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N0BBX – Pode Waggoner SK

Clarence Rolland “Pode” Waggoner
(July 8, 1930 – January 13, 2018) 

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Clarence Rolland

Memorial Services for Clarence Rolland “Pode” Waggoner will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Alma, Nebraska with Reverend Jim Bendorf officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Republican City Cemetery near Republican City, Nebraska.

Clarence Rolland Waggoner, better known as “Pode,” departed this life peacefully at the age of 87 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 under the tender care of the staff at the Good Samaritan Colonial Villa, Rural Med Hospice, and Harlan County Health Systems in Alma. Pode was born on July 8, 1930, in his grandparents’ (Lamphere) home in Republican City, to Clarence Rolland Waggoner, Sr. and Mildred (Lamphere) Waggoner. He lived his entire life, in his home on the farm north of Republican City, which was built by his grandparents, Frank and Maggie Waggoner in 1904. One of Pode’s greatest joys in life was his home. He had great pride in tending to the yard and maintaining the landscaping. Pode would tell you that, he and Elma Jean worked very hard over the years and the result was: a nice home, a great family, and much to be thankful for. In early 2017, he and Elma Jean moved to Alma, to the assisted living, and that was the first time in his life, he had ever changed residences. In March of 2017, he became a resident of the Good Samaritan Colonial Villa.

He attended school at the District #72 School, a country school 1 ½ miles west of the home place, through the 3rd grade. He and his sister, Bobbette, then transferred to the Republican City School, when he was in 4th grade. During these years: he obtained his nickname of “Pode”, quarterbacked the football team, played in a no-hit baseball game one Sunday night against Norton, Kansas with his dad, and played basketball at the Alma City Auditorium, which at the time, was one of the few decent courts in the area. He frequently flew in his dad’s plane, to go on insurance appointments or to see the Nebraska Huskers, play football in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school in 1948, he enrolled in the UNL Agriculture College and joined the Reserve Officer Training Corporation (ROTC).

In the summer of 1948, he met Elma Jean Dow, at a dance hall called Clink’s Park in Alma and by Christmas of 1949, he asked her to marry him. They were married on September 10, 1950, at the First Christian Church in Alma. They quickly started their family and they were blessed with four children: Julia, Jeanne, Paul, and David. Pode would tell you, the biggest heartbreak of his life was losing their daughter, Jeanne, to cancer in 2006.

Pode was a passionate farmer, who raised dryland and irrigated crops, and had enough pasture to graze cows. He loved to restore old John Deere tractors and several years ago, he drove the John Deere 630 in a tractor drive through Republican City. He learned how to operate the Ham Radio, through his brother-in-law, Elden Dow, who had an Amateur License. Pode obtained his “A” Class Radio Operation License in 1950 and was assigned the call letters N0BBX. He communicated with people all over the world using this skill. He greatly enjoyed his hobby as an Amateur Radio Operator.

Pode loved the game of golf and was a member of the Alma Country Club for many years. He served on the Republican City School Board and CO-OP Board for several years, and was a member of the Republican City United Methodist Church.

In 2013, Pode wrote an autobiography of his life. In his Closing Sentiments, he states that growing up, he never thought about doing anything other than farming, for a living. He believed it was fate, that he met Elma Jean and together they formed a productive farm, beautiful home, and created a big family, full of love and lots of laughter.

Pode is predeceased by: his parents, Clarence and Mildred Waggoner; daughter, Jeanne Hawley; sister, Bobbette Backes, and brother-in-law, Bernard Backes; and niece, Brenda Molzahn, her husband, Paul, and their son, Ian.

He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Elma Jean (Dow) Waggoner of Alma; his daughter, Julia Richardson and spouse, Robert, of Alma, two sons, Paul Waggoner, and spouse, Cheri, of Alma and David Waggoner, and spouse, Randy Swalwell, of Chandler, Arizona; son-in-law, Ryan Hawley, and spouse Jo, of Alma; ten grandchildren: Eric Haussermann and spouse, Shondra, of Republican City, Emily (Haussermann) Anderson and spouse, Shon, of Holdrege, Nebraska, Elissa (Haussermann) Priess and spouse, Matt, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Erin (Hawley) Sevier and spouse, Jon, of Sacramento, California; Rebecca (Hawley) Finlayson and spouse, Barry, of Washington, Kansas, Matt Hawley and spouse, Celeste, of Hastings, Nebraska, Nate Waggoner and significant other, Charlien Longoria, and her son, Phillip, of Alma, Shanna (Waggoner) Peterson and spouse, Clay, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Erica (Waggoner) Thomas and spouse, Keath, of Phillipsburg, Kansas; and Lauren Waggoner of Louisville, Nebraska; 17 great-grandchildren: Kenley, Connor, Case, and Cannon Haussermann; Brenna Anderson; Elizabeth and Ethan Sevier; Evyn, Easton and Eli Finlayson; Nolan, Keegan and Graham Hawley; Landri and Blakely Peterson; and Baker and Raegan Thomas; and many other relatives and friends.

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

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

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.