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Judy Maxine Wagner Olson

April 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Judy Maxine Wagner Olson
1945 — 2016
Funeral Services for Judy Maxine Wagner Olson, age 70 of Elgin were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2016 at United Methodist Church in Neligh with Pastor Bruce Phillips, Officiating.  Music was provided by Marie Krohn Pianist, Deb Carden Soloist, Sara Bode, Erin Beckman and Karissa Dicke Guitarist. Pallbearers were Bob Moore, Terry Novak, Tedd Adams, Randall Olson and Andrew Olson. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh, NE.  Visitation was from  4 - 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.
Judy passed away April 19, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Neligh, Nebraska surrounded by her family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com.
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Judy Maxine Jones was born on V-E Day, May 8, 1945, at the hospital in Tilden, NE, the daughter of Dale Everett and Darlene Maxine (Binger) Jones. Judy was always pleased about the fact that she was born on the actual day of Victory in Europe during WWII.
Dale was serving in the United States Army at the time of her birth and did not get home to meet her for several weeks.
She was baptized November 7, 1948 at the Antelope Creek Methodist Church, rural Elgin, NE.
She was confirmed on Palm Sunday, March 25, 1956 at the Methodist Church, Royal, NE.
She transferred her membership to the Oakdale United Methodist Church on May 15, 1966.  Judy grew up on farms in Antelope County attending Rural Schools Dist. 20 and Dist. 78. She graduated from Neligh High School with the class of 1962.
At the age of 14 Judy began working as a Nurse’s Aide at Neligh’s Antelope Memorial Hospital for 60 cents per hour. She was employed at the hospital for many years. She remained a faithful friend of Antelope Memorial Hospital serving as a volunteer for several years in retirement.
On July 12, 1964, Judy was united in marriage with Michael Allen Wagner at the United Methodist Church in Royal, NE. They began their married life on a farm southeast of Oakdale farming and dairying with Mike’s dad, Lewis Wagner.
In 1968 they moved to the Hotaling Family Farm (Mike’s grandparents’) north of Elgin, NE where they farmed until Mike’s death on July 17, 2004. Along with farming, they were Dekalb seed dealers for approximately 20 years. Michael and Judy are the parents of two children, Rohn Michael born in 1966; and Liane Lynne born in 1970.
After Mike’s death Judy continued to live on the family farm. She kept busy with activities of her two granddaughters, Stephanie Lynne Bode and Sara Michelle Bode, and also with activities of the Oakdale United Methodist Church. She especially enjoyed the yearly quilt making for the church’s senior graduates. Judy was also a special influence on friends on their own faith journey.
On August 2, 2014 Judy was united in marriage with Raymond Allen Olson at the Grace Community Church in Norfolk, NE. They made their home together on Judy’s farm near Elgin. Judy was diagnosed with cancer in September, 2015. Along with her faith, her husband was a source of strength during this battle with cancer.
Judy is survived by her husband, Raymond Olson of Elgin, NE; son Rohn and friend Teresa Hernandez of Broken Arrow, OK; daughter Liane and husband Ronnie Bode of Elgin, NE; granddaughters Stephanie Bode and Sara Bode of Elgin, NE; brother Gary and wife Donna Jones of Neligh, NE; niece Cindy and husband Neil Werkmeister of Tilden, NE; great-nephews Jesse Werkmeister; and Jacob and Traci Werkmeister and their children, Grady and Marlee all of Neligh, NE; uncle Darrell Binger of Plainview, NE; Raymond’s sons, Randall and wife Jayne Olson and their daughter, Rylee of Norfolk; Ryan and wife Cindra Olson and their sons Brennon, Raymond and Samuel of Virginia Beach, VA; and Russell and wife Tracey Olson and their sons Andrew and fiancée Meagan Drahota, Dylan, Isaiah, and Jadon all of Norfolk, NE; sister-in-law Barbara (Olson) and husband David Allen of Lyons, CO; and brother-in-law Alvin and wife Janie Olson of Clearwater, NE. Judy is also survived by many cousins and friends.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband Michael Wagner, parents Dale and Darlene Jones, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Judy will be remembered for many things. She always enjoyed the birds that made her farm their home. She spent time watching, feeding, and watering her birds. Judy loved to make baby quilts and tend to her flower gardens. Many of her friends and family loved her homemade Rhubarb pies and jams.

