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.
1925 — 2015
Services for Irene Kathryn Knutson, 89, were Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk with burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery. She died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Savanna Pines in Lincoln.
Irene Kathryn Knutson, daughter of John and Rose (Pudwill) Scherer, was born on March 12, 1925 in Pollock, S.D.
She was a graduate of Mobridge, S.D, High School. Following graduation she took voice lessons at the University of Minnesota.
She married Bernard Knutson on April 4, 1948, in Huron, S.D. They had six children: Linda (Peter) Korschaug of Ames, Iowa, Karla (Nick) Kounavis of Lincoln, Karlene (Gerald) Moser of Elgin, David and wife Shelley of Scottsbluff, Loring and wife Nancy of Bryan, Texas and Cindy (Craig) Magwire of Lincoln. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Norfolk and the First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff.
Irene was an accomplished vocalist, singing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, performing live on the Arthur Godfrey Show at an Aberdeen radio station and also singing for many weddings, funerals and other events.
She was also a volunteer at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Survivors included all her children; one brother, Don Scherer of California; three sisters, Nita Pengray of California, Norma Colavita of New Jersey and Janice Barker of New Mexico; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bernard, one sister and five brothers.
Memorials can be sent to the First Baptist Church Choir at 3009 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361.
1923 — 2015
Beth Knudson, 91, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Brookstone Acres in Columbus.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 24, at Highland Park Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Mike Escen officiating. Interment followed in the Oakdale Cemetery, Oakdale, Nebraska, on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Visitation was held Monday evening at the Gass Haney Funeral Home and again on Tuesday morning at the church prior to the service.
Etta Beth Knudson was born October 17, 1923, in Elgin, Nebraska, to Oliver and Gertrude (Trenery) Carmichael.
She attended district school in Antelope County and graduated from Elgin High School.
Beth then attended Wayne State Teachers College and then graduated from school of Cosmetology and Barbering in Grand Island.
On September 25, 1949, Beth was united in marriage to James Knudson in Newman Grove, Nebraska. After moving to Columbus, Beth opened Beths Beauty Shop, which she operated for many years. Beth enjoyed all types of painting and teaching others her skills. Beth was a member of Highland Park Evangelical Free Church.
Beth is survived by many nieces and nephews; and one brother-in-law
She was preceded in death by: Parents: Oliver and Gertrude Carmichael; Husband: James Knudson; and Sister: Ima Rose Barrett.
Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com
1931 — 2015
Celebration of Life for Albert W. Schindler age 83 of Neligh, will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh with Pastor John Petersen, Officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 am to time of service.
Albert passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh. Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
In Lieu of Flowers family would like donations to Neligh American Legion or charity of choice.
Albert William Schindler was born on March 10, 1931 to George and Rose (Crocker) Schindler in Ewing, Ne. He attended rural country school in Ewing.
In entered the United States Army on March 19, 1952 at Omaha, NE and was discharged on February 5, 1954 at Camp Carson Colorado. During this time he serviced in the Korea War.
On July 15, 1961 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Scholl at St. John’s Catholic in rural Clearwater.
He was a security guard in Omaha, farmed, and worked at S&S Country General/Bomgaars. Albert liked to watch TV, fish and hunt.
He was a member of Neligh American Legion Post #172 and VFW. “Grandpa” loved spending time with family and friends and making people laugh and bringing them joy.
Survived by his wife, Evelyn of Neligh, NE. Children: Kim and husband, Russ Marsh of Yankton, SD, Jeff Schindler of Neligh, NE, Scott and wife, Lanee Schindler of Yankton, SD, and Matt and wife, Krista Schindler of Neligh, NE. Nine grandchildren: Logan, Noah, and Calvin Marsh; Chelsea and Shelby Schindler; Tyler and Cameron Schindler; Alex and Adan Schindler. Two great Grandchildren: Mason and Everly DeJonge. Brother and sisters: Otto Schindler of Neligh, Eddie & Marlene Schindler of Neligh, NE, Freddie Schindler of Norfolk, NE, Georgia Hoefer of Neligh, NE, Sharon and Don Lallier of Orchard, NE, and Rita and Stan Clifton of Orchard, NE.
Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janet Kallhoff. Infant daughter, Mary. Infant granddaughter of Savanah Schindler.
HE LIVED, HE LAUGHED, HE LOVED
Condolences may be directed to family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com
Marilyn J. Norton
1937 — 2015
Memorial services were held on Monday, February 9, 2015, at the Louisville, NE. Methodist Church for Marilyn J. Norton.
Marilyn Jean, daughter of Laura (Storie) and Elmer Welburn was born on May 26, 1937, at Oakdale NE. She was a graduate of Elgin High School with the class of 1954. On February 17, 1957, she was united in marriage with Maurice R. Norton in Germany where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.
Survivors include her husband, Maurice,of Louisville; one daughter, Maureen (Larry) Gulizia; two sons, Mitchel; and Marshall (Carrie); four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne and Lynn; one sister-in-law Linda (Bill) Cooley, one brother-in-law, Gene (Nancy) Norton. She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.