July 20, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1938 - 2012
Julius “Jess” Turner, 74 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Pius X Catholic Church by the Reverend Phil Thompson. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home where a rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Friends may also call at the Church after 9 a.m. on Friday. Entombment at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, his seven children, Randy (Cindy) Turner, Kris (Ron) Anderson-Deyo, Jean (Todd) Matthews, Tammy (Dave) Pollock, Jeff Turner (Lisa Young), Tim Turner and Tara (Brett) Simonsen; grandchildren, Andrew, Mark, Steve, Brittany, Amber, Joshua, Chasity, Charlene, Dalton and Dakota; great grandchildren, Jameson, Evander, Bode, Jordyn and Charlee; brothers, LaVern Turner, Sylvester Turner, Edward Turner and sisters, Delores Wiehn and Darlene Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Turner, sisters Betty Jo Turner, Helen Espenhover and Marie Espenhover; brothers, Joe Turner, Johnnie Turner and Leonard Turner and grandchildren Brandon and Brent Deyo.
Julius Turner was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. He lived his life with simplicity and faith in God. He retired as an earth mover of heavy equipment and was penned as, “An artist with dirt.” He worked on many area projects including Carver Hawkeye Arena and I-380. Growing up on a farm he was comfortable outdoors in his garden and flower beds with a family pet nearby. He was a self-taught man and succeeded in creating and fixing anything from carpentry and mechanics of any kind, a “Julius” of all trades. He set his values and lived by them.
He enjoyed his large family and grandchildren and was a good husband, Dad, grandpa and a memorable friend to many. We are going to miss him, greatly.
Please leave a message or tribute to the Turner family on our web page, www.cedarmemorial.com under obi-tuaries.
July 20, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1918 - 2012
Dorothy M. Talbert, 94, formerly of Elgin, NE passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Denver Colorado.
Memorial Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Monday August 13, 2012 at the West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin, NE. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy M. Ragland was born to Daniel and Ethel Ragland in Mullen, Nebraska on May 20, 1918.
She married Guy Talbert April 6, 1939 and they resided together in Elgin, NE until his death in December of 1976. They had 6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys. Dorothy remained in Elgin until 1989 at which time she moved to Fort Morgan, CO and resided there until her death on July 12, 2012.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Guy, her daughter, Janet Coy, one grandson, Rocky Ellis, and one great grandson, Kyle Ellis.
She is survived by her children; Twila Ellis of Littleton, CO, Donald Talbert of Lakewood, CO, Gary Talbert of Lincoln, NE, Linda Rogers of Lincoln, NE and Stanley Talbert of Lincoln, NE, one sister, Gladys Tierney of Aurora, NE, 18 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren.
She was loved by all who knew her.
July 3, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Charles Leonard Brazie
1920 – 2012
Charles Leonard Brazie, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), a resident of Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington, passed away on June 27, 2012, at the age of 91. Born November 26, 1920, in Rushville, Nebraska, Charles was the youngest of two children born to Fred Peter Brazie and Martha Eleanor (Hagel) Brazie.
He joined the US Army shortly after graduating from Elgin High School in 1939, and finished first in his class from the select Aviation Cadet program. He married his high school sweetheart, Arlene Elizabeth Krause on May 24, 1942 in Odessa, Texas. As one of the elite “Flying Seargeants” of the Army Air Corps, he served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, supporting the “Island Hopping” campaign. Despite injurings suffered in a plane crash on Iwo Jima, Charles maintained his status as an active Command Pilot throughout his career.
Charles was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and served tours in the Philippines, Detroit, Chicago, at the Pentagon, with the Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, and with the Military Transportation Service in St. Louis. He also was a member of the International Joint-Service, Southeast European Task Force (SETAF) of NATO in Verona, Italy.