Joyce Thramer

April 20, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Joyce Thramer
1930 — 2016
Funeral Service for Joyce E. Thramer, age 85, of Ewing were 10 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing, NE with Father James Kramper, Officiating.
Music was provided by Bob and Rita Kester. Pallbearers were Rod Sisson, Scott Sisson, Casey Reiter, Paul Kresge, Brian Thramer, Zac Thramer, Travis Jackson, Jason Thramer, Derek Thramer, Cody Thramer, Andy Thramer, Ryan Thramer, Nic Thramer, Phil Thramer, Alex Thramer, Trevor Albert, and Tyler Albert.
Gift Bearers were Granddaughters. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Wake Service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing, Ne.
Music was provided by Mark and Julie Dwyer.
Joyce passed away April 13, 2016 at Golden Living Center in O’Neill, Ne.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
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Joyce Elaine Thramer was born to William and Luella (Kuester) Kerkman on August 3, 1930, in Elgin, Nebraska, the second of ten children,  and grew up on the family farm north of Elgin,
She attended District 46 West Cedar Valley School, rural Elgin, first through third grades, and St Boniface Catholic School where she graduated high school with the class of 1947.
Joyce lived at home and helped out the neighbors and family with cooking, cleaning and live-in caregiver.
She was united in marriage to Alex Thramer from rural Clearwater, on August 29th, 1950, at St Boniface Catholic Church, Elgin.  Joyce and Alex farmed for the next 9 years southwest of Clearwater and Neligh.
In 1959 they moved their family to Ewing, where they purchased the Gamble Store.  Through 59 years Joyce was always at Alex’s side and his partner through many endeavors and challenges: raising a family of 8 while working long &  hard on the farm, running the Gamble Store, Two Rivers Steakhouse & Cafe;   labored at Thramer Irrigation for 32 years until their retirement in 2008, while at the same time keeping up with Alex’s entrepreneurial spirit and dreams. Joyce had a passion for softball,  pitched for over 40 years, and proclaimed “the best darn fast ball pitcher in the country”.  Through the years Joyce enjoyed adventures  with Alex & his planes, bowling, skiing on  Goose Lake, Summerland dances,  Two Rivers days, where she was quoted as “the best bartender in Holt County”;  golfing outings with her grandchildren; and getting down and dirty in her flower gardens.
She made memories and supported her childrens’ and grandchildrens’ special events, filled with pride and forever keeping them in her heart and prayers.  Joyce and Alex enjoyed traveling and visiting their children, grandchildren, family and friends in the area, Colorado, Arizona, Hawaii, South Dakota, California and  Washington.
Joyce was an avid family history buff, and enjoyed countless days and years searching and connecting with family & friends.  The proof is in her collection of the multitude of history albums and scrapbooks! Anyone could ask her about anyone, and she would get back to them with all the details.
Joyce was a lifetime and devout Catholic, a parishioner of St. Boniface, St John & St Peter’s Catholic Churches, & Christian Mothers.
She was a  Ewing Community Club and Summerland Golf Course member, and Den Mother for the Boy Scouts.
Joyce leaves behind many fond and fun memories to her family: three daughters, Linda Wingett, Ewing; Vonnie (Paul) Kresge of Lafayette, Colorado; and Teena (Tony) Albert, from Omaha; three sons, Joe (Nancy) Thramer, Spalding; Chuck Thramer of Omaha;  & Pat (Deb) Thramer from Ewing; She was a dedicated and loving Grandma to her 28  grandchildren & 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard (Judy) Kerkman, & Cyril (Deb) Kerkman;  three sisters, Alice Kallhoff, Millie (Larry) Wanser, & Joanie (Larry) Luettel; along with many family and friends.
It is with tears of joy, celebration and peace that we commend the soul & spirit of our Mother, Grandma, sister, aunt, cousin & friend, to the glory and kingdom of  God, where she will be reunited with her parents, husband, Alex; her beloved daughters, Bev Thramer & Carol Jackson; grandson, Joshua Thramer;  her sister Phyllis Beckman; and her brothers Louis, Jim and Dean Kerkman, & a host of family and friends, greeting her with open arms.
Now, that’s a reunion!
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Floyd L. Henn, 86 of rural Clearwater, NE, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater, with Fr. James Kramper officiating.
Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin, NE.
Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at rural St. John’s, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
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Floyd LeRoy Henn, son of Sylvester and Ada (Stokes) Henn, was born May 9, 1929 at Elgin, NE.
He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, attended grade school at Bell Tower country school southwest of Elgin, and graduated from St. Boniface Catholic School in 1947. He was very proud of his perfect attendance, first grade through graduation.
He entered the United States Army, proudly fighting in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in March 1953.
On June 2, 1954, Floyd married Marlene Ann Kaster at rural St. John’s Catholic Church southwest of Clearwater. The couple lived and farmed southwest of Clearwater for 60+ years.
To this union four children were born: Cindy, Brenda, Pam and Kevin.
Floyd was a member of rural St. John’s Catholic Church, Pope John School Board, Home and School Organization, Knights of Columbus and secretary of the Clearwater Township.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards, visiting, reading, watching and reading war stories and following his grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife Marlene Henn of Clearwater, NE; three children: Brenda (Paul) Kuhlman of Petersburg, NE; Pam (Ray) Braband of Elgin, NE; Kevin Henn of Clearwater, NE; son-in-law Frank Bohaboj; 14 grandchildren: Kurt (Rita) Bohaboj of Bennington, NE; Keith Bohaboj of Fremont, NE; Alan (Aleisha) Bohaboj of Howells, NE; Jeremy (Amanda) Kuhlman of Edmond, OK; Matthew (Amanda) Kuhlman of Beatrice, NE; Christopher (Teri) Kuhlman of Gibbon, NE; Benjamin (Ashley) Kuhlman of Hickman, NE; Nathan (Lexee) Kuhlman of Lincoln, NE; Danielle Kuhlman of Lincoln, NE; AJ (Allison) Braband of Cleveland, OH; Dean Braband of Omaha, NE; Michael Braband of Elgin, NE; Beau Henn of Omaha, NE; Sgt. Derek Henn USAF of Offutt Air Force Base – Bellevue, NE; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Dean (Mary Jane) Henn, Dan (Raedean) Henn and Terry (Jan) Henn, all of Elgin, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Floyd was preceded in death by his daughter Cindy Bohaboj; parents Sylvester and Ada Henn; parents-in-law John and Ann Kaster; and four siblings: Roger Henn, Delores Henn, Lois Camp and Janie Overton.

