Cindy Colfack, 64, of Omaha, formerly of Columbus, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Columbus, with the Rev. Adam Lassen officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Monday at the church, with a 9:45 a.m. family prayer service.
Matthew Dohmen, 32, of Humphrey, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at his home in rural Humphrey.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Humphrey, with the Rev. Eric Olsen celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, rural Humphrey. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the church, with a 6 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Monday at the church.
Darlene F. Smith, 92 of Syracuse, formerly of Cook, died Jan. 20, 2020. She was born April 26, 1927, to Elmer and Hattie (Bailey) Johnson.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Paul's UCC (Osage) in rural Cook. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Rosewood Cemetery in Palmyra. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, with family receiving friends from 5:30–7 p.m., all at the Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home in Syracuse.
Darlene is survived by children: Cheryl (Barney) Doeden of Syracuse, Daryl Smith and Ron Novak of Columbus, Ron (Colleen) Smith of Cook; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Norma Smith.
Robert M. “Bob” Ross, 85, of Auburn, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Prestige Care Center in Nebraska City. Bob was a 1952 graduate of Columbus High School.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Visitation with family greeting friends will be held one hour prior to service. Committal service and burial will take place at 3 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery in Columbus. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.
Survivors include his wife, Earlene of Auburn; children: Mary Ann (Mike) Somers of Watertown, Minnesota, Robert D. (Tami) Ross of Grand Junction, Colorado, Christine (Matthew) Hickey of Adel, Iowa; grandchildren: Kelsie Somers, Kenadie Somers, Kaitlyn Somers, Kaiden Somers, Brooke Hickey, Grant Hickey, Andrew Hickey; sisters, Lou Ann Weber of Omaha, Carolyn Hoppe of Columbus; other relatives and friends.
Wilfred Hasenkamp, 89, of Stanton, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Stanton Health Center.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger. Rev. Timothy Booth will officiate, with burial in Pilger City Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Stanton/Pilger Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3602, Stanton/Pilger American Legion Post 69, and Army National Guard Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the church.
Wilfred Herman Hasenkamp was born on July 21, 1930, to Edward and Beata (Loewe) Hasenkamp of rural Pilger. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger, where he was baptized and went through confirmation.
Wilfred attended Stanton County Rural Schools north of Pilger through the eighth grade, and then helped on his family farm. In February 1952, Wilfred entered the United States Army, fulfilling his basic training at Fort Riley in Kansas, then serving his country in Germany during the Korean conflict. He returned home in 1954, and continued to farm
Wilfred married Palma Dolezal on Aug. 24, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger. The couple farmed and raised their family northwest of Pilger, where Wilfred served as a Stanton County 4-H leader and was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He enjoyed singing in choirs and for weddings, bowling, and playing cards in a card club. Upon retirement from farming, he worked at Dinklage Feedlot and Norfolk Sale Barn. They moved to Stanton where he worked at Elkhorn Acres Golf Club, attended Faith Lutheran Church, maintained a beautiful garden, and mowed neighbor's yards.
Wilfred is survived by his five children along with their families: son, Mike and Joan Hasenkamp of Columbus, and their children Christie and Ryan; daughter, Lynette Hasenkamp of Nanuet, New York, and her daughters Kate Liebert and Emily (Joe) Kelderhouse; son, Tim and Emma Hasenkamp of Stanton, and their sons James and Joseph; daughter, Sheryl and Kevin Eames of Lincoln, and their sons Matthew and Nathan; and daughter, Karla and Michael McClure of Longmont, Colorado, and their children Ethan, Rachel and Anna; sister, Luetta Reuter of Norfolk; and sister-in-law, Joan Hasenkamp of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Palma; parents, Edward and Beata Hasenkamp; sister, Bernitha Gemelke; brother, Merlin Hasenkamp; and brothers-in-law, Emil Gemelke and Calvin Reuter
Ronald J. Hruska was born on Jan. 11, 1931, in Rising City, to John and Rose (Fisher) Hruska, and passed away on Jan. 14, 2020, at the age of 89 years and three days.
Visitation was from 1–4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home in Seward and resumed at 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, followed by a 7 p.m. rosary. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, with The Rev. Michael Stec celebrating Mass. Graveside service and interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ulysses, with military honors conducted by the United States Air Force and Dwight American Legion Post #110. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Growing up, the family lived near David City, Abie, Chapman and Ulysses. Ron attended school near David City, Nimberg, Chapman and District 31 near Ulysses. His high school years were spent in Ulysses, graduating with the class of 1949.
