Robert Morris Zeller, 88, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012 at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance after a battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
Graveside services for Evelyn Toliver will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Crawford City Cemetery in Crawford, Nebraska with Pastor Bill Bagley officiating.
Evelyn Blanche (Dyer) Toliver passed away at the Ponderosa Villa on October 19, 2012. She was born on May 27, 1915 in Bertrand, Nebraska to Carl and Virgil Dyer. On December 1, 1933, Evelyn married Merrel Toliver. To this union, two children were born, Bill Toliver and Betty Toliver. Evelyn was a member of the First Congregational Church and a charter member of the Eagles Club. She was very active in the community until her health failed her in her later years.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Merrel, her parents, her daughter, a sister Maxine Toliver and niece Rita Staman, whom Merrel and Evelyn raised as their own daughter.
Her survivors include her son, Bill (Doris) Toliver of Crawford, Nebraska; one sister, Arvilla Marshall of Buffalo, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Roger (Alexis) Toliver of Spearfish, South Dakota; Onna (Paul) Radke of Newcastle, Wyoming, Mike (Kim) Toliver of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Pam (Mark) Brinson of Newcastle, Wyoming; six great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren, and Rita’s two children Tam and Kip Staman.
Evelyn will be missed by all who knew and loved her. In her 97 years of life, she had numerous friends who have passed on before her. Her family will never forget all the many years they had to enjoy her life with her and will always carry her in their hearts forever.
A memorial has been established for the Crawford Congregational Church. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com
Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Norman G. Rust, 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Nebraska Veterans Home at Scottsbluff. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Patrick N. Dishman, 49, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Salem Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Dale Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. A visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with a prayer service beginning at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Festival of Hope or Salem Congregational Church. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.
Pat was born March 18, 1963 in Kenitra, Morocco at the U.S. Naval Hospital to Chet and Darlene (Schaneman) Dishman. He grew up in Scottsbluff, was confirmed in the Salem Congregational Church, and graduated from Scottsbluff High in 1981.
Patrick was united in marriage to Nancy Ryan and to this union a son, Corey Dishman, was born.
Patrick participated in the Scottsbluff High Marching Band and traveled to Europe with the band. He was active in various sports activities including Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth and Legion Baseball. He was a true Husker and Braves fan. Patrick was also an avid stock car and Nascar racing fan.
Survivors include his son, Corey Dishman of Kimball; mother and step-father, Darlene and Lee Kovarik of Gering; brother, Randy Dishman of Gering; step-brothers, Mark (Michelle) Kovarik of Gering, James Kovarik of Omaha; uncle and aunt, Stan and Pamela Schaneman of Mitchell and aunt, Carol Steele of Minatare; and numerous cousins.
Preceding Patrick in death were his grandparents, Lawrence and Millie Schaneman and Dunward and Margaret Dishman; and step-grandmother, Helen Kovarik.
Larry Dale Vickers, 58, died Sunday, October 21 at his rural Hemingford home.
He was born October 29, 1953 in Cozad, Nebraska to Dale and Helen (Heins) Vickers. Larry was a lifetime area farmer and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his mother, Helen, his sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Steve Loseke of Lincoln, his nephew, Brandon Dexter of Denver, CO and his niece, Brittney Loseke of Lincoln.
Memorial services will be Thursday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with Reverend Martin T. Schnare and Reverend Richard C. Mueller officiating. Inurnment will be in the Hemingford Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, Hemingford American Legion Post No. 9 or the Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mitchell – Dorothy Nadine Eskam died peacefully in her sleep at her home on Wednesday, October 18, 2012. Her family, many friends, and members of the community will sincerely miss her.
Funeral services will be held at the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff on Friday October 26th, at 10:00 A.M. with Chaplin Edward Hunzeker officiating. Visitation will be available from 9:00 A.M. thru 8:00 P.M. on Thursday October 25 at the Dugan-Kramer Chapel. A celebration of her life will be held immediately following the services at the Farm and Ranch Museum located 1 mile west of Gering on the way to Scotts Bluff National Monument. A memorial gift may be made to the Farm and Ranch Museum in her honor. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com
Dorothy was born March 18th, 1933 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to James Edward Haddix and Nata (Senteney) Haddix. She grew up in Mitchell, Nebraska where she attended school, graduating from Mitchell High School in 1951. While in high school, she was a lead drum majorette and a champion swimmer and lifeguard. She married Ernest F. Eskam December 11th, 1955.
