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Orvilla Bivin

August 21, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Orvilla R. “Butch” Bivin
1946 — 2014
Orvilla R.”Butch” Bivin, 68 of Elgin, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
A me-morial visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Orvilla Rae Bivin, daughter of James Orville and Bernadine Marie (Partridge) Hembree, was born April 15, 1946 at Loveland, CO.
She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, CO. She worked various jobs, often including housekeeping.
Butch married Dale Dennis in 1966 and the couple lived in Greeley, CO. In 1972, Dale passed away and Butch moved.
She lived many various places, never staying too long in any one town.
On January 8, 1987, she married Leonard Stanley Bivin in Nevada. They lived in Carson City, NV where Butch did housekeeping, and took schooling to fix and repair slot machines. In 1996, they divorced and Butch moved to Idaho where she lived with her sister Sharon for eight years.
She moved to Elgin, NE in 2002 where she worked in housekeeping at the Elgin One Stop. She entered the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE in June 2014, where she passed away Monday, August 11, 2014, following a battle with cancer.
She is survived by three siblings: Sharon S. Floth of Boise, ID; Carole J. (Robert) Getzfred of Elgin, NE; Richard (Cheryl) Hembree of Greeley, CO; one sister-in-law: Angela Hembree of Manchester, NH; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Butch was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dale Dennis Sr.; son Dale Dennis Jr.; brother Jack L. Hembree; and brother-in-law George Floth.

Koreen Benda

August 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Koreen Benda
1938 — 2014
Koreen K. Benda, 75 of Bloomfield, NE passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at St. Bonaven-ture Catholic Church in Raeville with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Inter-ment followed in the parish cemetery. Visitation was held from  5-7 p.m. Monday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Koreen Kay Benda was born November 19, 1938 to Robert and Verna Benda at Petersburg, NE. She lived at home several years before going to reside at North Star in Bloomfield for thirty-six years.
She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, eating out and working puzzles. She cleaned at the bank and delivered newspapers at Bloomfield for several years.
Koreen is survived by three brothers: Bob (LeeAnn) Benda of Prague, NE; Noel (Judy) Benda and Dave (Delores) Benda, all of Petersburg, NE; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; along with her caretakers and friends at North Star, who she considered her family and loved them all as family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Verna Benda; maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Don Merchen

August 8, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Don Merchen
1948 — 2014
Don Duane Merchen, age 65 of Petersburg, Nebraska, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at his home. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Methodist Church in Elgin, Nebraska.  He was born in Osmond, Nebraska, on November 8, 1948, to Otto Merchen and Bessie Parsons and grew up on the family farm near Bloomfield, Nebraska, with his siblings Richard, Maxine, Gene, and Dale. He attended rural school up to the 8th Grade. He also attended Bloomfield High School where he rode in the Bloomfield High School Rodeo. While working as a rodeo clown in Texas, Don lost his teeth when he was struck in the mouth by a bull’s horn. Don’s passion for hunting led him to Colorado to work as a hunting guide at Hollis Atwood for a few years, and after he was diagnosed with MS in 1975, he continued to hunt, fish, and enjoy life for 39 years.  His motto in life was “where there is a will, there is a way.”
In 1975, he married Pam Hanefeldt and to this union his daughter Janice was born.  On July 2, 1983, he married Crystal Toelle and their 31 year side-by-side journey began.
His greatest joy was his family and he truly enjoyed spending time with his grandkids.
Don is survived by his wife Crystal of Petersburg;  daughter Janice Nichols and her husband Chris, and grandkids Karissa, Aliya, and Cade, of Columbus, NE; sister Maxine Mormann of Crofton; brother Dale of Harrisburg, Oregon; 2 nephews, 2 nieces, 1 great nephew, and 1 great niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brothers Richard and Gene.
Nebraska Cremation was in charge of arrangements.

