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Obituaries for Friday, June 11, 2004

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  • Thelma Roselieb
  • Agnes Swanson
  • Gus Theodore
  • Dorothy `Bubby' Aller
  • Gloria Beerbower
  • Barbara Peterson
  • Edward Proescholdt

  • Odis Bean

    Odis Frank Bean, 89, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

    Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary, Moline.

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    Ethel Smith

    Funeral services for Ethel E. Smith, 89, of Rock Island, and Mountain Home, Ark., will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary Chapel, Davenport. The family will greet friends from 9 a.m. until service time at the mortuary. A private burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity or the First Christian Church of Mountain Home.

    Ethel died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island, with her daughter and son-in law at her side.

    Ethel Elizabeth Mann was born Jan. 29, 1915, in Edwards Station, Ill., the daughter of William and Rae Ingold Mann. She married Raymond A. Smith April 21, 1932, in Peoria, Ill. He preceded her in death in October of 1996.

    Mrs. Smith had worked at the former Lou Marges in Davenport, also for the Sears Roebuck and Co. credit department and at Bernices Beauty Shop in the Village Shopping Center. She and her husband Ray retired to Mountain Home, where they lived nearly 30 years, returning to Rock Island in 1998 after his death.

    Mrs. Smith was a member of the First Christian Church in Mountain Home. She loved to quilt, sew, knit, and go shopping with her daughter. Most especially and foremost, she loved spending time with her family.

    Survivors include her daughter, Karen Arnold and her husband, Richard, Bettendorf; grandsons, Bryan Arnold and his wife, Betsy, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jeffrey Arnold and his wife, Linda, Leesburg, Va.; great-granddaughters, Emma and Sophie; a brother, Richard Mann and his wife, Betty, Hampton; a sister, Geraldine Towner, Rock Island; and two very special friends, Pat Timm and Willene Cook. She was preceeded in death by her parents; her husband; a son Dick; and a sister, Wilma.

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    Lydie Reinwein

    Lydie Roudnev Reinwein, of Moline, widow of Dr. William D. Reinwein, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Italy, after a short illness.

    Private services will be held at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline, today. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Animal Shelter of Moline, the Quad-City Symphony, or the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Foundation Scholarship Fund in Orangeburg, S.C.

    She is survived by daughter (and spouse), Liz (Curt) Behrens; and grandchildren, Karl, Kristina and Adam Behrens, all of Sycamore, Ill.; daughter (and spouse), Jean (William) Danner, granddaughters (and spouse), Beth and Amy Danner, Columbia, S.C., Kelley (Steve) Miller-Ostrovsky, and great-granddaughter, Kyra Ostrovsky, all of Monetta, S.C.; and daughter, Nancy Ortowski, Falls Church, Va.

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    Kerry List

    Kerry A. List, 45, formerly of East Moline, died June 4, 2004, at her home in Red Lion, Pa.

    Memorial services are 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.

    Kerry Nystrom was born Dec. 16, 1958, in Moline, the daughter of James W. and Lavon Phillips Nystrom.

    She is survived by a son, Troy Sullivan, Bradenton, Fla.; her mother, Lavon Kleffner, East Moline; a sister, Sharon Kenney, Colona; and brothers, Gary Kleffner, Hampton, and Terry Kleffner, East Moline.

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    Thomas O'Brien Sr.

    Funeral services for Thomas E. O'Brien Sr., 92, Oak Park, Ill., are 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sharon, Pa.

    Burial is in Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McGonigle Funeral Home, Sharon. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Moline, or to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis.

    Mr. O'Brien died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

    He was born July 31, 1911, in Sharon, the son of Thomas and Alice Barnes O'Brien. He married Coramae Troutman June 17, 1939, in Sharon. She died April 19, 1990.

    Tom served in the European Theatre during World War II with the U.S. Army. When he returned from the service, he worked as the general sales manager at Golden Dawn Foods in Sharon. In 1957, he moved to Chicago for a position with Sara Lee Corporation. Tom retired in 1969 as executive vice president of Sara Lee, Chicago, where he sat on the board of directors.

    Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Kay, East Moline, and Hubert and Laura, Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Donnelly, Sharon; and a special caregiver, Regina McNeany. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two infant sons, seven brothers and sisters.

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    Elizabeth Wohlferth

    Elizabeth L. ``Betty'' Wohlferth, 86, of Silvis, formerly of Orion, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

    Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley. Visitation will be one hour before the services. Memorials may be made to Niabi Zoological Society or a favorite animal shelter.