Floyd Henn

April 8, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Floyd L. Henn
1929 — 2016
Floyd L. Henn, 86 of rural Clearwater, NE, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater, with Fr. James Kramper officiating.
Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin, NE.
Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at rural St. John’s, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
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Floyd LeRoy Henn, son of Sylvester and Ada (Stokes) Henn, was born May 9, 1929 at Elgin, NE.
He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, attended grade school at Bell Tower country school southwest of Elgin, and graduated from St. Boniface Catholic School in 1947. He was very proud of his perfect attendance, first grade through graduation.
He entered the United States Army, proudly fighting in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in March 1953.
On June 2, 1954, Floyd married Marlene Ann Kaster at rural St. John’s Catholic Church southwest of Clearwater. The couple lived and farmed southwest of Clearwater for 60+ years.
To this union four children were born: Cindy, Brenda, Pam and Kevin.
Floyd was a member of rural St. John’s Catholic Church, Pope John School Board, Home and School Organization, Knights of Columbus and secretary of the Clearwater Township.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards, visiting, reading, watching and reading war stories and following his grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife Marlene Henn of Clearwater, NE; three children: Brenda (Paul) Kuhlman of Petersburg, NE; Pam (Ray) Braband of Elgin, NE; Kevin Henn of Clearwater, NE; son-in-law Frank Bohaboj; 14 grandchildren: Kurt (Rita) Bohaboj of Bennington, NE; Keith Bohaboj of Fremont, NE; Alan (Aleisha) Bohaboj of Howells, NE; Jeremy (Amanda) Kuhlman of Edmond, OK; Matthew (Amanda) Kuhlman of Beatrice, NE; Christopher (Teri) Kuhlman of Gibbon, NE; Benjamin (Ashley) Kuhlman of Hickman, NE; Nathan (Lexee) Kuhlman of Lincoln, NE; Danielle Kuhlman of Lincoln, NE; AJ (Allison) Braband of Cleveland, OH; Dean Braband of Omaha, NE; Michael Braband of Elgin, NE; Beau Henn of Omaha, NE; Sgt. Derek Henn USAF of Offutt Air Force Base – Bellevue, NE; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Dean (Mary Jane) Henn, Dan (Raedean) Henn and Terry (Jan) Henn, all of Elgin, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Floyd was preceded in death by his daughter Cindy Bohaboj; parents Sylvester and Ada Henn; parents-in-law John and Ann Kaster; and four siblings: Roger Henn, Delores Henn, Lois Camp and Janie Overton.

