The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published April 28, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Gerald Snyder, Larry Hoy, Lawrence Reinke, Florence Jorgensen, David Kimminau, Forrest Dewey, Louise Korb, Noah Smith, Ronnie Dean


Gerald Snyder
Gerald (Jerry) Snyder, 84, the son of Harold (Harry) and Ruby (Gillan) Snyder was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Superior. He died April 10, at his home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Jerry lived in Oak until his graduation from Nelson High School in 1949. He began working for Union Pacific Railroad when he was just 17 and except for his service in the U.S. Navy, he spent his entire career with Union Pacific mostly in the Security and Special Service Division. He retired in 1988 as assistant director of the Southern District of Union Pacific.
He was a Husker fan and enjoyed bowling, golfing and softball. In his younger years, he drove race cars and played baseball. He was a former assistant coach for the Havasu Heat, semi-pro baseball team.
Jerry married Mary Howard in 1956. This union was blessed with three daughters, Sheila, Jerri and Christy. They later divorced. He married Gail Lewis in 1972.
He attended Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and held memberships in the Elks, Eagles, Masons and the Wyoming and Colorado Peace Officers Association, as well as the Fraternal Order of Police.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and grandchildren, Alan Gibson and Jeremy Harper.
He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Bill (Sheila) Hobbs, Jerri Doege and Mrs. Bob (Christy) Mirabella and adopted son, Michael, stepchildren, Kim O'Banion, Mrs. William (Jeanne) Collie, Michelle Spicher and Danelle Crain; a sister, Mrs. Darrell (Karen) Harrington, Nelson, Neb.; a special friend, Evelyn Woodward; as well as 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
His funeral was held last Wednesday at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Havasu City. Burial was in Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens.

Larry Hoy
Larry Hoy, a Superior resident, died Monday at Brodstone Memorial Hospital.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Williams Funeral Home.

Lawrence Reinke
Lawrence H. Reinke, 86, of Hebron, the son of John and Minnie (Meyer) Reinke was born Sept. 4, 1929 near Bryon. He died Thursday at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in Hebron. Lawrence grew up in the Byron area attending country school through the 8th grade. He worked for Peter Kiewit Construction Company operating heavy equipment. He helped build roadways all over the United States and helped construct the Hastings Ammunition Depot.
Lawrence married LaVon Johnson Nov. 25, 1951, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Glenvil. This union was blessed with the birth of four children. In 1959 the family moved to Hebron, where Lawrence started his own construction company.
He enjoyed tractor shows, air shows and trailer races. He liked visiting with his friends, going to coffee and, camping at Lovewell Lake. Lawrence was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron, and a 20-year member of the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Steve Ehlers; and a sister Frances Ludwig.
Survivors include his wife, LaVon of Hebron; sons, Gene of Hebron, Dan of Loveland, Colo., and Jay of Bennett; a daughter Mrs. Ernest Rodriguez (Jennie) of Gothenberg; brothers, Orvil of Fairbury, Louie of Las Vegas, and Lester of Hebron; sisters, Irene Gibson of Kalispell, Mont., Mrs. Doug Horrocks (Eunice) of Beatrice, and Mrs. Bill Jones (Jody) of Ashland.
His body was donated to the University of Nebraska as an anatomical gift. His funeral was held Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron.

Florence Jorgensen
Florence Inez Jorgensen, 97, of Camdenton, Mo., died last Wednesday at Lake Regional Health Care, Osage Beach, Mo. The daughter of John Calvin and Clara Ethel Judy, she was born Dec. 27, 1918, near Angus. She grew up in the Angus area, attended grade school near Angus and then Edgar High School. She was baptized March 4, 1934, at United Brethren Church of Angus, and later joined St. James Lutheran Church of Edgar. She clerked in her father's store in Angus, where she also served a number of years as postmaster. She was Sunday school superintendent at St. James Lutheran Church for several years.
She was united in marriage to Carl I. Jorgensen on June 29, 1943, in Salina. To this union, five children were born; they are among her survivors: Mrs. Kenneth Wilkinson (Patricia Ann) of Topeka, Mrs Robert Miller (Judy Carla) of Camdenton, Mo., Mrs. Joe Rogers (Karen Lee) of Bushong, Mrs. Lee Englund (Connie Sue) of Holdrege, and David Alan Jorgensen of Kearney. Other survivors include 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Mildred Melton of Deshler, nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jorgensen, her parents, two sisters, Agnes V. Judy, who died as an infant, and Lillian Bernice Jones, and one brother, Eldon LaVerle Judy.
Her funeral was Tuesday at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Edgar with Pastor Craig Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Edgar Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar was in charge of the arrangements.