    The former Elizabeth Lamond Arthur was born March 25, 1918, in Dundee, Scotland, the daughter of David Ramsay Arthur and Lizzie Gair Lamond Arthur. She came to the United States with her parents at the age of seven. She graduated from the former New York State College for Teachers, now the University at Albany. She married Harry C. Wohlferth Aug. 30, 1947, in Schenectady, N.Y. Prior to her marriage, she was a planner in the turbine department of General Electric.

    She was a deacon and active in organizing the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Berkeley Heights, N.J., and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and visiting zoos and manufacturing plants. Her hobbies were knitting, sewing, needlework and reading, and she loved animals.

    Betty is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harry; three daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Bruce Savage, Stratford, N.J., Judith and Thomas Schaefer, Reisterstown, Md., and Patricia and Henry Bethke, Algonquin, Ill.; four grandsons, Travis and Jason Schaefer, and David and Patrick Bethke; a great-granddaughter, MacKenzie Schaefer; and a brother and sister-in-law, David and June Arthur, Overland Park, Kan.

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    Jacob Bonte

    Jacob F. Bonte, 94, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by Geneseo VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where scripture service will be recited at 4 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Jacob Bonte Memorial Fund.

    Jacob was born Dec. 3, 1909, in Atkinson, the son of Frank and Mary Haars Bonte. He was a Geneseo High School graduate. He married Helen Walker July 20, 1937, in Geneseo. She died in 1979.

    Jacob served his country in the Army infantry European Theatre in World War II, where he received the Purple Heart and Medal of Honor. Jake had been employed for many years at the former Cherry's Service Station in Geneseo and later as a sales clerk at the former Cherry's Sporting Goods Store in Geneseo for many years, from which he retired.

    He was a member of St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo VFW Post 5083 and the Geneseo American Legion. Jacob enjoyed playing cards and having his coffee at Hardee's with his friends.

    Survivors include his nieces, Janice Bixby, Trophy Club, Texas, Leslie Goodman, Kaylor, Ky., Patricia Price, Trophy Club, Sharon VanOpdorp, Sandy, Utah, Barbara Jean Youngquist, Rock Island; and nephews, Tom Bonte, Florida, George Walker, Geneseo. He was preceded in death by brothers, Emil, August and Fred Bonte; and sisters, Mary and Helen.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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    Corky Craine

    Cora Jane ``Corky'' Craine, 76, Galva, formerly of Kewanee and Neponset, died June 9, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

    Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee. Burial is in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Kewanee. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

    She was born Oct. 7, 1927, in Kewanee, to J. Lester and Helen Alderman. She married William Craine June 15, 1947.

    Surviving are her husband; daughters, Sue Long, Decatur, Ill., Peggy Tautkus, Neponset; son, Troy Craine, Lincoln, Ill.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

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    Allen Gibson

    Allen G. Gibson, 75, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Greg Olson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Washington Street Chapel, Prophetstown. A memorial fund has been established.

    Allen was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Lyndon, Ill., the son of Walter E. and Anna Anderson Gibson. He graduated from Lyndon High School as valedictorian of his class in 1946. He then enlisted and served in the Navy until 1949. Following his military service, he graduated from Worsham Mortuary School and worked for his brother-in-law, Dean Gardner, at the Gardner Funeral Home and Gardner Furniture Store in Prophetstown. They also operated the ambulance service until 1975. He married Connie Anderson Feb. 16, 1952, in Chicago. In 1976, he purchased the business and following the addition of a son to his staff, changed the name to Gibson & Son.

    Allen was also active in his community having served as president and board member of the Prophetstown Boosters (later named the Chamber of Commerce) for many years. During those years, he was responsible for many of Prophetstown's ``Kid's Day'' celebrations by securing the amusement rides, game and concession stands and mapping and laying out Main Street. He also was elected and served as treasurer for the city of Prophetstown from 1964 through 1976. He assisted with numerous Cub and Boy Scout functions and also coached Little League baseball for many years.

    He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of the VFW in Morrison, and a member of the Illinois National Funeral Directors Association.

    Allen is survived by his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Kim Gibson, Mason City, Iowa, Neil and Pat Gibson, Richmond, Ind., and John Gibson, Prophetstown; grandchildren, Evan, Jessica and Dillon Gibson, Pacita (Mrs. Chris) Bassler, Johanna, Katie and Marisa Gibson, and Andrew and Ryan Gibson; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Bassler; sisters and brother-in-law, Marjorie Gardner, Prophetstown, Mary and Lee Bierman, Belvedere, Ill.; a brother-in-law and his wife, Harry and Josie Johnson, Prophetstown; nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorine Johnson and Kelly Gibson; and a brother, W.B. ``Bud'' Gibson.

