Monthly Archives: February 2015


March 2015                                                                                                          Issue 81

March one 2015
The PFTL title seems fitting this month, we have a herd of
Canada Geese on the lake.. The lake covers about three acres
and we have near standing room only this year..
They occasionally fly up on the driveway and graze for
whatever they find.. They leave plenty of evidence showing they
have been there so, beware where you step.. Thus PFTL..
 Our English language is interesting..  Some examples I’ve
noticed recently..
“Not a good day to go out in”.
“We meet daily at 8:30 on Sundays only”.
“One good thing about retirement, It gives us plenty of time
to go see the doctor”..
Balding:  I like to think I’ve broadened my intellectual
horizon to such an extent – I don’t have enough hair to cover it all
I’m just waiting for the day when I mistake the glue stick
for the chapstick….      73 ejl……


Donald C. “Bill” Thessen -KCØMUI

Donald C.
U.S. Veteran

Donald C. “Bill” Thessen, 89 of Albion, NE passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Albion, NE, with Rev. Larry Barbary officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery at Albion with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 162 and VFW Post 736 of Albion. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion.

Donald Carl Thessen, son of Richard and Elsie P. (Holliday) Thessen, was born July 24, 1925 at Gandy, NE. He attended school at Ansley Public Schools and graduated from Ansley High School in 1944. On October 7, 1943, he entered the United States Navy and served during WWII as a Radioman 3rd Class in the Pacific Theatre of operations, until being honorably discharged on April 22, 1946.

Bill married Vivian Louise Barrett on December 25, 1949 at Broken Bow, NE. To this union two girls were born, Susan Thessen Gragert and Karen Thessen Hagemann. They moved to Ansley and back to Broken Bow before moving to Albion in 1966, where they made their home. Bill then worked as an Area Division Service Representative for Kansas-Nebraska Gas Company for 32 years before retiring in 1987. He then worked part-time as a building inspector. His wife Vivian passed away January 17, 2005.

On February 11, 2006, Bill married Violet Valeria Klug at the United Methodist Church in Albion. They continued living in Albion the past 9 years.

Bill was a member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV, Amateur Radio Club and Albion Country Club, where he loved to golf. He loved bowling, traveling and volunteering for the food pantry. After retiring, he spent many hours restoring and collecting antique clocks, of which he has many to pass down to children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Violet of Albion; two daughters: Susan (Dan) Gragert of Albion; Karen (Jerry) Hagemann of Albion; one step-daughter: Marilyn (Wayne) Rushing of Boise, ID; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Bonnie Blackmore of Cottage Grove, OR; SaDonna Richardson of Lexington, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, his parents Richard and Elsie Thessen, baby brother Bobbie Lee and brother Rolland.


KAØUSS -Denis Jochum

NORFOLK — Denis Jochum, 79, of Norfolk died Satuday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Services will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with private family inurnment at a later date. The Rev. Gregory Carl and Deacon Jim Doolittle will officiate. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk with a 7 p.m vigil service.


He was born March 3, 1935, in rural Elgin to Frank and Frances (Schrad) Jochum. He attended school in Elgin.

He was married to Donna Runte in January of 1972 in Yankton, S.D.

After school, Denis moved to California where he worked for a well company. He then moved back to Elgin and farmed and trucked in the area. After marriage, Denis and Donna continued to live in Elgin until moving to Norfolk in 1997. Denis enjoyed operating his ham radio, being on the computer, fishing and having coffee with his friends.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk.

Survivors are wife Donna Jochum of Norfolk; sister Delores Bode of Neligh; sisters-in-law Dorothy Straka of Atkinson and Karen Olson of Norfolk; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Frank and Frances, brother Vincent Jochum, sisters Mildred Zegers, Adeline Van Horn, Myra Hopkins and Stella Schindler.

Music will be by organist Mary Bruckner and the Bound For Glory Choir.

Pallbearers will be nephews Stan Bode, Jeff Bode, Charlie Bode, Doug Bode, Clay Bode and Ken Bode. Honorary pallbearers will be Denis Weimann, Russ Schwartz, Mel Heithoff, Ralph Klein and Neil Childers.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at


NØRXN Marvin Olnes

Marvin L. Olnes, Sr. – NØRXN
(January 27, 1925 – February 8, 2015) 

Marvin L. Olnes, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

Marvin L. Olnes Sr., 90 of Albion, NE passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Albion, with Rev. David Frerichs officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion. Visitation will be 4-7p.m. Tuesday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion, NE.



Feb 2015                                                                                                                Issue 80

We had been missing the winter storms until the 1st of Feb. and then it hit us with 8-9 inches of very wet snow. We picked up .30 in of rain to give us a nice slick undercoating before the storm so we now have had enough… no more required.

For the DXers we now have K1N operating on Navassa Island. They have a huge pile up with some good operators but you may also hear some of the other kind.

A note from licensing:

New Question Pool Released(ARRL 12/17/2014) The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators(NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (GeneralClass) question pool. The new question pool becomes effec-tive for all Element 3 examinations administered on or afterJuly 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019.The question pools may be downloaded from:


W0AY (Scott)  From MT sent this to Ed.

Poop From the Loup

Brighten your day.