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Kenneth R. Volz

Deweese resident Kenneth Robert Volz, 40, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, unexpectedly on the farm in Deweese. Memorial services were 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Fairfield Community Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, with Pastors Joyce and Ivan Dean officiating. The family requests casual attire be worn to service, overalls are welcome. Private family burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be given to the family.

There will be no viewing or visitation. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.mertenbutler.com. Merten-Butler Mortuary is serving the family. Kenneth was born Jan. 22, 1979, in Hastings, to Kenneth L. and Dorothy Lea (Babcock) Volz. He graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1998 and North Central Kansas Technical College receiving his degree in plumbing and heating/air conditioning.

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Alice Leichleiter Brandt

On Feb. 6, 2019, Alice Leichleiter Brandt passed away in her home in Harvard.

Alice was born on Oct. 18, 1939 to Ernest and Sarah Adams. She grew up and attended school in Harvard. In 1955, she fell in love with Matthew Leichleiter and married him. She gave birth to seven children, three of which only lived a few days. In 1972, her beloved husband passed away and she went on to raise her four sons as a single mother. In 1987, she married Delmar Brandt.

After Matthew passed away, Alice took over his garbage route for many years. She also mowed and raked many lawns in Harvard until the last year of her life. Alice understood and modeled the value of hard work and she worked harder than anyone around her.

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Blanche L. (Urwiller) Koehler

Harvard resident Blanche Lola (Urwiller) Koehler, 97, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at the Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard.

Funeral services were conducted 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the United Church of Christ in Harvard, with Pastor Dave Johnson officiating. Interment followed at the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, from 1–8 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5–8 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral

Chapel in Clay Center.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the United Church of Christ in Harvard, Tabitha Hospice in Grand Island or the Harvard Rest Haven.

Condolences may be left at www.mclaughlinchapel.com.

Blanche was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Sodtown, NE, to Henry and May (Lange) Urwiller on a farm in Buffalo County. She was part of a family of nine children, and their lives revolved around family, neighbors and church at the Zion Evangelical St. Michael Church.

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Jerry L. Shuck

Jerry Lee Shuck of Edgar, departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at the age of 79.

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Leota Griess

Sutton resident Leota Griess, 60, went to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at her home in Sutton, where she no longer has pain or suffering.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Hope Reformed Church in Sutton, with Pastor Scott Henry officiating. Interment will follow at the Sutton Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, from 1–8 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5–7 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hope Reformed Church or the Sutton Community Home Foundation.

Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com

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Wilma Ackermann

Wilma graduated from Sutton High School in May 1940. She retired from Federal Aviation Administration in 1984 after 29 years as a federal employee. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church. She was an active volunteer serving in many capacities. Her lifelong interests included: music, sewing, flying, gardening, reading and writing.

Preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Elsa Ackermann; six sisters and one brother.

Survived by brother, Benjamin (Geraldine) Ackermann, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the family for later designation.

Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, from 4-6 p.m., at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th Street, Lincoln. Celebration of Life was Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 840 S. 17th Street, Lincoln.

Condolences:lincolnfh.com.

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Helen Ochsner

Sutton resident Helen Ochsner, 90, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the Sutton Community Home in Sutton, NE.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Sutton, with Rev. Joe Vusich officiating. Interment followed at the Sutton Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, from 1–8 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5–7 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton, NE.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later.

Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com.

Helen was born March 19, 1928, in Sutton, NE, to August and Edna (Bettger) Meyer. She graduated from Sutton High School in 1946.

On June 1, 1947, she married Donald W. Ochsner at the Emmanuel Reformed

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Jerry L. Shuck

Jerry Lee Shuck of Edgar, NE, the son of Elmer and Lillian Kirkhoff Shuck, was born Sept. 18, 1939, in Clay County, near Edgar. He departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Mary Lanning Health Care in Hastings, NE, at the age of 79 years. Among his survivors are his wife, Carole (Smith) Shuck and sons: Danny and Steve Shuck. Williams Funeral Homes, Edgar Chapel.

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Fern L. (Braun) Kness

Fern Lavern (Braun) Kness was born to John Carl Braun and Augusta Clara Louise (Drews) Braun on Nov. 28, 1926, at Carleton, NE. She was baptized and later confirmed into the Christian faith. She passed away Jan. 26, 2019, at the Hearthstone in York, NE, at the age of 92 years, 1 month, and 29 days. She was the oldest of four children in the family.

Fern attended school in Martland, Hebron and Geneva. She graduated from Geneva High School in 1945. She worked at the Carleton Post Office for seven years following graduation.

Fern was married to Jackie G. Kness of Grafton, NE on March 13, 1953, and to them four children were born. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2013.

Fern was a devoted farmer’s wife, homemaker and mother. She was not afraid to take on any task and helped out wherever she was needed. She lived her entire married life on the farm until moving to the Hearthstone in April of 2012. She will be remembered and missed by many.

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Leland “Lee” T. Skalka

We regret to inform the general public that Nebraska’s favorite son, Leland “Lee” Thomas Skalka, passed away on Jan. 25, on his family’s original homestead that he passionately loved.

Rosary is 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Deweese. Mass of Christian burial is Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Deweese, with Father Thomas Schultes officiating. Private family burial will be held at a later date. There will be no viewing; Lee’s wishes were to be cremated. Book signing will be 9–5 p.m., at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 31. Memorials may be given to the Fairfield Fire Department. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

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