Ron farmed with his father after graduation, and worked in the Burlington shops in Havelock. He joined the Air National Guard in Lincoln and was called to active duty on April 1, 1951, during the Korean Conflict. After basic training, he attended A & E School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He then crewed an F51 D until his discharge where he reached the rank of staff sergeant. Ron was honorably discharged on Dec. 5, 1952. Upon his return, he farmed with his father until he rented his own land. On June 16, 1954, Ron was united in marriage to Rita J. Rolenc, and to this union 13 children were born (seven boys and six girls). They retired on their farm near Ulysses. Rita passed away in 2000. Ron then married Nadine Dobesh in 2003.
Ron loved old tractors and old machinery, and he restored several of them. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, the Dwight American Legion Post #110 and the Knights of Columbus Council #01717 in David City.
Ron is survived by his wife, Nadine; 12 children, Ron Hruska, Jr. and wife, Robin, Lincoln, Mark Hruska and wife, Janet, Ulysses, Chris Hruska and wife, Connie, Blue Springs, MO, Mary Buckley and husband, Kelly, Omaha, Philip Hruska, New York, NY, Andrew Hruska, Omaha, Joseph Hruska and wife, Diane, Ulysses, Matthew Hruska and wife, Denise, Ames, IA, Ann Giebler and husband, Joe, Omaha and triplets, Jane Baumert and husband, Dean, Omaha, Joan Kisling and husband, Jeff, Kansas City, MO, Janice Krohn and husband, Rob, Yorba Linda, CA; 30 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren; step children, Bill Dobesh and wife, Karen, Columbus, Sharon Orrell and husband, John, Milford and Judy Pernicek and husband, Darrel, Hastings. To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with Ron.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rita; daughter, Rita Mae; brother, Dennis; sister-in-law, Lavern Hruska.
Margaret Kurtenbach, 97, of Lindsay, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the Mid Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindsay, with The Rev. Eric Olsen and The Rev. James Novotny concelebrating the Mass, along with Deacon Joe Kurtenbach assisting. Interment will be in the Holy Family Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, also at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad of Newman Grove or Lindsay.
Marge was born May 28, 1922, in Clearwater, to John and Hilda (Kallhoff) Sehi. On Sept. 14, 1945, Marge was united in marriage to Leo “Butch” Mlnarik in Clearwater. Leo died on March 12, 1961, in Lindsay. On Jan.16, 1962, Marge and Irvin Kurtenbach were united in marriage in Neligh, and farmed in Lindsay. Marge was a member of Holy Family Church in Lindsay. She also was active in the Family Sewing Circle, and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the VFW Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed being with her family, making quilts, crocheting and going fishing with her camper or motorhome.
Marge is survived by son, Ed (Ann) Mlnarik of Fremont; two grandchildren, Kevin and Deanna; three great-grandchildren: Anna, Nora and Ezra; close friend, Beth Kurtenbach; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Marge was preceded in death by parents, John and Hilda Sehi; first husband, Leo Mlnarik; second husband, Irvin Kurtenbach; two brothers, Virtus and Mark Sehi; sister, Marcella Juracek.
Marvin Wichman passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 15, 2020. He was born on July 21, 1935, in Norfolk, to Ruben and Velma (Warnecke) Wichman.
A celebration luncheon to honor Marvin's life will be held from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Omaha Association for the Deaf, 4050 Hillsdale Ave., Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The family is asking that all attendees wear red, white or black in honor of his favorite Huskers.
Marvin is survived by his adored children: Kathy Mummert, Beverly Dumke (Jim), Janet Harpham and Marva Wichman; revered brother, Don Wichman; and beloved grandchildren: Joshua Mummert, Nick Dumke (Kassy), Ally Dumke, Sydney Harpham, Ryan Harpham and Hope Harpham.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy; parents, Ruben and Velma Wichman; and brother, Richard Wichman.
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Marcella C. Thiele, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus. Visitation will be from 6–8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the burial at Brookestone Acres, 4715 38th St. in Columbus. Memorials are suggested to Samaritans Purse.
Marcella C. Thiele was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Columbus, to Oscar and Clara (Benning) Schreiber. She graduated from Columbus High School. On Oct. 1, 1946, Marcella was united in marriage to Lawrence Thiele in Columbus. The couple lived on a farm outside of Columbus until moving to town in 1979. Marcella served as a Red Cross volunteer. She was a homemaker and devoted mother, raising eight children. Marcella loved to play cards and games with her grandchildren. She loved music and dancing. She loved to make people laugh, and always made people feel at home. Marcella was a member of various Bible study groups, Christian Women, and attended Fellowship in Christ.
