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Noel J. Bettendorf
1928 - 2010
Noel John Bettendorf, son of John (Jack) and Ellen (Nilson) Bettendorf was born September 28, 1928 on a farm 6 miles south of Oakdale, NE. In 1934, he moved with his family to Oakdale, NE, where he received his schooling and graduated from Oakdale High School in 1946. He enlisted in the United States Army in the fall of 1946 and was stationed in Germany for two years with the Post WWII Occupation. After being honorably discharged in 1948, Noel settled in California for a couple of years before returning to Oakdale, NE.
On August 8, 1952, Noel was united in marriage with Lois Pollock at the United Methodist Church in Oakdale, NE. The couple lived in Oakdale while Noel worked for Superior Seed and Supply in Neligh, NE and later at Stringfellow’s filling station in Oakdale, NE. In January 1956, they moved to Norwalk, CA where Noel worked for Accessory Products and became their Chief Inspector. In 1971, he and his family moved back to Elgin, NE where they owned and operated the Gambles Store until 1984. He then worked for the City of Elgin until his retirement in 1993.
Noel was a member of the United Methodist Church, Elgin American Legion Post #229, Elgin Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years and was an EMT for 13 years. He enjoyed baseball, music, hunting with his sons, fishing with his friends and spending time with his grandchildren.
Noel J. Bettendorf, 81, of Elgin, NE passed away Saturday, September 25, 2010 at his home.
He is survived by his wife Lois of Elgin, NE; three sons: Rollie Bettendorf and wife Nancy of Norfolk, NE; Steve Bettendorf and wife Gigi of Norfolk; Mark Bettendorf and wife Beverly of Wahoo, NE; eight grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Noel was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Marian in infancy, and a brother Robert.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, with Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Music was provided by Doug and Deb Jones, accompanied by Carolyn Johnson. Pallbearers were John Bettendorf, Mike Bettendorf, Don Carr, Jeff Carr, Todd Pollock & Don Poulsen Jr. Honorary Pallbearers were Darrell Kinnan, Hank Schueths, Joe Buelt, Lee Smith and Raymond Crosier. Interment followed in the Oakdale Cemetery with military rites provided by American Legion Post #229 and VFW Post #5816 of Elgin.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
October 1, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1939 - 2010
Funeral Services for Ron Gillham, age 71 of Bartlett, NE, were at 10:30 am Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Wheeler Central High School Auditorium in Bartlett with Pastor Delano Cunningham, Officiating. Music was provided by Pat Nichols, Pianist and Karen Kotrc, Soloist. Burial will be in the Rosewood Cemetery in Palmyra, NE.
Pallbearers were Dale Hixson, Lamoine Hall, Steve Gillham, Jeff Golden, Doug Reiter, and Gail Payne.
Honorary Pallbearers were Jon Shaffer, Darrell Thorin, Jim Landgren, Pat McLain, and Bob Nichols.
Visitation was from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Friday, September 24 , 2010 at United Methodist Church in Bartlett, NE.
Ron passed away Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, O’Neill, NE.
Arrangements were conducted by Snider Memorial Funeral Home of Elgin.
Ron Gillham was born on June 6, 1939 to Vernon and Rosa (Scott) Gillham in Central City, NE. He graduated from Central City High School and Nebraska Wesleyan with a degree in Education and Coaching. Ron later received a Master’s of Education and a Specialist Degree in Administration from the University of Nebraska of Lincoln. On August 20, 1961 he was united into marriage to Dee Manahan in Lincoln, NE. Ron and Dee began teaching and coaching at Wheeler Central High School where he later became an Administrator.
Ron stepped away from education to pursue business ventures, which led to the purchase of the WeMart convenience store. He returned as Superintendent of Wheeler Central for an eight year period and later sold the WeMart prior to retirement. He loved all sports, golfing, bowling, basketball, riding motorcycles. He was member of the Wheeler County Foundation, Planner and organizer of social clubs in Bartlett.
He is survived by his wife, Dee and two Daughters: Kitra Deger and husband Michael and Trisa Reber and husband Gary. Four Grandchildren: triplets, Merrick, Korenn, and Kreyton Deger, and Kelsey Reber. Sister, Bev and husband Don Goeden of Lincoln, NE. Brother, LeRoy and wife Judy Gillham of Newman Grove, NE.
Proceeded in death by his parents.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.snidermemorial.com
Ella Mae Dozler
1934 - 2010
Ella Mae Dozler, the daughter of Richard and Marie (VonBonn) Penne, was born on May 6, 1934 in Elgin, Nebraska. She was Baptized and Confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin.
Ella Mae attended elementary school at a rural school near Elgin. She left school to go to work as nanny for the farming families in the area.
Ella Mae was united in marriage to Donald A. Dozler on April 13, 1955 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE. The couple made their home eight miles west of Albion until the fall of 1990 when they moved into Albion. Ella Mae worked at the Albion Public School from 1980-1996 as a cook.
In 2008 Ella Mae moved to the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Home. It was there that she passed away on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 76 years of age.
Ella Mae was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion, she was also a member of the Altar Society.