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    Louis Klimstra

    Louis W. Klimstra, 91, Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, died June 10, 2004, at Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf.

    Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Bosma-Renkes, Morrison. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until services. Burial is in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison.

    He married Nellie Buikema. She died in 1977. He married Tena Bush. She died in 2004.

    Surviving are daughter, Mary Klimstra, Morrison; stepchildren, Deb Witt, Ruth Tichler, Doug Bush, Ted Bush, all Morrison; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Sissing, Fulton, Marguerite VanOsdol, Galena, Ill.

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    Betty Miller

    Betty L. Miller, 84, of Ophiem, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at home.

    Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church, Ophiem, with the Rev. Michael Massa officiating. Burial is in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Ophiem. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home, Alpha, where memorials may be left to the Grace Lutheran Cemetery.

    Betty was born April 6, 1920, in Ophiem, a daughter of Lyman and Eva Parnell Gustus. She graduated from Alpha High School and married Richard D. Miller Feb. 22, 1940, in Cambridge. He died July 7, 1994.

    She was a homemaker and assisted her husband in the operation of their family farm west of Ophiem.

    She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Ophiem, where she was baptized and confirmed. She was a member of the WELCA at the church, Ophiem/Lynn Center American Legion Post 1077 Auxiliary and was a Lynn Township Election Official for many years.

    Betty volunteered for many years at the Galesburg Rescue Mission.

    She enjoyed quilting, baking, playing the piano, playing table games and especially loved flower gardening, having won many blue ribbons in the floral competition at the New Windsor Fair and Rodeo.

    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Joseph Crowther, Orland Park, Ill.; four sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Kathy Miller and Alan and Sharon Miller all of Bettendorf, Greg and Rhonda Miller, New Windsor, and Matt and Amanda Miller, Alpha; 10 grandchildren, Elea, Linnea, Natalie, Meridith, Elizabeth, Aaron and his wife Jean, Jessica, Kyle, Sara, Kevin; one great-grandson, Samuel; a sister, Jean Osborne, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Nelson Gustus, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Gustus, Galesburg; several nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, David. For online condolances, visit

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    Lynn Morey

    Lynn A. Morey, 71, of Cambridge, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at his home.

    Arrangements are pending at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Cambridge.

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    Hildegarde Peterson

    Hildegarde Peterson, 103, of rural Reynolds, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at her daughter's home in rural Reynolds.

    Arrangements are pending at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Thelma Roselieb

    Thelma M. Roselieb, 89, formerly of Erie, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling.

    Services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Erie United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery, Erie. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. A memorial fund has been established.

    The former Thelma Marie Eyrich was born April 23, 1915, in Redding, Pa., the daughter of Clarence and Elmira Wayne Eyrich. She married Howard T. Roselieb Aug. 3, 1932, in Erie. He died Feb. 5, 1995.

    She was a member of the Erie United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Erie Senior Citizens. She had been a volunteer at the Erie Elementary School.

    Mrs. Roselieb enjoyed watching TV, doing crossword puzzles and bird watching. She was a resident of the Prophet's Riverview Center, where she enjoyed assisting with the activities and helping with the baking using her own recipes.

    Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Rita Ayre, Freeport, Ill., Beverly and Fred Suzuki, Arlington Heights, Ill., and Susie and Ron DeBuysere, Erie; grandchildren, Craig Blumhoff, Kurt Blumhoff and Krisa Heinsen; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cleon and Jean Eyrich, Prophetstown, Loy and Eldina Eyrich, Bell Plain, Minn., and Lee and Carol Eyrich, Geneseo; and a sister-in-law, Carol Jo Eyrich, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry, in 1974, and a great-grandchild.

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    Agnes Swanson

    Agnes C. Swanson, 81, of Port Byron, formerly of Geneseo, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Rosewood Care Center, Moline.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church, Rapids City, where she was a member. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron. A memorial fund has been established.

    The former Agnes Clara VanHyfte was born Nov. 7, 1922, in Luverne, Minn., the daughter of Herman and Stephanie Dollander VanHyfte. She married Eugene Swanson June 8, 1942, in Kahoka, Mo. He died Jan. 18, 1981.