She is survived by daughter, Dianne (Chuck) Dallman of Columbus; son, Dennis Thiele of San Diego; son, DeWayne Thiele of Reno, Nevada; son, Daryl (Shirley) Thiele of Columbus; son, Wesley (Pearl) Thiele of Shiprock, New Mexico; son, Jim (Peggy) Thiele of Schuyler; daughter, Deb (Dave) Escher of Reno; son, Jeff (Shirin) Thiele of Peoria, Arizona; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Lawrence Thiele on Jan. 5, 1989; parents; and brother, Willis Schreiber
Karna Dawn West, 71, of Lincoln, passed away on Jan. 8, 2020.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Roper and Sons Waverly Chapel, 10851 N. 148th St. Waverly, NE 68462. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Karna was born on Nov. 6, 1948, and shortly after was adopted by William and Isabelle (Clark) Parker. Karna lived for her grandchildren, whether it was shopping for them, attending their activities or sports games, or just spending quality family time with them.
In her spare time, she enjoyed watching the Huskers play; mostly Nebraska volleyball and football. She enjoyed crafting, decorating, listening to music and dreaming about living on the water, as she loved to travel - especially to the beach.
Family members include her husband, Blaine; children, Graham (Jodi) West and Heather (Fernando) Rojas; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and one brother, Gary (Theresa) Parker
Theodore Samuel Wyman, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, departed to his eternal home surrounded in the loving presence of his family at York General Hospital, on Jan. 16, 2020, at the age of 90.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Silver Creek United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Interment will be in the Silver Creek Cemetery.
Theodore Samuel Wyman was born to Samuel Walter Wyman and Faye Turnby Wyman at the family farm on Jan. 23, 1929. He was baptized by Rev. Richard Winker on March 31, 1929, at the Silver Creek Methodist Church. Ted attended country school Dist. 23 through eighth grade, often riding horse or driving horse and buggy with his younger siblings. Ted graduated from the Silver Creek High School in 1946.
Ted and Donna Joan Nelson were married on Aug. 29, 1948, at the Silver Creek Methodist Church. They started farming in the Osceola and Fairview areas before buying and moving to a farm south of Silver Creek. On this farm they built their dream home. Ted cut walnut and cedar trees to be used in the interior of the house.
In 1990, Ted and Joan retired to a home in Silver Creek. Ted continued to go to the farm daily to feed the cattle and help on the farm that his youngest son took over. Ted could have coined the famous quote, “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
Ted and Joan had four children: Janea Susan, Thomas Theodore, Mark Jeffrey and Gayle Christine. Ted dearly loved his children, their spouses, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He took pride in them and his farm. In his earlier years, Ted served on the District 7 School Board, Farm Bureau, and Silver Creek Co-op Board.
He leaves to mourn his passing: his sons, Tom (Martha) Wyman of Papillion and Mark (Mary) Wyman of Silver Creek; and his daughter, Gayle (Rex) Minert of York; grandchildren: John (Breanne) Wyman of Purcellville, Virginia, Rachel (Matt) Dawson of Morehead City, North Carolina, Matt (Callie) Wyman of Osceola, Andrea Wyman of Lincoln, Curtis Wyman of Kearney, Taylor Coffin and Conner Coffin and her fianceé Chase Saxton, all of Omaha, and Jackson Coffin of Lincoln; great-grandchildren: Toby, Sawyer, Emmy and Campbell Wyman of Purcellville, Fiona Dawson of Morehead City, and Kipton Wyman of Osceola; siblings: Dorothy Burger of Central City, Donna Engel of Genoa and Bob Wyman of Silver Creek.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, D. Joan; parents, Sam and Faye Wyman; in-laws, Roy and Gladys Nelson; daughter, Janea; and brothers, Roy Wyman and Bill Wyman.
Beth Sloan, 93, of Columbus, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus, with the Rev. Brandon Foster officiating.
Beth Elaine Sloan was born July 2, 1926, on a farm outside of Ericson, to James Albert and Alice Marie (Bodyfield) Wilson. She graduated from Burwell High in 1944. Beth enjoyed playing Bridge, gardening, and antiquing as well as cooking and entertaining. Her greatest love was for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her kindness, gentle strength, grace and beauty.