Alice Funk

August 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Alice Funk
1926 — 2014
Funeral services for Alice Funk age 88 of Clearwater, Ne were 10:00 am, Friday, July 25, 2014  at St. John’s Catholic Church rural Clearwater with Father James Kramper officiating. Music was provided by Carol Thiele, Organist, Mark and Julie Dwyer and St. John’s Choir.
Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Aaron Kimes, Nathan Kimes, John Paul Kimes, Benjamin Meis, Bart Meis, Eric Meis, Adrian Feijoo, Garrett Dwyer, Kylee Funk, Adam Funk, Jared Breay, Ethan Breay, Brandon Funk, and Justin Funk.
Visitation was Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with a 7:00 Wake service at the church. Alice passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.
Arrangements are being conducted by Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Alice Marie Elizabeth Thramer Funk was born on March 20, 1926 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Rotherham) Thramer at her grandparents home rural Ewing, NE.
She grew up on the farm west of Knievel’s Store until 1938, when they moved to Antelope County. She attended country school until 8th grade. Her parents wanted her to attend a catholic high school so she lived with her grandmother while attending Sacred Heart High School in Norfolk, Ne and graduated with the Class of 1943.
After graduating from High School she worked at the Fair Store in Norfolk, Ne. On April 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Clarence Funk at St. John’s Catholic Church rural Clearwater. Alice was an excellent cook, enjoyed baking, reading, dance, and music. She especially enjoyed being with her family. Her coffee pot was always on. She was a member of the Christian Mother’s at St. John’s Catholic Church.
Survived by her children: Elaine (Tom) Kimes of Clearwater, NE, Jodine (Marvin) Meis of Elgin, NE, Janette Feijoo of Denver, CO, Mary Alice (Mike) Dwyer of Bartlett, NE, Jim (Bev) Funk of Clearwater, NE, Elizabeth (Ed) Funk Breay of Greeley, CO, Ron (Angela) Funk of Clearwater, NE. 26 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Sister, Bernadine (Bob) Walnofer of O’Neill, NE. Sister-in-laws: Yvonne Thramer of Ewing, NE, Joan Thramer and Joyce Thramer of both of O’Neill, NE, Marilyn Ziska of Atkinson, NE, and Vera Dell Stuhr of Elgin, NE.
Preceded in death by: her parents, husband passed away 1999, infant son, Jerry. Sister, Loretta Tagel and husband Ludwig. Brothers: Alex, Mark, and Clet Thramer. Brother’s-in-law: Phillip Thiele, LaVern Stuhr, and Kenny Ziska. Son-in-law, Julio Feijoo. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Margaret Funk. Great grandson, Elliot Dooner.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com.

Ileen Lee

August 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Ileen F. Lee
1921 — 2014
Ileen F. Lee, 93 of Ewing, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at her home in Ewing.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Ewing Full Gospel Church in Ewing, with Pastor Wayne Smith officiating.
Interment followed at the Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Ileen Florence Cary, daughter of Elmer and Jessie (Hemenway) Cary, was born June 15, 1921 near Clearwater, NE. She attended rural School District #7 with her 11 siblings; the same school her mother had attended as a child. She took Normal Training classes to prepare her for teaching school, and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1940.
Ileen was married to Philip Lee on June 9, 1941 at O’Neill, NE. The couple honeymooned at Boise, ID, where they spent a happy ‘working honeymoon’. Ileen worked for neighborhood women ironing, cleaning, canning and whatever it took to maintain a home. She canned the tree ripened fruit, a task she had learned as a young girl.
After returning to Nebraska in October 1941, the couple lived and worked in the Ewing area, until Phil was drafted and they moved to Little Rock, AR during his training. After six weeks, Ileen returned to Ewing, NE and worked in several homes as a hired girl while her husband served overseas in World War II. In 1946, Ileen was diagnosed with an incurable heart valve disorder and Phil returned home to her after receiving his discharge. In 1947, following their attendance to Evangelistic Services in Clearwater and accepting the Lord, the pain of her ailment was gone and she was healed.
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. Following this difficult time, Ileen renewed her teaching certificate and resumed teaching for the next 26 years before retiring.
The couple purchased a farm near Page, NE in 1962 where they lived and farmed the next 30 years before selling the farm and moving to Ewing, NE in 1992.
Ileen enjoyed many things, including joining her husband in taking lessons to fly airplanes and spending their 60th wedding anniversary on a Hot Air Balloon ride.
She was a committed Christian throughout the years; always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone. Our loss is Heaven’s gain!
Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, son David, and 11 siblings: Edna, Wallace, Alice, Leslie, Martha, Nettie, Esther, Dorothy, Emery, Giles and Ethel.
She leaves to mourn her passing: her husband of nearly 73 years, Philip Lee of Ewing, NE; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

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