1921 — 2015
Raymond J. Reestman, 93 of Elgin, NE passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed at the parish cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Raymond Joseph Reestman, son of Gerhard and Agnes (Oberbrockling) Reestman, was born August 26, 1921 in Petersburg. He grew up on a farm near Raeville and attended St. Bonaventure School and Church. He entered the United States Army on August 7, 1942 serving in Battery A-531st AAAW Battalion, attached to the 30th Infantry Division in World War II. He received the Good Conduct Metal, Sharpshooter badge on the M-1 rifle, five Battle Stars for action in the Battle of Normandy (Omaha Beach), northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and Central Europe. He also received the Victory Medal and French Medal before being honorably discharged on November 9, 1945 with the rank of Sergeant.
On January 20, 1948, Ray married Catherine A. Zwingman at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville. They resided on the same farm east of Elgin for 45 years where Ray farmed and raised livestock, until retiring and moving to Elgin in 1994. In 2014, they entered the Golden Living Center in Neligh.
Ray was a lifelong member of St. Bonaventure Parish, serving as Trustee on the parish council, member of the Knights of Columbus Council 244, and life member of American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. He enjoyed baseball, bowling and family. He was a fan for life of the Yankees, Huskers, Lakers and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s’ activities.
Ray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Catherine; two children: Janice (Duane) Esau of Elgin; Roger Reestman of Omaha; daughter-in-law: Marilyn Reestman of Elgin; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother: Joseph Reestman of Oakdale; one sister: Betty (Jerome) Temme of Petersburg; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ron Reestman in 2001; one brother: Norbert Reestman; three sisters: Irene Camp, Alice Schmitz, and Marie Zwingman.
1990 — 2015
Kyle Edward Thomas Faust, 25 died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at his home in Elgin, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (today) at St. John’s Catholic Church in Petersburg with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating.
Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.
Levander Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Kyle Edward Thomas Faust, the son of Steven A. and Jane M. (Petsche) Faust, was born February 22, 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in Petersburg and confirmed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion.
Kyle attended St. John’s elementary school in Petersburg through the sixth grade and received his seventh and eighth grade education at Boone Central Schools.
Kyle attended Elgin Public High School and graduated in 2008.
Following graduation, Kyle enjoyed welding and worked at various jobs around the area including several hog confinements, worked as a farmhand for Morrison Farms at Clearwater, Nebraska, Jerry’s Feed Service in Elgin, and most recently for Sidump’r Trailer in Columbus.
Kyle enjoyed working with cars, especially detailing them, but his greatest love and enjoyment were his two boys, Landon and Bentley.
Surviving Kyle are his two sons: Landon Drake and Bentley Dwayne Faust of Albion; parents: Steve and Jane Faust of Petersburg; one sister: Krystle Buntemeyer and husband Aaron and niece Ella of Kearney, NE; grandmother: Esther Petsche of Petersburg; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and special friend Tara Vaughan of Elgin.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Edward and Elaine Faust and Lawrence Petsche.
1920 — 2015
Philip E. Lee of Ewing passed away, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Ewing Full Gospel Church in Ewing with Pastor Wayne Smith officiating. Interment followed at the Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater with military rites by American Legion Post 214 of Ewing. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Philip Edwin Lee, son of Frank and Blanche (Appuhn) Lee, was born January 10, 1920 at Ashland, NE. He attended a rural school before moving with his father to Illinois. In 1938, he hitchhiked to Milford, NE, and later that year found work on the Bar H ranch near Clearwater, NE.
On June 9, 1941, Phil married Ileen Florence Cary at O’Neill, NE The couple honeymooned at Boise, ID, where they spent a happy ‘working honeymoon’. Phil found work picking cherries and later picking corn by hand, before returning to Nebraska. He was drafted into the Army in August 1944 and then trained at Ft. Robinson and in Arkansas before being deployed to Europe to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. During the occupation of Germany, Phil served as body guard to General Dwight Eisenhower and did some guard duty for General George Patton, before being honorably discharged on July 3, 1946 and returning to Clearwater, NE.