Bessie A. Hawks

March 31, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Bessie A. Hawks
1912 — 2016
Bessie A. Hawks, 103, of Elgin, NE, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.  Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, NE with Pastor David Kuhfal and Vicar Justin Hildebrand officiating.
Interment followed in the West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin, NE.
Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elgin and the Elgin Public School.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
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Bessie Antonia Nissen was born on April 4, 1912, near Rosalie, Nebraska, to Jurgen Matthaus (Matt) and Wilhelmina (Passarge) Nissen.
Bessie began Kindergarten in Rosalie, attended Red Top School, Bell Tower School and Elgin High, graduating in 1929.
She received her Teaching Certification from Wayne State College and taught at several country schools, including Little Gem, Carmichael, Maple Grove, and a school at the corner of Highway 14 and the Oakdale cut-across.
After taking a break to raise her daughters, she became a teacher at Elgin Public Schools.  Bessie graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College on August 3, 1963.  She retired in 1983, after 28 1/2 years at EPS.
Bessie married Elis F. (Bud) Hawks on June 3, 1933, at Hot Springs, South Dakota. The couple lived on farms near Elgin until 1952, when they moved into town.
In 1936, their first child, Delores Darlene was born. In 1940 their second daughter, Gloria Jean Joan, was born.
In 1941, Bessie’s nephew, Bob Nissen, came to live with them after his own father died in a mining accident.
Bud passed away September 29, 1975.
After Bud’s passing, Bessie continued to teach, garden, and gently spoil her grandchildren. She loved to draw, paint, read, work crossword puzzles, and watch Wheel of Fortune and the Lawrence Welk show on Saturday nights.
Bessie was a member of several organizations, including 4-H club, Women’s Club, Ladies Aid, Cedar Creek Club, and various school groups.
She helped with the local blood drives and the American Cancer Society, and also helped with the writing and production of the Elgin Centennial Book published in 1989 and the Elgin Clippings pamphlet.
Bessie lived happily and independently in her Elgin home until 2014 when she moved to the home of her daughter, Darlene Heithoff, to recuperate from a hospital stay.
In January of 2015, Bessie moved to the Golden Living Center in Neligh, where she resided until her passing.
Bessie was preceded in death by her parents: Matt and Minnie Nissen; her loving husband Bud; nephew, Bob Nissen; her brothers: Willie (Mary), Matt, and Alfred; her sisters: Elsie (Hubert) Josten, Frieda (Ferd) Nissen and Lillie (Albert) Iburg Schmitz; and four great-grandchildren: Shawn Charles, Troy Charles, Keith Adams and Conner Schmoldt.
Leaving behind to remember her are her daughters: Darlene (Louis) Heithoff of Elgin and Gloria (Wayne) Swanson of Ogallala; twelve grandchildren: Steve (Rita) Heithoff, Deb (Ron) Rice, Terry (Rhonda) Heithoff, Monti (Cheryl) Swanson, Diane Charles, Chris (Darrell) O’Neal, Denise Schmoldt, Calvin (Pam) Heithoff, Stan (Dorothy) Heithoff, Lori (Marty) Widger, John (Lindsay) Swanson, and Todd (Melissa) Heithoff; twenty six great-grandchildren: Michael Heithoff, Calvin Swanson, Joseph Swanson, Crystal (Danny) Borer, Erik (Emily) Heithoff, Brandi Adams, Dusty Swanson, Alex (Leah) Heithoff, Seth Adams, Aaron Rice, Alexander Charles, Hallie Schmoldt, Jessica Heithoff, Shelby Rice, Nicklaus Heithoff, Andrew Heithoff, Kyle Heithoff, Kristin Rice, Blake Heithoff, Annika Swanson, Dylan Widger, Liam Heithoff, Austin Rice, Kira Widger, Cade Heithoff, and Callie Heithoff;  and ten great-great-grandchildren: Brian Heithoff,  Landon Maher, Penellope Swanson, Logan Swanson, Topanga Swanson, Brecken Zona, Brooklyn Zona, Brooke Borer, Alex Swanson, and Kyson Adams-Schnell, along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Stanley “Ervin” Voborny

