March 24, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1920 — 2015
Philip E. Lee of Ewing passed away, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Ewing Full Gospel Church in Ewing with Pastor Wayne Smith officiating. Interment followed at the Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater with military rites by American Legion Post 214 of Ewing. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Philip Edwin Lee, son of Frank and Blanche (Appuhn) Lee, was born January 10, 1920 at Ashland, NE. He attended a rural school before moving with his father to Illinois. In 1938, he hitchhiked to Milford, NE, and later that year found work on the Bar H ranch near Clearwater, NE.
On June 9, 1941, Phil married Ileen Florence Cary at O’Neill, NE The couple honeymooned at Boise, ID, where they spent a happy ‘working honeymoon’. Phil found work picking cherries and later picking corn by hand, before returning to Nebraska. He was drafted into the Army in August 1944 and then trained at Ft. Robinson and in Arkansas before being deployed to Europe to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. During the occupation of Germany, Phil served as body guard to General Dwight Eisenhower and did some guard duty for General George Patton, before being honorably discharged on July 3, 1946 and returning to Clearwater, NE.
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. Phil worked as a farm hand until purchasing a farm near Page, NE in 1962. He continued farming there until selling the farm and purchasing a house in Ewing, NE in 1992, following a battle with cancer.
Phil gave his heart and life to the Lord in 1947 and was a devoted Christian the rest of his life. He enjoyed trees and planted over 1500 on their farm, and his love for airplanes pushed him to take flying lessons later in life.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ileen in July 2014, son David, and five siblings: Frances, Wayne, Pauline, Fern and Maxine.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, his church family and a host of friends.
March 6, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1916 — 2015
Thresia Tunink, age 97, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died Monday November 24, 2014 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Funeral Mass was held Friday, November 28, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in the sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Early, Iowa. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Thresia Tunink was born December 19, 1916 in Elgin, Nebraska, the daughter of William and Catherine (Overmohle) Tunink.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in Elgin.
Thresia did house work and helped with children for many years. She cared for the William Salber family for four years after their mother passed away. She then worked at the Indian Missions in Marty, South Dakota for several years.
In 1940, she moved to Early, Iowa to keep house for her uncle, Henry Overmohle. She looked forward to the fishing trips to Minnesota that she and Henry took every fall. Everyone looked forward to her Fourth of July picnics with fried spring chicken, fresh strawberries and homemade ice cream. After Henry’s death, she was a hot lunch cook at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Early. She retired from there to give full-time attention to her greenhouse that started as a hobby, but expanded into a thriving business. Thresia moved to the Villa in Storm Lake, where she continued her love of sewing and quilting. She quilted many beautiful quilts for friends and relatives. She entered Methodist Manor Retirement Community in 2011. Thresia was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where she served on the Sacred Heart Guild. After moving to Storm Lake, she became a member of the St. Mary’s Parish. Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, Jerry Tunink of Neligh, Nebraska; sisters, Loretta Zegers of Petersburg, Nebraska, and Mary Ann Kloewer of Fremont, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Thresia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Father Wilfred, OSB, Tony Tunink, and Leo Tunink (in infancy); and sisters, Philomena Wilwerding, and Betty Wolff.
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