Francis Thavenet WB0SMU SK

Francis Thavenet, 80


  • Francis Thavenet

TULSA, Okla. — Francis (Fritz) Dean Thavenet, 80, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at home, after a long battle with lung and heart disease.

Fritz is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol (Sorensen); three children, Diana Jones (Russell) of Galivants Ferry, S.C., Mike Thavenet (Teri) of Eldridge, Iowa, and Donna Trentman of Tulsa, Okla; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Emma (Putman) Thavenet; his older brother, Orville Thavenet of Hastings; and his sister, Margaret Albers of Grand Island.

He was born on June 16, 1936, in O’Neill and raised in Hastings. Fritz was a graduate of Hastings High School in 1954. He loved the Nebraska Cornhuskers and attended games at home and away for many years. Fritz served in the U.S. Navy as a machinist mate stationed out of San Diego, Calif. He worked for Berkeley Pump Co, (Sta-Rite) for 40 years as a machine shop supervisor.

He was also an amateur Radio Operator with the call sign of WBOMSU. He was the first form of communication after the tornadoes of 1980 in Grand Island, where he operated for 48 straight hours. He assisted the Red Cross in many of their efforts during disasters.

Private family services were held for Fritz Thavenet in Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 31, 2016.

Charles “Bud” Hayes – WØOCS SK

WAØZCM -Neva Murphy SK

1937 – 2016


Life Story for Neva Murphy

Neva Jean (Barnes) Murphy was born August 30, 1937 to Charles ‘Ike’ and Gladys (Lane) Barnes at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett, NE. She was born weighing only 2 lbs. 14 oz. which was her life’s first big hurdle. Growing up, she was involved in Elkhorn Valley 4-H Club. She showed beef and was involved in cooking, canning and sewing. She was Rock County fair queen in 1955. Neva was awarded the Federal Cartridge Cooperation trip to conservation in Chadron in ’53 and ’54. She graduated from Rock County High School in May 1955 and began teaching that fall. Hers was the last class that was able to teach right out of high school.

Don was honorable discharged from the Army after a tour of duty in Korea on November 25, 1958. Neva married Donald L. Murphy at the United Methodist Church in Bassett on January 1, 1959 and they made their first home seven miles west of Sargent, NE. They were blessed with two children: Bryan Kent and Brenda Kay. In 1961, they purchased a house in Sargent. She continued to teach school in Custer, Loup and Garfield.

In 1970, Neva received her Ham radio license WA0ZCM. In 1975, the Murphy family moved to Camp Rockhaven four miles east of Gothenburg for the next 13 years. Neva then became the lay pastor and served the churches in Gothenburg and Ogallala. In 1993, she resigned from the Ogallala church due to her diagnosis of breast cancer. After several years and a courageous battle, she took on the job as pastor at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Ainsworth, NE. October 8, 2006 was a special day for Neva when she was ordained as pastor in the Church of God. She retired from the church in 2015. Neva, a cancer survivor, served as a Sandhills Cancer Fund board member. She enjoyed quilting, crafting and attending tractor pulls with her family. Neva passed away November 21, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Lloyd Barnes; 17 day old infant brother Charles Kay; and parents-in-law Dan and Bessie (Rogers) Murphy.

She is survived by her husband Don of Ainsworth; son Bryan (Juliene) Murphy of Ainsworth; daughter Brenda (Mark) Knight of Ord; 6 grandchildren: Ashley Victoria Murphy, Tanner Charles Don Knight, Jordyn Jean Knight, Marley Juliene Murphy, Hayley Clarissa Murphy and Brandt Kaleb Murphy; and one great grandson Teague Bryan Braun.

Memorials may be made in care of the family to support the Heifer Project.


November 2016                                                                                                                                       Issue 101


 November POOP from the Loup..
           Well, a new season.. I think the Agricultural part of the local population have their crops harvested..Our neighborhood have their beans and corn in the sheds.. Maybe the dust will  settle a bit now..  No-one uses less then 16 row harvesters around here.. Then they haul the profits to the grainerys with nothing less then 18 wheelers.. They all seem to need 18 wheelers to haul their harvest to the bins.. A generous use of the old JAKE brake keeps the air full of dust and noise..
                I’ve been having some problems with blood circulation.. I spent a couple days
in the Kearney hospital a few weeks ago. They decided one of the arteries from
a three way pass  25 years ago wasn’t  doing its share of the work.. 
 They decided an application of a NITROGLYCERIN patch everyday should wake
 that artery up.. The DR gave me a generous supply and said to come back in
 six months, so we’ll see how it goes..
              he seasons are changing..  LuEllen stays busy chasing the young white tails out of her flower patches..
             73 …. W0EJL


August 2016                                                                                                                                              Issue 100


Sorry, no poop this month..  Just can’t get in the mood..
   Had an appt with my heart doctor.. Guess I have some lazy parts of my heart that he was concerned about.. We spent a couple days in Kearney and they think I should get to feeling better soon..
    They seem to think  a little tinkering will get me going on all cylinders, so we’ll try it..  It amounts to using some nitro power to tell the heart when to beat.. I have always been able to hear when m heart misses a beat, usually every 10th to 17th beat.. So with the help of some nitro-aid, the  empty beats should be filled in..
    I’ve been working on an old John Deere model MT and have it going pretty good.. Guess I’ll run it for a while to see if it will be worth a new paint job.. I have a 6 foot dozer blade on it, it’s sure  fun to operate, even if just to dig a hole and then fill it back in again.. It’s a 1949 model..                           
    The neighbors are getting excited already.. Been getting some silos filled for Winter feed..
    Guess that’s it for now.. Maybe use it for a PFTL this month…….   73 all  EJL..


