1941 — 2016
Funeral Services for Merle Reinke, age 74 of Neligh, were held Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater with Pastor Toni Nolze, officiating. Music provided by Carol Thiele.
Burial was at the Clearwater Cemetery with Military Rites by Neligh American Legion Post #172.
Pallbearers were Jame Kuhl, Jerry Behnk, Barton Koinzan, Ryan Lichtenberg, Roger Huntley and Dave Behnk.
Honorary Pallbearers were Karen Keifer, Karen Howards, Chris Anson, Bev Ziems, Sandy Koinzan, and Pat Decker. Merle passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.
Merle Ray Reinke was born on September 4, 1941 to Omer and Margaret (Leiding) Reinke at Clearwater, Nebraska. He attended High School in Meadow Grove, NE. On November 18, 1960 he enlisted in the United States Air Force at Omaha, NE and was discharged on November 17, 1964 at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona.
Merle farmed and did custom farming and drove truck for many years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, being with family and friends.
He was a member of the Neligh American Legion Post #172.
Merle was survived by his children: Tammy Jenkins of Oregon, Teresa and Gary Schindler of Elgin, Nebraska, Dianne Byrd of Alaska, Billy Reinke of Oregon, Bobbie Amaro of Norfolk, Nebraska, and Dustin and Liz Reinke of Oregon, 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Sisters and Brothers: Bonnie Hickenbottom of Ansley, Nebraska, Millie and Dan Virstka of Tucson, Arizona, Dale Reinke of Tucson, AZ, and Loren and Gloria Reinke of Howard, Nebraska. Preceded in death by parents, brother-in-law, Mick Hickenbottom and sister-in-law, Lois Reinke.
1926 — 2016
Robert D. “Bob” Hofacker, 89 of Elgin, NE passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society-Albion. Funeral servi-ces was held Monday, February 8, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, NE with Pastor David Kuhfal officiating. Burial followed at West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin. Military rites were provided by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin, and the American Legion Riders.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Robert DeLain Hofacker, son of Paul John and Viola (Heidemann) Hofacker, was born March 21, 1926 on his family’s farm east of Elgin, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden, NE, attended school at St. Clair Dist. 2 in Antelope County and graduated from Tilden High School in 1942.
Bob was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps on June 28, 1944 and was honorably discharged on June 30, 1945, returning home to farm with his father for the next 17 years.On October 24, 1948, Bob married Bonnie Lou Medcalf at the Grace Lutheran Parsonage in Neligh, NE. The couple made their home on the family farm where they were blessed with two children: Kenneth and Shirley. In 1962, after much soul searching, he made a major life decision to leave the family farm he loved.
Bonnie and he purchased the Elgin Bowl from Henry Jennings. This required some creative thinking as he was moving from his comfort zone of plowing, planting and feeding cattle to filling his newly acquired four lane bowling alley with league bowlers five nights a week. He was always on the hunt to create a new bowling team, and of course, looking for someone to get the perfect 300 game so he could put their name as high weekly score on the big chalk board. After selling the bowling alley in 1970, he managed the Farmers Coop Exchange (FCX) fertilizer division in Elgin for 20 years. His hard work and leadership helped grow that division and the business. He greatly missed his loyal customers and the employees after his retirement in 1990.
Over the years, he loved his fishing trips to Minnesota and South Dakota and the weekend bowling tournaments he attended across Nebraska in the 70’s.
Bob married Bulah (Johnson) Miller on July 6, 1990 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Tilden, NE and they made their home in Elgin.
Together they enjoyed pulling the camper to country music festivals for the past 25 years. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very important to him. He was always interested in what they were up to, but never fully grasped the concept of FaceTime as a communication device to talk and see them all at once. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin, NE since 1962 and served eight years each on the Elgin City Council and Antelope County Board of Supervisors. He was also a past member of the Northeast Nebraska Area on Aging Board and West Cedar Valley Cemetery Board. He was currently serving on the Antelope County Weed Board and was a member of the American Legion Post 229 of Elgin for 54 years.
Bob is survived by his wife Bulah Hofacker of Elgin; children: Kenneth (Janet) Hofacker of Naperville, IL; Shirley (Martin) Thorberg of Elgin; step-son David (Ruth) Miller of Oakdale; Step-daughter Teresa (Tom) Schwarting of Norfolk; grandchildren: Aaron (Kendra) Thorberg of Mullen, NE; Brock (Kristin) Thorberg of Lincoln, NE; Megan (Josh) Biller of Evergreen, CO; Jonathan Hofacker and Brent Hofacker of Chicago, IL; step-grandchildren: Jill (Andy) Follmer of Omaha; Michael Miller of Oakdale; Allen Miller of Tilden; three great-grandchildren: Owen and Emerson Thorberg of Mullen; Conrad Biller of Evergreen, CO; sister-in-law: Dorothy (Ed) Ambrozic of Mill Creek, WA; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Viola; first wife Bonnie Hofacker in 1987; and his sister Thelma Brandt.
