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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.

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 www.livson.com.

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.

KØOEB – Dale Sweet SK

Nice and tidy.

KØNG – Charlie Conner SK

Charles E. “Charlie” Conner KØNG, 78, Lincoln, passed away May 12, 2016. Born February 18, 1938, in Princeton, W.V., to Albert Raymond and Ruth Melvina (Lucas) Conner. Retired Electronic Engineer and Design. Charlie was an avid ham radio operator. He belonged to the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club and was also a member of Craftsman Lodge #314, A.F. & A.M.

Family members include his wife, Marian C. Conner; sons, Gregory Conner, Lincoln, Robert Conner, Omaha; daughter, Susanne (Tom) Lynch, Lincoln; grandchildren, William, Samuel, Charles, Kelsey, Ryan (Mallory), Danielle, Madison, Ty, Matthew and Lola; great-grandchildren, Claire and Kate; brothers, Lawrence (Tiny) Conner; Lewis (Regina) Conner. Preceded in death by parents, daughter, Laurie Marie Conner, brothers and sisters.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Tuesday (5-17) at Roper and Sons Chapel, 4300 ‘O’ Street with Pastor John Dale officiating. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in the Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the family for future designation. No visitation, cremation. Condolences o

KBØAG -Butch Tomoson SK

Butch Tomoson
March 15, 1943 – May 21, 2016
Biography

Victor “Butch” Tomoson, 73 of South Sioux City, Nebraska passed away on May 21, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Mohr Funeral Home, 1431 W 29th Street in South Sioux City, with the eulogy performed by Dan Olson and military rites by the South Sioux City American Legion Post #307. Visitation with the family present will be held from 9:00 A.M. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Butch was born on March 15, 1943 in Sioux City, Iowa; he was the son of Louis Tomoson and Viola (Dolly) Kruse. He grew up running around Riverside with his good friend Fuzz Hoover eventually settling in South Sioux City where he lived for over 50 years. In 1960 Butch joined the Navy serving at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served 4 years and was released in 1966. He married Sandra Lee Luft on June 23, 1962 in South Sioux City. Butch and Sam had three boys, Mike, Pat and Brian. In the early days Butch worked at IBP and several other packing houses before working at Aramark Uniform Services for 20 years before retiring in 2004.

Butch loved his family and his longtime furry companions Annie then Dixie after Annie passed. He was very proud of his boys and when they were in school he loved to go to all of their sporting events taking pictures whenever he could. Butch truly loved life and had many hobbies including his computer, HAM radio, woodworking, bow hunting, wood carving, riding his motorcycle and he especially loved camping and fishing. He loved the outdoors and spent many hours on the Missouri River with his late father-in-law Bud Luft, and his lifelong friend Buddy Parker.

KAØKUC – Don Kramper

 

 

DAKOTA CITY | Donald J. Kramper, 86, of Dakota City passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at a Sioux City hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Paul Albenesius officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

Donald was born on Nov. 17, 1929, in Sioux City, to Joseph and Susan (Weis) Kramper. He attended schools in Dakota City, University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., National Business Training in Sioux City, Community College in Santa Monica, Calif., and Air Force Electronic and Radar at Lawry A.F.B. in Denver, Colo.

Don married Dolores Barrett of Sioux City on June 18, 1955. They had four children, Karen/Rex of Duluth, Minn., Nancy/Glenn of Sioux City, Brian/Mindy of South Sioux City, and Allen/Laurie of St. Charles, Iowa. They had eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He had three brothers, Vincent/Dorothy, Neal, and Leo/Evonne, and one sister, Dorothy/Keith Chapin. All are survivors.

Don was a lifelong farmer near Dakota City. He also had part-time jobs with Ruan Transport and Arrow Stage Line.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Farm Bureau, 4-H leader, Nebraska Health Coordinating Council, Iowa Health Council, Sara Amateur Radio Assn. and Air Force Assn. His favorite hobbies were traveling, talking to people all over the country/world on Ham Radio, exchanging jokes/stories on the computer, and geocaching.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Susie Kramper; his wife, Dolores Kramper; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Kramper.