The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Feb. 23, 2017

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: James E. Harvey, Bruce Snyder, Judy Burchett, Lylda Garman, Melvin Miller, Danny Kirk, Evelyn Huffman


James E. Harvey
James Elwood Harvey, the son of William and Minnie (Herron) Harvey, was born on June 22, 1924, in Superior, Neb. He died on Feb. 18, 2017, at the Superior Good Samaritan Society in Superior, Neb., at the age of 92 years, seven months and 27 days. Jim was a Superior High School graduate and a longtime member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Superior, being baptized in May of 1958 by Pastor Robert Hibbeler and confirmed in 1962 in the Episcopal Church in Norton, Kan., by Father James Leach. Jim enlisted with the United States Navy on June 7, 1942, serving during World War II, and was honorably discharged on Dec. 12, 1945.
On Feb. 16, 1946, he was united in marriage to Alicemarlyn "Lynn" Landin in Denver, Colo., and to this union were born two children, Kathleen and Michael.
Jim was employed with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a materials technician. He was a member of the Superior American Legion, the Masons and the Superior Country Club. Jim was an avid golfer and lifetime member of the country club, and was instrumental in building and caring for the Veterans Memorial in Lincoln Park with the help of the American Legion and the City of Superior. He traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Hawaii. He and Lynn loved a good adventure. During his lifetime, Jim lived in the communities of Superior, Concordia, Kan., Denver, Colo., Norton, Kan., Basalt, Colo., Chama, N.M., Snyder, Okla., Forest Grove, Ore., and Ord, Neb. In December of 2016, Jim resided at Wild Ridge Estates in Superior.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lynn, on July 29, 2007; an infant brother; and one sister, Billie Maxey.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen, and husband, Col. Donnie Courson, U.S. Army (Ret.), Douglas, Ga.; and son, Michael Harvey of Superior, Neb.; brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Memorial service with Masonic rites will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 2 p.m. from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with Irvin Schleufer officiating.
Music will be "Amazing Grace," "You Have Come down To the Lakeshore" and "The Hymn of Promise," with Carlita Price as the organist.
Book signing will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Inurnment with full military honors will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb, 68978, or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb, is in charge of the arrangements.

Bruce Snyder
Bruce E. Snyder, 61, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Bruce was born April 14, 1955, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Donna (Palmer) and Duane Snyder.
Bruce was a member of First United Methodist Church in Salina. He loved his son and many nieces, and had a passion for Kansas State Wildcats, hats and music. Bruce held tailgating parties on his front porch for Kansas State football games. He enjoyed wearing his collection of hats; he had a hat for every occasion. He played trombone in high school, college and for several years in the Shrine Band in Salina. He enjoyed listening to music of many genres, especially classic rock.
Bruce is survived by his son, Adam (Karly) Snyder of Collyer, Kan.; brothers, Stephen (Karen) Snyder, Schaumburg, Ill., and Michael (Patty) Snyder, Bettendorf, Iowa; nieces, Stephanie, Erica, Laura, Allison and Brynn; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents; sister, Jane Snyder, and sister-in-law, Sara (Marr) Snyder.
A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church of Salina, with burial following at the Belleville, Kan., Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan. Online condolences can be left at

Judy Burchett
Judy Elizabeth Divel Burchett, 73, Beloit, Kan., formerly of Jewell, died Feb. 20, 2017. Judy was born Dec. 5, 1943, to Rex and Doris (Jarvis) Divel of Jewell, Kan.
She graduated from Jewell High School in 1961 and the cosmetology school in Salina, Kan., in 1962. She owned and operated Judy's Beauty Shop in Jewell for more than 50 years.
Survivors include son, Monte Burchett and fiancee, Keri Barber, Black Hawk, S.D.; two brothers, Jerry Divel, Beloit, Kan., Gary Divel and wife Betty, Colorado Springs, Colo.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leon Divel; and a nephew, Lance Divel.
She was a member of the Jewell Christian Church. There will be a cremation according to Judy's wishes. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at the Jewell City Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Jewell Christian Church.

Lylda Garman
Lylda Lee Garman, 91, the daughter of Floyd D. and Evea (Baylie) Myers, was born May 30, 1925, in Jewell County. She died Feb. 12, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital.
Lylda graduated from Burr Oak High School with the Class of 1944. Lylda was united in marriage to Wilbure Smith, Wilbure died in 1980. Lylda married William Lynn Garman on Jan. 30, 1998. They made their home in Superior. Lynn died in 2001.
In her spare time Lylda enjoyed crafts and sewing which included quilting. Lylda looked forward to dancing, hunting and fishing in her younger years. She was a member of the Burr Oak Christian Church and the VFW Auxiliary. Lylda was a big fan and supporter of Husker football.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Wilbure Smith and William Lynn Garman; an infant daughter: Charlene Smith; and a sister, Marjorie Suchsland.
Survivors include her son, Ron Smith of Pueblo West, Colo.; daughters, Carol Yamnitz of Pueblo West, Colo.; and Sharon Smith of Superior; step children, Deanna Gardner, Alyce Coffelt, Sharon Martin, Cynthia Wade, Susan Crabtree and Jennifer Freel; a sister, Marilyn Lewis of Manhattan, Kan.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Her funeral was held Thursday at the Burr Oak Christian Church with Pastor Richard Cox officiating. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