1921 — 2016
Gertrude M. Thiem, 95 of Albion, NE passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at her home in Albion, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion, NE with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment will follow at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Petersburg, NE. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Gertrude Mary Thiem, the daughter of Henry and Catherine (Raemaker) Schaecher, was born February 1, 1921 at Lindsay, NE. She receieved her education at Lindsay schools. On January 23, 1940, Gertrude was united in marriage to Raymond Thiem at the St. John the Baptist Catholic School chapel. Following their marriage, the couple lived east of Loretto, NE where they farmed.
Gertrude was a housewife and also helped her husband with the farm work. She was an avid bird watcher, a great pie maker, especially apple pies, enjoyed playing pickle cards, and was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Christian Mothers and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, NE as well as St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion, NE.
Gertrude is survived by her children: James (Diane) Thiem of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Mary (Denis) Dozler of Albion, NE; Tom (Pat) Thiem of Fort Calhoun, NE; Lucy Morgan of Albion, NE; Dick (Jeanette) Thiem of Ashland, NE; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brother: Harry Schaecher of San Jose, CA; and sister: Rosie Smith of Mount Angel, OR;
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray; two sons: Bob and Bill Thiem; three brothers; and four sisters.
February 4, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Duane E. Kallhoff
1932 - 2016
Funeral services for Duane E. Kallhoff, age 83, of Tilden, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden.
Reverend Michael Awe will officiate, with burial to be in Lutheran Cemetery in Tilden.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7603, American Legion Post 170, and American Legion Riders.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden.
Duane died Sunday, January 31, 2016, at his residence.
Duane E. Kallhoff, son of August and Nilah (Buck) Kallhoff, was born November 26, 1932, in Wheeler County, Nebraska. He was baptized at First Christian Church in Wayne, Nebraska on July 20, 1947.
Duane graduated from Tilden High School in 1949. He farmed prior to entering the United States Army. He served his country from 1955 until 1959. Duane was a Battalion Supply Sergeant with 106 Transportation Company.
On April 3, 1955, he was united in marriage to Karleen Sanne at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden by Reverend H.H. Sagehorn. One son, Steve, was born to them.
Duane was involved in sales work with Kohl’s Chevrolet and Case at Tilden. He then was manager and co-owner of Meadow Grove Grain Company. After selling the elevator in 1979, Duane became a sales representative for Kent Feed Company.
He retired in 1998. He became a communicant member of Immanuel Lutheran Church on March 29, 1955, and was a longtime member of the church choir.
Duane enjoyed his 4-H years with St. Clair Valley Feeders. He was a past member of Toastmaster in Norfolk, Nebraska and the Lions Club in Meadow Grove, Nebraska. Duane was proud to have been a past member of the Tilden Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
He served eight years on the Tilden City Council. Duane was also a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7603 and American Legion Post 170 both of Tilden, in which he served on the Color Guard.
Duane is survived by his wife, Karleen; son Steve and wife Tammy of Tilden; grandchildren, Sarah and Scott of Tilden; great-grandson, Jace of Berthold, North Dakota; brother-in-law, Caryl Carstensen of Mesa, Arizona; nieces, Debra Schmoker, Diane Slaight, and Denise Cook; three great-nephews; three great-nieces; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Donna Carstensen.
Please direct memorials to Tilden Volunteer Fire Department, Tilden Rescue Squad, Meadow Grove Rescue Squad, Tilden-Meadow Grove Foundation, or Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, Nebraska.
February 4, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1939 — 2016
Marian R. Phipps, 76, of Omaha (formerly of Elgin), passed away Tuesday, January 19th at her home after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Marian was born on July 19, 1939, in Elgin, NE to John and Rose Baum.
She graduated in 1957 from St. Boniface High School.
Over the years, Marian worked as a Ward Clerk at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Norfolk and Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Omaha.
For over 20 years she worked at Cram Foreign Auto delivering parts.
Most importantly, Marian will be remembered for her love of family and friends, her strong faith and her generosity.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose Baum; sister, Elizabeth Kelly and husband Norman; brother-in-law, Clarence Schmitt.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, David Phipps; five children and two step-children, Carla (John) Schaffer of Norfolk, Tim (Chris) Carter of Norfolk, David (Jennifer) Phipps of Chandler, AZ, Eric (Laura) Phipps of Omaha, Kelli (Chad) Dumont of Omaha, Dave (Joni) Phipps of Columbus, NE and Sheryl Phipps of Norfolk. She is also survived by sisters, Helen Schmitt, Marjorie (James) White, and Barbara (Jerome) Reicks; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Memorial Mass will be held Monday, February 15, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church (5801 Oak Hills Dr.) in Omaha.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, February 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary Service at Braman Mortuary (Southwest Chapel), (6505 S. 144th St.) Omaha.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to Catholic Charities or the Cancer Research Institute.
Visit www.bramanmortuary.com to leave a condolence