August 6, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Mary Ann R. Olsen
1925 — 2015
Mary Ann R. Olsen, age 90 of Sidney, NE and former Laramie, WY resident, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Sidney.To honor Mary Ann’s wishes, no formal services will be held. Cre-mation has been held. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Greenhill Cemetery in Laramie, WY.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Ann’s name to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the Sidney Regional Medical Center Ho-spice.
Mary Ann Olsen was born in Elgin, NE on February 26, 1925 to Herman and Helen (Drueke) Ridder. She re-ceived her education at St. Boniface School in Elgin, graduating in 1943.
She attended Telegraph School in Omaha, NE for three months following graduation to qualify for a Telegraph Clerk job on the Union Pacific Railroad.
Ladies held many of the positions while the male operators were in the service during WWII.
Mary Ann first worked in Rock Springs, WY for four years and later in Rawlins, WY. While in Rawlins, she met Harold Olsen, a UP Fireman and later Engineer. They were united in marriage on June 2, 1950.
They made their home in Laramie where Harold passed away on April 21, 2000. Mary Ann lived in Laramie until May 16, 2007 when she moved to Sloan Estates Assisted Living in Sidney and later moved to the Golden Living Center.
While in Sidney she was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Mary Ann is survived by her sister: Darlene Josten of Sidney, NE, many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Herman Ridder (1880 - 1934) and Helena (Drueke) Ridder (1885 - 1960), her husband Harold George Olsen (1915-2000), four brothers and three sisters Catherine Arends (1907 -1954), Frank Ridder (1909 -1961), Joseph Ridder (1911-1972), Bernadine Fitzwater (1914-1975), Cecilia Sophia Scheyer (1916-1966), Herman Lawrence Ridder (1920-1944) and Lawrence Carl Ridder (1922 - 1977).
You may view Mary Ann’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of local arrangements.
Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie is handling the Wyoming arrangements.
July 31, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1921 — 2015
Clarence Nicholas Josten, 94, a resident of the Hillsboro, OR., community passed away July 19, 2015. Funeral services were held July 24, 2015, at St Matthew Catholic Church; 447 SE 3rd street in Hillsboro.
Clarence “Kenzie” Josten was born on October 1st, 1920 to Joseph and Anne Josten. He grew up with 6 brothers and sisters on his parent’s farm in Elgin, Nebraska where he attended St. Boniface Catholic School.
In 1942 Kenzie joined the Navy and proudly served our country in World War II before his honorable discharge in 1945.
On November 23rd, 1948 he married his wife Clementine Buelt in Raeville.
Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Clementine, of 66 years; four children and their spouses; Roxy Mauss of Hillsboro, OR, Carol and Cliff Wesner of Lake Oswego, OR, Jerry and Linda Josten of Hillsboro, OR, Jeff and Chris Josten of Sisters, OR, Larry Steen of Bend, OR, a son-in-law; Larry Steen of Hillsboro and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving daughter Sharon Steen and infant son Clarence Josten Jr.
For a complete obituary go to dvfuneralhome.com
July 24, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Memorial Services for Marilyn J. Miller, 80, Norfolk, will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Reverend Chip Winter will officiate. Visitation with family will begin at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the church. Marilyn passed away, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Pierce Manor in Pierce.Marilyn Joye Miller was born September 22, 1934 to Edward and Clara (Kollmar) Wade in Norfolk, Nebraska.She is survived by her eight children Deb (Dale) Schwartz, Dennis (Janet)Miller, Mark Miller, Nancy Alexander, Linda (Bob) Moser, Keith Miller, Julie Miller and Michelle (Jeff) Praeuner, 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three sisters Delores Randall of Phoenix, AZ, Barb (Gerry) Sprieck of Omaha, NE, and Sharon (Ken) Dohrman of Phoenix, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews.Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Doug and Reggie Wade, sister Arjean Kratzke, infant granddaughter Lydia Praeuner, and daughter-in-law Rhonda Miller.Memorials requested to Christ Lutheran Church.
July 23, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Lavern (Vern) A. Turner
1924 — 2015
Vern 91, after a short illness died Sunday, July 12 in Stayton, Oregon.
He was born in Petersburg, NE April 4, 1924. Vern grew up near Elgin, Nebraska and lived and worked on a farm.
When WWII came along he enlisted in the US Navy and upon completion of his duty was honorably discharged.
Vern moved to California and was employed by the County of Los Angeles Road Dept as a Master Mechanic from 1954 until 1981, at which time he retired and moved to Mehama, Oregon.
He purchased six acres that bordered the Santiam River and enjoyed working his little piece of heaven for the next 30 years.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and socializing especially dancing the polka.
Vern enjoyed traveling and had visited Israel, Egypt, Alaska and the Panama Canal on some of his trips along with several cruises.
He was a faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Elks Club and Golf Club in Stayton, Oregon.
Vern is survived by his daughter Patricia Turner of Montclair, CA along with two brothers: Sylvester of Eudora, AR and Edward of Cedar Rapids, IA. He is also survived by two sisters, Delores Wiehn of Carroll, IA and Darlene Roberts of Mt. Pleasant, SC; grandsons Chad Turner of Vancouver, WA and Brandon Turner of Kent, WA, great grandson Tristan.
Vern was preceded in death by his wife Jane, son Terrance Turner and grandson Matthew Turner. He was also preceded in death by his parents John and Elizabeth Turner, brothers: Johnnie, Leonard, Joseph and Julius; sisters: Betty Jo Turner, Marie Espenhover and Helen Espenhover.
Vern will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:00 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton, OR. At 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23, a funeral service with rosary will be held in St. Bonaventure Church, in Raeville and internment will follow in St. Bonaventure Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
June 26, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1925 — 2015
Lou Elvin Armstrong recently passed away, at his home, in San Antonio, Texas.
He was into his 90th year. He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Donna (Riggs) Armstrong. Lou, and his brothers and sisters: William, Ruth, Nelle, James, Betty, and Larry; are the children of Orville and Martha (Matson); descendants of Capt. John and Martha (Carr) Armstrong, original Homesteaders of Antelope County in the Park Center community; Capt. John Armstrong died at Shiloh battlefield in the American Civil War.
Lou graduated from Elgin High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy in WWII in five major battles. He returned to peacetime Nebraska to farm and ranch in the Elgin and Oakdale areas. He raised Hereford cows and Appaloosa & Quarter horses.
He joined the growing airline industry in 1954 Norfolk, NE, and served 35 years with Braniff, Northwest, and Delta. He applied his knowledge and skills in carpentry and construction with his sons in the ArmWel Company thru-out his life in Chattanooga TN, Seattle WA, San Antonio TX, and to help build over 300 homes for U.S. Air Force bases in Texas.
He is survived by his sons: Dana, Terry, and Patrick; and their extended families in Texas.
Memorial Service in the Oak Meadow United Methodist Church of San Antonio, and interment, in the company of his wife Donna, at Fort Sam Houston National Military Cemetery.
He will be missed by family and friends.