The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Sept. 22, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Beulah Wilson, Gale Ray Wilson, Steven Riggert, Leslie Heisz, LeRoy Jones, Robert Graham Sr.


Beulah Wilson
Beulah Maxine Wilson died peacefully Sept. 17, 2016, at the Golden Living Center, Downs, Kan., at the age of 95. She was born to Herbert N. and Sarah Elizabeth (Green) Skinner on Nov. 28, 1920, at the family farm home near Mankato, Kan.
Beulah attended Green Hill and Mankato elementary schools and graduated from Mankato High School with the Class of 1938. Following high school, she continued her education at Strickler's Business College in Topeka, then worked for State Representative Joe R. Beeler at the Kansas State Legislature in 1939.
She married G. Woodrow Wilson at her parents' home on July 30.1939. They lived and worked on their farm north of Mankato for 62 years before moving to the Wilde Ridge Estates in Superior, Neb., in 2001. Beulah and Woody enjoyed 70 years of marriage prior to Woody's death in 2009.
Beulah was a dedicated homemaker caring for the needs of her family. She was a wonderful cook and took pride in the presentation of the dishes she served. Family favorites included her meringue pies, angel food cake, and Christmas candies. In her spare time she enjoyed needlework. She also enjoyed fishing for catfish from the bridge over White Rock Creek. She was active in the CWC and CB Clubs and attended Olive Hill Church. She served as treasurer of Richland Township for many years and on the election board numerous times.
Beulah and Woody enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., taking several group sightseeing bus tours as well as many road trips on their own. They especially enjoyed visiting the Rocky Mountains in the summer to "cool off" following wheat harvest. For many years, they enjoyed trailer camping with their friends, "The Over the Hill Gang," at the Lovewell Reservoir recreation area.
Her family and those who knew her will miss Beulah's smile and loving wink.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, June Steadman; brother, Lloyd Skinner; and her husband, Woodrow.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Peggy Wilson, Burr Oak, Kan., Phil and Wanda Wilson, Longmont, Colo., five grandchildren, Justin Wilson, Oakland, Calif., Devin (Holli) Wilson, Lenexa, Kan., Austin (Christina) Wilson, Longmont, Colo., Melanie (Lannin) Zoltenko, Courtland, Kan., Haley (Derek) Weik, Carson City, Nev.; step-grandchildren, Mason (Debraray) Thompson of Ft. Lupton, Colo., Leah Jenkins of Longmont, Colo.; six great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at 10 a.m., at Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato, Kan., with Missie Wilt and David Watters officiating.
Visitation will be held today (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow (Friday) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Music was recordings of "Just beyond the Moon" and "Beulah Land."
Pallbearers were Lanin Zoltenko, Melanie Zoltenko, Justin Wilson, Austin Wilson, Devin Wilson, Sam Wilson, Taran Zoltenko and Chandler Zoltenko.
Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Solomon Valley Hospice, 311 W. Main, P.O. Box 399, Beloit, Kan., 67420, or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978 or
Price Funeral Home, Superior, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Gale Ray Wilson
Gale Ray Wilson, 88, of Sweet Home, Ore., died last Sunday. He was born Oct. 14, 1927, on a farm near Montrose to Ray J. and Mildred M. (McCurdy) Wilson.
At an early age, he moved with his family to Burr Oak, where he attended school. Gale graduated from Burr Oak High School in 1945. He was active in sports and served as president of his freshman and senior classes. He earned letters four years in football and track and three years in basketball.
Gale's father died when he was 14 and he continued to work on the farm, planting and harvesting the crops with a four-horse team until his mother sold the farm in the fall of 1944.
He entered the armed service of his country and served with the medical detachment of the Twentieth Infantry, Sixth Division, as sick and wounded clerk, with the rank of technician 5th grade, in Korea with the Army of Occupation at the end of World War II. After being honorably discharged, he lived for a time in Boise, Idaho. In July 1947, Gale moved to Sweet Home, Ore., where he was employed at Willamette National Lumber Company, later to become Willamette Industries. He worked as a pipe fitter, mill wright and electrician for many more years, until an on the job injury forced his retirement.
On Sept. 12, 1949, Gale was united in marriage to Marjorie L. Freeby of Mankato in the First Christian Church in Boise, Idaho. They returned to Sweet Home and started their lives together. To this union were born three children; Michael Ray, Brenda Lou and Kelly Gale.
Gale had the Allstate Insurance Agency in Sweet Home in the 1950s and 1960s and cherished the many friends he made. He was a member of The United Methodist Church in Sweet Home. He enjoyed hunting, sports and traveling. Gale loved and enjoyed his family. His granddaughters and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marjorie, of Sweet Home; son, Michael, of Gothenburg; daughter, Mrs. Larry Hyland (Brenda), of Dallas, Texas; son, Kelly, of Kameula, Hawaii; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayne Wilson; and sisters, Pauline Behee Cockran and Betty Satterfield.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at Fir Lawn Lutheran Church. Private burial with military honors will be at Gilliland Cemetery. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Steven Riggert
Steven J. Riggert, 69, of Elkhorn, died at his home Thursday night. He was born on Dec. 13, 1946, in Lincoln, Neb., to Paul and Lorna (Holle) Riggert.
Steven graduated from Odell High School in 1965 and then received his bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska in 1969. Steven served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from June 18, 1969, until June 17, 1971.
He and Mary Fisher were married on May 2, 1970. He had been a bank executive in Nebraska for 40 years, serving in Lincoln, Superior, Davenport and West Point, retiring in Elkhorn, in 2011. He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, and had been involved in Kiwanis, chambers of commerce and bank boards of directors in the various communities where he lived, and the Superior Red Caps Club. Steven enjoyed golfing and time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Mary of Elkhorn; sons Douglas Riggert of Omaha and David Riggert of St. Joseph, Mo.; grandchildren, Tyler, Paige, Maxx, Quinn and Kree Riggert; sisters Mary Kostal of Beatrice, Mrs. Bob Dane (Joyce) of Doniphan, and Mrs. Chris Troester (Jan) of Lees Summitt, Mo.
His funeral was held Tuesday at the Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Odell. Inurnment was in the Blue Springs Cemetery. Steven's online guest book may be found at The Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel, Beatrice, was in charge of arrangements.