Beth is survived by daughter, Cindy (Dennis) Schroeder of Columbus; son, Steve Sloan of Elwood; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
Beth was preceded in death by parents, James and Alice Wilson; husband, Bill Sloan; brother, Don Wilson.
Jennifer Uhlig, 46, of Columbus, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at her home.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Brandon Foster officiating. Interment will be at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Fairview Cemetery in Creston. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Gass Haney Funeral Home and will continue from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church, with a 10:45 a.m. family prayer service.
Jennifer Uhlig was born March 31, 1973, to Tom and Carol (Walter) Hoesly in Columbus. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Creston. She graduated from Leigh High School in 1991, and received her B.A. in Travel and Tourism from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1995. On Aug. 3, 1996, she united in marriage to Ahren Uhlig at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Creston.
Jen's greatest joy was her kids, Alex and Maddie. She absolutely loved watching and supporting them throughout all of their sporting events and activities. Jen enjoyed hosting family and friends' gatherings at her home, and always went out of her way to make sure everyone was taken care of before herself.
Following college, Jen was employed at Hyatt Hotels in Omaha. After a move to Columbus, she worked at Trinity Lutheran Church and was currently employed at Columbus Community Hospital.
On Nov. 7, 2017, she was blessed by her brother-in-law, Adren Uhlig, who generously donated a kidney to her. Her strong faith and relationship with the Lord was ever present and never wavered along her cancer journey. She faced many different health challenges, but always remained positive. Jen had way to make everyone that met her a better person and she found a special place into their hearts.
Jen is survived by her husband, Ahren, son, Alex and daughter, Maddie Uhlig, all of Columbus; parents, Tom and Carol Hoesly of Columbus; sister, Stacie (Fred) King of Lacey, Washington; brother, Markus (Kim) Hoesly of Creston; father-in-law, Arlen Uhlig and special friend, Susan Burklund of Ainsworth; brother-in-law, Adren (Hannah) Uhlig of Broken Bow; nine nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by grandparents, Elmer and Pearl Hoesly and Raymond and Marion Walter.
Bruce L. Gilmore, 92, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, with the Rev. Cindi Stewart officiating. Private family interment will be in Columbus Cemetery, with military honors by the American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan.17, at Gass Haney Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Columbus Area Future Fund or the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation.
Bruce was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Webster City, Iowa, to M.L. and Louise (Holaday) Gilmore. He joined the Navy and was sent to study at Doane College, Adams University, Notre Dame, and finished his degree in civil engineering at Iowa State University. He met his wife, Velma (Beggs), while at Doane. They were united in marriage Dec. 19, 1948, in Crete. After graduation, Bruce accepted the position of City Engineer of Columbus in 1949. In 1965, Bruce and Vel set up the business of Gilmore and Associates, where he did consulting engineering and surveying with Vel as the administrative secretary. They raised four children in their home/business until 1971 when they rented a business building, then they built a new office in 1974 at their current location on 33rd Avenue. Bruce was very proud that all three of his sons became civil engineers.
Bruce was very active and served in many leadership roles within the community, including the Jaycees, the Library Board, Boy and Girl Scouts, United Methodist Church, Columbus Hospital Board, Columbus Industries, Inc., and Toastmasters. He was named King Ferdinand of Columbus Days in 1993.
Professionally, he served with the U.S. Public Health Reserve, Nebraska Board of Health, Nebraska Hospital Association, American Consulting Engineers Peer Review, and Professional Surveyors of Nebraska. He was a member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Iowa State Ambassadors, The American Legion, The Elks and Platte County Historical Society.
He loved fishing more than anything. He also enjoyed growing his sweet corn and giving it all away to friends. He made the sweetest homemade pickles, and he was a competitive Bridge player. He was supportive and boastful when it came to the accomplishments of his grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Linda (Doug) Slycord of West Des Moines, Iowa; Paul, (fiancèe, Theresa Snider) of Mesa, Arizona; Keith (Denise) and David (Joy) of Columbus; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma; and both of his parents.
Frances L. Inselman, 92, of Lincoln, formerly of Columbus, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Sumner Place in Lincoln.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, with the Rev. Michael Klatt officiating. Interment will be in the Columbus Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church or those of the donor's choice.
Frances was born March 31, 1927, in Farrar, Missouri, to Henry and Emma (Aurich) Rauss. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. At the age of 12, the family moved to Wayne, where Frances attended Trinity Lutheran School at Altona. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1941. On Sept. 21, 1947, Frances was united in marriage to Martin Inselman at Trinity Lutheran in Altona. They lived in the Creston area for some time, and moved to Columbus in 1979.
