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Joseph Knievel

June 16, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Joseph Knievel

1922 - 2010

Joseph L. Knievel was born March 2, 1922, near Clearwater to Joseph and Mary (Thiele) Knievel. Joe was married to Theresa Funk on June 14, 1949, at St. John’s Catholic Church near Clearwater. To this union 12 children were born. 

Joe and Theresa owned Knievel’s Store and established a fuel and fertilizer business at Knievel’s Corner. Theresa passed away in 1975. Joe later expanded the business to a plant in Oakdale as well as enlarging his farming operation. 

On Aug. 18, 1983, he married Lucille Thramer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. Joe and Lucille lived in Neligh and after the sale of his business in 1997, he continued working with his farming operation. Joe was an innovative and adventurous businessman and embraced new technology both in his business and in farming. 

Joe was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was devout in his faith and a strong supporter of his church. He enjoyed golfing, cars, photography, and making windmill clocks. Family and friends were well informed of the superiority of his Walker® mower and his favorite pickup “Old Faithful”. He also traveled extensively and he and Lucille enjoyed spending their winters in Mission, Texas.

 Survivors include his wife Lucille of Neligh; his sons, Christopher and Chong Knievel of Lincoln, Steven Knievel of Neligh, Edward Knievel of Elgin and Paul Knievel of Omaha; his daughters, Rosemary and Lloyd Schoolfield of Omaha, Connie and Mike Dvorak of Elgin, Donna Knievel-Kamas and her husband Jim of Louisville, Ky., Katherine and Kent Fry of Ewing, Theresa and Dale Mackel of Papillion, Ann Marie Bentley and Bob Cook of Omaha, and Rita and Alan Weiss of Papillion; stepchildren, Tim and Debra Thramer of Blue Hill, Ted and Rhonda Thramer of Ankeny, Iowa, Lynn and Marc Dennis of York, Annette and Dan Bentzinger of Olathe, Kan., and Terry and Penny Thramer of Norfolk. He is also survived by his sister Josephine Thiele and her husband Chuck of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 33 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and two step- great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Theresa, his son Joseph C. Knievel, his sister Rita Croteau, and his brothers Carl, Tony, John, Henry and Bill.

Funeral services for Joseph Knievel age 88 of Neligh were held Friday, June 4, 2010, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Neligh with burial in the St. Patricks Cemetery rural Clearwater.

Pallbearers were Christopher Knievel Jr., Adam Dvorak, Alec Kamas, Tyler Fry, Kyle Knievel, and Aaron Mackel.

Honorary Pallbearers were Barrett Cook, John Dvorak, Steven Dvorak, Brent Fry, Cash Fry, Keith Fry, Noah Knievel, Joey Mackel, Nathan Mackel, Sean Schoolfield, Elijah Weiss, and Ryan Weiss.

Kenneth W. Richart

June 16, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Kenneth W. Richart

1935 - 2010

Kenneth Walter Richart, son of Frank and Emily (Dozler) Richart was born June 8, 1935 in rural Antelope County. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, attended school at a rural Antelope County School and later St. Boniface School.

Ken was united in marriage to Joan J. Jenkins on June 15, 1956 at Bartlett, NE. The couple made their home in the Elgin area where they raised their family of six children. Ken worked at Elgin Lumber, drove a milk truck, and later retired after 30+ years working with the Antelope County Roads Department.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, and playing pranks on others. Ken was a member of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department for many years. 

Richart, 75 of Elgin, NE passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion, NE.

Ken is survived by his wife Joan of Elgin, NE; four daughters: Sue Richart of Elgin, NE; Karen (Tim) Cakebread of Tilden, NE; Margaret Richart of Benkelman, NE; Amy (John) Schofield of Lincoln, NE; son-in-law: Jim Beltz of Norfolk, NE; sister: Barb (Larry) Hansen of Norfolk, NE; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Emily; daughter Deborah Beltz; granddaughter Lexis Abbenhaus; sisters: Elaine (Dick) Beckman; Leora (Rich) Blaha; brother: Ron Richart; nephew Greg Beckman. 

A Memorial Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin with Rev. Dan Andrews officiating. Inurnment followed at the parish cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to the Elgin Library, Elgin Public/Pope John Wolfpack, and American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Florian Pelster

May 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Florian Pelster

1927 - 2010

Florian Pelster, 82, of Kearney died Thursday April 22, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Graveside services were held last week at the St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, with Father Dan Andrews officiating. 

He was born October 21, 1927 to John & Veronica (Buddecke) Pelster in Elgin. 

On August 19,1947 he married Joy Hawks in Long Pine Nebraska.

Survivors include Beverly Walton of Kearney, John & Debra Pelster of Burwell, La Vern & Echo Plester of North Platte, Suzanne & Doug Cheeks of Midland Texas, & Karla & Jim Hehnke of Ravenna. 16 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren. Sister, Lucille Jillson, sisters-in-law Alfreda Pelster, Mildred Pelster, Bessie Hawks, Marilyn Krause & brother-in-law Orland Krause. And many many nieces & nephews.

He graduated from Elgin High School in 1945. Then he received his Auctioneering degree in the fall of 1947. He also farmed, raised cattle and had a dairy, besides auctioneering. In 1979 they moved to Loup City where he was a hog buyer. They retired to Kearney in May of 1995 and to Mother Hull Home in 2007.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joy, infant daughter Diane, parents; brothers Raymond, Wilfred, Maynard, La Vern, Phillip & Jerome; sisters Irene Moser, Laura Speiker, Esther & infant twins, and an infant grandson.

Raymond F. Kalvelage

May 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Raymond F. Kalvelage

1917 - 2010

Mass of a Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE for Raymond F. Kalvelage of Neligh. Kalvelage, 93, passed away on May 15, 2010 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.

Raymond Frank Kalvelage, son of Frank and Anna (Baum) Kalvelage, was born January 17, 1917 at Elgin, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church, attended St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from St. Boniface High School. He spent some time working on a cattle ranch near Stuart, NE. He began working with his father as a carpenter in the Elgin area until entering the United States Army in August 1942. Raymond served in WWII as a demolition/explosives instructor and later helped build Kue Army Hospital on Okinawa was honorably discharged in January 1946. 

He was united in marriage to Maxine Reiniger in October 1943 at Spokane, WA. They made their home in Spokane, WA and moved back to Elgin, NE in 1959 when Raymond began working at Ward’s Appliances as an electrician, sheet metal worker, furnace installer and appliance repairman. 

In 1976, he was united in marriage to Maxine Lee at Neligh, NE. The couple made their home in Neligh, Aurora and Clearwater before returning to Neligh and entering The Willows in 2008. They enjoyed traveling together and took many vacations including a trip to Australia and a cruise to Alaska.

Raymond was an avid bowler, enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially spending time gardening.

He is survived by his wife Maxine of Neligh, NE; five children: John Kalvelage and wife Cathy of Thousand Oaks, CA; Rayann Hale and husband Arthur of 29 Palms, CA; Max Donaldson-Kalvelage of Fresno, CA; Jane Motel and husband Vincent of Norco, CA; Paul Donaldson-Kalvelage of Sacramento, CA.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Steven; 10 siblings:  Joseph, Anne, Alphons, Fred, Herman, John, Eleinor, Richard, Alvis “Dutch”, Robert.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Rev. Dan Andrews officiating and burial in the parish cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Florian Pelster

April 30, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Florian Pelster of Kearney and formerly of Elgin died Wednesday, April 21 at the Good Samaritan Hospital.  His body was cremated and will be buried at a later day here in St. Boniface cemetery.

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