The couple became parents to a baby boy David in 1948. He was diagnosed with nephritis at age 3 ½ and passed away a year later. Phil worked as a farm hand until purchasing a farm near Page, NE in 1962. He continued farming there until selling the farm and purchasing a house in Ewing, NE in 1992, following a battle with cancer.
Phil gave his heart and life to the Lord in 1947 and was a devoted Christian the rest of his life. He enjoyed trees and planted over 1500 on their farm, and his love for airplanes pushed him to take flying lessons later in life.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ileen in July 2014, son David, and five siblings: Frances, Wayne, Pauline, Fern and Maxine.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, his church family and a host of friends.
March 6, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1916 — 2015
Thresia Tunink, age 97, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died Monday November 24, 2014 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Funeral Mass was held Friday, November 28, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in the sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Early, Iowa. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Thresia Tunink was born December 19, 1916 in Elgin, Nebraska, the daughter of William and Catherine (Overmohle) Tunink.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in Elgin.
Thresia did house work and helped with children for many years. She cared for the William Salber family for four years after their mother passed away. She then worked at the Indian Missions in Marty, South Dakota for several years.
In 1940, she moved to Early, Iowa to keep house for her uncle, Henry Overmohle. She looked forward to the fishing trips to Minnesota that she and Henry took every fall. Everyone looked forward to her Fourth of July picnics with fried spring chicken, fresh strawberries and homemade ice cream. After Henry’s death, she was a hot lunch cook at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Early. She retired from there to give full-time attention to her greenhouse that started as a hobby, but expanded into a thriving business. Thresia moved to the Villa in Storm Lake, where she continued her love of sewing and quilting. She quilted many beautiful quilts for friends and relatives. She entered Methodist Manor Retirement Community in 2011. Thresia was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where she served on the Sacred Heart Guild. After moving to Storm Lake, she became a member of the St. Mary’s Parish. Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, Jerry Tunink of Neligh, Nebraska; sisters, Loretta Zegers of Petersburg, Nebraska, and Mary Ann Kloewer of Fremont, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Thresia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Father Wilfred, OSB, Tony Tunink, and Leo Tunink (in infancy); and sisters, Philomena Wilwerding, and Betty Wolff.
March 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1921 — 2015
Harold B. Miller, 93 of Elgin passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at his home.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (today) at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, with Reverends Michael and Janet Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Harold B. Miller, twin son of William H. and Elizabeth (Smith) Miller, was born June 6, 1921 in his family’s home, on a farm near Elgin. He attended school at Sheldon rural district #148 through the 10th grade, graduating from Elgin High School in 1939. He entered the US Navy on Sept. 9, 1942 and served during World War II. He was part of the D-Day invasion, commanding a Higgins boat landing British Commandoes on Juno Beach at 3:00 a.m. on June 6, 1944, his 23rd birthday. At 9 a.m. his LST landed on the beach, where they remained until the tide returned. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Petty Officer in December 1945.
On May 29, 1946, Harold married Arlene M. Edwards at Neligh. Harold was engaged in farming and raising cattle, while the couple made their home on the Miller Farm where he was born, they lived all their married life, and where he passed away. They were blessed with two sons: James and Richard.
Harold was a member of American Legion Post 229 of Elgin, served many years on the Elgin Township board, as well as rural and town school boards. He was a founding member of the Elkhorn Valley Fiddlers which formed circa 1964, entertaining at nursing homes and around the area for over 30 years. One of his favorite pastimes was debating with county officials. He was an avid square dancer and member of the Antelope Promenaders and Oakdale Country Spinners square dance clubs.
He also enjoyed clog dancing, even on and past his 90th birthday. He was a published poet, with a poetry column in the Elgin Review and a book titled, “The Prairie Poet.”.
He is survived by his sons: James (Patricia) Miller of Elgin; Richard Miller of Elgin; two granddaughters: Amanda (Blake) Dills of Oklahoma City, OK; Katie Miller of Chicago, IL; brother Lyle Miller of Neligh; twin brother: Gerald “Red” (Lois) Miller of Norfolk; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, wife Arlene in 1996, five brothers: Charles (Mary), Clifford, William (Ethel), Berle (Harriet), and Paul; and two sisters-in-law: Lena Miller and Edna Wilkinson.