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home : obituaries : obituaries August 24, 2017

Obituaries (6-29-17)

Bricie Nicholson, 91

Bricie B. Nicholson, 91, of Wakefield died Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Wakefield Christian Church in Wakefield with Pastor Bill Chase and Pastor Gary Patterson officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Wakefield Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield is in charge of the arrangements.

Bricie was born October 20, 1925 in Dannebrog to Grover and Mae Nicholson. Shortly after his birth, Bricie’s mother died. His father later married Georgia White. 

Bricie graduated from Wakefield High School in 1944 and was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Pacific with the Army’s 77th Infantry, earning three Purple Hearts while in the Army. 

After returning to the United States, Bricie married Anita Pearson on July 1, 1950 in Ceresco. He began farming with his family and eventually moved into Wakefield to the Ash Street Apartments. 

Bricie was a member of the American Legion and a lifelong member of the Wakefield Christian Church. He was also on the Country School Board #15. He loved spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Bricie is survived by his sons, Tom (Donna) Nicholson of Gretna, Jerry (Lori) Nicholson of Emerson and Pat (Debra) Nicholson of Wakefield; daughter Lou Ann (Mark) Chaplin of Lincoln; sisters-in-law Mylet Nicholson of Wakefield, Vonis (Larry) Schroeder of Frankfurt, Kan.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Georgia Nicholson, wife Anita Nicholson in 2013, brother Benton Nicholson, sisters Lila Mae Nicholson and Josephine Carlson and grandson Kevin Nicholson.


Colonel Kirk Slaughter, 49

Colonel Kirk R. Slaughter, 49, of Honolulu, Hawaii, formerly of Lyons, died on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in a boating accident at Waianae Boat Harbor in Hawaii. He was stationed at Fort Shaftner, Hawaii, and served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for Operations of the 9th Mission Support Command of the Army Reserve.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Lyons-Decatur Northeast School Gymnasium in Lyons with Father Paul Ortmeier celebrating Mass. Burial with military honors was in the Lyons Cemetery at Lyons. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation (Slaughter Memorials, 265 Radar Hill, Honolulu, HI 96819). Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Kirk Richard Slaughter was born December 3, 1967 in Pender to Eugene and Sharon (Frey) Slaughter. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. After graduating from Lyons-Decatur Northeast High School in 1986, he attended Chadron State College and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, which he used to become a member of the Nebraska State Patrol for several years in the David City area.

Kirk loved sports and participated in football, basketball, track and baseball in high school and track in college. When Kirk was not participating in his own athletic endeavors, he was following the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and Nebraska football. Kirk also had a passion for hunting, fishing, golfing, surfing and any other activity he could participate in, but he was not necessarily an expert at those activities.

On July 27, 1990, Kirk married his high school sweetheart, Kimrena Brehmer. They made their home in Lyons, David City, Pelham, Ala., and Fort Shaftner, Hawaii, most recently. They had four children: Allison, Derek, Max and Zoe. 

As a family, they enjoyed going to football, basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball games of the kids. Kirk enjoyed cheering on his children and their teams from the stands.

After high school, Kirk joined the Army National Guard and began his military career. While on a support mission to Bosnia, Kirk was offered a full-time position with the Army Reserve, which he and Kim decided would be good for their family. After moving to Alabama, he was deployed to Iraq for a year and earned the Bronze Star. After graduation from Air War College, they moved their family to Hawaii. He loved his country and took great pride in achieving the rank of Colonel. 

Kirk is survived by his wife, Kim, daughters Allison and Zoe and son Max, all of Fort Shaftner, Hawaii; son Derek Slaughter and fiancé Haley Brooks of Fort Rucker, Ala; mother Sharon Slaughter of Lyons; brothers Marty (Amy) Slaughter of South Sioux City and Rustin (Michelle) Slaughter of Omaha; grandmother Kathryn Frey of Lyons; mother-in-law Bette Brehmer of Lyons; many uncles, aunts, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his father, Eugene Slaughter, brother Scott Slaughter, grandparents Alton “Buck” and Melba Slaughter and John Frey, father-in-law Reynard Brehmer, aunt Barbara (Paul) Brewer and cousin Sherry.


John Hankins, 46

John Hankins, 46, of Pierce died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Premier Estates of Pierce.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill. Home for Funerals of Norfolk was in charge of the arrangements.

John is survived by his brothers, Daniel Hankins of Rosalie and David Hankins of rural Oakland, sisters Darlene (Bryce) Grimsley of Cape Coral, Fla., and Mary Ann Eads of Green Forest, Ark., and sister-in-law Dorothy Hankins of Rosalie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and June, and brothers Donald and Dennis Hankins.


Charles Berg, 82

Charles Berg, 82, of Emerson died Friday, June 23, 2017 at Heritage of Emerson in Emerson. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson with Pastor Gretchen Ritola officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Charles was born August 18, 1934 to Roy and Daisy (Reilly) Berg in Walthill. He attended school in Walthill, Winnebago, Decatur and graduated from Emerson High School in Emerson.  

Charles married Katherine Hansen on November 12, 1955. The couple farmed in the Hubbard and Emerson area until retirement. He also drove a truck for Boyer Valley and worked at the rest area outside of Sioux City, Iowa.

Charles loved to fish, camp and spend time with his two companion dogs, Elvis and Priscilla. He also loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Charles is survived by his wife, Katherine of Emerson; daughters Debra (Robert) Bellis of Port Richey, Fla., and Sharon (Roger) Oetken of Emerson; son Duane (Angela) Berg of Emerson; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Donald (Mavis) Berg of Pender; sister Donna (Neil) Wood of Denver, Colo.; along with many nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brother Carrol Berg and infant brother Joseph Berg.

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