Frances enjoyed puzzles, crocheting, embroidering, gardening, baking, sewing and spending time with all her grandchildren. She worked in the deli at Super Saver, and was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.
Frances is survived by son, Marvin (Patricia) Inselman of Bellevue; daughter, Marilyn (Dave) Korth of Platte Center; daughter, Sheryl (Lonny) Cattau of Lincoln; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Walter Rauss of Norfolk; numerous nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Erma Rauss; husband, Martin Inselman; sisters, Irma (Walter) Baier and Anita Rauss; brothers, Clarence (Lena), Elder (Ida Mae), Gilbert (Eleanora), and Leon (Florice) Rauss
Beloved brother, uncle, and friend, Robert Arthur Groke, passed away on Dec. 19, 2019, in Indian, Alaska. He was 51.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus, followed by interment at St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Friends and family are then invited to a luncheon at Wunderlich's Catering and Barley Shoppe in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, we suggest making a donation to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choosing.
Robert was born on Oct. 25, 1968, in Columbus, to Herman and Gennene Groke. He grew up in Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School in 1987. Robert earned a B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in advertising and public relations and a minor in art from Creighton University in 1992, and an Alaskan Real Estate License in 2019.
Robert worked for the USO in Japan, Twelveacres, Inc. (a not-for-profit residential adult care provider) in California, and as a personnel manager at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Columbus for many years before moving to Alaska to manage the Holland America Princess Alaska-Yukon Rail Division and joining Northern Trust Real Estate up until the time of his death.
A talented artist, avid gardener, animal lover and world traveler, Robert was also a passionate baker and carried on his mom's tradition of Christmas baking, which he shared with friends and family. Robert put his faith into action by visiting the homebound, ill and elderly on a regular basis. His easy-going personality meant Robert made friends everywhere he went and he always made an effort to visit with his family and friends throughout the year.
Robert is survived by his sisters: Susan Rowley, Robin (Brad) Atkins and Renee (Charles) Sins; and his brother, Rendell Groke. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Thaine Rowley, Karissa Rowley, Gennene (Cody) Schwartz, Quinten (Abbie) Rowley, Sabrina Rowley, Rachel Atkins, Spencer Sins and Sydney Sins; and great-niece, Victoria Rowley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Gennene Groke.
A memorial service and inurnment will be at a later date.
Marvin was born on Nov. 2, 1935, to Charles and Margaret (Leimser) Louis. Marvin enlisted in the USMC and served proudly for four years. While stationed at Camp Pendelton he met his loving wife of 63 years, Evelyn (Feazel), and after a very short courtship they were married and lived in California. While residing there, Marvin was employed by Purex Company, and after 25 years they decided to return to Columbus where he went to work for the Platte County Road Department until his retirement. To this union three children were born: Chuck, Sandy and Cheryl.
Marvin liked to play Bingo and loved his wife and family.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Evelyn; son, Chuck and daughter-in-law, Diane of Osceola; daughter, Sandy Koutnik and son-in-law, Kevin of Genoa; and daughter, Cheryl Newman and son-in-law, Donnie; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Patricia Headrick of Omaha and Elaine Strongin of Columbus.
Ronald J. Hruska, 89, of Ulysses, passed away on Jan. 14, 2020.
Visitation will be from 1–4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home in Seward. Visitation will resume at 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, followed by a 7 p.m. rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Stec celebrating Mass. Graveside service and interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ulysses, with military honors conducted by the United States Air Force and Dwight American Legion Post #110. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Ron is survived by his wife, Nadine; 12 children: Ron Hruska, Jr. and wife, Robin of Lincoln; Mark Hruska and wife, Janet of Ulysses; Chris Hruska and wife, Connie of Blue Springs, Missouri; Mary Buckley and husband, Kelly of Omaha; Philip Hruska of New York; Andrew Hruska of Omaha; Joseph Hruska and wife, Diane of Ulysses; Matthew Hruska and wife, Denise of Ames, Iowa; Ann Giebler and husband, Joe of Omaha; and triplets: Jane Baumert and husband, Dean of Omaha, Joan Kisling and husband, Jeff of Kansas City, Missouri, and Janice Krohn and husband, Rob of Yorba Linda, California; 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; stepchildren: Bill Dobesh and wife, Karen of Columbus, Sharon Orrell and husband, John of Milford, and Judy Pernicek and husband, Darrel of Hastings.