    She worked for Hillcrest Lanes, Geneseo, from 1964 to 1983. She also cleaned homes for several families in Geneseo. Mrs. Swanson was a member of the Geneseo Lioness Club and the Cordova Red Hat Society. She enjoyed bowling, stock car races, especially watching Tim Marsden Number 5, and her great grandson, Codi.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Randell and Shirley Swanson, Port Byron; a grandson and his wife, Ron and Dawn Swanson, Geneseo; a great-grandson, Codi; a brother, O'dell Victor VanHyfte, Sherburn, Minn.; a sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and LeRoy Kack, St. Leo, Minn.; nine nieces and nephews; a special aunt, Agnes Bescharner, Geneseo; and a godchild, Robin Kack Johnson. She also is survived by three stepgrandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren, and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.

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    Gus Theodore

    Gus J. Theodore, 66, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Royal Oaks Care Center, Kewanee.

    Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be in Chasteen Cemetery, Disputania, Ky., at a later date. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

    He was born Dec. 23, 1937, in Chicago, son of James and Sadie Angle Theodore. He married Nedra Baird Nov. 18, 1961, in Chicago.

    He had been employed at the Hyster Company, Kewanee, Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor and owned Custon Garage Doors, retiring in 2000.

    Surviving are his wife; three grandchildren; son, Matthew, Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Gayle Powell, Berea, Ky.; sisters, Bessie Gorman, Midlothian, Ill., Evelyn Rice, Hammond, Inc., Phyllis Skinner, Lansing, Ill.

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    Dorothy `Bubby' Aller

    Dorothy ``Bubby'' Aller, 69, Jupiter, Fla., long time resident of Davenport, died June 10, 2004, at Genesis East, Davenport.

    Services are 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. Burial is in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport. She was born Oct. 10, 1934, in LeMars, Iowa, to Vern and Molly Nicholson Keough. She married Merlin Aller.

    Surviving are her husband; son, Doug Aller, Oak Park, Ill.; granddaughter, Madelin, Oak Park; sisters, Kathleen DeJager, Bettendorf, and Pat Tippery, Waterloo.

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    Gloria Beerbower

    Gloria A. Beerbower, 74, of Davenport, died June 9, 2004, at Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf.

    Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Seventh Day Adventist, Davenport. Burial is in Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Runge, Davenport.

    She was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Rothville, Mo., to Harold and Sylvia Lyford. She married Ivan Beerbower Sept. 18, 1948.

    Surviving are her husband; children, Deborah Beerbower, Michigan, Jay, Melodie Beerbower and JoAnn Martell, all of Davenport; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters.

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    Barbara Peterson

    Barbara Lindquist Peterson of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Bettendorf, passed away May 26, 2004, at the age of 76.

    Our mom had been ill for the last several years with advanced multiple sclerosis and diabetes but died of complications from pneumonia in Magnolia Square, a nursing facility in Springfield.

    She was a dedicated born-again Christian since childhood, which gives her surviving family great joy in knowing we will be reunited again some day in heaven. Until that day, we will miss her, along with our dad. Praise God, she is now pain-free, out of her wheelchair and singing with the heavenly choir.

    Barb was mom to Jim Peterson, Davenport, Judy McGoldrick, Springfield, Joy Anderson, Moline, and Jan Richert, Olathe, Kan., who all survive her along with their spouses; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Rod, who passed away last August.

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    Edward Proescholdt

    Edward Frank Proescholdt, 89, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill., following a short illness.

    Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Alfred Kaupins officiating. Burial is in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at Turner West Funeral Home today from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church after 10 a.m. Saturday. A memorial fund has been established for St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

    Edward was born Aug. 17, 1914, in Manilla, Iowa, the son of Frank and Pauline D. Bockwoldt Proescholdt. He married Virginia Morgan Nov. 4, 1944, in Cedar Rapids. She died Aug. 15, 1982.

    He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church for more than 70 years. He graduated from Coe College in 1935 and worked for 38 years in the postal service and was the finance examiner at the time of his retirement in 1973. He was a member of the Air Force, entering active duty on July 1941, and held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves (retired). He was a member of the National Association of Retired Employees.

    Survivors include his daughter, Janet A. Meier and husband, Gregg, Lynn Center, Ill.; and son, John and wife, Patricia, Gilbert, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Joyce Meier, Amy Meier and David Meier, Lynn Center; two brothers, Carl and wife, Beth,Liscomb, Iowa, and Robert and wife, Mary Anne, Lincoln, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter, in 1980, and a sister, Laura, in 1998.

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