The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published March 26, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Rick Lehrling, Doris Jones, Helen Sankey, Darrel Bice, Merrill Beaushaw


Rick Lehrling
Rick Lehrling was born in Caldwell, Kan., Dec. 25, 1953, to Thomas and Colleen Wirtz Lehrling. The first decade of his life, Rick lived on a farm in Oklahoma and remained a life long loyal Sooner. Rick had one brother, Gary Merrit, and wife, Eunice, and three sisters, Carolyn Sandell, Pam LaGasse and husband, Jimmy Stansbury, Lynette Alexander and husband, Wade. In 1965, the family moved to Mankato, Kan., where Rick resided ever since.
In 1972, Rick married Martina May. He had two sons, Chad and Trent Lehrling. Betty May remains Rick's second mother to this day.
In 1989, Rick married Lora Princ Eckhardt and welcomed her sons, Michael and Craig, into his home and heart. His family grew as Chad married Christina and Mike married Suzanne. Rick's family continued to grow with the addition of Miki and her daughters. Rick and Lora were proud of their blended family despite the obvious Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry that continues to this day.
Rick, a victim of cancer, departed this life March 18, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
Rick was blessed with many grandchildren; Bethany, Paige, Brianna, Leah, Sarah, Jacob, Sydney, Allison, Sean, Jaxon, Sarah, Izabella, Azryn, Elexzia, Landon, and Kobi. This group of children gave him total joy and love in the brief time he shared on Earth with each of them.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Colleen; his father in law, Harold May; his mother in law, Maxine Princ; and Carolyn's husband, Sonny Sandell. Besides those previously mentioned, left to mourn Rick are his father in law, Raymond (Pete) Princ; an honorary mother, Ann Hanson; beloved friend, Judi Bolte; his brother and sister in laws from both marriages; cousins, nieces, nephews, and a community of friends.
He was a proud member of the Mankato High School Class of 1972 and the Mankato community. He deeply appreciated the support, prayers, and kindness he received from his home community and Facebook family and friends.
A celebration of Rick's life was held at Harmony United Methodist Church in Mankato, Kan., Monday, March 23, 2015, at 2 pm. Visitation was held at Melby Mortuary in Mankato from 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015, with family greeting guests from 6 to 8 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Rick Lehrling Memorial Fund at Farmway Credit Union.
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Doris Jones
A Superior resident, Doris Jones, 87, died Tuesday. A graveside service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Cemetery. Megrue-Price Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Sankey
Helen Adeline Larson was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Scandia, to George and Ruby (Aspegren) Larson. Helen grew up on the family farm south of Scandia and graduated from Scandia High School. She enjoyed growing up on the farm and helping out, but she was warned to never learn to milk a cow. She said her mother had told her to never learn to milk a cow because "once you do, those boys will have you doing it all the time!"
She met Norman Sankey and they married on Sept. 4, 1949, and moved to Republic. Helen started working part-time with the U.S. Postal Service and eventually retired after 43 years as postmaster in Republic. She enjoyed her time as a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States. Through this organization, she and Norman did a lot of traveling and met friends all over the country.
Helen was close to her family and enjoyed coffee time in Scandia (which sometimes lasted all day!). Helen liked being a grandma and was given the nickname Precious by her great-grandson Kayson.
She died last Tuesday at the Belleville Healthcare Center at the age of 86 ye ars. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; her parents; and her brothers, Harold, Gene and Don. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Charles Dietz (Julie) and Mrs. Roger Kelman (Jill); granddaughters Mrs. Shawn Moreland (Emilee) and Brittan Mrs. Dan Potucek (Brittan); grandsons, Clark and Hayes Kelman; great-grandchildren, Austin, Kayson, Zoe, Sawyer and Charlie; brothers, Robert, Richard and Larry; and a sister, Mrs. Lowell Chellberg (Lorraine).
Her funeral was held Saturday at the Amana Lutheran Church, Scandia, with the Rev, Thomas Kamprath officiating. Burial was in Scandia Lutheran Cemetery. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of arrangements.

Darrel Bice
A Chester resident, Darrel L. Bice, 76, died Thursday, at the Republic County Hospital in Belleville. He was born in Carleton Oct. 13, 1938, to Donald and Velma (Rachow) Bice. He attended Hebron High School before joining the United States Navy, serving from Dec. 12, 1955, to Sept. 24, 1959.
He married his wife of almost 50 years, Helen Baden, on Dec. 31, 1965, at the Lutheran Church in Concordia. The family lived in various communities including Concordia and Superior until making their home in Chester in 1977. Darrel worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Foote's Station in Chester. He also worked at the Hebron Cheese Factory, retiring in 2006.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester.
Darrel enjoyed hunting, fishing, Husker football and time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; his children, Darrel Bice Jr. of Scottsbluff, Mrs. Lester Schlichting (Michelle) of Beatrice, Belinda Bice-Kamler of Hastings and Mrs. Robert Colson (Christina) of Hebron;17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Deanna Lynn; and two sisters, Marilyn Fischer and Rosalind Sterba.
His funeral was held Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Chester with Pastor Christopher Gerdes officiating. Burial of ashes was at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Hebron.

Merrill Beaushaw
Merrill Dale Beaushaw, 101, of Abilene, formerly of Jamestown, died last Tuesday, at Memorial Hospital, Abilene.
He was born July 22, 1913, to Evelyn B. and Ada G. (Logan) Beau-shaw on a farm west of Jamestown.
Merrill married Esther Pickle Sept. 18, 1949. They have three daughters.
He was a farmer and worked for Cloud County road department for 20 years as a road grader operator.
As a young boy he attended St. Luke's Lutheran Church.
Merrill was a member of the Jamestown Methodist Church, VFW, The American Legion and past member of the Cloud County Barbershop Chorus and Odd Fellows of Jamestown.
He received an honorary high school diploma from Concordia High School on his 90th birthday. He had to help on the farm and was drafted into the Army so was unable to attend high school.
Merrill is survived by his wife, Esther, of the home; three daughters: Mrs. Charles Coss (Gloria), Baxley, Ga., Karen Anderson, Abilene, and Marylin Bean, Chapman; one sister, Ila Lewis, Belleville; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren,
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Monte Dan Bean II; siblings, Melvin, Carl, Earl, Duane, Madeline and Marjorie.
His funeral was held Monday at the United Methodist Church, Jamestown. Inurnment will be at a later date. Nutter Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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