David Kimminau
David Joseph Kimminau was the tenth child born on Jan. 30, 1949, to William Joseph and Loretta Catherine (Weingardt) Kimminau in Nelson, Neb. He died on April 17, 2016, at Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems, Beloit, Kan., at the age of 67 years, two months and 17 days.
David grew up and was raised on a farm 17 miles north of Mankato, where he enjoyed gathering eggs and caring for the farm animals. In 1991, Bill, Loretta, David and Susie moved to Mankato, where David and Susie enjoyed taking long walks around town and going up to coffee to visit with the community. After the death of Bill and Loretta, David moved to Beloit, Kan. Through the help of OCCK, Inc., assistance, David obtained a job at Sunflower Manufacturing, where he took great pride in assembling parts for others to use.
David was a quiet and humble man who loved his family. Getting to go places with his family was a highlight to his day. He loved music and performing for his family on his guitar. He especially liked getting to go to dances and cutting a rug. But above all this, David was passionate in his faith with God.
He is survived by his siblings, Vic and wife, Betty Kimminau, Glenwood Springs, Colo., Ferdie and wife, Joan Kimminau, Huntley, Ill., Albert Kimminau, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ralph and wife, Lorena Kimminau, Beloit, Kan., Stanley Kimminau, Superior, Neb., Kenneth Kimminau, Sunrise Beach, Mo., Julia Hyde, Superior, Neb., and Susan Kimminau, Beloit, Kan., along with a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Loretta Kimminau, a brother, Urban Kimminau, a sister, Pat Flageolle, and a sister-in-law, Ruth Kimminau.
Mass of Christian Burial was held for David Joseph Kimminau Friday, April 22, 2016, at 10 a.m., at St. John's Catholic Church, with Father Damian Richards officiating. Deacon Albert Kimminau was assisting with the Mass. The altar servers were Brady Palen, Brandon Dameron and Jaedeyn Rosebaugh. Casket bearers were Lynn Schwerman, Terry Hyde, Elliot Kimminau, TeJay Kimminau, Barrett Kimminau and Todd Kimminau. Honorary casket bearers were David's siblings: Victor Kimminau, Ferdinand Kimminau, Albert Kimminau, Kenneth Kimminau, Ralph Kimminau, Stanley Kimminau, Julia Hyde and Susan Kimminau. Interment was in St. Theresa's Catholic Cemetery, Mankato, Kan. Vigil service was Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, Beloit, Kan. Visitation was Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan. Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Catholic School. Online condolences can be left at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.

Forrest Dewey
Forrest W. Dewey, 67, Mankato, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at home.
He was born on Nov. 18, 1948, in Belleville, Kan., the son of Crissie Belle (Sorrell) and Delmar Sherwood Dewey.
On June 20, 1971, he was united in marriage to Lynda R. Rafferty. The couple made their home in Mankato, Kan., where he was a self employed general contractor.
Survivors include: wife, Lynda; daughters, Shawna Blain (Lennie), Tisha Dewey; Jaci Dewey; sisters, Linda Dewey and Marie Basart; brothers, Richard Dewey (Candy) and John Dewey (Pat); grandkids, Merritt Blain and Jayde Blain; nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-nieces and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents.
Forrest was a volunteer fireman for 35 years on the Mankato Volunteer Fire Department. One of the fondest memories is of him having his nephews on Truck 22 putting out a grass fire at the Judy Ranch. He was also known for saying, "you have 10 seconds to cut the barbed wire or I'm driving through it."
He and his wife coached girls softball for 12 years.
His friendship with Bob Forney allowed him to form F&B Tackle. They spent many hours in the garage pouring lead heads then painting, adding feathers, rubber bodies and spinners. They sold their lures to businesses in Mankato, Glen Elder and Osborne.
No matter what time of day it was, if he was needed he was there. Daughters would call and say they had trouble with any number of things and he would jump in his pickup headed to help. He could also be found attending any activity that his grandkids were involved in. Forrest will be remembered as a loving husband and loving dad. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements were by Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell, Kan. Visitation was Friday, April 22, 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral was held Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church, Mankato, Kan. Memorials to Mankato Volunteer Fire Department.

