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Donna Mae Armstrong

August 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donna Mae Armstrong
1927 — 2014
Donna Mae Armstrong passed away peacefully on August 2, 2014, in the company of Family, Friends, and Loved Ones.
She is survived by her husband, Lou, of 68 yrs.; three sons: Dana, Terry, and Patrick; and grandchildren: Shawn, Rebecca, Mike, and Charlie; and great grandchildren: Macon, Max, Abbey, Molly, and Ashley. She has been preceded by her parents: Warren and Mary; and her sisters: Gladys, Ruth, Nadine, and Esther.
She was an active member of Oak Meadows United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas. She was born June 28, 1927, and raised on the Riggs’ Family Dairy Farm in Elgin, Nebraska, where she delivered daily milk door-to-door, to the community, with her sisters. She married Lou E. Armstrong, after his return from U.S. Naval Service in World War ll.
They farmed, and raised their family, til Lou joined Braniff Airways in 1954 and they moved to Norfolk, NE.
Lou worked for Braniff for 35 years, and Northwest Air for 10 years. With Braniff; they lived and worked in Omaha, Chattanooga, San Antonio, and Seattle. They traveled to Mexico, South America, Canada, Europe, Alaska and Hawaii. They called San Antonio “Home”. She worked for Handy Andy and Foodway Grocery, Braniff, President of own ArmWel Construction Company and Artistic Luggage. Holidays, special occasions, and family get-togethers were always her cherished times, as she hosted and cooked her recipes for family and friends. She was warm, giving, and generous with her life. She will be missed by a great many. A Memorial Service was held at Oak Meadows United Methodist in San Antonio on Aug. 16, 2014.

Joseph Schlenz

August 21, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Joseph B. Schlenz
1930 — 2014
Memorial services for Joseph Schlenz, 84, of Norfolk was held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Home for Funerals, Norfolk: Reverend Mike Malloy officiated.
Joseph died Wednes-day, August 13, 2014 at Faith Regional Health Services.
Joseph was born March 1, 1930 to John and Ragina (Schlinzel) Schlenz at Elgin, NE.
He grew up and attended school at Elgin.  On February 7, 1961 joseph married Margaret Draney in Omaha. Joseph did custom farming throughout the area for many years. Joseph then worked for Eldon Mrsny for over 20 years. Joseph is survived by his wife Margaret, 5 children Jolene and friend Wayne Kendrick of MO, Tom Schlenz of Norfolk, Lynda and Brad Swanson of Meadow Grove, Mike Schlenz of Norfolk, Renee Schlenz of Council Bluffs, IA, 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a sister Mary Roland of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister.

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.

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