September 2016                                                                                                                                Issue 99


Hello again from the Loup..  Pretty quiet around here, except for a few noise makers..
   I think someone built himself an air boat.. Fortunately, he doesn’t fish after dark, so
   we are still sleeping well.. A neighbor brought his air boat a few years ago.. I don’t
   recall what the problem was, but after we fixed it and cranked it up for a test, as lilic
   bush about 50 feet behind it laid down flat..
   Speaking of sleeping, we must have a den of young coyotes.. They have been pretty
  scarce lately, but we hear them barking and yapping, usually after dark when we have
 a window open..  
    Keeping to the wild life, we also have young hoot owls.. One perches
   south of the other and the other north.. They converse quite often..
    Pretty neat seeing them atop my antenna poles..
    I have an old John Deere tractor, model MT.. Something was wrong with
      it so I parked it in a shed and forgot about it..  I was looking at it a few weeks
   ago and decided to get it running again.. 
   It is a 1949 model, so do the math.. The main problem was the wiring was
  all frayed and greasy.. Surprising our JD joint could order a new wire assembly..
    I told them to order it.. I came in a couple days, in a box..  Cost $168.00.. Well,
like a dummy, I gave them a check for it.. There were only 4 wires in a cable all
about 5 feet long.. Well, I gave it back and told them to keep my check until I order
whatever else I need.. 
    I hired an old mechanic to help with it..  He looked out at the lake alot and
inquired if there was fish in it.. Well, some people have caught some nice ones,
 so told him yeah..
    When we got the tractor popping, I asked what I owed him.. Well, he said, If I
 can try your fishing, we’ll call it even.. Can’t beat that.. I brought him on the porch
 where there were a dozen cannons and told him to pick one out.. So he did and
now we are both happy.. 73 W0EJL..


WØIOO – Gene Seier SK

  • Eugene Seier

Eugene H. “Gene” Seier, 93, of Grand Island, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Riverside Lodge Retirement Community in Grand Island.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Golka officiating. Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery following the service.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a Christian wake service at 7.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Cathedral. Online condolences may be directed to

Mr. Seier was born June 15, 1923, at Grand Island to Rudolph and Helen (Buettner) Seier. He attended Grand Island Public Schools and graduated from Senior High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II from May of 1943 to January of 1946 and the Korean War from October of 1950 to September of 1951.

He married Bertha Rodabaugh on Jan. 15, 1947. She passed away on Oct. 28, 1988. He married Claire Rogers on April 6, 1991. She passed away on Nov. 26, 2007.

At the age of 16, Gene studied and passed the examination for an Amateur Radio Operator’s License. As a result, he was offered a part-time job as a control room operator at the radio station KMMJ during his last semester in high school. After more study and obtaining his commercial operator’s license, he eventually became a full-time staff member and Chief Engineer, a job that lasted for 27 years. As television grew he eventually became employed by the Nebraska ETV Commission as Transmitter Supervisor at KHNE-TV for 22 years.

Gene was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Knights of Columbus. He served in the Boy Scouting program as Scoutmaster of Troop 109 for a time until becoming involved in the organization of the Northwest High School District, serving as the first president of the Northwest High School Board of Education, serving a total of 12 years on the board. He also served for many years as a member of the Hall County School District Reorganization Committee. During this time he also served as a volunteer fireman with the Grand Island Rural Fire Department for 27 years.

As an Amateur Radio Operator, he was a member of the American Radio Relay League, Quarter Century Wireless Association, and the Grand Island Amateur Radio Society. Professionally, he was a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers.

He was also a member of the Platt-Duetsche, Saddle Club, and in the past a member of Eagles, Liederkranz and the VFW.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sally Seier of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and William and Julie Seier of Lincoln; a daughter and son-in law, Lois and Joseph Eisenberg of Lincoln; a stepson and two stepdaughters-in-law, Sharon A. Rogers of Davey, Neb., Roy E. Rogers and Linda Rogers of Fremont; three stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Edith and Charles Humiston, and Debra and Mark Christenson, all of Grand Island, and Sharon and Terry Brooks of Dannebrog.

Additional survivors include five grandchildren, 18 stepgrandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 26 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Bertha and Claire; a brother, Lester Seier; a sister, Marilyn Seier; and a stepson, Frank Rogers.


July 2016                                                                                                                                           Issue 97

Another month about gone by on the North Loup.. Everything looks pretty good.. The farmers are pretty close to being on schedule.. The corn is all about waist high and pivets are running full blower..

    We are surrounded by feed lots and everyone is trying to raise all the feed they can.. A few feeders have come up with a new idea to raise more of the feed they need.. They plant oats early, which is ripe now and being harvested and going into the silos.. Now they are planting a short season corn or beans and realizing a double crop.. Must be working for them, we see a few more doing this each year..  
     The second crop alfafa is ready to cut.. Looks like 2 crops of meadow hay this year too.. 
    We’ve been seeing several young deer, about the same amount of twins as singles. Either they are twins or the does are baby sitting for each other..  
    The bass and carp are keeping  the water roiled up.. Some friends had good luck catching some nice bass, but threw them back.. 
    BHS had an alumni dinner last week.. Classes who were celebrating 5 or 10 years since graduating were honored.. This person was celebrating 65 years since  running out the door with his diploma.. Time is going too fast..    
    I’ve been restoring a 1947 John Deere MT  tractor.. Had it popping a couple days ago.. More on this next time..  Victoria Springs is getting close.. Hope to see a crowd there   73 for now..  ejl..