Leslie Heisz
Leslie Melvin Heisz, 90, died Saturday at Newton. He was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Belleville, the son of Roy and Beulah (Campbell) Heisz. He attended rural Jewell County elementary schools and Mankato High School, graduating on June 4, 1944. The day after his graduation, he picked up his induction notice for the US Army, which he already knew was waiting for him at the post office prior to graduation.
He served in World War II at several locations as a mail clerk until his honorable discharge on May 7, 1946, after which he immediately applied to college to study for the United Methodist Church ministry. Leslie attended Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina as a pre-ministerial student.
He married Edith DeMoss, of Osborne on June, 5, 1949, and following his graduation in June 1950, they went to New Jersey to begin his studies at the United Methodist Seminary, Drew Theological School at Drew University. In addition to working on his ministerial degree, Leslie served three small churches near Colesville, N.J., where he and Edith lived.
He graduated from Drew Theological School with a master's of divinity degree on June 4, 1954. After graduation, Leslie and Edith returned to Kansas where for the rest of his life he served United Methodist churches in the Kansas West Conference.
Leslie served on the Maize school board and was proud of his involvement in the building of the Maize High School in the early 80s. Leslie was active in the Lions Club, for 60 years and the Masonic Lodge in which he was a member for almost 70 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Beulah Heisz; and a sister, Ella Blake. Survivors include his wife, Edith Heisz; sons, Kenneth and Keith Heisz; and grandsons, Hunter, Michael and Evan.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. His funeral will be held at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Newton, at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m.Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Courtland. Condolences may be left at

LeRoy Jones
Leroy Arthur Jones, 75, the son of Arthur F. Jones and Rosa Opal (Hill) Jones was born March 1, 1941, at Fairbury. He died Friday at the Blue Valley Lutheran Home, Hebron. He was a former Chester resident.
LeRoy grew up in the Fairbury community and attended school there. On June 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Anderson. To this union were born five children, Ricky LeRoy, Cindy Diane, Jeffrey Duane, Becky Patrice and Cory Edward.
The couple made their home in Omaha where LeRoy worked for the Omaha Police Department. They later moved to Belleville, for a time and then moved to Chester where they lived for many years.
LeRoy was an over the road trucker and the owner and operator of P&L Towing until his retirement.
He was a member of the Chester Fire & Rescue Department for 34 years, retiring on Jan. 8, 2013. He also was a certified EMT for Chester for 21 years.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffrey Duane Jones on June 25, 2014; and brother, Edwin "Punky" Jones.
LeRoy is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Jones, of Chester; two sons, Ricky Jones of Edgerton, Ohio, and Cory Jones of Hebron; two daughters, Mrs. Todd Mumm (Cindy) of Bertrand and Mrs. Travis Winn (Becky) of Hebron; 10 grandchildren, Trenton Jones of Springfield, Mo., Rachel and Alex Jones of DeFiance, Ohio, Mrs. Tyler Rabe (Andrea), Dillen Mumm and Dustin Mumm of Bertrand, Whitney Mumm and Angel Murillo of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Chad Herbert, (Ashley) of Kearney, Jordan Winn of Hebron, and Mrs. Mike Novak ( JaLisa) of Beloit, and eight great-grandchildren, Alyvia and Alyssa Rabe, Quentin, Reeselyn and Ava Mumm all of Bertrand, and Ryker, Ryton and Rylan Novak of Beloit; two brothers, Loren Jones of Blair and Jay Jones of Fairbury.
Cremation was selected. His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, at Belleville.
Inurnment will follow the services at the Farmington Cemetery, rural Cuba.

Robert Graham Sr.
Robert Eugene Graham Sr., 85, son of Milton and Mary (Staniec) Graham, was born Oct. 10, 1930, at Silver Creek. He died Friday at Republic County Hospital, Belleville.
He served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from June 15, 1951, to March 12, 1953. He was united in marriage to Alice Moss on May 3, 1955. To this union two children were born, Bonnie and Robert.
He was a member of the Albert Isaacson-James Larsen-Robert Sjolander American Legion Post at Scandia and the VFW. He was a former member of the Belleville Eagles Lodge. He worked at the main gates of the NCK Free Fair for several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Mary Graham; and one brother, Dale Graham.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Graham, of Scandia; one daughter, Bonnie Dyke of Scandia; one son, Robert E. Graham Jr. of Scandia; four grandchildren, Mrs. Blake Barry (Melissa) of Superior, Aaron and Alison Dyke, both of Salina, and Quinton Isaacson of Belleville; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Martin of Houston, Texas.
His funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Scandia, and conducted by, Pastor Wade Moss.
Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Scandia. A military graveside service was provided by the Fort Riley Honor Guard.

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