Obituaries

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22
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Linda Kunzman Baum

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Linda J. Baum, 60, of rural Tecumseh, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was born to Lewis and Betty (Roberts) Tillman on September 5, 1958 in Falls City, Nebraska. Linda was the youngest of four children born to this union. In her early days Linda enjoyed riding her horse Buster and participating in horse shows in Salem. Linda attended Dawson-Verdon Public Schools graduating with the Class of 1976.

She was united in marriage on September 23, 1978 to Michael “Mick” Kunzman at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tecumseh, Nebraska. To this union three sons were born, Shawn, Joseph and Jeremy. Mick and Linda lived in Tecumseh where they raised their family and Linda started working in retail for Wheelers and later worked for Orschelins. Mick passed away October 13, 2003.

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15
Aug
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Martin J. Neukirch

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Martin John Neukirch was born on the family farm north of St. Mary, Nebraska on April 28, 1931 to Paul and Anna (Kerner) Neukrich. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School through the eighth grade and worked on the family farm along with his brothers.

He entered the Air Force on Nov 28, 1951 and served his country until his discharge on Nov. 4, 1955 during the Korean War. He was an airplane mechanic and spent his time in the service in England, France, Luxemburg, Germany, Sweden, North Africa and Tripoli.

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08
Aug
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Martin J. Neukirch

Passed away in Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 6 days. Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Mary, Nebraska with Father Craig Clinch officiating. Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska, Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Inurnment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, St. Mary, Nebraska with military rites by the Offutt Air Force Funeral Honors Team. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com

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08
Aug
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Dorcas M. Pella

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Dorcas M. Pella, 77, of Beatrice died at her home surrounded by her husband and daughters on Monday, August 5, 2019. She was born June 12, 1942 in Tecumseh and attended and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1960.

She married Robert “Bob” Pella on April 15, 1961 at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church of Tecumseh and they lived in Lincoln where she worked at Bankers Life. They moved to Beatrice in July of 1961 and she worked as a secretary at Dempster Industries. She and Bob owned and operated Beatrice Marine and Auto from 1975 until 2001. She sold Avon for several years and in June of 1986, they purchased the Flower Shop in Beatrice which they owned until their retirement in 2016.

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08
Aug
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Evalyne Mae (Reutter) Walters

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Evalyne Mae (Reutter) Walters, 88, of Sterling, died Saturday morning, August 3, 2019 at Gold Crest Retirement Center in Adams. She was born on January 14, 1931 in Sterling to John and Emma (Casper) Reutter.

She was baptized on February 15, 1931 and confirmed on May 12, 1946 at St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling and graduated from Sterling High School.

She married Homer Walters on December 29, 1948 at St. John Lutheran Church and they were blessed with five children. They farmed in the Sterling, Burr, and Douglas areas before moving to Sterling in 1969. She worked at Campbell Soup in Tecumseh during this period.

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08
Aug
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Elaine (Thies) Scott

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Elaine Marie (Thies) Scott, 77, of Tecumseh, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh, Nebraska. She was born to Raymond and Margaret (Schultz) Thies, Sr. on September 27, 1941 in Vesta, Nebraska. Elaine was the sixth of seven children born to this union.

She was united in marriage to Jack Schaffer. To this union were born Vince and Kristy. They resided in Lincoln where they raised their family. After they divorced, Elaine returned to the Sterling/Burr area to be closer to family.

Elaine was a homemaker and also worked for the DMV, Lincoln Drug Company and Hy-Gain in Lincoln and as a dishwasher at Frazier’s Cafe in Tecumseh until her retirement.

She enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, yard work, raising flowers and her cats over the years and especially loved her cat “Baby” and spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

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01
Aug
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Glen F. Baum

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Glen F. Baum, 90, of rural Tecumseh, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2019 while resting in his favorite chair on the family farm. He was born on February 11, 1929 at the same family farm southwest of the Maple Grove Church.

He attended country school through 8th grade and then graduated with the 1946 class at Tecumseh Public School. After his high school graduation, Glen worked for his father on the farm for a year before attending the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Education.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War before returning home to teach agriculture education in DeWitt, Nebraska. Part of his teaching experience also included Adult VA School in Louisville and later, high school agricultural education classes at Lewiston, all while continuing to farm.

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01
Aug
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Loretta M. Vance

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Loretta M. Vance, 94 years, of Fremont, Nebraska passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at her home. She was born November 15, 1924 in Tecumseh, Neb. to Hubert and Mae (Craney) Morrissey.

She grew up in Tecumseh and graduated from Tecumseh High School.

Loretta married Richard Vance on May 1, 1943 in Fremont. Richard preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2008.

She was employed at Mead Ordinance Plant, Northwestern Bell Telephone and Pacific Bell. She worked for St. Patrick & Bergan School lunch programs for over 30 years. Loretta retired in 1988.

Loretta was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont, and she enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping and having family over for company.

She is survived by daughters, Patricia Hendrix and Sherry Thompson both of Fremont, Neb.; 8 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.

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25
Jul
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William John Clutter (Bill)

William John Clutter (Bill) was born on September 10, 1933 in Crab Orchard, Nebraska to Claude and Mae (Morrissey) Clutter. He was the fifth of six children (older sisters Barbara and Helen, older twin brothers Darwin and Donald, and younger sister Peggy).

Bill spent his younger years around Crab Orchard where he attended grade school. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1950. He followed his older sister and brother to California in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On July 4, 1957, Bill married Susan Leddy in Carson City, Nevada. Sue was the absolute love of Bill’s life and they were married 62 years.

Bill and Sue started their family in Sunnyvale, Calif., where they had five sons. In 1975, they packed up the family and moved to Otis Orchards, Washington. They lived on five acres, which allowed Bill’s sons to experience raising cattle, pigs, chickens, cutting hay, and building fences.

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25
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LaVern “Mike” Eden

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LaVern “Mike” Eden, 89, of Cook, passed away on July 20, 2019. He was born on November 21, 1929. Survived by: Wife: Gayleen Eden; Children: Mike (Kristi) Eden, Dixie (George) Formanack, Dennis (Shelli) Eden; Grandchildren: John (Whitney) Eden, Lindsey (T.J.) Ehlers, Jason (Jessica) Eden, Brandi (Scot) Ballan and Dustin (Ashley) Formanack; 10 Great Grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 23 at Grace Lutheran Church in Cook. Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church. Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE Condolences to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com

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