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Francis Thavenet, 80
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 Joseph “Bud” Hayes
Charles Joseph “Bud” Hayes, 89, of Arvada, Colorado, passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2016, in Littleton, Colorado.
Bud was born on April 10, 1927, in Glendale, California, and raised in North Platte, the oldest of the four children of Charles “Mike” and Elsie Hayes. He attended Saint Patrick grade school and high school, and in 1945 was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served for the duration of World War II.
After release from the army, he attended Creighton University in Omaha, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. Working briefly in Omaha after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career as a traveling auditor for Union Pacific Railroad.
Soon thereafter he married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Rosemarie Perlinger. While living in Los Angeles, he was an active member of Visitation Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He relocated the family to Arvada in 1971 as he pursued his career as an executive with the Rocky Mountain Energy Company, ultimately retiring in 1987.
He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Arvada, actively participating in parish life and serving as a member of the parish council, as an usher, a financial adviser for St. Joan’s and other parishes in the Denver area, and as a member of the Serra Club.
Like his father, brother and son, Bud was an avid Amateur Radio operator (W0OCS). Bud enjoyed bowling, playing pool, watching football, mountain drives (with occasional stops at the casinos!), ocean cruising, model railroading, vacationing in Maui, attending St. Patrick High School reunions, music and being Irish.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marjorie, and his sisters, Mary Ann McCullough and Patricia Hayes.
Bud is survived by his children, Robert (Kathi), Mary Sharkey (Tom), Teri Meyers and Peggy Schulte (Steve); brother, Francis “Mick” (Ruth); grandchildren, Christopher, Jonathan (Allison), Joseph Meyers and Derek (Julia) and Kelsey Schulte; great-grandchildren, Steel and Dylan; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment, P.O. Box 57, North Platte, NE 69103 or The Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 12735 W. 58th Ave., Arvada, Colorado. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall, followed by private interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary at Mount Olivet Cemetery, followed by the Rosary. Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Life Story for Neva Murphy
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.
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.
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
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.