Dorothy and Ernest lived for a short time in Aurora Colorado where their first child Sharon was born. Shortly after this, they moved back to Mitchell to start farming and Dorothy took a position at the Mitchell Sugar Factory, where she honed her top-notch bookkeeping skills.
Dorothy and Ernest began their farming career in 1957, and have continuously farmed and ranched since that time. They worked together to build a very successful farm and ranching operation producing mainly sugar beets, corn, beans, alfalfa, and cattle. The Great Western Sugar Company honored Ernest and Dorothy multiple times as high ten sugar producers and they were also honored as the sugar company high producers, producing over three million pounds of sugar in a single year.
Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She always enjoyed spending time with her family and she and her sisters enjoyed a special closeness. Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress, and crafter. For many years, Dorothy held a position as State Treasurer of The Nebraska Women’s Club. She also enjoyed taking an occasional day trip to Prairie Winds.
Survivors include her husband Ernest, daughter Sharon of Cheyenne Wyoming and her husband Bud with their sons; Jonathan, Dylan, Buddy and Tucker. Dorothy is also survived by sons Kent of Carlsbad California, his wife Laurie, and their children; Chace, Chance, and Molly and also by her son Fred of San Diego California, and his husband Ray. Additional survivors include her sisters, Barbara Blanco and family of Mitchell, Charlene Needham and family of Arvada; and Anita Fey, and family of Scottsbluff as well as sisters-in-law Ellie Forcade and family and Renata Svanda and family both of Gering Nebraska. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Richard Schledewitz and his family. She was preceded in death by her parents James Edward Haddix, Nata (Senteney) Haddix, her sister Cheryl Schledewitz, and her in-laws Frederick and Eva Elizabeth Eskam.
John Luft, 45, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care Services in Grand Island, NE.
John David Luft was born on Oct. 11 1966 in Grand Island to Melra and Caroline Luft. He graduated from Alliance High School in 1984 then attended Chadron State College studying pre-med. He joined the Army and was a combat medic and served in the National Guard until he was diagnosed with MS. John worked as a welder for Behlen Manufacturing in Columbus NE.
John loved NASCAR, going to concerts, hunting, and fishing. He also loved spending time with his nephews, nieces, and his many friends.
John’s dogs Sydney and Oreo were his children because John didn’t want to take a chance of passing on MS.
John was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emma and Lyle Enyeart and Ray and Mabel Luft and his nephew Joseph Buresh.
He is survived by father, Melra (Lana) Luft, mother, Caroline (Don) O’Berg , brother, Rick Luft (Jennifer Milosich), his sisters, Heidi Evans and Carmel Lowry (Jeff), He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Iana Luft, Beth Ellis, Tyler Evans, Chaz Buresh, Trevor Evans, Austin Klug-Luft, Dakota Andreasen, Bailey Klug-Luft, Cassina Klug-Luft, Jeffrey Wheelock, Stevie Andreasen, Kayla Milosich, Tate Luft and great Nieces Addison Reed and Aurora Ellis.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Reverend Tom Lucas officiating. Burial will be in the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-7 at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established for the VA Hospice Unit and may be sent in care of VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care Systems, Attn. Heidi Swenson, 2201 N. Broadwell, Grand Island, NE 68803 or the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance, P.O. Box 718, Alliance, NE 69301.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com
Steven Michael Dykes, 62, went home to the Lord on Oct. 9, following a heroic battle with cancer.
Steve was born on Aug. 6, 1950 to Leroy and Leota (Keane) Dykes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Alliance. He attended Alliance High School, graduating in 1968. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War, from 1968 until 1972.
He then attended Sidney Vo-Tech College, graduating with a degree in Electronics. He was later employed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as an electrician for 31 years, before retiring in 2010.
He met the love of his life Theresa Louise Vinton in 1977 and the two were married on Nov. 11, 1978 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance, Nebraska.
Steve was highly involved with the Knights of Columbus, where he earned his Fourth Degree. He was also active with the Holy Rosary RCIA program, Marriage Encounter, Funeral Committee, Calvary Cemetery upkeep, Black Diamond Rail Club, Alliance Eagles, Habitat for Humanity, and as a driver for the Sisters at Marian Residence.
Some of his favorite pastime activities included reading Science Fiction novels, watching Nascar races, which he referred to as “roundy-rounds”, and rooting for his Alliance Bulldogs, Chadron State Eagles, Nebraska Cornhuskers and, of course, “Da Bears.”
