The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published May 25, 2017

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Steven Long, Darrell Haley, Betty Collins, Joan Diamond, John Peters, Dwight Underwood


Steven Long
Steven Kevin Long, 60, the son of Jack and Irene (Greenwood) Long, was born on Dec. 26, 1956, in Lincoln, Neb. He died at his home on May 17, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb.
Steve moved with his parents from their home in Concordia, Kan., to Chester, Neb., in January 1964. He enrolled in the Chester Public School system, later Chester-Hubbell-Byron, and he graduated with the Class of 1975. Steve attended the University of Nebraska and also Kearney State College, later moving to Hubbell, Neb., where he joined his father in the Hubbell Bank.
In 1990, Steve married Sandra Freese. To this union, their son, James, was born. Some years later, Steve moved to Lincoln, where he lived until his death. Steve was an avid Husker football fan and he liked to hunt and fish in his earlier years.
Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.D. and Nona Long, Rose and Earl Greenwood, and step-grandfather, Henry Wehrman; uncle and aunts, Guy and Betty Swanson, Ann Greenwood Snyder, cousin, LeAne Chab, and step-son, Jordan Gausman.
He is survived by his parents, Jack and Irene Long; son, James and wife Meaghan and grandson Carter; and uncle, Russ Snyder, and a host of very special cousins and friends.
Memorial services were held on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. from the United Methodist Church in Chester, Neb., with Rev. Young Je Kim officiating.
Music was "Hymn of Promise," solo by Pastor Kim and congregational hymns, "Because He Lives" and "He Touched Me," with Kathy Larkins as the accompanist.
A private inurnment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Chester United Methodist Trustees; the People's City Mission or the Clinic with a Heart, both in Lincoln, Neb.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978,
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.

Darrell Haley
Darrell D. Haley, aka Plumber Haley, 83, Delphos, died Saturday at the Salina Regional Health Center. He was born May 13, 1934, on the family farm to William Richard and Mary Jo (Asmussen) Haley.
Darrell was a 1951 graduate of Delphos High School and shortly thereafter he was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1956 to 1958. On Sept. 19, 1961, Darrell and Marjorie Kennedy were united in marriage. He worked as a plumber, rancher and farmer for many years.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marjorie; brother, Donald Haley; his wife, Jean; and a sister, Beverly Nelson.
Survivors include his children, Sen. Elaine Bowers, Louise Reiff and Michael Haley; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at the Delphos Cemetery.

Betty Collins
Betty Jean Collins, 93, Beloit, Kan., formerly from the Randall-Jamestown area, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Residence Care Center in Beloit, Kan. She was born Aug. 8, 1923, to Edward and Mary (Roberts) Neuway at Burrton, Kan.
Betty married Robert L. Collins on June 22, 1946. To this union four sons were born: Terry, Gary, Craig and Mark. Betty and Bob celebrated 64 years together before Bob's death in 2010.
Betty was a busy farm wife, seamstress, mother of four boys and always involved in the community: HDU, election boards and county extension-executive boards were just a few of her many activities outside of the home.
She was a "Gold Star Mother."
Betty is survived by three sons: Terry and wife Trudy, Beloit, Kan.; Craig, Topeka, Kan.; Mark and wife Kathy, Topeka, Kan.; two brothers, Keith Neuway and Ronald Neuway; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; son, Gary Dean; parents; two brothers and one sister.
A memorial service will be held Monday, May 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 E. Main, Beloit, Kan., with Beverly James officiating. Private inurnment will be later at the Jamestown Cemetery, Jamestown, Kan. Memorials may be given to the Beloit Senior Center.
Nutter Mortuary, 116 E. 6th, Concordia, Kan., 66901, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to