Melvin Miller
Melvin Wayne "Buck" Miller was born May 27, 1935, in rural Smith County, to Ellis Wayne and Margaret (Boxum) Miller. He was the oldest of seven children born to this union. He died Feb. 11 at Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit.
Melvin started school at Bare Foot Nation Country School in eastern Smith County. When the family moved, he began attending Chandler Country School in Jewell County and then graduated from Downs High School with the Class of 1955. June 1, 1955, Melvin was married to Donneta Faye Harper at the Odessa Methodist Church. This union was blessed with six children. Melvin and Donneta raised their family on the home place three miles east of Dispatch and called this farm and ranch their home for more than 53 years. Melvin was a hard worker and had multiple jobs during the early years to provide for his growing family. He worked for the ASCS office and Barnett Manufacturing in Cawker City while he was beginning to farm. Melvin also served in the National Guard during the early years of marriage and attended summer camp in Geursey, Wyo., where he learned to peel potatoes like no one else.
Along with his brothers, cousins and friends, Melvin enjoyed a good joke and was an infamous prankster. Many tales circulate among the family about some of these activities. The stories have been repeated and embellished repeatedly at family gatherings to the continued enjoyment of the next generations.
Buck, as many knew him, enjoyed hunting pheasant, coyote, dove and deer, thus the name Buck which was his CB radio handle while out hunting.
Melvin raised livestock and crops and could often be found at the dining room table with his coffee, hunched over a notepad, pen and calculator figuring and writing. Buck enjoyed bowling, playing cards and watching sporting events. He also served on the Esbon School Board.
Melvin was proceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donneta; a son, Gerald; daughter, Debbie; granddaughter, Janna; grandson, Jared; sisters, Jean Frasier and Joline Miller; brother, Marvin and his wife, Carolyn.
He is survived by his children, Sharon and Steve Slate, Stockton, Bob and Cindy Miller, Beloit, Don and Linda Miller, Downs, and Glenda and Aaron Rust, Prairie View; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Eldon Miller, Cawker City, and Darrell Miller, Mankato; and a sister Norma June, Cawker City.

Danny Kirk
Danny Lee Kirk, 69, the son of Ralph and Inez (Stephens) Kirk, was born on Sept. 14, 1947, in Columbus, Ohio. He died Feb. 14, 2017, at the Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital at Hastings, Neb.
Danny attended Deshler Public School and graduated from Deshler High School. He attended the First Presbyterian Church in Deshler. He was united in marriage to Ilene Myers on Dec. 24, 1966 in the Methodist Church at Superior, Neb. He enlisted into the United States Army on Sept. 8, 1966, serving during the Vietnam War, stationed in Germany, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 8, 1969.
Throughout his lifetime, Danny lived in Deshler, Hardy, Superior, Guide Rock, Hastings, Kenesaw, David City, North Loup, and Sutton where he has resided for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Sutton American Legion, the Superior VFW and the NRA. He was employed as a truck driver and he also did construction work.
Danny enjoyed hunting, fishing, supervising the gardening, and time with his family and friends. In January of 2015, because of his health, he resided at the Good Samaritan Society's Perkins Pavilion at Hastings, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Inez; and one brother, Ralph Kirk Jr. "Rowdy."
Survivors include his wife, Ilene, of Sutton, Neb.; daughters, DeAnna Kirk of Milwaukee, Wisc., Angela Cunningham of Moodus, Conn., and Echo Kirk of Utrecht, Netherlands; four grandsons, Quinten Colwell and wife, Kim, of Hastings, Weslee Dixon of Superior, Zakary and Avan Cunningham of Moodus, Conn.; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Rodney Kirk and wife, Joan of Ozark, Mo,; and other relatives and friends.
His funeral services was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the Federated Methodist Church in Sutton with Pastor Mary Scott officiating.
Music was "Amazing Grace," a solo by Michelle Schmer, recording of "Take My Hand Precious Lord," and congregational hymn "In The Garden," with Gwenda Mau as the accompanist.
Visitation was held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Jack Softley, Allen Munson, Galyn Quiring, Charlie Johnson, Randy George and Dan Beahm. Honorary pallbearers were Quinten Colwell, Weslee Dixon, Zakary Cunningham and Avan Cunningham.
Interment with full military honors was at 3 p.m. in the Rosemound Cemetery near Hardy, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to the family.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb. 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneral
Megrue-Price Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Evelyn Huffman
Dorothea Evelyn Huffman, 94, the daughter of James Kit and Lily Pearl (Nichols) Fitzgerald, was born in August of 1922 in Republic County, Kansas. She died Feb. 17, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society's Superior home.
Evelyn attended school in Hardy, graduating from Hardy High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Superior since 1950 when she was baptized. On June 6, 1943, she was united in marriage to Fred-rick Huffman in Superior.This union was blessed with two daughters. Evelyn work-ed as a legal secretary while caring for her family.
The Huffmans liked to fish and travel, spending a few years camping and then RV'ing. They also spent winters in Harlingen, Texas prior to her health problems. Fred was her care giver for many years, until they both entered the Good Samaritan Society's home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred, on March 9, 2016; and siblings, James Fitzgerald, Donald Fitzgerald, Flora Simmons and Betty Olsen.
She is survived by her daughters Dee A. Baird and husband, Galen J., of Green Valley, Ariz., and Lin K. Wichman and husband, Larry, of Lincoln, Neb.; seven grandchildren, 11great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Her funeral was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior with Missie Wilt officiating.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.
Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
Memorials may be sent in care of the family
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes. com.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

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