He also enjoyed spending time in his garage “just dinking around”, and taking his dog Chocolate for morning walks to pick up his daily copy of USA Today for the crossword puzzle. One of Steve’s greatest pleasures was bring joy to others through his impromptu jokes and storytelling. His greatest joy was his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife and children John and Amanda Dykes of Lingle, Wyo., Dan Dykes and Christine Thom of Seattle, Wash., and Mark and Louise Dykes of Alliance. He is also survived by grandchildren Abigail and Andrea Dykes of Lingle, Matthew Thom of Seattle, and Michael Dykes of Alliance and his sister Lynn and nephew Tony of Alliance, uncle Bruce Keane of Tucson, Ariz., and numerous brother- and sister-in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Leroy Dykes, mother Leota Hardy, brother Richard Hardy and his dog Jerry.
A wake is scheduled for 7p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Holy Rosary Church, with fellowship to follow. Memorial services will be Monday, Oct. 15 at Holy Rosary with Father Lou Nollette officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites.
Those planning to attend the wake or funeral services are requested to wear their best Bears or Huskers attire.
Memorials may be given to Jane’s Closet.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com
Vivian M. Lojka, 94, of Scottsbluff, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012 at The Residency. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff with Rev. Ralph Morris officiating. The family will be receiving guests beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Lunch will be served before the service. Cremation has taken place at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. The family respectfully requests for there to be no flowers. Memorials may be made in care of the family or to the church. Online condolences may be viewed by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is assisting the family.
Vivian was born November 13, 1917 in Cambridge, Nebraska to John and Anna Inez (Haggerty) Brown. The family moved to Broadwater when she was very young. Vivian’s schooling was in or around Broadwater.
Vivian married David Wagoner on April 21, 1936 in Sidney. To this union four children were born. The couple divorced in June of 1947. Vivian married Henry Lojka on May 15, 1948 in Kimball. This marriage added Henry’s four children to the family. They moved to Scottsbluff in 1954.
Vivian worked for Lichter Duo Rest until the factory closed and then began working for Trim Line Draperies. She was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Navy Mothers, and Joy of Living Bible Study. She enjoyed playing cards, games, and dominos with children, grandchildren, and friends. Vivian also liked to make cross-stitch gifts.
Survivors include her daughter, Jean Zuidema of Kansas City; daughters-in-law, Karon Wagoner of Albequerque, N.M. and Verlie Wagoner of Gering; son, Everett (Shirleen) Lojka of Cheyenne, WY; daughters, Marcella Shaw and Evelyn Hollis of McCrealy, WA; sisters, Lois Bennett of Shoshone ID, Hazel Ostrom of Springfield, OR; brother, B.V. Brown of Mitchell; sister-in-law, Myrul Brown of North Platte; 20 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Vivian in death were her parents; husband, Henry; four sons, Tom Wagoner, Stanley Wagoner, Eddie Wagoner, and Harold Lojka; and brothers, Merle Brown and Donald Brown.
Keith O. Wheeler, 85, died Monday, October 15, 2012 at his rural Sioux County home surrounded by his family.
He was born May 1, 1927 in Crawford, NE to Calvin Merrill and Alice Pearl (Malone) Wheeler.
On August 8, 1948 he was united in marriage to Aloha Anna Morgenstern in Lincoln, NE.
After receiving his B.A. degree in 1948 he began his career in education. He worked as a teacher in Denver Colorado from 1948 to 1950, and as a school administrator and teacher in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada from 1953 to 1962 and then at Monterey Bay Academy in La Selva Beach, CA until 1990. Following his retirement he and his wife returned to the Wheeler family ranch in Sioux County.
Keith served as an Elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hemingford and a school board member of Sioux County District 43 and had been a member of Kiwanis Club in Watsonville, CA.
He is survived by his wife, Aloha, his daughters, Tamara (Vern) Hansen of Grand Terrace, CA, Kathleen (Gary) Baker of Brighton, CO and Laurie Wheeler of Angwin, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Keith Hansen, Laurel Hansen of Grand Terrace, CA, Kirk (Cheria) Baker, Stacy Baker and Haley Baker of Brighton, CO, his brothers, Karl (Blanche) Wheeler and Glenn (Virginia) Wheeler of Marsland, his sisters, Merilyn Rainbolt of Marsland and Mary Alice Goree of Camarillo, CA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela and his brother Gaylord.
Funeral services will be Friday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hemingford. Pastor Rodney Bieber will officiate. Burial will be in the Crawford Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Keith Wheeler memorial scholarship fund at Monterey Bay Academy,
783 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, CA 95076.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com