Obituaries

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03
Sep
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Victor Voelker

Victor Benjamin Voelker, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at York, Neb. Survivors include his children, James Voelker and wife, Carol, Palmer, Patricia Koch and husband, Neal, Utica, Neb., Judith Strickler and husband, Darrell, Clovis, Calif., Idona Schmieding and husband, Ed, Gresham, Neb., Joel Voelker and wife, Tammy, Palmer; brother, Leo Voelker and wife, Mardell, Linn; sister, Gertrude Wilgers and husband, Delmer, Palmer; sister-in-law, Elsa Carlyle, Linn; 15 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. A funeral service was Wednesday, Sept. 3 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Palmer, with Pastor Jacob Sherry officiating. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. A memorial fund is established and will be designated by the family later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.
Wed
27
Aug
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Wesley Zenger

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27
Aug
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“Toby” Anderson

Francis L. “Toby” Anderson, 94, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Homestead Nursing Home, Washington. Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Ward Funeral Home, Washington. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Washington Christian Church, Washington. Burial will be in the Morrowville Cemetery. A memorial fund to the Washington Christian Church has been established. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.
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27
Aug
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Dorothy Rhine

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Dorothy May Rhine, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the Belleville Healthcare Center in Belleville. She was born May 15, 1923, at Hollis to Harry and Martha (Stark) Ekstrom as the eighth of ten children. She married Marvin Rhine on Feb. 17, 1942, at Concordia. To this union, a son John and a daughter Sheirl were born. The couple made their home on a farm east of Cuba for many years. Later they made their home in Washington. Upon Marvin’s death in 2003, Dorothy moved to Belleville to be near her two children. The couple farmed and did custom harvesting for many years. She cooked part time at the Cuba Café and after moving to Washington, she cooked at the Swirley Top Steak House. She was an active member of the Haddam United Methodist Church and later transferred her membership to the United Methodist Church of Washington. She was very active in the ladies circle at the church and headed up the funeral dinners for many years.

Wed
20
Aug
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Wesley ‘Babe’ Zenger

Funeral for Wesley “Babe” Zenger is 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the United Methodist Church in Haddam with Pastor Randy Jellison-Knock officiating. Burial will be in Haddam City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Zenger passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17.
Wed
13
Aug
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Carol Finlayson

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Carol Jean Finlayson, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Homestead Assisted Living, Manhattan. She was born March 27, 1926, to Ralph and Thelma (Green) Muir on the farm near Salina. The family moved to a farm west of Hollenberg when she was seven. She attended school in Hollenberg until her junior year, then transferred and graduated from Washington High School. After high school graduation, she got an emergency teaching certifi cate and taught school one year. In April of 1944, she married Glen Finlayson at her parent’s home. After her marriage, she again taught school for a year and a half. They moved to the farm near Hanover. Always the farmer at heart, she worked many years driving trucks, milking cows, feeding cattle and hogs, and running a variety of farm implements. In 1976, she began working at the Health Mart Pharmacy while still helping on the farm when time allowed. She retired from Health Mart after working 27 years.

Wed
13
Aug
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Leona Sand

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Leona Marie (Ouellette) Sand, 84, died Aug. 7, 2014. She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in St. Joseph to Roland and Edna (Girard) Ouellette. She attended school in Washington and graduated from high school with the class of 1947. During high school and after graduation, she worked at the drug store in Washington. She married William Sand on Aug. 26, 1948, in Greenleaf. After moving to Wymore, Neb., Bill was recalled back to active duty during the Korean Conflict, and the couple spent time at Camp Roberts, Calif. After Bill’s discharge, they returned to Nebraska and in 1954 purchased their first newspaper in Exeter, Neb., the Fillmore County News. In 1959, they purchased the Friend Sentinel moved to Friend. She also worked at the Warren Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s aide for 18 years. The couple sold the Friend Sentinel in 1985. She attended church at St.

Wed
13
Aug
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Cmdr. George Stewart, Jr.

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Cmdr. George W. Stewart, Jr. (USN Ret) passed away peacefully August 3, 2014 after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Surrounded by his entire family including his children, their spouses, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, he was 89 years old. Cmdr. Stewart was born in Clinton, S.C. on March 21, 1925. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman recruit in 1942, serving 30 years and advancing to the rank of Commander. As a member of “America’s Greatest Generation,” he served in three major confl icts — World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In between, he participated in the evacuation of American personnel from China in 1944 following the fall of Chiang Kai Shek; he witnessed the first Atomic bomb test in the Bikini Atoll as part of Operation Crossroads in 1946; he was part of the occupation forces in Japan following the war and witnessed the effects of the devastation of Nagasaki; and he participated in the naval blockade during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.

Wed
06
Aug
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Gene Porting

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Clarence Eugene “Gene” Porting, 88, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Mercy Regional Heath Center in Manhattan. He was born on April 6, 1926, on a farm near Axtell to Peter and Irene Godbout Porting. He attended Grandview and St. Michael’s grade schools. In 1944, he graduated from Axtell High School and was then called to serve in the Korean War with the United States Army from October 1951-1953. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, and attained the rank of Corporal. Upon being honorably discharged from the Army, he started farming in the Axtell/Beattie community and continued there all of his life. On Oct. 30, 1971, he married Darleen McAtee Johnson, and at the age of 46 became the stepfather of four children. In 1973, Jeanne Irene was born. He was preceded in death by his siblings Mary Kay Burdolski, Eileen Shaughnessy, Alfred Porting, Rita Kuckelman, and Gerald “Butch” Porting.

Wed
30
Jul
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Jimmie Woods

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