motorcycle riders, visiting all of the lower 48 states on their motorcycle. They also traveled to Alaska and Hawaii. A special trip was their visit to a high school classmate in Portugal with Ray & Dorothy Willis.

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Gary Dean Wilson

Gary Dean Wilson, 86, of Bern, Kansas was born on July 15, 1932 in Humboldt, Nebraska to Clarence and Laura (Korber) Wilson. He attended country school near Bern, Kansas and graduated from Bern High School with the class of 1949. Soon after graduating, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for a four-year enlistment and was honorably discharged. After his service in the navy, Gary continued his education by attending a refrigeration trade school where he earned a degree. In 1958, he accepted a job in Falls City, Nebraska at an appliance store. In 1972, Gary went into partnership with Herbert Overfield Jr. at G & H Hardware. After retiring, he moved back to the family farm near Bern, Kansas where he has resided since. Gary loved being outdoors where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He was an avid reader and passed along all of his books from his book club to other family members.

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Ralph E. Stutheit

Stutheit, Ralph Edwin, 81, of Humboldt, Nebraska, was unexpectedly called for a fishing trip in Heaven, Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  He was born at home to Edwin and  Nadine (Reid) Stutheit on November 3, 1937 in Humboldt, where he grew up and attended Humboldt High until joining the United States Air Force in 1955, missing his senior year.  After serving his country for four years, he returned to Humboldt.  Only nine days into civilian life, he became a heavy equipment operator and met the love of his life, Clara Portrey, at the local café in Dawson.  The couple soon married and started their family.  They were known to “cut a rug” with their smooth dancing style.  In addition to helping his parents run “The Camp”, Ralph owned Stutheit Construction, a soil conservation company.  After many years in business, Ralph later joined the Contractors Teamsters Union #571 and continued to operate heavy equipment throughout the remainder of his career until his retirement in 2005.

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Alice Arzona (Crow) Schneider

Alice Arzona (Crow) Schneider, age 97, of Table Rock was born on January 8, 1922 to I. Leonard and E. Katherine (Gilpin) Crow of Picher, Oklahoma being the last of four children. Her father was a lead and zinc miner in Picher and they lived there until Alice was about five, moving north of Nebraska City as a farming family. She attended District #1 country school.  Alice met Carl A. Schneider, Jr. at a dance in Nebraska City and the rest became her legacy. The dance continued as they married on December 26, 1939 during a raging snowstorm in Rockport, Missouri.  They returned to live in the Peru area where five children were added to the dance, Gary Lee, Leland Carl, Dennis Michael, John Wayne and Karen Sue.  Alice danced alongside her husband running a restaurant in Peru as well as a farmer’s wife doing chores and keeping the family strong.  Alice started to work at Dan and Debbie Dare Sewing factory in Auburn, NE.

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Clara “Phyllis” (Holt) Anderson

Clara “Phyllis” (Holt) Anderson, 92 years of age, of Beatrice passed away Monday, February 25, 2019 at Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City. She was born on November 7, 1926 in Bancroft, Kansas to Forrest and Grace (Heffner) Holt. Phyllis was raised in rural Kansas and graduated from high school at Wetmore, Kansas. She continued her education receiving her teaching certificate from Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas. Upon graduation, Phyllis married Robert “Bob” Anderson on April 28, 1946 and they moved to DuBois. To this union, one daughter was born, Connie. She spent several years teaching at rural schools where she loved her pupils and their well-being was very important to her. Phyllis was an exceptional seamstress. She sewed outfits for cheerleaders, wedding ensembles and made her granddaughters wedding dress. Phyllis didn’t mind when guys came with a stack of overalls that needed patched.

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Phyllis Louise (Edgerton) Johnson

Phyllis Louise (Edgerton) Johnson, 84 years, 3 months and 27 days, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Pawnee City, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019. She was the sixth child born to Lloyd and Myrtle (Ellsworth) Edgerton on October 19, 1934 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

Phyllis and her siblings attended country school west of Pawnee City until 1942 when their father passed away and they moved to town.

The family did not have a lot of money, but there was a lot of love in the house. They entertained themselves by riding the pony (while still on the farm) and playing a lot of outside games. Phyllis broke her arm when she was young and could not play in the family ball game. However, she was watching the game and her brother threw the bat and broke her nose.

After graduation from Pawnee City High School in 1952, she moved to Omaha to get a job. She lived in an apartment with her sister Carolyn at first and then with Yvonne, Janice and Earleen.

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Helen Marie (Johnson) Schuetz

Helen Marie (Johnson) Schuetz, 83, of Humboldt, Nebraska was born October 10, 1935 in Pawnee City, Nebraska to Ralph and Nellie Mae (Colson) Johnson. She graduated from Bratton Union High School in Richardson County with the class of 1953. Helen was united in marriage to Joe Tichy in 1954. To this union four children were born Vicki, Laura, Robert and Ronald. The couple later divorced and in 1978 Helen married Butch Schuetz. The couple adopted their daughters Lisa and Sue Ann McKee.

Helen passed away on February 17, 2019, at Premier Estates in Pawnee City, Nebraska having reached the age of eighty-three years, four months and seven days. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Laura Marie Tichy, brothers Ralph Jr. and Richard Johnson, granddaughter Serenity Kay Marie McKee, brother-in-law Hank Sullwold and nephews Terry Sullwold and Steve Johnson.

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DeLores Jeanene Dougherty

DeLores Jeanene Dougherty, 89, of Beatrice died Friday afternoon, February 15, 2019 at the Beatrice Community Hospital. She was born on October 29, 1929 at Beatrice and attended Beatrice High School. She married Paul Dougherty on March 13, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She worked as a switchboard operator for Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph for three years and then at BSDC on the switchboard for 22 years, retiring in 1989 as the switchboard supervisor. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Beatrice and was a member of a quilting group. She enjoyed her family and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, quilting, crafts, gardening, cooking, camping and going to the cabin.

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Norman L. Kroemer

Norman L. Kroemer, 64, of Bern, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital.

Norman L. Kroemer was born on June 23, 1954 at the Axtell Hospital to Lavern and Evelyn (Fritch) Kroemer. Norman lived his first 25 years on the family farm north of Seneca on the Nebraska State Line, where his family raised cattle, hogs, chickens, had a large garden and enjoyed living the country life.

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