She was a member of the VFW Legion Auxiliary and belonged to many card clubs. Ella Mae loved to play bingo, and she attended bingo every Thursday night. She also enjoyed quilting and she made a quilt for every one of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Don; two sons; David (Lisa); Richard (Roberta) all of Albion; two daughters; Connie Asche of Beaman, IA; Cyndee (David) Merrell of St. Edward, NE; 12 grandchildren; Rebecca Dozler, Sarah (Josh) Peter, Trista, Kayla, Melissa, Macey, and Tye Dozler, Luke and Erin Asche, Allison, Blake, and Brandon Merrell; four great grandchildren; Shashannah, Jayla, Eli, Lexis; 4 sisters: Jo (Ray) Kallhoff of O’Neill; Betty (Rollie) Davidson of Columbus, NE; LaVerna (Dave) Edmister of Elkhorn, NE; Phyllis Hyde of Missouri; 2 brothers: James (Joan) Penne; Rick (Mary Ann) Penne both of Oakdale, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by parents, Richard and Marie Penne; her mother and father-in law Andrew and Clara Dozler, infant sister Melinda; son-in-law Steve Asche, and a niece Kristine Dozler.
Funeral service were held Thursday, September 16, 2010, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion with Fr. Stan Schmit and Deacon James Schindel officiating.
Burial was at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Herman L. Ridder
1920 - 2010
Herman L. Ridder, son of Herman and Helen (Drueke) Ridder was born August 15, 1920 on the family farm three miles east of Elgin, NE where he grew up with his eight siblings. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church, attended country school until 1930 when he became a student at St. Boniface School and graduated in 1939.
On June 14, 1944, Herman was united in marriage to Henrietta Eischeid at St. Boniface Church. The couple made their home in Elgin, NE where they raised their four children: Rick, Jeanne, Joan and Jan. Herman worked, and later managed, Elgin Lumber and Grain for 45 years. On November 30, 1996, he married Ruth (Roberts) Gries. The couple continued to live in Elgin, NE until due to health reasons they entered The Willows in Neligh, NE in January 2006. In March 2006, Herman entered the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion and Ruth entered a Lincoln care center.
He was a great community supporter and a member of the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Antelope County Weed Board, and the Antelope Country Club Board. A member of St. Boniface Parish his entire life, he was active in the Parish Council, Finance Committee, Trustee, counted and recorded Sunday offerings for 10 years, School Board and Knights of Columbus.
Herman enjoyed card club, his family, community and parish activities. He was a league bowler for many years and loved to golf. He loved going for drives, loved people, especially children, and they loved him back.
Ridder, 90, formerly of Elgin, NE passed away Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE.
Herman is survived his son Rick Ridder and wife Cheryl of Hixson, TN; two daughters: Jeanne Knievel and husband John of Elgin, NE; Jan Leehy and husband Bill of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren: Nolan Walker; Alex and Zach Ridder; Michael, Carrie and Jeff Knievel; Garin and Dana Leehy; six great-grandchildren: Ava, Grace and Nora Knievel; Cecilia Wiedel; Oscar and Jesse Knievel; two sisters: Mary Ann Olsen and Darlene Josten; two step children: Jim Gries and Myla Anderson and their families; along with many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives: Henrietta in 1993 and Ruth in 2010; daughter Joni in 1979; three brothers: Joe, Frank and Lawrence Ridder; three sisters: Catherine Arends, Bernadine Fitzwater, and Cecelia Scheyer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, September 20, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter celebrating, Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Frank J. Hecht
1925 - 2010
Funeral services for Frank J. Hecht of Tilden will be held Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Tilden. Reverend John Bro-heimer will officiate with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 7603 and American Legion Post 170 of Tilden.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 4 to 6 P.M. at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home and a 7 P.M. wake service at the church.
Frank J. Hecht, son of Albert J. and Caroline (Rotter) Hecht, was born on February 22, 1925 in Tilden, Nebraska on the farm. He attended Bunker Hill School and graduated from Tilden High School Class of 1942 and then attended Wayne State College.
He married Nancy Forge of Omaha on June 25, 1960 at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church in Omaha.
To this union eight children were born: Lisa, Mark, Paul, Anne, Emily, John, Sarah and Kathleen.
The couple lived on the farm southwest of Tilden, where Frank farmed. Frank was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Tilden. His hobbies included home building, carpentry and building scaled replicas of antique machinery for show. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He loved antique cars, animals and spending time with his family.
Frank died on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at the age of 85, at Tilden Community Hospital.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Nancy Hecht of Norfolk, NE; seven children and their families, Lisa (Paul) Mettler, Tara and Katie of Champaign, IL, Mark (Mary) Hecht, Ashley and Tristan of Tilden, NE, Paul (Stephanie) Hecht, Tucker of Tilden, NE, Anne (Jim) Meis, Justine, Jonathon and Marie of Elgin, Emily (Merle) Borer, Olivia and Jackson of Elgin, NE, John (Stacy) Hecht, Makinley and Isabella of Gretna, NE, Kathy (Scott) Margheim of Columbus, NE; and sister, Agnes Renner of Battle Creek, NE.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter in infancy; sister, Marion Wisch; and one brother in infancy.