Obituaries

Wed
19
Jul

Dorothy Skupa

Dorothy N. Skupa, 95, Haddam, died Thursday, July 13, 2017. She was born Aug. 14, 1921, to William and Doris (Welch) Holloway at Spencer, Iowa. After her mother’s death, the family returned to Kansas. She was raised by her grandparents, Robert and Mary Welch, in Clyde. On Jan. 28, 1942, she married Ed Skupa in Pasco, Ore. Ed worked for the US Coast & Geodetic Survey and together they made over 190 moves. They moved to Haddam in 1968. She continued to take trips with her husband, Edward, until his death in 2001. Survivors include sons, Keith Skupa (Sherri), Valley Center, and Bryan Skupa (Cheryl), Haddam; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Neva Stueve, Corvallis, Ore. Funeral service was Wednesday, July 19, at Haddam United Methodist Church, with burial in Haddam Cemetery. Pastor John Lewis officiated. Memorials may be made to Haddam Cemetery/Tree Project or Republic County Hospital in care Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville.

Wed
19
Jul

Berniece Schreiber

Berniece V. Schreiber, 82, died July 15, 2017, at Medicalodge of Clay Center, Clay Center. She was born March 5, 1935, in Clyde, to Leo J. and Mary Flossie B. (Zimmer) Esslinger. She married Robert L. Schreiber on July 21, 1955, in Clifton. He died Dec. 10, 2010. She attended school in Clifton and graduated from Clifton High School in 1953. She is survived by her son, Michael Schreiber (Glenda), Concordia; daughters, Debra Rupert-Sjolander (Mark), Morganville, and Arlene Schreiber Thomas (Larry), Wichita; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; a sister, Maxine Girard, Concordia; and brother, Matt Esslinger, Abilene. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia. Burial will follow at St. Concordia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, July 21, with a vigil service and altar society rosary at 7 p.m., all at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.

Wed
19
Jul

Frank Lundquist

Franklin (“Frank”) Carl Lundquist was born June 8, 1949, in Concordia, to Roland and Edith Golden (Jurey) Lundquist. He died on July 3, 2017, at the age of 68 years in Omaha, Neb., from leukemia. He grew up on a farm near Brantford. He attended Brantford Grade School, a oneroom schoolhouse, until it closed in 1961. After that, he attended school in Clifton, graduating from Clifton High School in 1967. He also graduated from Beloit Area Vocational Technical School in Beloit, Kansas in 1968 and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a degree in agricultural economics in 1979. He enlisted in the United States Army in September 1968 and served in Vietnam. After returning from the Vietnam War, he was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, serving with the U.S. Military Police until his honorable discharge. He worked for Kawasaki in Lincoln, Neb., where he met his wife Jan. He moved back to Clifton and worked at Condray Farms for about a year before moving back to Lincoln.

Wed
19
Jul

Lora Lee Link

Lora Lee Link, 93, Barnes, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids. She was born April 26, 1924, at Beattie, the daughter of Melvin L. and Clara E. (Nystrom) Blanchette. She graduated from Beattie High School in 1941. On Jan. 5, 1947, she married Wilbur J. Link at Marysville. She helped her husband on the family farm. Mrs. Link was a member of the Barnes United Methodist Church, the Rebekah Lodge in Barnes, the Moose Lodge in Marysville and the John Doerr Post 145 of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Barnes. Survivors include three sons, Dale Link, Waterville, Dennis (Charlene) Link, Hoyt, and Dean (Gayle) Link, Clay Center; two daughters; Debra (Randy) Swearingen, Waterville, and Doris (Mark) Koester, North Newton, 13 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; and two sister, Vera Fralin, Payson, Ariz., and Twyla Shedden, Mesa, Ariz.

Tue
11
Jul

Verle Decker

Verle E. Decker, 90, Hollenberg, died July 8, 2017, at the Beatrice Community Hospital in Beatrice, Neb.He was born Oct. 4, 1926, at Hollenberg, the son of William and Anna (Elder) Decker.˛He attended Hollenberg schools and farmed with his father, until be-ing drafted into the U.S. Army, during World War II.˛He served from 1944 until being honorably discharged in 1946.˛ Mr. Decker earned the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal. On Oct. 12, 1947, he married Ione June Hanenkrat at Tilla-mook, Ore.˛She died July 10, 2000. On Feb. 14, 2004, he married Glenda Kay Thorn of Beattie. Mr. Decker was a farmer, lumber inspector, dairy man, rural mail carrier, building contractor, insurance agent, sold headstones and for over 20 years was the book man at tractor shows across the country.