Joan Diamond
Phyllis J. Diamond died Oct. 14, 2016, a little after 4 p.m., at the Clarion Wellness and Rehab Center, Clarion, Iowa. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, on the Davidson family farm southeast of Webber, Kan. She was the oldest of five girls born to Floyd and Dolly Davidson.
Joan went to Webber grade school and graduated from Mankato High School, where she met her future husband, Dallas (Chuck) Diamond. After her marriage to Chuck, she spent her entire life in Jewell County in Webber, Kan., as a homemaker, farm wife and helper to Chuck's Standard Oil jobber business.
Her commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ was a testimony to all she encountered. Her sharing of the joy of her salvation was through selfless acts of service, a positive attitude and love of singing hymns! One of the family's fondest memories are at birthday celebrations she would sing, "Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, born again means salvation, we're glad you have two!"
She grew up working hard on the family farm and daily lived that work ethic, transferring the satisfaction of a job well done to all she encountered. Joan and her mother and sisters went fruit picking in the summer and knew every fruit tree in the area. Walking to Webber was a frequent excursion. Joan's dad got everyone ponies and they had a well-worn path along the railroad tracks. Carolyn had Beauty, Greg had Princess and Patricia had Junie. They rode all over the dirt roads and often would be gone several hours many days of the week. Joan always made sure they had food and we could keep our ponies in the fenced in pen next to her home in Webber when they and the ponies needed a rest. Several years later the family started showing horses, Joan would often times go with her sisters and her expertise was keeping the show tally for that day on each youth exhibitor. Joan took great pride in her horses, caring for them and enjoying them through the years.
She was so thoughtful. Joan always had great snacks and lots of ice cream. She took her sisters more than once to get flu shots; my, how her sister Patricia hated shots. For some reason she had a tendency to faint and Joan felt so sorry for her one of those times, that she took them to see Tarzan at the Superior theatre. Another time she purchased tickets to go see the Ice Capades in Lincoln, Neb., and they all rode the bus.
Joan had one of the most beautiful and strong voices that anyone had ever heard. She could sing up and down the scale so easily. As a little girl along with her sister, Joyce, they would sing all the way through life. They began singing together at the Webber Methodist Church when they were three and five years old. Fishing was her main hobby and she garnered quite a reputation for acquired skills. She and her mother caught some incredibly big fish.
Our hearts ache as the result of her death, but rejoice in the hope given to all who will receive eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister, Beth Fowler, and a brother-in-law, Bert Diamond.
She is survived by three sisters, Joyce Shoemaker, Carolyn Simms and Patricia Lange; her only child, Greg Diamond of Clarion, Iowa; sister-in-law, Audrey Diamond, and brother-in-law, Richard Diamond, both of Mankato; daughter-in-law, Donna Diamond of Clarion, Iowa; three grandsons, Jeremiah of Athens, Texas, Zachariah of St. Paul, Minn., and Joshua of Clarion, Iowa; along with their wives and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Webber United Methodist Church, Webber, Kan.
Memorial gifts may go to the Webber Methodist Church with any funds being used at the board's discretion. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., is in charge of the arrangements.

John Peters
John Duane "Jack" Peters, 84, died April 18 at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit. He was born Feb. 25, 1933, to John and Clara Auer Peters on the family farm southeast of Beloit.
Jack was a lifelong resident of Beloit and Mitchell counties. As a child growing up on the farm, Jack quickly learned the responsibilities of farm life which carried on into his adult life. He was a hard working man who had many jobs, including working the family farm. Jack worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 23 years until his retirement in 1993. Even after his retirement he wanted to stay busy. He ran the motor grader for Beloit township and served eight years as Mitchell County commissioner until health issues forced him to quit.
Jack had a love for music and baseball. As a child, his siblings, cousins and friends would get together and form teams and play baseball. Even when there wasn't enough people to make teams, he would want to play a game of catch or hit the ball. He also loved music, and as a young man learned to play the trumpet and was quite good at it. In his later years, Jack would often be seen whistling, humming or singing a tune and whenever he could catch a ballgame on the radio or TV.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Paul; sister, Josephine; and infant grandson, Joshua.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; sons Daniel Peters and Matthew Peters; three grandsons; sisters, Mary, Cylene, Roberta and Rita; brothers, Richard and Max; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His funeral was held April 21 at McDonald Funeral Home, Beloit, with Father Damian Richards as celebrant. Interment was in St. John's Cemetery, Beloit. Arrangements were by McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service.

Dwight Underwood
Norman Dwight Underwood, 81, died last Monday. He was born Nov. 1, 1935, to Philip and Lona Underwood in Otego. He was raised on the family farm with his parents and three siblings. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1954.
Norman was active in the Kansas Army National Guard from 1954 to 1960. His unit was activated during the Berlin Crisis and he served as a sergeant in the Army National Guard from 1961 to 1962. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation from 1961 to 1996. On Aug. 26, 1962, Dwight married Lorena Mae Badger and they were blessed with two daughters. Lorena died in 1994 after he marriage Carol Elaine Nash on June 21, 1996.
His life took him from his native Belleville to Abilene, Salina and finally Owasso, Okla., where he and Carol could be closer to the girls. Throughout his life he was active in farming and liked being outside. Enjoying quality time with his family was among his favorites. Dwight was a Godly man and loved to socialize and go to church. He was a giving man who had a gentle heart and taught his daughters to be hard workers and never give up. His hobbies were woodworking, raising a garden and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorena Underwood; brother, Warren Underwood; and a sister, Ardell Calder.
He is survived by his second wife, Carol Underwood; sister, Donna Wacker; daughters, Mrs. John Looper (Debra) and Kimberly Hurd; and four grandchildren.
His funeral was Monday at Central Christian Church, Belleville, conducted by Pastor Jeremy Wittwer. Interment was in Belleville Cemetery. Military graveside service by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of arrangements.

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