May 12, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
James “Jim” Reicks
1954 — 2016
Funeral services for James “Jim” Reicks, 61, were held Tuesday morning, May 10, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 25th St., in Columbus, NE. Visitation was held Monday, May 9 at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus.
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, May 10, at West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin, NE.
James “Jim” Reicks, 61, of Columbus, NE was called home to his father on May 5, 2016.
Jim was born August 12, 1954 in Petersburg, NE to LaVerne and Rita (Ketteler) Reicks.
When Jim was a young boy, the family moved to Red Cloud, NE. He graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1972 and the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1991.
Jim married Shirley McLain in August of 1987 in Elgin, NE. From this union they were blessed to raise 4 children. Jim worked as a driver’s license examiner for Platte and Colfax Counties for 24 years.
His passion for the outdoors was evident in his love for hunting, four-wheeling, and camping with his family.
He also enjoyed Husker Football and helping out farming with friends.
He is survived by: Wife Shirley Reicks of Columbus; Son Corey (Rachel) Spanel and Grandson Gage Spanel of Yutan, NE; Son Dan Reicks of Harrisburg, SD; Daughter Kayla Reicks of Columbus; Daughter Brooke Henry of Columbus; Mother Rita Reicks of Omaha; Sisters Luann Reicks of Omaha, Bev (Kathy Pettersen) Reicks of Omaha, and Pam Reicks of Salt Lake City, UT; Brothers Dave (Dana) Reicks of Hastings, Jeff (Rhonda) Reicks of Lincoln, and Scott Reicks of Lincoln; as well as numerous nieces and nephews
Jim was preceded in death by: Father: LaVerne Reicks; Infant Brother Michael Reicks; and Father-in-law Don McLain
May 5, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1929 — 2016
Kathleen M. Ruther, 86 of Petersburg, NE, passed away April 28, 2016 at Stanton Health Center in Stanton, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, NE with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Visitation was held Monday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin with a 7 p.m. wake service.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
Kathleen M. Ruther, the eighth child of nine born to Frank and Catherine (Heithoff) Roth, was born on December 8, 1929 in her parents’ home east of Elgin, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE and attended both grade school and high school at St. Boniface Catholic School. She worked as a clerk at Faubels grocery and dry goods store in Elgin for the next five years.
On June 9, 1959 Kathleen married Bernard Lee Ruther at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE. They made their home and raised their family in Petersburg, NE where she was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Altar Society, the Thrifty Doers Extension Club and a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #334 for over 50 years. She was active in the community in many ways, including as a Den Mother for the local Cub Scout group. In her younger years she enjoyed baking and decorating wedding cakes for many in the community.
Kathleen is survived by her two sons Zane of Norfolk, NE and Tom of Cedar Rapids, IA. She has five grandchildren. Jeff, Candice, Sheena, Austyn Joy and Brady; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard; five brothers: Roman, Albert, Arthur, Orlandis and Jerome Roth; three sisters: Sr. Gladys Roth, Leora Dinslage and Juliann Roth.
May 5, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Alvin “Bud” Mooney
Alvin George “Bud” Mooney, age 86, passed away peacefully, in his home at Water Valley, Windsor, Colorado on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
Graveside committal services for Alvin “Bud” Mooney will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Bud was born March 27, 1929 in Boone County, Nebraska to John and Rose Mooney.
He spent much ofhis early life in Elgin, Nebraska and married the love of his life, Rose Mary, in May of 1950. Their children were all born in Nebraska before moving to Loveland, Colorado in the early 60’s.
Bud was a loving husband and family man. Among his many talents he built homes and helped all of his children with their construction projects. He adored making stacks and stacks of pancakes, grilling hamburgers, roasting turkey dinner for all the family, as well as entertaining friends. He loved cars and finances and spent his entire business life in the auto business.
For many fine years he was general manager of Reynolds Olds, Cadillac and Subaru in Ft. Collins, Colorado retiring as an “automotive accountant” as he liked to say.
His other hobbies included flying his airplane, boating on the “river” in Nebraska and Lake Loveland and camping/traveling around the country in their motor home.
Bud is survived by his wife, Rose Mary, children Dori (Bill) Fitzgerald, Bob (Versa) Mooney, Marlene (Martin) Poole, Rita (Ken) Chandler, Debbie (Dave) Munter, all of Colorado; his sister, Mary Bartlett of Bellevue, Nebraska; his brother, George Mooney of Centennial, Colorado; 11 grandchildren, Jenna Starling, Neotha Leslie, Shawna Shearer, Ashley DeKam, Christy McGinn, Katie Meirath, Heather Kahler, Ben Mooney, Michael Mooney, Monica Chandler and Ryan Chandler; six great grandchildren, Rylee Starling, Kylie McGinn, Owen Leslie, Avery, Miles and Nolan Shearer.
Bud was preceded in death by a son, John and his sister Jeri.
Memorials may be made to Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado. pathways-care.org and/or National Parkinson’s Foundation parkinsons.org.
April 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Raymond C. Haskin, 88 of Elgin, NE passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Seward, NE.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin.
Burial followed at West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. Visitation was Mon-day at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Raymond Charles Haskin, son of Elmer Francis and Bertha Louise (Schultz) Haskin, was born January 19, 1928 at Creighton, NE. He attended rural Dist. 21 and 24 schools in Knox county and Creighton High School. He farmed with his father for eight years before joining the US Army in January 1952 and after serving his country, was honorably discharged in December 1953.
On October 27, 1951, Ray married Rena Maxine Brandt at O’Neill, NE. Following his discharge from the Army, they lived and farmed near Royal, Verdigre, and northeast of Creighton, before moving to Antelope County in 1959.
They farmed near Oakdale and later Park Center until 1967 when Ray began driving a milk truck for the Farmers Coop for the next 16 years.
In 1983, he began driving propane truck for Ward’s in Elgin until retiring in 1993.
He is survived by his five children: Roger Haskin & wife Carol of of Lincoln; Susan Beard of Blair; Terry Haskin of Seward; Alan Haskin & wife Kim of Seward; Kay Heins & husband Robbie of Wilsey, KS; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews, other relative and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rena in 2008; sons: Tommy and Ron Haskin; grandson Logan Haskin; great-grandson Hudson Springer; four sisters and two brothers.
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.
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.