A Firefighter's Prayer
When I am called to duty, God
Wherever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late,
Or save an older person from
The horror of the fate.

Enable me to be alert and
Hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property.

And if according to your will
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife.

Louise Korb
Louise Korb, 91, of Burr Oak, Kan., died April 4, 2016, at Superior, Neb. She was born Friday, June13, 1924, on family homestead land in the Burr Oak area.
Louise attended high school in Burr Oak where she played first chair trumpet in the band and turned cartwheels as a cheerleader. After high school, Louise worked for a year at the courthouse in Mankato before marrying Boyd Korb on March 1, 1942. His forebears also homesteaded in the Burr Oak area. To their union, three children were born: Sandy, Bing and Heather.
Louise liked being outside, both with her father and then with her husband.  She and Boyd were wheat farmers with his, and her, four-wheel drive Versatile tractors. They also showed registered horned Hereford cattle at major shows around the country winning numerous trophies. Louise maintained a life-time interest in the cattle operation. Louise attended the Burr Oak Christian Church her entire life and spent a number of years teaching Sunday school. When Louise would climb down from the Versatile she would begin the myriad of other activities she participated in. She sponsored 4-H and church projects. She was also a professional seamstress much sought after due to her creativity. Louise was highly energetic and had countless interests including re-inventing and re-designing projects of all types. She was talented as a designer and artist.
Louise was a unique individual and will be missed by all who knew her.
Services for Louise Korb will be held at a later date. Interment was in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak, Kan. Online condolences can be left at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.

Noah Smith
Noah Nicholas Smith, 16, died April 16. He was born to Robie and Linda Smith, Jewell, on July 8, 1999.
Noah was a sophomore at Beloit High School. He was an outstanding academic student, as well as an extremely gifted athlete. "Bobber" as he was affectionately known by his family (ask the family for the origin of the nickname) was a passionate and fierce competitor, whether it be with a ball, a bat or a book, Noah always pushed himself to be the best at everything he did. "If you ain't first, you're last!" was a quote he often used. He was loved and respected by his family and friends. He enjoyed his niece and nephews. He also liked working on the farm. In his free time, he would be shooting baskets or playing X-box.
Noah will be missed by his parents, Robie and Linda Smith, Jewell; brothers, Joshua Asher and Breckyn, Jewell; Nash Cashius, Cawker City; and Casey and son, Landon, Wellington; Hudson of the home, sisters, Mrs. Kevin Pryor (Bailie), Wichita, Hannah, Gabriel, Hadassah, Sharayah and Karlene, all of the home; grandparents, Robert and Joan Smith, Glen Elder, Nick and Lucille Peters, Jewell, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
His funeral was held at 10 a.m. last Tuesday at the First Christina Church, Beloit, with Pastor Cliff Heagy officiating. Interment was in Wallace Cemetery, Jewell. Arrangements were by McDonald Roberts Funeral Services, Beloit.

Ronnie Dean
Ronnie Lee Dean, 65, died April 15 at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit after a battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 10, 1950, in Beloit, the son of Lloyd and Erma Hicks Dean.
He grew up in the area and was raised in the Glen Elder United Methodist Church. He later went on to graduate from Ft. Hays State University and returned to the area to continue work on the farm where he enjoyed farming wheat and milo as well as working with the cattle. He also took great pride in taking care of his pastures whether it was fixing fence or cleaning the pasture of noxious weeds and trees.
In May 1972, he was united in marriage with Anita Smith. One daughter Kristen was born to this union, which later dissolved.
In May 1991, he married Elaine Lichtenhan and they were married for nearly 25 years.
Ron had a great sense of humor and liked telling funny stories whenever he was visiting with others. He also liked going out to eat.
He was active, playing town team basketball for more than 20 years. He served in the National Guard as well as more than 30 years on the Farmway Credit Union board of directors. He also had an obsession with the Weather Channel and had accumulated a large collection of rain gauges. He enjoyed attending the state fair, traveling, camping, fishing and playing cards. He worked at the Osborne Sale Barn for many years. Ron loved his family and enjoyed time with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter, Mrs. Matt Dieter (Kristen), Zionsville, Ind., son, Brandon Dibben, Junction City; daughter, Mrs. Brian Blume (Jennifer), Wamego; a brother, Jerry, Glen Elder; sister, Mrs. Jack Clausen (Cindy), Glen Elder; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
His funeral was held Friday at the Glen Elder United Methodist Church, followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. McDonald Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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