Following his military retirement in the fall of 1968, Charles became Assistant to the Vice President of the National Defense Transportation Association and Director of its Foundations in Washington, DC. Returning to Nebraska in 1971, Charles worked for the State housing program in Kearney, as Chairman of Governor Exon’s Housing Advisory Council in Lincoln, Executive Vice President, Home Builders Association of Lincoln; member, Executive Officer’ Council, the National Association of Home Builders; Nebraska State Housing Representative; Director of the Housing Field Agency, Office of Economic Development; and President, Nebraska Housing and Economic Development Organization. He retired in 1988.
Charles was a life member of the Air Force Association, the Flying Sergeants Assocation, the Disabled Amercian Veterans, the Amercian Legion, and the Knights of Columbus.
Charles will be dearly missed by his children: Charles Lee of Washington DC; Nancy and Douglas Kuhnel of Las Vegas, NV; Tommy and Sherry of Huntsville, AL; Michael of Alexandria, VA; Elizabeth and Jim Lundy of Corvallis, OR; and Mary and Mark Wiese of Silverdale, WA; as well as his beloved grandchildren: Elizabeth Murillo, Charles and Andrea Portes, Nanci Kettler and Robert Kuhnel; Jennifer Bailey, Marc, Jonathan, Christina, Kimberly, and Tommy Brazie, Andrea Welch and Brandon Davis; Jessica and Nicole Brazie; Nathan and Amanda Lundy; Aaron Wiese and Laura Sharp; his loving great grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in- law, and countless friends and family he cherished deeply. Charles was preceded in death by his wife Arlene, his parents, his infant daughter Barbara Leigh, and his sister Florence Brazie Parker.
Charles loved his family and the wonderful country he served so well. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, cards and golf and was a gifted, very humorous public speaker. He loved to laugh and deighted in making others laugh He was especially proud of the international life he built for his children.
Services and interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
July 3, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Paul H. Heil
1926 - 2012
Paul H. Heil, 86, died peacefully in his home on the morning of Saturday, June 23, 2012. Paul was born in Elgin, Nebraska on February 6, 1926 to Jacob and Eleanor Heil. In 1954, he married Joan Suzan Freihammer and settled in California shortly thereafter.
Mr. Heil was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Eleanor Heil; loving wife, Joan Suzan Heil; son, Timothy Paul Heil; and sister, Monica Penne.
He is survived by sons, Michael and Matthew Heil; daughter, Carroll Heidi Hoekwater; daughter-in-law, Margaret Scaturro Heil; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson; and sisters Arlene Eischeid, Eleanor Starman, Della Zeimans, Rita Wright, Mary Shoemaker (George).
A Celebration of Life was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Covina, CA on Monday, June 25, 2012.
June 28, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Warren E. Siems
1930 - 2012
Warren E. Siems, 81 of Elgin, NE passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, NE with Reverend Michael Davis officiating. Interment followed in the West Cedar Valley Cemetery at Elgin with military rites by American Legion Post #229 and VFW Post #5816 of Elgin. Visitation was held Thursday evening at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Warren Eugene Siems, the son of George and Gladys (Ward) Siems, was born on December 31, 1930 on a farm near Brunswick, NE. He moved with his family northwest of Elgin when he was two years old. He attended grade school and one year of high school at Dist. 148 (Sheldon), finishing his education at Neligh High School, graduating in 1948. Warren served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War, spending 18 months in Germany.
He was married to Bernice Verna Krueger of Norfolk, NE on June 6, 1954 at the Methodist Church in Elgin, NE. To this union, four children were born. They made their home 4 miles north and 2½ miles west of Elgin. Warren was a member of the United Methodist Church of Elgin and American Legion Post #229.
He is survived by his wife Bernice of 58 years; children: Debra Lynne Weiss (Paul) of McCool Junction, NE; Diane Kay Miller (John) of York, NE; Danny Eugene of Montana; David Jo (Sherry) of Norfolk, NE; sisters: Eleanor Godkin of Walcott, IA; Ruth Rouse of Bella Vista, AR; one brother: Larry (Cathleen) of Cherokee Village, AR; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law: Mick Rouse and Harry Godkin.