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home : obituaries : obituaries August 24, 2017

Obituaries (7-27-17)

Marvin Baker, 88

Services for Marvin Keith Baker, 88, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft, with visitation and program of shared memories at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Holy Cross Fellowship Hall.

Marvin died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne with his wife of 39 years, Norene by his side, as well as other relatives. 

Marv was born on March 31, 1929 in Pender to George and Zelma Baker and grew up on three of the four farms that once occupied Baker Corner seven miles east of Pender. Marvin farmed his whole life with father George and brother Alvin and later with wife Norene.

Farming was interrupted in 1951 when Marvin served in the Korean War with the 139th Artil-lery Division of the Nebraska National Guard. He was proud of his service and would like to de-scribe how they would make a run to the front lines to fire their shells and then change posi-tions quickly so that the enemy could not ascertain their position. Because of Marv’s height he also was often called upon by the commanding officer to accompany prisoners to the rear area often a distance of over a 100 miles in horribly cold weather in an open jeep.

Shortly after Marvin’s return from Korea he met his wife, Norene Steinhoff, a school teacher from Bancroft. That began a romance and courtship that lasted the rest of their lives. They were mar-ried on July 21, 1978 and began their lives at their home on Baker Corner until they moved to Brookdale Inde-pendent living in Wayne in July of 2016.

Marv loved horses and farming, but his passion was working on antique windmills. Many of his restored windmills stand on the prairies of the United States and Canada, a testament to his skill and carpentry. 

Marvin is survived by his wife, Norene; his brother, Alvin and lots of nieces and nephews as well and many friends and other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth; his parents, George and Zelma; a sister-in-law Carol and a nephew Steven.


Richard Karash, 73

Richard Karash, 73, of Pender, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home in Pender. Private fami-ly services will be held at a later date. 

Richard was born November 26, 1943 in Cambridge to Anthony and E. Cleone (Kinder) Karash. 

He graduated from St. Cecelia’s High School in Hastings. 

He was the owner of Re-Nu-It Upholstery for more than 20 years. 

Richard married Anita LaFerla on April 24, 1968 and the couple had four children. 

He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, reading and his faith. Richard loved spending time with his family.

Richard was survived by his son, Richard Karash II of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughters, Roxanne (Da-vid) Raasch of Bancroft, Melissa (Ryan) Albertsen of Buckingham, Iowa; Abigail (Scott) Hansen of Bancroft; brothers, Paul Karash of Bee, Larry Karash of Morrison, Ill., and James Karash of Hastings and nine grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Cleone Karash; wife, Anita Karash; and sisters, T. Colleen Conover, Beverly Karash and Karen Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a tree planted Richard’s memory. Arrangements are un-der the direction of Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Evelyn Johnson, 88

Evelyn L. Johnson, 88, of Wakefield, died on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield.

Funeral services for Evelyn were held Monday, July 24 at at Salem Lutheran Church in Wake-field with Pastor Patty Meyer officiating.  Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery. 

Evelyn was born on Nov. 14, 1928 in Wayne, the daughter of Arthur and Anna Mathilda (Gran-quist) Odegaard.  She attended Wayne County District #34 school. 

On Jan. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Floyd Johnson in Wayne. To this union five chil-dren were born; Rae, Donna, Jan, Val and Cari. The couple made their home near Wakefield where they farmed until moving into Wakefield.  

Evelyn was a member of the ESA and Wayne County Election Board.  

She enjoyed canning, tending her garden, crocheting and quilting.  Most of all she enjoyed painting and dancing. 

Floyd died in 1998.  She continued to live at home before moving to the Oaks Retirement Cen-ter in Wayne and later the Wakefield Health Care Center. 

Evelyn is survived by her five children; Rae Brown of Wayne and special friend Don Heineman, Donna (Dick) Smith of Pender, Jan (Tom) Anderson of Wynot, Val (Lisa) Johnson of Pender, and Cari (Don) Lemley of Tea, S,D.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Floyd, great-granddaughter Hannah Rose Anderson and a sister, Maxine Olson.

Bressler- Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield was in charge of arrangements. Memo-rials are suggested to the family for future designation.  


Philip Hetrick, 71

Philip “Flip” E. Hetrick, 71, of Walthill, died Monday, July 17, 2017 at an Omaha hospital. Fu-neral services were held Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill with Pastor Brion Tolzman officiating. The burial will be at a later date.  

Flip was born Sept. 24, 1945 in Onawa, Iowa, to Philip H. and Marjorie (Morse) Hetrick and baptized into the Methodist faith in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1945. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School. 

Flip married the love of his life, Karen Swanson, on Dec. 14, 1967 and made their home in Walthill. He worked at IBP for 31 years and was a part-time worker at Cooney Fertilizer in Walthill. He was also a union member of Local 222. Flip had a petting zoo for many years.

Flip enjoyed being outside fishing, swimming and gardening. He also enjoyed gambling and watching westerns. Flip loved his animals, John Deere equipment and was an avid Husker and Buffalo Bills fan.

Flip is survived by his wife, Karen Hetrick of Walthill; sons, Jeff Bradley of Indianola, Iowa, Mike Bradley of Niceville, Fla.; daughters, Melissa (Tim) Ruge of Decatur, Robin (Scott) Davis of Hubbard, Jill (Tom) Ruge of Lake Park, Iowa; sisters, Janice (Bill) Sampson of Sioux City, Iowa, Janet Dowdy of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Marc (Beth) Hetrick of Monument, Colo., Greg (Joy) Hetrick of Rice, Minn., Jack (Kim) Hetrick of Walthill; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchil-dren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Marjorie Hetrick and brother, Chuck Hetrick.

Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

 






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