March 31, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Stanley “Ervin” Voborny
1927 — 2016
Stanley “Ervin” E. Voborny, 88 of Elgin, NE passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 28, 2016 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church at Raeville, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
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Stanley Ervin Voborny was born August 15, 1927 in rural Madison County, NE to Stanley Joseph and Mary C. (Karella) Voborny.
He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church (Schoolcraft). His elementary education was in rural country schools and he graduated from Newman Grove High School in 1946.
Ervin celebrated his 18th birthday on V.J. Day in 1945. After the passing of his father in 1943, Ervin remained at home for the remainder of the 1940’s and through the 1950’s, assisting his mother with the raising of his six younger siblings.
In 1957 he spent the year on the construction of the Oahe Dam near Pierre, SD. On June 7, 1960, Ervin was united in marriage with Emma Marie Starman at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE.
Following their marriage they lived for nine months on the Voborny farm northwest of Newman Grove before settling on their own farm located six miles southeast of Elgin in 1961, where they resided until 1983.
For several years in the 1970’s Ervin was employed by Lindsay Manufacturing, while also engaging in farming. After moving to Elgin he drove semis for local farmers as well as operating “Ole Mabel” for the Elgin mills.
In his later years he was known around the town for clearing aluminum cans from the roadsides, many days traveling two or three miles using a walker to do so.
He was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2411 St Boniface, Elgin, NE and the Rae Valley Heritage Association.
Ervin was an avid reader who enjoyed learning new things throughout his life. He enjoyed singing and dancing, Polka music, and poppy seed cake. He was quick with a quip, and twice as sly, and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Ervin is survived by his wife Emma of Elgin, NE; four children: Joe (Shirley) Voborny of Raeville, NE; Karen (Richard) Strong of Milton, FL; Paul (Rebecca) Voborny of Dunnellon, FL; David Voborny of Elgin, NE; five grandchildren: Jennifer (Kevin) Patras of Tilden, NE; Anthony Kittelson of Petersburg, NE; Teri (Dr. Anthony) Garcia of Navarre, FL; Alyssa (Eric) Duray of Coconut Creek, FL; Aaron (Alicia) Voborny of Joshua Tree, CA; four great-grandchildren; two sisters: Eleanor Julsen of Lindsay, NE and Marilyn (Ray) Schroeter of Newman Grove, NE; brother: Dewayne (Germaine) Voborny of Neligh, NE; sister-in-law: Rosella Jensen of Neligh, NE; brother-in-law: Tom Lees of Palmer, AK; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Bernard Voborny; two sisters: Sister Marie (Blanche) Voborny and Jeanette Lees; a brother in law: Olaf Julsen; an infant child: John; and an infant grandchild: Christopher.
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Funeral Services for Joseph Moser, age 74 of Clearwater, NE will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Clearwater, with Father James Kramper officiating. Visitation was from from 4:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 with a prayer service at 7:30 P.M. at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, NE with Military Rites by Clearwater American Legion Post #267.
Joe passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, NE, surrounded by his siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews.
Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Clearwater Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
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Joseph John Moser, son of Alvin (“Smokey”) and Irene (Pelster) Moser, was born on February 22, 1942 on a farm located one mile south and two miles east of Elgin, NE. His parents purchased the family farm, four miles north of Elgin, in 1948.
Joe attended St. Boniface School and graduated from there in 1960. He helped out on various ranches in the Elgin and Bartlett areas.
In fall of 1963, he took an ag short course at the University of Nebraska East Campus in Lincoln. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1964. His basic training was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He took AIT courses at Fort Meade, MD to work as an Army Medic. He then served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
After being released from the Army in 1966, Joe worked in Grand Island in the welding business and at Ravenna in an A.I. program with George Boucher. On October 7, 1967, Joe married Barbara Van Pelt in Grand Island. They lived in Palmer, where he was employed by Gary Bader. He later operated a repair shop in Worms.
After his father Alvin’s death, Joe and Barb moved to Elgin in 1972. He started a new business, J & B Manufacturing, where he produced horse and stock trailers and cattle handling equipment. In 1976, he became a Moorman’s Feed Sales Representative and continued in this line of work for seven years. The Mosers bought a house from Max Wylie that was located northwest of Elgin and moved it to a location five miles west of Elgin. They started a new place known to nieces and nephews as “Little House on the Prairie”. They also built a USDA-approved kennel there and raised miniature schnauzers.
In 1984, a new job as Shop Manager at Dean Christensen’s feedlot saw them move to Central City. Joe and Barb took a short stint and traveled around much of the United States as semi drivers, hauling various loads. In May of 1988, Joe was hired by the Green Valley Ranch southwest of Clearwater. He worked there for 16 years until his retirement. It was during this period that Joe and Barb divorced.
After living in Ericson, Joe moved to Clearwater in fall of 2007, keeping busy as a farm and ranch hand. He enjoyed visits with family and friends. His hobbies included horses, fishing with former classmates, and rodeos.
Joe is survived by his siblings: Marilyn (Nicholas) Austin of Fremont, NE; Gerald (Karlene) Moser of Elgin, NE; Rita (Robert) Kester of Clearwater, NE and Merle Moser of Elgin, NE; six nieces; five nephews; eleven great-nieces; twenty-two great-nephews; former wife, Barbara Moser; and special friend, Joyce Beedle.

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