Tue
11
Jul

Marilyn Bergstrom

Marilyn (Johnson) Bergstrom, 82, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at her home in Courtland. She was born Dec. 21, 1934, at Garfield Center, Clay Center, to Lawrence and Verda (Anderson) Johnson. On Sept. 23, she married Marvin Bergstrom. They lived north of Clifton until 1957 when they moved to Courtland to start a farming operation. They eventually formed Bergstrom Livestock Company, which added the marketing of sheep to their business. In 1984, they purchased Farmers Livestock Commission Company, Washington. Mrs. Bergstrom was the head bookkeeper until they sold the sale barn in 2007. She continued to contribute on a part-time basis. Mrs. Bergstrom was involved in several community activities, including over 30 years as a 4-H leader. She was also a Sunday School teacher, teaching Bible School, and was active in the Covenant Women’s group and the Covenant Church.

Wed
05
Jul

Mildred Irene Stone

Mildred Irene Stone, 91, Topeka, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Brewster Place. She was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Haddam, the daughter of Elmer Ray and Maude Iva (Koehl) Stone. She attended grade and high schools in Washington and Cloud Counties and graduated from Clyde High School in 1943. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University. Ms. Stone began her teaching career in one room schools in Washington County and continued teaching in several elementary schools in Topeka. She retired from teaching in May 1991, after teaching from 1952-1991 in the Topeka Public School System. She was active in the First Christian Church, having served on various local and state committees. Mildred traveled extensively throughout the United States and to several foreign countries. Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marvene Marshall; and brothers, Elmer Stone and Laverne Stone.

Wed
05
Jul

Bobby Bridges

Bobby Bridges, 59, died on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Stoneybrook Retirement Community in Manhattan. He was born Nov. 21, 1957 in Seoul, Korea, the son of Kum Ok Lee and later adoptive father, David A. Bridges. As the son of a career military man he attended schools both overseas and stateside completing his education in Huntsville, Ala. As a child, he competed in the Little League World Series while they lived in Korea representing the United States. He competed in and later taught martial arts. He attained the highest level of Grandmaster. Mr. Bridges was preceded in death by his mother, Kum Ok Bridges on April 16, 1988. Survivors include his parents, David and Judith Bridges, Washington; brothers, Paul Bridges (Donna), Manhattan, David Willbrant (Jennifer), Hollenberg, and Edward Willbrant, Clyde. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 6, at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Manhattan. Father Carlos Ruiz will serve as Celebrant.

Wed
05
Jul

Glen Lee Hynek

Glen Lee Hynek, 95, Fergus Falls, Minn., died Monday, June 26, 2017, at Patriot Assisted Living of Fergus Falls. He was born on Dec. 12, 1921, in Haddam, to Frank and Tenia (Barnett) Hynek.His mother died when he was six weeks old.He grew up in Washington where he attended school. Mr. Hynek worked for his uncles and aunts on the farm until World War II began when he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was then stationed on the east coast, serving on the USS Brooklyn, a light cruiser. Upon his discharge he moved to Hastings, Neb. On March 13, 1944, he married Evelyn Kickoff in Marysville. The couple resided in Hastings until 1945 when they moved to Fergus Falls. Mr. Hynek worked various jobs until 1960 when he began working with the City of Fergus Falls in the water department. He retired on Dec. 31, 1984. He was a member of Sverdrup Lutheran Church, the VFW, and the Eagles. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Evelyn on Feb.

Wed
21
Jun

Willis Shaw

Willis K. Shaw, 84, Morrowville, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Washington County Hospital. He was born May 22, 1933, at Clay Center, the son of Archie and Catherine (Woods) Shaw. He graduated from Morrowville High School. While in high school, he played baseball and football. Mr. Shaw was a lifelong farmer and lived on the family farm most of his life. On June 14, 1955, he married Audrey Johnston in Washington. Mr. Shaw drove a truck for the Morrowville and Greenleaf Co-op for several years. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Audrey, on Aug. 13, 2011; and brothers, William Robert Shaw and Alva Truman Shaw. Survivors include daughters, Mary (John) Leck, Washington, Denise (Richard) Uhlrich, Cottonwood Falls; sons, Bryan Shaw, Washington, Daniel Shaw and David Shaw, both of Morrowville; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral service was Friday, June 16, at the Ward Funeral Home in Washington. Joshua Leck officiated.

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